Calaguas Resback Escapade!

After three failed attempts finally I was able to experience this beautiful island. You’ve read it right! I had three failed attempts just as what I have written in my previous post “Misadventure but not a Misfortune“, but nevertheless it was all worth it.
I traveled with my previous group that we called  the “Calaguas Resbackers”. Because of our previous failed trip last February. This time there were additional people is our group. Apart from Rachel and Gerald, Lea and Homer, Ate MJ, Ate Gigi, Beverly and Kuya Bong which is the original part of the group. Beverly brought her son and her partner with same. Same as kuya Bong he brought his son Kyle.
Our travel time was just the same. It took us just additional 30 mins since Beverly brought some food and we had dinner first before we went head to Vinzon. We left Vinzon via boat about 9:30 am and it took us less than three hours before we get to Calaguas Island. The boat was exclusive for us. The boat ride was really challenging. The waives were so strong when we were in the middle of the sea and the sun is in its full blast.
Were all wet and exposed in the sun. Its a little bit exhausting being exposed under the sun and being soaked in salt water at the same time. After about two hours and thirty minutes of boat ride we finally get to the island. After getting out of the boat the first thing that I did was – lied down on a powdery white sand of the shore and told myself “Finally!”. The long travel time was all worth it as you experience the beauty of beach. The sea water is so cold and refreshing.
When we were in the island we swim, we had island hopping, trekking and took a lot of photos.
Calaguas Navigatours was our tour provider/host. They really took care of us. Thanks to Josh for giving us such a wonderful experience in the island. Aside from being a nice host and very accommodating people, I love the food they served. I love the Pork humba, Buttered Shrimp, Bicol Express and Laing. There are not just authentic and awesomely delicious, it was also buffet. I can’t even remember how many time we had our refill.
Over all the experience was extremely fun!
If you want to experience the same thing don’t hesitate to visit this wonderful Island. For hassle free arrangement you may contact Josh of Calaguas Navigatours. Visit their Facebook to check for the available dates or send him a personal message for easy transaction.


Travel Guide : Experience Calaguas (Mahabang Buhangin)!

There are a lot of travel and tour organizers offering Calaguas tours now a days that can easily bring you to this wonderful island with less stress and hassle. However there are still people who prefer a DIY (Do It Yourself) travel specially those who love to travel alone and more adventurous. For those people who find enjoyment is traveling alone this post with guide you in going to Calaguas.

Where is Calaguas?

The Calaguas is located in the province of Camarines Norte. It includes the major islands of Tinaga Island and Guintinua Island, the minor Maculabo Island, as well as several other minor islands. It is a group of islands in the Pacific under the jurisdiction of the town of Vinzons.

The long stretch of beach named Halabang Baybay/Mahabang Buhangin (Long Beach), is a cove located in the Tinaga Island. The island has powdery white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and unspoiled natural resources that you will really enjoy the beauty, peace and serenity of the place.


How to commute to Calaguas (Mahabang Buhangin)?

via Vinzon

There are two point of entry going to Calaguas. The most common jump off point is Vinzons.

1. By land or by air going to Daet.

a. By land travel, ride a bus going to Daet, Camarines Norte. There are different buses that you can take from Cubao going to Daet. Philtranco, Amihan Bus Lines and Superlines are the most common. Travel time is approximately 8 hours to 10 hours depends on what service you take and bus fare ranges from Php 500.00 to Php 800.00.

b. If you want to cut your travel time, you may opt to take a plane from Manila to Naga. From Naga take a van going to Daet  (approximately 2 to 3 hours. Php 180 to Php 200)

2. From Daet you can hire a tricycle or ride a Jeep going to the fish port. It will take roughly 30 minutes of  your travel time.

via Paracale

1. Take Superlines bus bound directly to Paracale/Panganiban. However if you take a route from Daet, ride a passenger van bound for Paracale. (1 – 2 hours, Php 50 to Php 100)

From Vinzons or Paracale fish port charter a boat to Mahabang Buhangin or just tell boatmen that you are heading to Calaguas/Mahabang Buhangin. Boat rentals  good for 8 pax is Php3,000 – Php4,000 (for 2 days). There are bigger boats available as well for bigger group.


Where to Stay in Calaguas?

There are a lot of cottages and resorts now in the island that cost from Php 3000 to Php 6000.  If you are a camper, entrance fees is from Php 120 to Php 150 per person. Cottages is for as low as Php 500.

Important! before you set-up your tent make sure to ask the caretaker first if there are additional fees that you have to pay so you don’t caught off guard if all of a sudden someone demand you to pay something that you have no idea.

What to do in Calaguas?

  • Swimming
  • Scuba diving/snorkeling (bring your own equipment)
  • Island hopping
  • Camping – just bring your own camping equipments, enough foods and water supply.
  • Trekking