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Haruhay: A peaceful, eco-friendly way of experiencing Camiguin

CAMIGUIN (PIA)--Basking under the sun, filling bellies, and threading healthy waters are among the things one can enjoy at Haruhay Eco-Beach Tavern at Mambajao, Camiguin.

"Haruhay Eco-Beach Tavern, buot pasabot peaceful, luxurious. At peace ka diri sa Camiguin, mao na siya gitawag nako siya og Haruhay; and Daos is a Kinamigin word for "to eat," and na-establish ni siya atong November 2022," said Wilven "Potpot" Pinili, owner of the resort.

(Haruhay Eco-Beach Tavern means peaceful, luxurious. You are at peace here in Camiguin, thus, I called it Haruhay; and Daos is a Camiguin word that means "to eat," and it was established in November 2022)

An affordable and accessible getaway, Haruhay is mainly designed as an eco-conscious tourist destination, giving importance to environment protection. Thus, they observe minimal activities, especially at the beach area, and only fan rooms are available to reduce energy consumption as well as fluorocarbon refrigerants. There are also no single-use plastics and sachet toiletry kits in the resort.

"Minimal kaayo ang atoang mga activities para wala kaayo ta'y environmental impact, so karon peaceful kaayo atong mga activities karon. At night, naa lang ta'y pwede mag-bonfire para sa mga guests, pwede pud mag-swim sa beach," Potpot added.

(Our activities are very minimal, so we don't have much environmental impact, so now our activities are very peaceful. At night, we can have a bonfire for the guests, and we can also swim at the beach)

For as low as P1,500, villas can be enjoyed by two persons at Haruhay Eco-Beach Tavern in Mambajao, Camiguin. (JME/PIA-10/Camiguin)
The Haruhay Eco-Beach Tavern is in Mambajao, Camiguin. It has inexpensive villas for two people and clean facilities for its guests. (JME/PIA-10/Camiguin)

Currently, camping or putting up tents is not yet allowed in the area, as they are still working on the amenities of the resort.

Pet lovers will also love the resort, as they allow the bringing of pets into the area, provided that the owners will responsibly look after their fur babies.

Those who could not detach from their work or personal matters will be at peace since Haruhay offers free WiFi for their guests.

A spacious parking lot is also available. Thus, those who bring with them their vehicles to roam the island will not have a hard time securing their cars.

Food can't be brought in or cooked at the resort, but Daos Beach Bistro serves delicious vegan food. Among the most sought-after plate specials in the bistro are the surol, which is a Kinamigin "veggified" chicken stew in coconut milk.

They also serve veganized pork blood stew, Kare-Kare (oxtail stew in savory thick peanut sauce), mushroom crisps, sisig, dinakdakan, pasta, and house blend beverages.

Potpot said they only let people in who are fully vaccinated because the local government makes businesses follow strict health rules. Aside from ensuring well-sanitized facilities, Haruhay's personnel are also fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

For bookings and reservations, one may contact the resort through their Facebook page at  Haruhay Eco-Beach Tavern or Daos Beach Bistro. (RTP/PIA-10/Camiguin)

Vegan dishes are offered at Daos Beach Bistro, and among the most sought-after plate specials in the bistro are the surol, vinuguan, kare-kare, and more. (JME/PIA-10/Camiguin)
Refreshments are also served at Haruhay Eco-Beach Tavern at affordable price. (JME/PIA-10/Camiguin)

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Recthie Paculba

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Region 10

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