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
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.
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 🙂
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.
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.
An ice candy with flavors:
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.
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.