Calaguas Islands is a group of islands sited in Camarines Norte Philippines under the jurisdiction of the town of Vinzons. Parts of its major islands are Tinaga Island, Guintinua Island and Maculabo Island.

Tinaga Island is, later on, became famous for its long beach known as Mahabang Buhangin. Due to its powdery and white sands comparable to Boracay’s, the number of tourists visiting the island is gradually increasing.

Calaguas Island Tour Inclusions

So what are the activities and areas to explore in two days and one-night itinerary in Calaguas Island with PHP2,899 budget? Let me share my experience.

There is no cellphone signal on the island hence, this is a great opportunity to bond and have quality time with friends and family.

Day 0

The Departure

Meet up was held at 8 PM on Friday night. Composed of 13 persons filling up a private van, we took off our way to Camarines Norte. Travel time is expected to be around 9 to 10 hours, but we made it in 8 hours since our driver seems to know the road so well.

Day 1

Vinzons Port to Calaguas Island

We arrived at 5:00 AM in Vinzons Port and had our breakfast on the area(own expense). There are lots of kids selling a big clear plastic bag for PHP20 which you will need to serve as protection for your bags and belongings from the splash of water while you are sailing.

Travel time is approximately 2 hours depending on the condition of the weather. Expect to get wet as you may encounter big waves along the way, so better be on your bathing clothes and shoes and bring a waterproof or dry bag with you to secure your gadgets and wallet. Trust the boat captain, wear your life vest properly and enjoy the ride.

Accommodation

There are plenty of lodges to choose from other than tents, there are cottages, cabanas and air-conditioned nipa hut rooms which ranges from PHP3,500 to PHP9,500 per night. Our group set up 8 tents for our stay as it is the accommodation included in our package. In case you are not used to sleeping on a hard surface, there are people in the vicinity offering comforters for rent.

Restrooms and shower rooms are shared and there are times that no water is coming out, so you will need to fetch a pail of water. Make sure to monitor the supply especially if you are taking a bath.

Mahabang Buhangin Beach

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Also known as Halabang Baybay, Mahabang Buhangin is the most visited spot among the islands of Calaguas. Enjoy walking along the shore and you will find many interesting subjects for your photos.

There are sari-sari stores around the area where you can buy products such as toiletries, snacks, and drinks. However, expect everything to be expensive.

Day 2

Mini Hike

To see the sunrise, we need to be at the top of the highland before it completely rises. So, our group woke up at 4:30 AM to take a mini hike for 20 to 30 minutes.

A fee of PHP20 per person has been collected for this activity.

Thanks to our tour guide who is very familiar with the place when we are on our way in spite of the dark path. This is also a moment when everything you see is a silhouette.

A tree tunnel must be passed through on the way to the highlands.

The Sunrise

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As the sun rises, a breathtaking view of the sea will be visible to your eyes. Have your cameras ready as you will just consume 15 minutes of time to enjoy the view and take pictures due to the next batch of visitors arriving on the top.

Local Port

As you go down from the highlands, the last stop is the local port within the community. This is a great place to take photographs as well.

Guide Dog

It is interesting to see a local dog being a guide to tourists along the hike. The canine even shoos away any carabao that is going nearer to people. Say hi to them and pet them if you happen to see one.

Emergency Response Team

I would like to give highlights to the island’s coast guards for the fast and active response to our friend’s emergency need. She slipped and had a sprained ankle. Using a speed boat, she was then brought to the hospital in the nearest town(Paracale) to be X-rayed. Fortunately, no serious injury.

Side Trip to Bagasbas Beach

Before leaving Camarines Norte, we took a glimpse of the waves of Bagasbas Beach in Daet which is 10 minutes away from Vinzons Port. This is a good place to surf but unfortunately, we don’t have enough time to do so. I will give an update once I was able to return and experience surfing here.

These complete our two-day tour in Calaguas Island. You may have a different experience and have your own choice of activities but either way, it will be an equally amazing trip for sure.

We left the province at around 5 PM and reached Manila in between 12 AM to 1 AM.

34 Replies to “Calaguas Island, Philippines: 2D1N Tour”

      1. I’ve never been to Calaguas Island but it sure is stunning in here, just by seeing the lovely photos and the places you checked out. Will definitely take note of this for future use, it’s great to have a variety of places to visit in your itenerary.

  1. I love Calaguas! When someone asks me which island to go for a good chill and swim, Calaguas is always on the top of my mind. It’s also my sister’s fave island. ๐Ÿฅฐ

    1. Wow there’s so much to do there!! I can’t wait to travel around once COVID19 is #CANCELLED. I already bookmarked this for future reference ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. This is the part of CamNOr I was not able to set foot. Been in Daet, Paracale, Capalonga and Jose Panganiban, and experiencing its beach, at par with Boracay’s, still lingers in my mind.

  3. Never been here but everything in it is calling the wanderlust in me. I also love the mini hike part as i cant do extreme hikes. Thanks for this detailed trip!

  4. Eto yung matagal ko nang gustong puntahan pero dahil sobrang tagal nung byahe di pa rin makapunta. HAHA pagtapos talaga nitong pandemic isa to sa mga pupuntahan ko hehe

  5. Super helpful nitooo! Thanks for the guide on Calaguas. Will definitely refer to this article when time comes pupunta na kami dun

  6. Heto yung isang plano namin na di natuloy dahil sa pandemic. Gusto ko pa naman sana maexperience ulit yung sa tent matutulog. Di bale pag nagnormal na ulit ang lahat makakapunta din ako dyan.

  7. Ah, Calaguas Island! I’ve only been there once and I had a wonderful time. We stayed at Tinaga Island – we also slept in our tents and had bonfire that night. I’m glad that there is a response team in the island – there was a time (not in Calaguas), a group was having a ‘team building’ and one of them was unresponsive. My and my friends (we’re medical professionals) had to step-in since the island has no medical stuff not even a first aid kit.

  8. I would enjoy a trip like this. After quarantine, Iโ€™ll go to a freaking beach every weekend. I just miss the sand and the sea and everything little things. Look at those pics. Huhuhu

  9. waah! we were supposed to go here one time. nauwi sa wala. dami ko pa naman research nito. napakaganda niya talaga!

  10. I’ve seen a lot of reviews about Calaguas Island kaya it’s one of my island destination once this pandemic is over! ๐Ÿ™‚ โ™ก It really looks stunning here. Andami ko pa talgang di pa napupuntahan huhu #PinasMuna for next year ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. Fan talaga ako ng mga guide dogs. They really know the place, sobrang amazing nila. Lalo na sa mga bundok, memorize din nila ung trail.

    I was planning to visit calaguas but things happened and we had to cancel.a

  12. Isa ang Calaguas sa madalas kong marinig sa mahihilig mag travel. Masarap din yung walang signal ano para makapag rest at chill ka din ng mabuti. At ang ganda mag sightsee lang ng sunrise.

  13. Actually, we have already booked our stay here before the pandemic really hit us. Certain things eventually happen talaga in life huhu. Have to rebook again, and at least I had an Idea what to expect on our visit there, salamat <3

  14. Grabe yung sunrise, ang ganda! Yung super worth it talaga yung pagpunta mo. To witness sunrise this grand, in person, nakakaiyak. Parang mapapa-thank you Lord ka talaga.

  15. After ko makapunta ng Caramoan eto naman yung plano ko na mapuntahan sana pero hindi na natuloy yung plano ko. Sana makapagbeach na ulit dahil nakakamiss na talaga

  16. The waters look clear, the sand is powdery fine, and the place looks serene and relaxing. Ang mahal ng nipa hut rentals. Ok na rin siguro yung tent. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Can’t wait to bask in the beauty of nature once again after this pandemic. Natry ko na yung Caramoan pero sobrang tagal ng byahe.

  17. Wow, I love the idea of setting up tents near the beach, just wondering if they allow their guests to do campfires in that area as well. I heard Boracay has set a lot of restrictions to protect and preserve the place… This is a nice trip, will try to visit on my next trip to Phils.

  18. One of the best islands talaga ang Calaguas. Ang dami ng tour operators ang nag ooffer ng affordable tour sa Calaguas kaya medyo naging crowded sya. After this pandemic, I’m planning to go back here ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. ang ganda ng colorful tents sa island. this is a helpful guide. i’ve heard great feedback about the beauty of camarines din kaya dadami talaga punta dito after quarantine.

  20. All the love for guide dogs! I haven’t experienced it yet pero I am sure that it makes an experience more memorable and exciting! Gusto ko tuloy i-visit yung place so I can try myself.

  21. Calaguas is definitely a must visit spot! Been wanting to go there ever since. One of the unspoiled beaches in the Philippines. And it so much fun there to be with the barkada because of its remote spot and no network connection making it more intimate place to spent time with friends!

  22. This is such a useful blog post! I’d love to go to Calaguas Island’s one day and it’s so helpful to have this breakdown for when I do! ๐Ÿ™‚

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