Calaguas Islands: Travel Guide

Calaguas Islands is comparable to Boracay and El Nido, but on a different category. You will not experience night-life like in Boracay; or view majestic underwater creatures and corals like in El Nido; but with its smooth white sand beach, clear turquoise water, you can relax and forget your corporate job or move-on from your past relationship. This travel guide will help you plan your next travel to Calaguas Islands.

Calaguas is located in the province of Camarines Norte, in the northern-most part of Bicol. It is a two-hour boat ride from the town of Vinzons. Halabang Baybay/Mahabang Buhangin (Long Beach) is the most popular spot in the islands and where most tourists stays.

For this trip, we took a 2D1N ALL-IN tour package, but I will try to provide information as much as I can base on my research.

How to Get There

By Air

Naga City Airport is the nearest airport located in Camarines Sur. From Naga Van Terminal, take a two-hour drive to Daet.

By Land

Take a bus from Cubao or Pasay to Daet, Camarines Norte which may take 8-9 hours travel. Available bus lines bound to south are Superlines (has daily trips to Paracale), Philtranco, Amihan, and DLTB Co.

Via Vinzons

From Daet, hire a tricycle or take a jeepney to reach the fish port (30 minutes); then take a boat to Mahabang Buhangin.

Via Paracale

From Daet, hire a tricycle or take a van or bus bound to Paracale (2 hours); then take a boat to Mahabang Buhangin.

When to Visit

According to our guide, the best time to visit is of course during summer season which is between March and May. You may also visit during Amihan season between January and March but watch out for big waves. And avoid rainy seasons between June and November.

Remember that boat ride will last up to two hours and with big waves your ride can be rough.

How Long to Stay

A weekend trip (2D1N) is enough for a good overnight stay in Calaguas Islands, leave on Friday night and comeback home on Sunday night. But I suggest that you extend your stay for an additional day (3D2N) if you can, because you’ll definitely love the place that you’ll wish to stay for more.

Where to Stay

Plenty of resorts are now available in the island offering air-conditioned room, cottages with mattresses, and hot and cold shower. For campers, tent pitching is also available for a minimal fee. Common shower and comfort room is available for P10 per pail of water.

Our Journey

We left Manila Friday 9PM via a van. At 5AM the next day, we arrived in Vinzons, Camarines Norte. After few hours of waiting, we started our 2-hour boat ride to Calaguas Islands. A few miles away from the island, I can already see the long stretch of sparkling white sands of Mahabang Buhangin. At the moment the boat stopped, I immediately jumped out because of my excitement.

Calaguas Islands
Calaguas Islands

We brought down our things to the camp site then took the chance to scout the area, swim and take mandatory selfies. And did I mention that the water is clear?

Relax and take a fresh air under a tree
Relax and take a fresh air under a tree
Play some sports
Play some sports

Clear turquoise water
Clear turquoise water
Northern-most part of Mahabang Buhangin
Northern-most part of Mahabang Buhangin

Thanks to our packaged tour which includes generous serving of food for lunch, dinner and breakfast; we didn’t have to worry about anything else but to relax and enjoy the place. Aside from swimming, you may also do a quick hike on the nearby hill in the island. At the summit, you will have a view of the whole Mahabang Buhangin including the increasing number of houses and resorts.

View from the summit of a nearby quick-hike hill
View from the summit of a nearby quick-hike hill
Take a nap at the summit
Take a nap at the summit

If the weather is in favor, you may also have the chance to witness the sunset and do stargazing at night.

View the sunset
View the sunset
Stargazing at night
Stargazing at night

Sample Itinerary

Below is a sample itinerary base on our trip in Calaguas Islands with side trip to Bagasbas, Daet.

Sample Itinerary
Time Description Transpo
Day 0
8:30 PM Assembly at Manila
9:00 PM ETD: Manila (to Vinzons, Camarines Norte) Van
Day 1: Arrival
6:00 AM ETA: Vinzons, Camarines Norte
9:00 AM ETD: Vinzons (to Mahabang Buhangin, Calaguas Islands) Boat
11:00 AM ETA: Mahabang Buhangin, Calaguas Islands
01:00 PM Lunch (camping meal 1)
02:00 PM Swimming (free time)
03:00 PM Hike
07:00 PM Dinner (camping meal 2)
11:00 PM Lights-out
Day 2: Last day, departure
6:30 AM Breakfast (camping meal 3)
8:00 AM Pack things
9:00 AM ETD: Mahabang Buhangin (to Island Hopping) Boat
11:00 AM ETA: Vinzons
Take shower
12:00 PM ETD: Vinzons (to Daet) Van
01:00 PM Lunch
02:00 PM ETA: Bagasbas
Free time, optional: surfing
04:00 PM ETD: Daet (to Manila) Van
11:00 PM ETA: Manila

For this travel, we took a 2D1N ALL-IN package including meals for just P2,500 from Tour Leisure Adventures. I recommend Tour Leisure Adventures because the staffs are very accommodating, friendly and easy to transact with. They also offer other tours around Luzon. You may visit their Facebook through this link.

Have Fun!

This post is based on my personal travel experiences and research for this trip. Please feel free to share your experiences, as well as, suggestions or your questions on comments below.

I hope this helps you on your next travel. Enjoy!

References:

“Travel Guide: Calaguas Islands” (2009). Retrieved from: http://www.lakwatsero.com/destinations/calaguas-islands/

“Travel Guide to Calaguas Islands” (2016). Retrieved from: http://loveeatwander.com/travel-guide-to-calaguas-island-resort/

“Surviving Calaguas (3D2N)” (2016). Retrieved from: http://broketravelers.com/surviving-calaguas-3d2n/

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