Calaguas Tour | Camarines Norte Travel Guide

Calaguas Tour | Camarines Norte Travel Guide

Calaguas Island has been popping on my newsfeed often. Yes, way before this island has been sensationalized.

And last year, we finally got to see what the travelers are raving about. Maganda naman pala. Wait, scratch that. Maganda siyang talaga!

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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.

WHAT WE DID

We went to Calaguas, particularly to Mahabang Buhangin Beach, the morning after we arrived in Camarines Norte. And yes, we started early since the boat ride will take 2 hours. No kidding.

Not only that the boat ride will be that long, it will also be ‘bumpy.’ Brace yourselves people, the locals call the waves calm even though you no longer see the other side of the horizon. Normal nila yun, kaloka.

The view before we enter the open sea.

Mind you, the boat we were on doesn’t have a cover. We were in a literal bangkang pangisda, you know, the one where you sit on the side and one wrong move you are goners? Yes, that one.

And as if Mother Nature doesn’t feel that the strong waves was enough, it even rained while we were sailing! Buti nalang may plastic cover si kuya. Lol.

But we survived! A couple of hours later, we arrived at Mabang Buhangin Beach and affirmed the wondrous photos circulating online regarding such.

If I am to describe it in 2 words: it is BABY POWDER. Punta ka and you’ll know what I mean. I have seen my fair share of white sand beaches and honestly, this Calaguas beach is a contender to be one of the best.

That long stretch of fine white sand though…

Showing much love for this beach!

I know that my pictures won’t suffice how beautiful this island is. Because as we know, there are things that are mas maganda in real life. Take this beach for instance. Partida, makulimlim pa nung pumunta kame.

At the time of our visit there are few cottages for rent though you can still camp your tents should you choose to stay the night.

As for us, we just did a day trip since we need to be early again the next day to reach an island on the opposite side.

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

Ensalada – Bought the ingredients in palengke hours before we head to Calaguas. There was grilled seafood as well but a beach getaway isn’t complete without this sumptuous dish di ba?

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.

• Water is scarce on the island. In order to wash anything, we need to pump water from a poso but I don’t think this is viable for drinking.

• 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.

 

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