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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.