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BALIHAMBAY Campsite (Iba, Zambales)

BALIHAMBAY means a house beside the beach.

BALIHAMBAY is a privately owned beach resort exclusive for group or company outings for team building activities, camping and leisure.

A (2) two hectare beach resort and campsite located at Barangay Amungan near the town proper of Iba, capital of Zambales province.

1 hr drive upnorth from Subic Freeport and Olongapo City
10 min. drive from Iba Commercial Center such as Savemore, Jollibee, Mang Inasal, Mercury Drug and Commercial Banks.
10 min. drive from bus terminal (Victory Liner)
5 min. from Iba, Zambales Domestic Airport
accessible & beside the national hi-way

Rent fee – Php 30,000.00 for (2) two big cottages or Php 600.00 per head if more than (50) fifty guests.

Rent Fee – Php 7,500 per cottage

each cottage has (4) four big rooms (no aircon) with (1) one Lanai which can accommodate maximum of (25) twenty five persons per cottage on upper deck floor.
2 toilets and bath rooms (per cottage).
Mess hall or recreation hall (below cottage)
Free use of kitchen utensils but additional charge for use of LPG.
Canteen (separate cottage)
For Paluto services (Fee Php 50 x person x day)
Corkage Fee Php 500 for drinks / alcohol beverages (entire stay)
Big parking space for cars and buses.

Outdoor team building activities (AMAZING RACE) including facilitators and materials.
Php 12,000.00 for less than (50) participants or Php 300.00 per person if more than (50) fifty participants

Jet Ski
Surf Board

For more details and inquiries, you may contact the following person(s) :
Ronnie – xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Website: xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Avoiding poisonous snakes while camping

Although many campers and hikers have fears about big carnivores such as bears or mountain lions when they go into the woods, in reality, these animals are much less of a threat than many smaller creatures, such as poisonous snakes. Poisonous snakes of one variety or the other are found in many desirable locations for camping and back-country exploring, so if you plan to spend time outdoors in areas where they are present, you need to take some time to consider the danger.

In almost all cases, poisonous snakes are quite shy and will avoid human contact if at all possible. Even though a particular species might be present in a given area, there may be only a small number of individual snakes to be found there, and in most cases, even if you are looking for one, you will be hard pressed to find one. Some species, such as rattlesnakes, are mostly nocturnal in their hunting habits, and spend the day holed up out of sight under rocks or in hollow stumps. Most snakes are fairly sedentary, spending much of their time sunning on warm days, so still that they can be mistaken for dead.

Despite the lack of great numbers of snakes in most areas, each year a few people are bitten by poisonous snakes. Most of these bites occur because the snake was stepped on or otherwise approached too closely before the victim even saw it. Snakes are wonderfully adept at concealment, and catch their prey by means of their natural camouflage markings and capacity to remain absolutely motionless. The key to avoiding a snake bite in the wilds is to be ever mindful of their presence and to always keep a sharp lookout for them.

Snakes are most difficult to see in overgrown areas with lots of dense ground cover or undergrowth. Proceed cautiously when walking through such areas. In some cases, if the growth is so thick you cannot see the ground, it is wise to carry a long stick or staff and poke and probe vegetation in front of you before walking into it. This is especially true along riverbanks, where cottonmouth moccasins are abundant. In such thickets, be aware also that not all poisonous snakes spend all their time on the ground. Cottonmouths and others climb bushes and trees, so the danger might be at a higher level than your feet and legs or even above your head. I have had many encounters with snakes in bushes, including a near miss by a striking copperhead at face level.

Snakes are warm blooded and are more active on hot days. Be especially cautious on such days for snakes on the prowl. But don’t dismiss the possibility of encountering a snake on a cool day as well. One distinct danger for campers is the possibility of getting bitten by a snake while gathering firewood. When it’s cool out, snakes like to hide in such places as brush piles and among fallen limbs and trees. Always look before you reach into such a pile or before you pick up any piece of fallen wood. If you are not careful, you could put your hand in a place where a concealed snake could bite it out of reflexive, instinctive action.

Campers in the woods should also take precautions around camp. Don’t set up your tent in areas of dense undergrowth if at all possible. Keep your tent doors tightly zipped up while away from camp. Snakes have been known to crawl inside tents or even sleeping bags left unattended. Don’t subject yourself to such a nasty surprise. Be careful in the morning as well. Look around before you step out of the tent, and check under piles of gear or equipment you might have left outside. Check your boots as well. Small snakes have also been known to seek shelter inside boots.

Avoiding snakebite, as you can see, is mostly all about awareness. You won’t get bitten or even have a frightening close encounter with a poisonous snake if you simply stay aware while in the wilds. Always think before you set your foot down on the ground, or before you reach into a bush or pile of firewood. Above all, if you do see a poisonous snake, don’t entertain illusions that you are the Crocodile Hunter and attempt to catch it. More people are bitten this way than any other. Leave the snake catching to the experts or fools.

After a period of time spent outdoors, awareness of your surroundings will become second nature and your chances of getting bit by a snake will be slim to none.

Discovery of RDN camping at Descanso Bay

Local camping is the summer vacation style of people. Local residents who enjoy the outdoors have prompted because of rising fuel costs. By changing their long distance travel plans and check out the great spot in the backyard.

Larry McNabb, Chair of the RDN Regional Parks and Trails Advisory Committee says “We’re lucky enough to live in a place where there’s no need to burn tanks of fuel in order to have a fantastic camping experience”.

Descanso Bay on Gabriola Island, and at Horne Lake, Regional District of Nanaimo has two Campgrounds that fit the bill nicely, about 10 kilometers southwest of Bowser. In recent years, both campgrounds have grown steadily in popularity. Horne Lake showing a 25% occupancy increase in each of past three years, and Descano Bay attracting about 15% more campers annually.

From the Ferry Terminal on scenic Gabriola Island, Descanso Bay Regional Park is just a few minutes. Offering 32 sites on a beautiful 40-acre oceanfront property. For overnight campers the beautiful oceanfront setting makes a great home away from home. Two oyster bays provide many delights for boating and hiking visitors by day. Descanso Bay has a network of trails through a well established forest setting (adjacent to the 113 acre Cox Community Park).

There is Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park, Horne Lake Regional Park, Horne Lake. The Horne Lake Regional Park at the west end of Horne Lake, right next to Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park. This 260-acre Regional Park includes approximately three kilometers of Lake front and two kilometers of riverfront along the Qualicum River.