It never crossed my mind that I don’t need to go to Jeju Island in South Korea just to enjoy a unique rock formation and view deck. To my surprise it is just in Sta. Elena Camarines Norte. Although it is not literally an island it definitely felt like one. The shapes and color of rocks here are quite the same as that in Jeju Island. They are smooth but deep black like coal. The main feature of this place are the two big black rocks that sit next to each other that resembles a couple. The size of these rocks are enough to be a view deck because they are so big that they look like small hills.
According to the locals, there were two lovers who frequented the rocks. It was in this rocks where they professed their love for each other. Their wish was granted and lived happily ever after. They say that if lovers do the same while on top of these rocks, they will have the same destiny. Whether we believe it or not, for me just seeing these beautiful rocks and enjoying the view is enough to visit it again.
Compared to most beaches, this place is not meant for swimming. It is more suitable for unique activities. Like in Jeju Island, tourist can experience harvesting clams and seashells that they can asked for it to be cooked there by the locals. They can do this after taking selfies on the rock formations. Another activity that tourists can enjoy in this place is catch and release kind of fishing. The barangay can also put up a fish pen large enough where the tourists can go fishing as well as swim with the fishes. These kind of activities are already being done in other destinations but so far in Camarines Norte it will be the first.
Educational tour is also one of the activities that it can offer. During low tide where the corals come out, students can observe and study the marine ecosystem along the beach. Aside from clams and shellfish there are other marine creatures like sea cucumber, starfish and sea urchins which are abundant along the beach.
To reach it, you need a twenty minute boat ride from the port of Barangay San Lorenzo going to Barangay Salvacion. From the Barangay Hall you need a tour guide for an easy trek of about 45 minutes going to the beach where the Mag-asawang Bato is located. All your efforts will surely be rewarded once you reach this breath-taking place and you can silently say to yourself, “I found a piece of Korea in Sta. Elena!”