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
Naga City Airport is the nearest airport located in Camarines Sur. From Naga Van Terminal, take a two-hour drive to Daet.
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.
From Daet, hire a tricycle or take a jeepney to reach the fish port (30 minutes); then take a boat to Mahabang Buhangin.
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.
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.
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?
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.
If the weather is in favor, you may also have the chance to witness the sunset and do stargazing at night.
Below is a sample itinerary base on our trip in Calaguas Islands with side trip to Bagasbas, Daet.
|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)|
|07:00 PM||Dinner (camping meal 2)|
|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|
|12:00 PM||ETD: Vinzons (to Daet)||Van|
|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.
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!
“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/