Apuao & Quinamanukan Island Tour | Camarines Norte Travel Guide

Apuao & Quinamanukan Island Tour | Camarines Norte Travel Guide

Apuao Grande and Quinamanukan islands are not as famous as the Mahabang Buhangin Beach in Calaguas but in my opinion, one of the islands sure is a stunner.

Can you guess which one?

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JUMP-OFF POINT

If you are to travel via a plane ride from Manila, the nearest jump off point is Naga City. We did such and flew via

Cebu Pacific.

From Naga, you have to do another 1.5 hour land travel to get to Bagasbas. But since we were all tired, we arranged for private van transfer so as not to be hassled by commuting.

Or if you have time, you can opt for the night buses that can take 10-12 hours. If my memory serves me right, Philtranco bus lines caters Manila to Daet v.v. routes.

WHAT WE DID

We started early that day since it will be another almost 2-hour boat ride to reach the two islands we intend to visit.

Spots to visit:

Quinamanukan Island
Or can be spelled as Quenamocan as per the locals, this island was our first stop on our second day.

We went here as a suggestion from our boatman. Though such is not a white sand beach, we were all happy to visit this island since we were the only ones there!

Quinamanukan is a vast island though braving the huge waves is the only way to bathe on its waters. You can actually camp here but there will be fees.

Pagmumuni-muni is very much allowed here.

You have my permission to copy this shot. Lol.

Apuao Grande Island
Someone told me that we should go check out this island. The secondary reason why I wanted to Camarines Norte.

Honestly, I wasn’t impressed by the beach. Apuao’s shore mostly looks like the ones they have in Batangas.

But what impressed us though was the massive field they have inside. The locals said that it was supposed to be a golf course. Not sure if they intend to continue such.

My friend playing chase with dogs in the island.

WHERE WE STAYED

Since there were 6 of us, we stayed at one of the AC dorm rooms of Bagasbas Lighthouse Hotel.

I am sure you’ll find it interesting too since the room is a renovated container van. Don’t worry, it is clean and well-maintained. Plus, it is directly across Bagasbas Beach.

FOOD RECOMMENDATIONS

Seafood – I always make sure that I eat a seafood dish when I go to the beach. Nasa beach ka na, di ka pa kumain ng seafood. Ano yun?!

Bicol Express – A Bicol experience wouldn’t be complete without this dish so indulge yourself with the spiciest version of this.

TRAVEL TIPS

• If you want to save money, buy and cook your food on the island. Better yet, bring your own before heading there to avoid the hassle.

• It is indeed a bumpy ride. To avoid motion sickness, drink some anti-nausea medication as Bonamine. You will need it, trust me.

• Do not go there on a February or any month that the polar ice caps are still melting. Sobrang lamig! We couldn’t stand being in the water that long.

CONTACTS

Special shout out to the people who helped us make this trip possible. In behalf of my travel crew, maraming salamat po. Sa uulitin!

Bagasbas Lighthouse Hotel and Resort, you may check their FB page or contact them directly at 09175101856 and 09999922898.

Our boatman, Kuya Putong, contact him at 09205666985. I advise you to call him because sometimes he doesn’t have load.

TRAVEL EXPENSE SUMMARY

** Our Camarines Norte tour has been done last Feb 4-6, 2015. Pics were taken using Nikon D3100 and Sony Cybershot TX30.

 

Also read:
Calaguas Tour
Bagasbas with CWC Sidetrip

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