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Bicol: The White Sand Beach of Maculabo Island, Paracale, Camarines Norte
An attempt to visit Paracale's Pulang Daga Beach, named after the red colored sand beach (daga means soil in Bicolano), did not materialized due to Tutubi's friend's insistence to have lunch in an island that's so near the "gold rush" town of Paracale.
It turned out it's on the list of Tutubi's islands he wanted to visit: Maculabo Island, just to verify claims of some people (and bloggers) that it's like this famous island teeming with tourists down south.
The trip to Maculabo Island is just a mere thirty minutes from the Paracale Port via motorized banca, an hour more, you'll find yourself in the mesmerizing Mahabang Buhangin of Tinaga Island, Calaguas Islands. Both Tinaga Island and Maculabo islands are part of the Calaguas Group of Islands though Tinaga Island is politically part of Vinzons, Camarines Norte. .
Pictures of Maculabo Island, the white sand beach of Centro (or Sentro) as the locals call the place.
The white sand beach boasts white sand alright but it's not as white nor as fine as the sand of Mahabang Buhangin, (erroneously called Calaguas Island).
Centro of Maculabo is inhabited with a small barangay (village) where Tutubi's friend bought freshly-caught fish (talakitok and tanigue).
GPS Coordinates/Waypoints: N14 24 04.5 E122 49 04.0
michelle, how to get to paracale? you need to book a flight to Manila, from NAIN take a taxi to the bus station (Amihan, Philtranco, Superlines),look buses going to Daet via Sta. Teresita. drop off near the junction called Bato balani, take a tricycle to Paracale Pier then hire a boat to Maculabo. Sad to say but it's not easy to get there :(