I heard Calaguas way back 2013 when a friend of mine went there as a side trip of their Bagasbas tour. She said wonderful things about the island; the fine sand, the crystal clear water, and of course the cleanliness of the whole island. Since then, I kept on dreaming about going there to experience that myself. Until this year, a friend asked me if we want to join them on their DIY tour to the virgin island. Of course, I said YES!
Calaguas is located in Camarines Norte. It is composed of Tinaga Island, Guintinua Island, and Maculabo Island, with some minor islands. The most popular beach in Calaguas is the Mahabang Buhangin which is located in Tinaga Island.
There are two options on how to go to Calaguas:
The boat ride in Vinzons is almost 2 hours that’s why we didn’t choose this as the entry point.
> Public Transportation
Take a bus from Cubao or Pasay (Philtranco, Amihan, DLTB and Superlines) to Daet. From Daet, ride a jeepney to Vinzons and get off at the fishport. Then ride public or private boat to Calaguas Island.
> Private Transportation
Rent a van and go directly to Vinzons. Then ride public or private boat to Calaguas Island.
We took Paracale as the entry point to Calaguas because I learned that the boat ride travel time is faster from there. It took us less than 2 hours only.
> Public Transportation
Take a bus going to Paracale/Panganiban (Superlines). Get off at the fishport and hire a boat that will take you to Calaguas.
> Private Transportation
We rented a van that took us to Paracale. The travel time was almost 8 hours with one stopover. Then, we got off to the fishport. From there, we contacted Kagawad for the boat ride that took us to Calaguas.
WHERE TO STAY:
We prefer camping in the island because it is the cheapest way. We just brought our own tents and sleeping bags. We also rented a small cottage for our things. But if you want to rent an accommodation, you can contact Waling waling Eco Resort.
Swimming and beach bumming are the best activities in Calaguas. We also experienced snorkeling and island hopping in Balagbag Island. Don’t miss to watch the beautiful sunset of Calaguas.
Our assembly time was 9:00pm in Tiendesitas. Our adventure begins at 10:00pm when all of us were ready. The travel time took us almost 8 hours + one stop over to get to the restroom and coffee. We arrived in Paracale at six in the morning. We then parked the van, ate breakfast in the carinderia, bought foods to bring, and refreshed ourselves to prepare for the boat ride.
Finally! We arrived in Mahabang Buhangin at 10:00am. I was really fascinated of how beautiful the island is! Everything that I’ve read and heard about it was all true! All the time, I was saying the words “Grabe ang ganda!”. I can’t think of any figures of speech to explain how I was really amazed of the beauty of Calaguas.
The water is clear and calm. It reminded me of the Seven Commando Beach in El Nido. The sand is almost powdered, same like in Boracay. You can walk barefoot because the sand is not hot even the sun is strikingly hot. I must say, I’m in love with this place already.
We pitched our tent on the left side of the island because there were no campers there. All of them were settled in the middle of the island. There is also a resort available in Calaguas, the Waling Waling. But of course, the fee is much higher than setting a camp.
At lunch time, we cooked the dishes like sinigang and grilled fish. We bought small gas tank because we knew that we need to cook our meals while we are there. We just bought meat, veggies, fish, and all things we need for cooking.
After eating lunch, we just relaxed and unwind and appreciate the beauty of Calaguas.
At 3:00pm we decided to have the island hopping. We went in Balagbag Island where we had a small trek. Oh my goodness! The place is really wonderful. It reminded of Batanes where there are cliffs and small hill. Let me share our photos!
We then went to the small rock formation near the Balagbag Island. Just a reminder that be careful with with the sharp edges of the rock and the waves. Actually, Calaguas is in Pacific Ocean already that’s why there are parts that the waves are more trembling. You should visit this when you go to here, you won’t get disappointed.
After island hopping, we came back to Mahabang Buhangin and enjoyed the beach. We finished off our looong day by watching the majestic sunset of Calaguas.
Since it was our last day on the island, we maximized our time on the island. We woke up early to catch the sunrise but failed. We swam and took lots of photos on the rock formation on the right side of the island.
We left the island at 12:00 noon since the waves during afternoon are huge than the normal. For the souvenir, there are some stores in Paracale that sell T-shirts and ref magnets for P50.
This trip is really life changing. It was hard to maximize time because we have our baby waiting at home. But thankful that we can still manage to go out and explore different places. It’s just a matter of proper time management + supportive in laws.
Calaguas is one of the best places I’ve been with, I think, next to El Nido. I’m still looking forward for more travels this year and on future with Kurt. ❤
For your reference, here’s the itinerary I made as well as the expenses of the whole trip! Enjoy and leave me message for questions!
- Don’t forget to bring sunblock and insect repellants.
- We camped on the left side of the island because there were lesser people.
- There is a restroom provided.
- Buy foods on the local market in Paracale because it is much cheaper.
- No signal on the island. Electricity is also available up to 10:00pm only. I suggest to bring rechargeable lights.
- Don’t miss the island hopping!
Here’s the video to appreciate more of the beauty of Calaguas!
Credit to my husband Kurt for making this awesome video! ❤