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    Camarines Norte: The Then Pristine Beach of Calaguas Island (Bicol's Hidden Gem)

    After a hearty lunch of laing, a Bicol specialty of taro leaves in coconut milk and chili, and grilled yellow fin tuna in Apuao Grande Island, Tutubi and his group "sailed" on for more than two hours to reach their desired destination that fueled the whole tour of Camarines Norte: the virgin beach of Calaguas Island.



    The journey was long even made worse by the not so placid water of the Philippine Sea with sightings of small islands with rolling hills and small patches of white sand beaches visible from afar, but the distance and time was immaterial to the ultimate quest was at hand.



    There are many islands belonging to Calaguas group of islands but the main island has the longest white sand beach of them all that locals call Mahabang Buhangin (literally long sand, translate loosely as Long Beach).



    Upon setting foot on Mahabang Buhangin, the fine white sand of the beach is truly something to behold. The sand is as fine, if not finer than the powdery white sand of Boracay, and also not hot to the feet despite the heat of the summer sun, must be due to the rare chemical composition of the sand also present on Boracay Island.



    calaguas islandfirst sight of Mahabang Buhangin on the "undiscovered" island



    Trudging slowly over wet sand towards the "resort," birds of various species flew away on sensing the presence the group while butterflies fluttered in every direction indicating a still intact ecosystem unharmed by the few inhabitants of Calaguas, mostly living on the other side of the island in Vinzon's barangay Banocboc. At dusk, the sound of male kuliglig (cicada), calling the female species for mating, add very rural setting to the place to be enhanced further at night when alitaptap (fireflies) light up nearby trees for a spectacular display of nature's beauty.



    There are no resorts on Calaguas, accommodations are either native huts or tents pitched on the beach and some camp sites. There's toilet and bathroom (with tiled floors and walls) inside the bahay kubo but you need to fetch water or hire a local to fetch for you for a minimal fee. There's fresh water supplied by a deep well while drinking water used by the locals from the saluno (aqueduct) (it's is advised though to bring your own drinking water if you can't stand natural mineral water). About a kilometer trek through the thick forest leads to a village where you can buy basic supplies in case you need something.



    calaguas islandthe bahay kubo (native hut) is the only "high-end resort" on the island



    calaguas islandwalking on the pristine beach, lonely planet style (does this picture look familiar?)



    calaguas island beachfootprints on the sand...sand that does not feel hot to the feet



    After a sumptuous dinner around a bonfire, Tutubi and his friends chose not to sleep inside the bahay kubo, and instead slept on the beach, using blankets, with the sound of lapping waves, croaking frogs, chirping birds, gentle ocean wind and under the canopy of stars with the mythical hunter Orion and the Pleiades keeping watch.


    calaguas island campingcheap place to stay on the beach!



    Nature, adventure, birds, butterflies, seclusion, serenity, cerulean skies, amazing landscapes, rolling hills, turquoise waters, cool fine white sand without the maddening crowd and hint of civilization all rolled into one: Calaguas Island!



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    Other activities in Calaguas Group of Islands:



    Island-hopping, SCUBA-diving and snorkeling at Banocboc coral reef, trekking/mountain climbing, Butterfly watching, bird watching. The recommended Calaguas itinerary is just an overnight stay on the island unless you really prefer to live like that on a remote island.



    Other places to see in Vinzons, Camarines Norte: Wenceslao Vinzons Shrine and Vinzons Church


    Trivia: Vinzons town was first called Tacboan, later renamed Indan. It was changed to Vinzons after Wenceslao Q. Vinzons, a former governor of Camarines and guerilla leader executed by the Japanese in World War II. Vinzons Hall in the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman is named after him.

    Note: there's no electricity. Smart mobile phone signal can be received at a marked point on the beach :(

    How to get to Calaguas Island, Vinzons, Camarines Norte:

    Board a bus to Daet, Camarines Norte via Sta. Elena (Piltranco, Amihan Express, Daet Express, fare: PhP500.00), get off at a junction called Batobalani in Jose Panganiban town, ride a tricycle to the port of Paracale (fare: PhP20.00) then look for boats going to Tinaga Island (PhP100.00 fare) or rent a boat to the island (PhP3,000.00 boat rental rate).

    the nearest jump-off point to Calaguas Island is via the gold mine town of Paracale, where you can even drop by the rural white beach of Maculabo Island

    Daily Boat schedule to Calaguas:

    Paracale Port to Brgy. Mangcawayan: 1pm (be there early, Fare: PhP100.00)
    Brgy. Mangcawayan to Paracale: 7am (fare: PhP100.00
    One trip only, travel time is between 2 to 3 hours

    Fees, Fares, Rates:

    Beach Entrance Fee: Php 100/head (per day)
    Cottage Rental: PhP300.00
    Baranggay fee: PhP20.00

    Calaguas Island can also be reach by a boat ride, about two hours, from Daet's Bagasbas Beach

    Calaguas Island package tours are offered by tour operators and local travel agencies. there's no such thing as calaguas itinerary since all you do in the island is swim and do island hopping
    There are hotels on Calaguas Island, resorts are not yet there too.

    NOTE (updated May 2013):

    Tutubi went back to Calaguas Island Mahabang Buhangin in 2012 and saw development being made there, a part of the white beach was bought, reportedly by Shangri-la resort (but unconfirmed). Foreign plants like a green grass was being planted right on the beach that will someday wreck havoc on Calaguas Island eco-system, being an exotic plant species to the island.

    many recent blog posts on calaguas Island reports garbage left by backpackers and usual tourists alike, development of the area (which will someday make the beach exclusive to the future Calaguas Island Resort) and off-limits to the public.

    Should Tutubi publish a requiem to Calaguas Island now?

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 6:02 PM,

    100 Comments:

    At May 25, 2008, 12:39:00 PM, Anonymous kyels said...

    Very tranquil! Pero why is it called the virgin beach though?

     
    At May 25, 2008, 2:06:00 PM, Blogger Mari said...

    Wow! So pristine, beautiful, peaceful...a perfect place to getaway from the madding crowd of the city.

     
    At May 26, 2008, 12:35:00 AM, Blogger Ethyl Alcohol said...

    such a beautiful beachhhh...... (T_T)

     
    At May 26, 2008, 2:21:00 AM, Blogger pieterbie said...

    Sounds like a great place!
    I love the way you describe the quality and he feeling of the sand.

     
    At May 26, 2008, 2:34:00 AM, OpenID niceheart said...

    Nice beautiful images.

    I haven't tried sleeping outdoors yet. So when you slept on the beach, did you get a good sleep or did the sound of the waves distracted you? Or did it have a calming effect?

     
    At May 26, 2008, 4:29:00 AM, Anonymous RennyBA said...

    Looks nice, quiet and peaceful - a prefect place for a Norwegian to relax from the daily stress I guess :-)

    Wishing you a great week ahead!

     
    At May 26, 2008, 12:46:00 PM, Blogger Lawstude said...

    very quiet and peaceful and never-ending white sand. just the beach i like.

     
    At May 26, 2008, 9:48:00 PM, Blogger tutubi philippines said...

    kyels, it's called virgin since it's undeveloped, virtually untouched by development, somehting i doubt will take place there

    mari, yep. just a night there is enough for me

    ethyl alcohol, no crowds and hawkers

    pieterbie, yeah. unlike the others where you'll get your feet burned

    niceheart, it's good even if i wasn't able to get enough sleep. slept late and woke up early to catch the sunrise but was only disappointed with it

    rennyba, would you prefer a secret beach than the commercial one like boracay?

    lawstude, seems we like the same types of places :P

     
    At May 27, 2008, 6:09:00 AM, Blogger mirage2g said...

    *sigh* Kakamiss ang beach! Love your header btw...I hope it remains a virgin.

    A German friend told me that whenever he visits the PI now he doesnt go to Boracay because he doesn't want to change the image of what was Boracay when it was still virgin...

    I'll tell him about this. Thanks for sharing!

     
    At May 27, 2008, 10:05:00 AM, Anonymous Belle said...

    it reminds me of our beaches in Catanduanes, also part of the bikol region. nice discovery! when are you going to catanduanes? i will tour you around

     
    At May 27, 2008, 9:01:00 PM, Blogger tutubi philippines said...

    mirage2g, i don't think calaguas will ever be developed. it's not an all season place like bora. during the typhoon season, it's an isolated world with big waves from the pacific ocean

    belle, i'm setting my sights also on catanduanes but finding time and resources to go there besides masbate. i love secluded beaches!

     
    At May 28, 2008, 9:25:00 AM, Blogger BW said...

    So clean, pristine and unspoiled beauty. Wooo... 2 hours by pump boat isn't exactly near ! But the sailing is worth it I think :)

     
    At May 28, 2008, 6:40:00 PM, Blogger bianca said...

    is there a similarity with guimaras island?

     
    At May 28, 2008, 10:52:00 PM, Blogger tutubi philippines said...

    bw, the trip actually took more than 2 hours since there was a slight problem in the engine of the big fishing boat that day but we made it through

    bianca, i've only been to guimaras' alubihod but calaguas is much better than that beach, IMHO. maybe there are other islands there that can compare though

     
    At May 29, 2008, 9:02:00 PM, Blogger the donG said...

    very scenic! i always love white sand beaches. i hope i get to visit this one. i'll ask for more suggestions once i decide to go there.

     
    At May 30, 2008, 5:21:00 AM, Anonymous estan said...

    that's really a beautiful place. i can now imagine beach bums making a beeline to this place and investors or foreign men marrying locals for their soon to be resorts.

    Let's hope this will remain as it is.

     
    At May 30, 2008, 8:48:00 AM, Blogger jasperjugan said...

    wow, looks peaceful and tranquil!are there recommended kids-friendly activity around?

     
    At May 30, 2008, 9:31:00 PM, Blogger tutubi philippines said...

    the dong, it's just there waiting for you to visit. just don't go there during the typhoon season :P

    estan, i don't think it will be developed. it's too far and gets isolated during typhoons with big waves. not an all season destination like bora

    jsaper, what sort of kid-friendly activities? it's a simple rural life that's waiting there for you

     
    At May 31, 2008, 5:08:00 AM, Anonymous thess said...

    beautiful!!!

    happy weekend, tutubi =)

     
    At May 31, 2008, 9:40:00 AM, Anonymous Ferdz said...

    It looks nice. Also heard from Anton who was recently there, long stretch of fine white sands.

     
    At May 31, 2008, 10:32:00 AM, Anonymous Levi Elephant said...

    First of all, Bora is so overrated. I don't know but it's kind of insulting when people keep comparing it to every other beach resort that they go to. It's pretty unfair....at least that's what I think.

     
    At May 31, 2008, 5:44:00 PM, Blogger tutubi philippines said...

    thess, have a great week too

    ferdz, at walang tao :P

    levi, you can't help it since bora is the most famous of all here. i also find it overrated and also overdeveloped :(

     
    At May 31, 2008, 11:07:00 PM, Blogger travelphilippines said...

    wow me likey there....

     
    At Jun 2, 2008, 10:11:00 AM, Blogger LilyoftheValley said...

    wow... thank you tutubi... this is really a nice place... and great pictures, too!! Will surely add calaguas to my growing list of must see islands in the archipelago...

    by the way, was wondering if you know something about sablayan in mindory (any place to stay for a night)? would really appreciate...

    thank you very much and have a great day!

     
    At Jun 2, 2008, 10:17:00 PM, Blogger tutubi philippines said...

    travelphilippines, it's great, isn't it?

    lilyofthevalley, never been to mindoro except puerto galera. someday maybe :P

     
    At Jun 30, 2008, 12:23:00 PM, Blogger monina said...

    You just sold us Calaguas. We'll be coming from Manila. Will 3 days be enough to get there and back? Is August a good time to go there?

    Thanks for sharing this beauty.

     
    At Jun 30, 2008, 9:21:00 PM, Blogger tutubi philippines said...

    monina, 3d/2n is ok if it's just calaguas you're after. you can stay there longer if you wish if you can stand the lack of electricity:P

     
    At Aug 20, 2008, 10:11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hi to all. im johnny, i grew up in the beautiful place of daet 15 mins. travel from vinzon, but i hav'nt visit calaguas island.

    i set my schedule to go to calaguas one of this day.

     
    At Aug 26, 2008, 3:32:00 PM, Anonymous dudi said...

    i love it....beautiful pictures. I am from Jose Panganiban another town of Camarines Norte and 45 mins away from Vinzons i heard the place before but haven't been there. I love secluded island....i been to caramoan when it is not yet popular and to appari group of isalnd.

     
    At Sep 3, 2008, 6:18:00 AM, Blogger oli said...

    If you like secluded beaches you should try San Pedro Island off Hinunangan in South Leyte
    Mike

     
    At Sep 25, 2008, 5:36:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hi! i'd like to visit this place soon..
    how can we reach it?

     
    At Dec 8, 2008, 7:56:00 AM, Blogger palma tayona said...

    tutubi... i LOVE this place. i took note of how to reach it. i think i know now where to go on next year's vacation. this is simply perfect. not many people. pristine beach. a quiet place where one can really be alone. love it.

    oh, and i linked you to my blog.

     
    At Dec 8, 2008, 8:18:00 PM, Blogger tutubi said...

    palma, note my directions on how to reach it. it's not easy though. be prepared for simple life in the middle ages :P

     
    At Dec 24, 2008, 10:27:00 PM, Anonymous JEFER DULDULAO said...

    I AM SO INTERESTED ABOUT CALAGUAS ISLAND,CAMARINES NORTE. I'VE SEEN IT ON LIVING ASIA CHANNEL. I REALLY WANTED TO VISIT THE PLACE. THE VIEW LOOK SO RELAXING AND YET SO INVITING. I AM SO PROUD OF MY COUNTRY,BLESSED WITH MANY BEAUTIFUL PLACES.NATURAL BEAUTY TO BE THANKFUL FOR.

     
    At Jan 17, 2009, 8:45:00 AM, Blogger punky said...

    ah dito pala kinuha yung header mo.. nice..

     
    At Jan 17, 2009, 10:47:00 AM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    punky, you going there? :P

     
    At Feb 6, 2009, 12:31:00 PM, Anonymous Rec said...

    Tutubi' I Just wanted to ask few things... I'm a Self-Contained backpacker and planning to go to Calaguas Island maybe next week... My problem is that i don't know what would be my IT to this trip...If I'm planning to stay for 3 days 2 nights... and also is it possible for me to hitch a ride with the Fishing Banca from Vinzon to Calaguas and pay them for my trip, than renting them? and also how about my ride from Calaguas to Vinzon?

    Thanks...

    More Power to backpackingphilippines.com

     
    At Feb 6, 2009, 12:33:00 PM, Anonymous Rec said...

    Tutubi' I Just wanted to ask few things... I'm a Self-Contained backpacker and planning to go to Calaguas Island maybe next week... My problem is that i don't know what would be my IT to this trip...If I'm planning to stay for 3 days 2 nights... and also is it possible for me to hitch a ride with the Fishing Banca from Vinzon to Calaguas and pay them for my trip, than renting them? and also how about my ride from Calaguas to Vinzon?

    Thanks...

    More Power to backpackingphilippines.com

     
    At Feb 6, 2009, 9:53:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    rec, i posted above how to commute to calaguas, you don't have to hitch a ride with fishermen. Also, i went there via Mercedes fishport and not via Vinzons. Fishermen will take you there, it depends on your haggling skills :P

     
    At Feb 10, 2009, 5:25:00 PM, Anonymous Julie said...

    Hi! We're planning to go to Calaguas Island this March. I've read that we can ride a boat to the island from Bagasbas Beach? Approximately how much will it cost us (6 persons)? Is there a specific boarding time?

     
    At Feb 10, 2009, 9:19:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    Julie, there are no regular boat trips from Bagasbas to Calaguas but you can hire boats on bagasbas beach to take you there. That may cost you about P3000 for the boat, depends on the size of the boat and your haggling skills :P

     
    At Feb 11, 2009, 11:41:00 AM, Anonymous Julie said...

    Thanks for the info! :)

    I enjoyed browsing through this blog. It's very informative!

    Happy travelling! :)

     
    At Mar 4, 2009, 11:31:00 AM, Blogger the donG said...

    hi tutubi, can i email you somewhere for details? i might include this on one of my destinations this summer. thanks!

     
    At Mar 6, 2009, 8:36:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    the dong, i sent you an email dati...but will resend...AFAIK, i've already posted all info here :P

     
    At Mar 19, 2009, 9:03:00 AM, Anonymous dhonjason said...

    Hi! thanks for dropping by my blog. =) BTW i'm from Daet. It's nice to see your wonderful posts about Daet and Camarines Norte.

     
    At Mar 19, 2009, 10:26:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    dhonjason, i have a friend from daet. you may know her living in camanbugan

     
    At Apr 9, 2009, 4:29:00 PM, Blogger *M_E* said...

    great, awesome site- thanks to you guys!

    i do believe we should explore the philippines more and i even believe the places, experiences, people, food, photos, are even inexhaustible!

    i went to bicol last year and i have not even seen a lot but i loved it! i swore i will come back for more. ;-)

    cheers!

     
    At Apr 9, 2009, 7:21:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    M_E, do visit it but not during typhoon season. i'd love to return there someday and expect to find it the same as before and not another tourist-infested place like bora

     
    At Apr 23, 2009, 3:13:00 PM, Blogger Gerry said...

    hi tutubi, did you happen to have the coordinates? it would really be helpful... nonetheless, winner ka!

     
    At Apr 23, 2009, 9:36:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    gerry, i don't have coordinates via GPS but from wikimapia, mahabang buhangin has these coordinates: 14°28'34"N 122°56'16"E :P

     
    At Apr 23, 2009, 11:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I really like the way you described the place, very nice place how i wish i can get there..

     
    At May 23, 2009, 8:23:00 PM, Anonymous William Rodriguez said...

    Thanks for sharing. I'm always on the look ourt for nice pristine beaches. Very pretty just like the Islands of Caramoan in Camarines Sur. I'll definitely visit this place as well. To Lily of the Valley, If you are planning to go to Sablayan in Mindoro, there is a plale there you can stay across from it a short 10 min. banka or boat ride, it's an island with one resort named Pandan Island. Just huts with a running water toilet and shower. Lights are all solar powered at night. A great place to Dive or snorkel or just lay on the hammocks. Uncrowded and secluded no frills. Look for Dennis the owner. A french guy who speaks fluent Filipino/tagalog

     
    At Jul 30, 2009, 8:01:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    i am taking my son to that place. you have inspired me greatly. I will be dead soon. I want to show him something beautiful before i die........thanks for your help in finding the perfect place.....scotty

     
    At Jul 30, 2009, 1:30:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    scotty, sad to hear that. but anyway at least you spend your life in worthy pursuits. i would also do the same to spend quality time with loved ones in case i find myself in similar situations. good luck to you. avoid typhoons there you may get stranded :(

     
    At Aug 5, 2009, 11:34:00 PM, Anonymous Ryan said...

    Can you do a day trip from the closest port to Mahabang Buhangin? Going there end of August. Will be flying into Naga then off to Caramoan and then back to Naga the following day and then off to Daet and then surf at Bagasbas, or we might go straight to Mahabang Buhangin if possible - but all I want is a day trip. Would it be possible? and from which port? There is only two of us.

     
    At Aug 6, 2009, 3:50:00 PM, Blogger Coritho said...

    What a very fascinating scenery... I'd like the comparison of Calaguas beaches from Boracay and Pagudpud... I've also watched a segment from LivingAsia Channel about Calaguas & it made me glad that there is another hidden paradise in Bicol. This would definitely got to my list of Beaches to venture in the country...

     
    At Aug 8, 2009, 12:40:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    ryan, with the available boat schedules going there, a daytrip is possible but you need to leave immediately...the answer is no. try to spend at least a night there and be enchanted by the island. hire a boat from bagasbas for a daytrip but mind you might encounter big waves in the afternoon which is dangerous

    coritho, if you love to party then bora is for you, otherwise if you're like me it's calaguas. pagudpud's too far and the beach actually is not that good as either bora or this one.

     
    At Aug 18, 2009, 9:13:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hi, we're locals from banocboc & we love how you sell calaguas island! this is such a paradise. i've been to different places here in the philippines & no beach can beat the serenity of mahabang buhangin or how we call it in bicol "halabang baybay".

     
    At Aug 18, 2009, 9:56:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    anonymous, can you give me more details on how to get to your place? boat schedules and fares for actual people. my post may need updates from you :P

     
    At Sep 10, 2009, 3:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hello everyone,

    I am from Daet Camarines Norte but lived most of my life in Manila. My question is can i buy a piece of land there in Calaguas island Mahabang buhangin area?

    Thanks in advance

     
    At Sep 25, 2009, 9:07:00 PM, Anonymous daniel said...

    i've been in calaguas island, and its my first outdoor trip.. we stayed their for 3 days 2 nights.. i'm not an outdoor person but when i stayed their i just appreciated the feeling of no cellphone, no electricity and just tent.. it is so beautiful and it feels like the place heals you..i just hope that it stays that way because its being untouched is the good thing about the island..it is really a paradise

     
    At Nov 30, 2009, 3:51:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I'm Allan of Daet, Camarines Norte.
    Thanks for the good comments about our pride...The Calaguas Islands..
    The 2nd International Kiteboarding Competition in Bagasbas is scheduled on Feb 4-7, 2009.
    Please do come here in our place and we'll be glad to welcome you all here..

     
    At Nov 30, 2009, 4:04:00 PM, Anonymous Allan A. Vega said...

    i like this site..

     
    At Feb 17, 2010, 4:08:00 AM, Blogger Chyng said...

    Hello tutubi!

    I also plan to visit Apuao Grande and Calaguas next month!

    Ako din pa-email ng details pls! (plus contact numbers, price, magkano kaya boat) 4 lang kasi kami.

    chyngreyes@gmail.com

    thanks!

     
    At Feb 17, 2010, 10:11:00 AM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    hi Chyng, will have to ask a friend from daet who i've traveled with here for updates. boat rental can be expensive for the four of you if you're going to rent the big boats. there are commuter boat trips there as i've mentioned though. later...

     
    At Feb 18, 2010, 3:07:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    is there a mobile signal at the island? thanks

     
    At Feb 18, 2010, 10:19:00 AM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    anonymous, please read the post. it says not even electricity is available :(

     
    At Mar 12, 2010, 12:56:00 AM, Blogger Chyng said...

    hey Tutubi,
    I gave credits to you for my Calaguas trip. Check mo ha. I enjoyed this beach, all worth the hassle ng pagtravel. Ü

    http://riandrew.blogspot.com/2010/03/calaguas-at-last.html

     
    At Apr 5, 2010, 8:43:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi,

    Did you know that the best I.T going to Calaguas Isl. is from Labo to Sabang to Calaguas? it offers lots of scenic views, from there you will pass Mt. Labo and afterwards a breathtaking view of Sabang’s shoreline.

    If you’ve been in Calaguas Isl. you may noticed shoreline, meters away from its is an access road going to Sabang.

    If you’re planning to go there again you might want to consider this IT.

    Manila to Labo – Bus, Superlines or any other bus going to Labo.
    Labo to Sabang – Jeep (ride at the top)
    Sabang to Calaguas Isl. – Boat ride (cheap boat ride 4500 – 5000) Max of 12 heads… got this contacts from from hospitable locals there 09219772780 / 09295303224

    Try it, ive been there.. hehehehhe

     
    At Apr 5, 2010, 8:48:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi,

    Did you know that the best I.T going to Calaguas Isl. is from Labo to Sabang to Calaguas? it offers lots of scenic views, from there you will pass Mt. Labo and afterwards a breathtaking view of Sabang’s shoreline.

    If you’ve been in Calaguas Isl. you may noticed shoreline, meters away from its is an access road going to Sabang.

    If you’re planning to go there again you might want to consider this IT.

    Manila to Labo – Bus, Superlines or any other bus going to Labo.
    Labo to Sabang – Jeep (ride at the top)
    Sabang to Calaguas Isl. – Boat ride (cheap boat ride 4500 – 5000) Max of 12 heads… got this contacts from from hospitable locals there 09219772780 / 09295303224

    Try it, ive been there.. hehehehhe

    Leo joey

     
    At Apr 6, 2010, 10:34:00 AM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    leo, your suggested calaguas itinerary is intriguing. is it a recommended one or you're just plugging it here? I want to return there someday and expect it almost the same as i i've found it before

     
    At Apr 30, 2010, 10:19:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hi.. could you please e-mail me the details of 2 days 1 night trip to calaguas island from Manila. we are a grouup of 8 planning to go there this May 22-23. Hhow long is the estimated travel time. Thank you.-mushy_trina@yahoo.com

     
    At Apr 30, 2010, 10:28:00 AM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    trina, most of the details are already on my post. the only missing one that i will add is that you can get there via Paracale town's fishing port where you can haggle for a cheaper boat ride rental to take you there. I got there via Mercedes but you have options too.

     
    At Apr 30, 2010, 12:03:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hello tutubi,

    may i know the details on how to go to calaguas island. i am planning to go there early next month so pls. send me also all details including boat rentals and tent rentals. also was there any available place to eat or just cook by ourselves.

    thanks a lot.

    yzelle_28@yahoo.com

     
    At Jun 10, 2010, 10:44:00 PM, Anonymous Shenandoah bed and breakfast said...

    The Mahabang Buhangin Island is a dream place to explore and visit with lovely and fascinating sights and views and white sand beaches with crystal clear blue water really makes it a piece of paradise on earth.

    The place is so peaceful and serene with open sky and pleasant environment. It has suitable accommodations for visitors to stay and explore the eye catching beauty of the island.

     
    At Jun 20, 2010, 8:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    it has never been reach by development yet, so it was still virgin.. what a lovely place! thanks to the Creator!

     
    At Jul 30, 2010, 11:48:00 AM, Blogger delia said...

    Hi, Iam a middle age woman and my husband a german wants to buy a piece of land in calaguas, is there a way??? can we have a small land where we can build our own house, my partner really love beach and we have been searching places in philippines to make our vacation house.. we found Tinaga island beautiful.Is mahabang buhanagin in Tinaga island? is there inhabitants in Tinaga island?? we plan to visit calaguas this December.. please help . Thanks and e mail me. Villar_del@yahoo.com

     
    At Sep 18, 2010, 10:57:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    what????...no lots of sexy women in this island???...nahhh...I don't like it here...hehehe

     
    At Sep 21, 2010, 1:35:00 PM, Anonymous jackie said...

    nice pictures.. :) will definitely go there, i'm from daet and thanks for the info, now i know how to get there. will also suggest this to my friends and relatives.. it'll be a nice getaway. hope i won't be bugged too much at night by mosquitos, i'll just bring insect repellant. i'm sure my family will enjoy the trip. far but it'll be worth it.

     
    At Jan 23, 2011, 10:19:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    i really loved this place because on this island my mom grow up here.. i've been there since i was a child.. its peaceful place that you relax and forgot bout all worries in life..come and visit the place..

     
    At Apr 28, 2011, 6:12:00 PM, Blogger seamarj training center said...

    wow.... what a paradise... sana makarating din ako jn someday.. whew....

     
    At May 4, 2011, 4:15:00 PM, Blogger gerio said...

    FOR RENT BOAT SERVICE IN CALAGUAS ISLAND AT MAHABANG BUHANGIN BEACH RESORT VERY LOW LOW PRICE. 8 to 9 people.. .palanas paracale departure. .contact me? 09487177801 or email me on facebook? gerio.js@gmail.com and you see the boat. .

     
    At May 4, 2011, 4:18:00 PM, Blogger gerio said...

    FOR RENT BOAT SERVICE IN CALAGUAS ISLAND AT MAHABANG BUHANGIN BEACH RESORT VERY LOW LOW PRICE. 8 to 9 people.. .palanas paracale departure. .contact me? 09487177801 or email me on facebook? gerio.js@gmail.com and you see the boat. .

     
    At May 18, 2011, 11:19:00 PM, Anonymous nel gomez said...

    boat rental contact 09203179315

     
    At Jun 2, 2011, 11:13:00 PM, Anonymous abu dhabi dhow cruise said...

    nice info and beautiful pix.love to visit the place soon.

     
    At Jun 4, 2011, 11:45:00 PM, Anonymous yacht charter abu dhabi said...

    nice place and information,thank you very much

     
    At Jun 4, 2011, 11:46:00 PM, Anonymous yacht charter abu dhabi said...

    nice place and good informations,thank you very much

     
    At Jun 19, 2011, 2:50:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I have been to this island (just yesterday), and it was indeed beautiful and serene. No crowd or loud people, meaning it has not been exploited yet. Proof: no electricity. It is true that the beach's sand is as fine as Boracay. I hope the Department of Tourism though would teach the locals how to maintain the island's surroundings and waste disposal like how they do it in Bora (so many people yet one can't see even a candy wrapper lingering in its sands.)

     
    At Aug 27, 2011, 5:54:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Which port is nearest going to Calaguas? Via Mercedes, Bagasbas or somewhere else? Are there bigger boat like fast craft or faster boats like speed boats going there? I have not been there and plan to go there this week.

     
    At Aug 27, 2011, 7:09:00 AM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    anonymous, it's actually port of paracale, camarines norte

     
    At Feb 6, 2012, 2:40:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Tutubi, Calaguas Island, a paradise indeed!!!! I am a native of Vinzons now living overseas for more than 30 years. I've seen so many beaches in the world that are in the Indian Ocean, Atlantic, Mediterrian etc.., but yet, our beaches in particular Calaguas remains the best and incomparable for me. I've only been to Calaguas twice when I was 13 or so and now reading your blogs brought back memories and made me wanted to go back to that place.

     
    At Feb 21, 2012, 3:52:00 AM, Anonymous Desert safari Abu Dhabi said...

    nice place

     
    At Feb 21, 2012, 3:53:00 AM, Anonymous Desert safari Abu Dhabi said...

    nice place keep it up .i like very much

     
    At Mar 7, 2012, 12:15:00 PM, Blogger purple_K said...

    Hi Tutubi. Can u send me the details for this Calaguas island. Im planning to go there with my friends this april. Heres my email add: anakatrina_sa@yahoo.com. Thanks!

     
    At Mar 9, 2012, 6:28:00 PM, Anonymous jake said...

    Very informative blog sir.

    I'm really interested in going there.

    would like to know the schedule of the boats leaving from Bagasbas beach? is there a regular or special trip only?

    any info would be appreciated

    Thanks a lot

     
    At Apr 17, 2012, 3:27:00 PM, Blogger pogi said...

    from paracale to calaguas is 2hours boat ride. the price is 3500 sa balikan n 4k kung overnight. no sched for the boat ride, always sila avail.

     
    At May 20, 2013, 5:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    sadly, may resort na doon na nakakasira sa tranquility ng isla. may rooms, large cottages, bar - lights, sounds, drinks and bitches nalasing at sumasayaw-sayaw na parang nasa cabaret. nakakainis.

     
    At May 20, 2013, 7:18:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    anonymous, just as i expected. calaguas island going the way of boracay :(

     
    At Nov 7, 2013, 11:26:00 AM, Anonymous SM said...

    hi thanks for this web but if you need a boat rentals from paracale to calaguas you can contact us @ 09182311699 / 09303784423 mama esing / 09164113798.we can accomodate you anytime for your inquiries and needs. THANKS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS! ADVANCE MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!1

     
    At Nov 30, 2013, 11:35:00 PM, Anonymous abudhabidesertsafari said...

    we must visit ph once

     

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