Oh My Gosh, Calaguas!1:18 PM
The first words that came out of my mouth when I was finally able to absorb the beauty of Calaguas right in front of me were: "Oh. My. Gosh."
Calaguas is in the province of Camarines Norte in the Bicol Region.
Also known as Mahabang Buhangin (Long Beach), Calaguas is still one of must-see unspoiled beaches in the country.
Calaguas Island is now a famous tourist attraction and summer destination in The Philippines. And for good reason!
With its unique white powdery sand that's almost like Boracay's, and distinguished crystal clear water, Calaguas is a paradise. For those who want to spend their quiet summer without missing the feel of summer at the beach, Calaguas is the perfect place to go to.
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Our Trip:Our group availed a tour package. 3,000 Php/pax for a 2days/1night stay.
3,000 Php/pax includes:
- Fare going to and from Vinzon (Daet)
- Boat ride from and to the island
- Food - lunch upon arrival, dinner and breakfast before departure
How To Get To Calaguas:The travel agency we got provided us with vans and our pick up point is at SMX MOA's parking lot. But if you want to travel DIY style, here's how to get there (via Vinzons):
- 9-5 hours bus ride from Manila to Camarines Norte. Bus terminals for PUBs (Philtranco, Superlines and DLTB) bound to Daet, Camarines Norte are in Pasay and Cubao. Check out their trip hours and fare prices here. It's best to take the night trip so you'll arrive early morning in Daet.
- From Daet bus terminal, take a jeepney to Vinzons and get off at pandawan or fish port. You can always ask the driver or the locals for directions as they're friendly and helpful. Travel time is approx 20 minutes.
- From Vinzons fish port, hire a boat going to Calaguas. The price differs depending on the capacity of the boat. Lowest rate is about Php 3,000 but you can also haggle. Travel time is 2 hours.
What To Do In Calaguas:Although swimming (and picture taking if you're Pinoy) is the main activity in the island, you can also try:
Where To Stay In Calaguas:You can pitch tents around the area.
There were cottages and we saw some houses being built which we presumed will be used for commercial purposes but we camped with the rest of the group. We chose one facing the beach under a tree.
We slept outside the tent though as nothing beats sleeping under the canopy of the stars with the sound of the waves in the background. It was an awesome experience!
When In Calaguas:
- The restrooms are clean but they charge 20 pesos per use and 10 pesos for the shower. The shower is just outside, no doors nor covers. They provide a separate room for you to change after shower.
- Expect tindahan (store) prices to be much higher than normal. 1.5L Coke were sold at 90 Php!!! I think it's only about 40 Php in the supermarket. So it's best to bring your own food and drinks.
- No network connection.
What To Bring In Calaguas:Aside from your usual toiletries, travel essentials and clothes, don't forget to bring:
First Aid Kit
Camera (of course!)
Although travel time is long and tiring, the place is really worth it. Even when it rained for a few minutes on our last day, Calaguas never lost its beauty.
It was definitely an OMG moment for us. I have no doubt when you get there, you'd have to say "Oh my gosh, Calaguas!" as well.
Allow me to over share our weekend in Calaguas here (click on photos to view original size):
|can you spot the phoenix rising? :)|
|Gotta love the cloud formations in the island|
|Although the food they served were really really good, we were not satisfied with the rest of the service.|
So I won't be recommending the travel agency we booked.
|We went to the other end of the island|
|We had to constantly wear our sunnies as it was high noon when we arrived,|
so the sun was too bright
|Always trying to ruin someone's solo :P|
|Did I mention the water was crystal clear?|
You can literally see underwater without diving.
|I had to put my mark.|
Thanks to Misai for capturing this moment.
Most of these photos are from my phone but I also got some from my friends' cameras with their permission.
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