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Calaguas Island

Calaguas Island

I can’t believe that summer is almost over. Well, in the Philippines, it is always hot and it feels like every day is perfect for a beach getaway as long as there’s no impending typhoon. But, personally, I prefer a weather that’s not too hot and sunny because the sun really hurts my skin no matter what sunblock and protective gear I wear. But, of course, the good thing about a bright sunny day is that you’ll get livelier photos and clear blue skies! We were lucky enough that we had a very nice weather when we visited this surprisingly beautiful island, Calaguas Island.

Calaguas Island, Camarines Norte

I am not sure, but, I must say that Calaguas Island is the most popular island in Camarines Norte when it comes to pristine white sands and turquoise blue waters. It is also one of the best camping spots for those who want camping adventures. Honestly, it was really a surprise when I saw it firsthand. Like, I cannot believe how gorgeous and clear it is as we approach the shoreline.

How To Go To Calaguas Island

Prepare yourself for a long ride as it may take 10 – 12 hours to reach Calaguas Island. First is a bus ride from Superlines bus terminal in Cubao. The bus fare is Php 500 one way going to Paracale bus terminal. So, it will cost you Php 1000 back and forth. From Paracale going to the port at Vinzons is about 30-minute tricycle ride. From the port will be a 2-hour boat ride, so please be patient. At this point, we availed of a tour package that covers the following:

Php 2,200 (Package Tour Inclusions)

  • Jeepney transportation Daet – Vinzons – Daet
  • Boat transportation Vinzons – Calaguas – Vinzons
  • Full meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Tent rentals + public shower rooms and water.
  • Life jackets
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calaguas island
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calaguas island

Boatmen will assist you upon riding the motorboat. Extra plastic bags and dry bags are needed here to prevent your stuff from getting wet just in case. For me, a 2-hour ride isn’t a joke if you are sitting on a hard flat wood. I am thin with a flat ass and so, my bones will crush in this long ride. I brought a pillow that I can sit on just to make myself comfortable as we go along the waves.

Calaguas Group Of Islands

So, it is actually a group of islands where beaches are yet to be discovered. Apparently, the most popular one which tourists and backpackers mainly visit is the Tinaga Island where the Mahabang Buhangin beach is located. This beach is the one which attracted many tourists around the Philippines and other countries.

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calaguas island
calaguas island

Clarity And Beauty

 

 

I was speechless after I saw the waters so clear and blue. My excitement got elevated and I already wanted to dip and play around. Well, it’s not like I know how to swim. I can only play by the shore and dip down to chest level only. LOL 🙂

 

 

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calaguas island
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calaguas island

I am really surprised with the actual experience of dipping in clear turquoise blue water. That’s because it’s my first time to see this. The sand also is impressively super fine and white. No wonder some people say that this is like Boracay. Mahabang Buhangin (Long Sand), as the name implies is a long stretch of white sand beach where most tourists flock. Going to the other end of the beach you will see a weird but nice stone formation. It’s like dead corals resting in slippery and sharp-edged stones.

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calaguas island
calaguas island

Seriously, you need all sun protection gears you can have because the heat is really scorching hot. Luckily, the island has locals who are now doing some business and selling refreshments like ice candy and halo-halo. Basically, ice candy is like a fruit smoothie that is placed in a tube-shaped plastic and frozen. Cottages are also available so that you can rest and internalize some stuff.

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calaguas island

 An ice candy with flavors:
– Mango
– Ube
– Coconut.

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calaguas island

Balagbag Island Hilltop

Okay, aside from the astonishing beach, you can also do a small trek to Balagbag as they call it. From there you will see a very nice horizon. It’s gonna be an hour of trekking to and from, so, it’s really not that hard. Actually, we plan to go here for sunrise but I bet these people that I’m with can’t get up early because they are dead drunk all night. So, we ended up going uphill to view the sunset. Unfortunately, we are not lucky enough to get a decent shot of the sunset. Nevertheless, the experience was still amazing.

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calaguas island
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calaguas island

Final Words

I love Calaguas Island. It is one of the best beach experiences that I had aside from the Crystal Beach in Zambales which I recently visited. I guess the experience is unique for me because I said before that I may never do camping anymore because I’m not comfortable sleeping in a tent. But, I still did. Probably because I am getting used to it and I truly appreciate the island’s beauty. Everything makes up for it. So, I didn’t mind camping again. A friendly tip, there is no signal here so advise your loved ones that even text messages won’t come thru.

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If you want to avail the package we got, here are the information you may need:

Mark Ramirez/Shiela Ramirez

Globe – 09166643585
Smart – 09395180474

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Andi

Why wizardandi? Because wizard + andi = wizardandi. Since childhood, I always wanted to become a wizard because I love magic. It is fascinating and awesome. I also like eating, gaming, watching anime, gadgets, and going out with my good friends.

20 Comments

  1. Agness of eTramping

    This is the first time I am reading about the Calaguas Island and I would relly want to go there soon. Awesome post, Andi!

    • Andi

      Thanks Agnes. I hope you enjoy your visit soon. 🙂

  2. Johna

    P2200 sounds pretty good! Looks like a great place for a weekend getaway. Will def add this to my options for the long weekend in June! Hehe

    • Andi

      Yup, it’s a great deal with our organizer and highly recommended 🙂

  3. Suruchi

    Your pictures are beautiful. Again a post on the Philippines and I am like how many beautiful beaches this country has. I need to visit it for sure. The views and sunset from the hill top will be amazing. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Andi

      There are so many beautiful beaches out there that we have yet to explore! More to come 🙂

  4. Christina

    I have not heard of this island in the Philippines previously. Seriously, there are so many beautiful islands in the country I am having a hard time keeping track! The white sand and blue waters remind me of the Caribbean. What a great place to get refreshed on a sticky and hot summer day.

    • Andi

      Yup, this is just making some noise recently and yet to be discovered by many. Add this to your bucket list 🙂

  5. Thelittlelai: Beyond limits

    Wow, this is truly timely for I’ll be going to Calaguas on June. Anyway, Calaguas is really beautiful, a perfect haven for beach hawkers and sun soakers. The water is really teal and full of life and I would like to swim in its pristine water and play around with its white powdery sand beach. I’m glad that you guys also trek to the hilltop and you had a stunning panoramic view to enjoy.

    LaiAriel R. Samangka

    • Andi

      Wow that’s great! I hope you’ll enjoy your journey to Calaguas and we’ll see your post about it. 🙂

  6. Cathy

    CAlaguas island is making a big noise for becoming so popular. I think most of my friends have been here while I haven’t . Maybe it’s time to make a move. Philippines is indeed so rich with pristine islands!

    • Andi

      Probably this is now the time for your to experience the amazing beach of Calaguas Island.

  7. Indrani

    I find every beach of Philippines so enticing, now adding this to my list.
    I will have to prioritize which to visit and which not, and that is going to be very difficult. 🙂 😛
    Great captures!

    • Andi

      I am excited to get your list done and see some posts about the Philippines! Good luck on your adventures!

  8. MICHAEL SORIANO

    Your budget for this trip is worth it. The experience that you had is much more than the price paid. I would to visit this place and probably refer to your blog as my guide. 😀

    • Andi

      Thanks Michael, I hope this guide will truly help you. 🙂

  9. Elisa

    There are so many beautiful places in Philippines that it will be difficult to do a short list when I decide to visit the country! Never considered to take swimming lessons? My father learned how to swim after he retired so it is never too late . .

    • Andi

      I considered once but I think I am not really up to it. In the event there’s no solid place that my feet can touch, I immediately panic. LOL. But good for your father. At least he is still brave enough to learn.

  10. Tanya korteling

    This looks like a beautiful Island, I’d never heard of it but will hopefully visit one day! Great post!

    • Andi

      I hope you can visit one day 🙂

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