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Travel Time: Arqui's Viewing Deck

It ain't my first time to visit Camotes island, but it felt like it was my first. It was Calvin's first time and our experience in the islands were amazing!

The first thing we both want to share with you is this gorgeous viewing deck. It isn't on the highest mountain, so what makes it special?

Because you can see both Lake Danao and the sea beyond.
In this photo, you can see the lake and Mt. Calvary.
It is quite cool even during the peak hours of the sunshine due to the trees and it is quite windy over there.
It is filled with luscious greenery and fresh air.
The place is very quiet, as we post this... This place had just opened just recently to the public. This building has been used by the Camotes Mayor to have his meetings with other government officials and the like but now even you and I can visit this place and relax while looking at the beautiful view.
Now you might have noticed a block of wood artistically standing there. We were all baffled as to what could that mean. And we came into conclusion that it is on a shape of Pacijan Island where this viewing deck is located. Just need to have the correct angle of the photo to make it look exactly the same. Just compare the photo below from Google Maps and rotate it. Doesn't it look ditto?
And here is the entrance looked like. With enough place for vehicles to park and a cute staircase going up towards the building.
Now, you might be curious on how to get there. This is where it got challenging for us. There was no proper locator even with the Google Map and only one or two other blogs shared this without enough information. 
As this was just opened recently, the people doesn't really know what it is. But there was one clue for me, Monte Alegre. Also, we do not encourage you to walk, it is not a walking distance.

Let's start on the Y-Junction to Lake Danao, Holy Crystal Cake, and Tulang Diot island. Follow the arrow, just keep going straight...
If you are from Lake Danao, Holy Crystal Cave, and Tulang Diot, just turn left like the three-wheeled vehicle on the photo.
Until you are arrived at Brgy. Western Poblacion where Monte Alegre is located. This road is also the same road going to Fiesta Mall or short cut from Consuelo port to the Baywalk.
Before reaching Fiesta Mall, you will see "Tugas" sign at the right side, that means you are just a few meters closer to turn right.
Then you find this big tree and there are four ways, left, straight, and two right turns. Just choose to turn right to the concrete road or the first right turn.
This is the road to your destination.
Just follow the main road and be careful since there are some blind curves and cliffs. So better honk  when turning to make sure that incoming vehicles are warned and everyone is safe.
Then you will see this almost hidden sign welcoming you to Brgy. Monte Alegre.
And a few meters away, you'll already see this breathtaking view. We aren't sure which island that was, maybe Leyte. Maybe you can tell us.
Then just go straight, but drive slowly since you are nearing your destination.
When you turn left over here, you will find a this white gate. Just ask some people or the care taker of the place for permission. You may choose to leave your vehicle near the gate or drive all the way to the viewing deck.
Then this is what you will find, a huge cottage that will fit a 100 and more people.
One thing we weren't sure of is the opening and closing time of the viewing deck.

I hope you enjoyed this post. If you do get to stop by this place, leave a comment and share for others who loves some serenity and relaxation with the greenery.

Do look forward for our next travel or food post! Thank you so much for reading! 

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Travel Time: Arqui's Viewing Deck


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