Owkey, Let’s start! Weeheehee!
(Warning:This post might be ‘weeheehoo-ahihi-full-post’, I’m sorry I think I will never get over Calaguas Island)

First of all, I would just like to thank the following peepz:
*Mr. Kent Balbino, for taking this beautiful shot in Calaguas. (We just accidentally saw the pic in Flickr and wondered where this place is. And, hmm.. I used the pic as my desktop wallpaper for 2 weeks to be my inspiration:P )*Lakwatsero for your entry about this wonderful island.
*And of course, Chyng, Thank you so much for your very detailed entry. Thanks for answering my inquiries as well. Anyway, Mang Buboy knows you, they gave us a discount. Weeheehoo!Lovet! 🙂

Now. Let’s start. For real!

When we saw the picture in Flickr, though we promised ourselves we are not going out this month. Haaaist, automatically we just found ourselves trying to look for details on how to go to Calaguas the next day.

Here were the options that we thought of on how to go to Daet, Camarines Norte:


There is no direct flight to Daet, Camarines Norte. So we tried to book a ticket to Legaspi or Naga. Check this links:AirphilExpress, CebuPacific, Philippine Airlines, and SEAir. Unfortunately, there were no longer seat sale for the month of June, neither Cebu Pacific nor AirPhilippines has it. With a limited budget, we decided to reserve seats in Amihan Bus of Philtranco (even it means it will consume our 24-hours for a roundtrip ride).

You can either take Philtranco or Amihan Bus to Daet.
Schedule and ticket price of Philtranco Lines.
For reservations, you can send an email to You may also book by phone and talk to a Philtranco representative. You may call 851-8077, 851-8078, or 851-8079 (Pasay Terminal). For Daet to Manila trip, you may contact (054)571-2718 or (054)440-2148.

Schedule and ticket price of Amihan Bus.

Daet is 350.8 kms from Manila so prepare yourself for a 9-hour roadtrip. Approximately in 4 hrs, you will reach Quezon National Park. An hour and so from Quezon, you will see the long stretch of beachside road along Maharlika Highway. For another hour, you will then experience the ultimate zigzag road in Atimonan which is famously known as Bitukang Manok.

*Take SLEX, in Canlubang Exit, pass the bridge and take a right at the Batangas/Lucena signage to get into Maharlika Highway.
*First stop is Brgy. Turbina, Calamba; take a left at the intersection after passing the town of Sto. Tomas.
*To head to Bicol, you will pass through the towns of Alaminos, San Pablo, Tiaong, Candelaria, Sariaya on to Lucena City.
*In Lucena City, you will pass through the towns of Pagbilao, Atimonan, Plaridel through Gumaca
*Then after Sta. Elena, Camarines Norte, you’ll need to take Calauag, Tagkawayan, Sta. Elena, Labo, Talisay, then finally Daet.

And, luckily, that morning of June 8, before we leave, my parents were able to rent a van for P4000.00 exclusive of gas which was around Php2,500. We grabbed that offer. And since the driver is used of driving to Bicol, that means our travel time will be cut down, and of course our expenses too. :))

Howkey! So on the way to Camarines Norte, my heart was really pounding, wishing for a very good weather. I am quite scared because for the past 2 weeks PAG-ASA kept on saying that it’s already the start of the Rainy Season. It is also said that the waves and weather in Cam Nor is just good up until May, but oh! We badly need to go to Calaguas NOW!!! Since, We’ve seen the picture of Calaguas, I never got a good sleep. So even the rain start pouring here in the city, it didn’t stop us.

We left around 10pm of June 8, after 9 hours, we reached Daet. From the town of Daet, there are 2 Jump-Off Points to Calaguas known as the Vinzons and Paracale Port. Vinzons is mostly taken by travelers who took off a plane from Naga Airport. Boat Rental Fee in Vinzons is much higher than those in Paracale. So for those budget travelers, I recommend to take Paracale Port instead.

At Paracale Port, there are a few boatmen who will offer their boat to Calaguas w/ sidetrips to Maculabo and Cumalasag Island. Your rent fee should include at least a sidetrip to Maculabo Island. You can contact Mang Rolly 0920-5342129 or Mang Nelson 0939-8351453. Boat Rate: Php2500.00/4pax, Php3000.00/6pax, Php7000.00/20pax.

When we arrived at Paracale, we met up w/ Kuya Buboy, our textmate for the past 2 weeks now. He is the owner of the boats of Mang Nelson and Mang Rolly. At first he was giving the boat for Php3500.00 but w/ faith and the determination to go to Calaguas, I decided to use my convincing power, and *poof!* the boat fee went down to Php2,600 for a group of 6 w/ free life vests. (They usually charge Php20-50.00/vest). That fee already includes a trip to Maculabo Island. For those who are traveling by car, you can park your cars at Kuya Roland’s House for Php250.00. Kuya Roland is the brother of Mang Buboy.

Friendly Tip: Try to haggle, but take Kuya Buboy’s offer. Anyways, you can take some nap in his place while you’re charging your cellphones or ipods. You can also use their comfort room before and after your trip to Calaguas for a shower. Ate Mary, the daughter of Mang Buboy will also bring you to Paracale Market if you need to buy something. Ate Linda, the wife of Mang Buboy will also help you pack your things. And take note: these are all for FREE 🙂 (Yah, I know that’s a lot of names, but that would help during the negotiation part. More names that you mention, more chances of winning! :P)

Paracale Port

So while some of my friends are loading our things on the boat, I headed to Paracale Market, it is just a few blocks away where you can buy some rice, pang-ihaw, etc.

Weeheehoo!And now off to Calaguas! 😀

Important:The weather and waves in Calaguas are just good from January-June. Boatmen say that the waves go wild from July to December(wherein people can’t enjoy the beach and a boatride is said to be dangerous).
The boatride is approximately around more than 2 hours. The locals in Barangay Paracale told us that it has been raining for a couple of days now, but you know the good news is? They said that even it has been raining hard in Paracale, it seems that the storm doesn’t go up to Calaguas. And yes, it’s true, that day, the weather was so good! The waves were very calm, you won’t even see a two-inch-high wave!!

The waves were too calm, I can even sit here.
(I’m just really so amazed the water is deep blue. And *Poinkz!* im not wearing a life vest. Tsktsk!)

Just so you know, Calaguas is actually a group of four islands, and around 11-12 islets in the Pacific. Tinaga Island which is named Mahabang Buhangin by the locals has the most favored white sand beach shore. Mahabang Buhangin, from its name, is a long strip of fine white sand with rocks on both ends and a hill on the left side.

On the way, you’ll also be asked which part of Mahabang Buhangin your group will stay. There’s really a charge for the maintenance fee of the island. There’s no resorts there, just 3 small cottages made of nipa. Boatmen will recommend for your group to stay in Mang Berto’s but he charges Php150.00 because it has colored flags on the area. Hehe Of Course I have an immediate response to that “Kuya, dun na lang kami sa walang bayad o kaya sa Fifty Pesos!” 🙂

End of Daydreaming. At Last! Weeheehoo!!
(Warning:the following pictures are understatement of our new found paradise – this island is really far different from the beach of Bora. Shots are unedited.)

Calaguas is very amazing. The first time I set my foot on the island, I was mesmerized and I just kept on running and running and feeling that very fine powdery sand on my feet. I just kept on shouting “Wow!”. The island is not beautiful, it is very beautiful that I think any adjectives would not really describe it enough. Yeah, I can say, Calaguas is a Paradise.
We were so excited to have a dip in the clear blue water, we hurriedly set-up our tents nearby.After we had our lunch, that was the only time when we realized that we need to fetch some water from the poso so we can wash our plates and hands too.We don’t have any detergent or sponge so we used the sand and malunggay leaves to clean our plates.

And what’s the best thing to do after eating? Hmmm… Will there be any nicer thing to do? than?.. .. ZzzZzzZzz… 🙂

Mind you, we just brought and set up this hammock. Perfect!

I So Love Calaguas!

This is one of the 3 nipa huts you’re gonna see in the island.

Calaguas is known for these flowers.

This place is really just so awesome. The water is so clear and blue.There are no pebbles, stones, shells or whatever on the sand. It is just a pure fine white sand. There is also no weeds on the sea bed so for those people who get irritated and shocked, or to those people who hurries to go back to the shore whenever they felt that there are some weeds on their feet, OMG! This island is for you.
And the best part is – we were the only guests in Calaguas Island for that day so we can just run, shout, play and happily wear our two-piece.

My Mama enjoying the beach of Calaguas

There’s a lot of things that you can do here:

You can go snorkeling…
Since the sand is so powdery, it is also perfect for skimboarding…

I didn’t really care if I really got burned and red, it’s only once-in-a-lifetime chance to discover a perfect beach.

You can score some Frisbee game too…

You can also go fishing w/ the boatmen and get some big crabs…

This is my Dad holding a very big yummy crab. He loves Calaguas so much, he wants to go back. 🙂

Sunset in Calaguas – hmmm.. I was not that able to capture a good sunset here since it is too cloudy on the other side, that part of Paracale. I only have some few shots.

I was just sitting on the sand when I saw this dog playing on the water and I think the dog was enjoying the sunset as well.

My dad enjoyed the water so much that he went swimming up until it gets dark.

Before it got darker, we started lighting our torch, Oh well, this is really important since there is no electricity in the island. I think I learned my lesson when we had our trip in Cagbalete Island, where I wasn’t able to sleep since it was totally dark there. We bought the torch in Ace Hardware for Php69.00, and the other 2 I got them in Divisoria for 25 Pesos only. :))
photo by Chic Bulalacao

After dinner, we just spent our night drinking some cold beer, stargazing and wishing to some falling stars. Kaka was right, you’ll see a falling star almost every minute whenever you are on a beach since the night sky is so clear.

The next day, we decided to wake up early since we need to leave Calaguas before lunch and head to Maculabo Island. When I opened my eyes, this was the scene that I witnessed. This is my first shot when I woke up, look, my shot is till kinda blurry (Excuses!hehe).

The water is really so blue early in the morning.

This what I can’t live without wherever I go. Mmmm… my Taktak-Toyo. 🙂

My father was able to see some fishermen fresh from their catch, my father got a good haggling skills too, half of the big bucket of fish was sold to him for only Php240.00. And..mmm.. that was what we had for our breakfast. Yummy Juicy Fish! :))That morning we explored the rocky side of the island. It was also a picture-perfect site.

Before we left the island, I thanked the family who takes care of Mahabang Buhangin. We also paid Php50.00/each for the maintenance fee. She was supposed to charge me P50.00 for the bamboo table that we used, but since I only have a few bucks left, Ate Glazel gave it to me for free.

This is Ate Glazel with her family.

The locals there were just really so great and nice. I told Ate Glazel that I’m gonna put this pic on the internet and she agreed. 🙂 By the way if ever that you got thirsty or the water that you brought w/ you is not enough, Ate Glazel sells some drinks. Sparkle(Spar-kol’) is for Php15.00 and a 1 Liter of Wilkins Mineral Water is for Php110.00. Yeah, a bit too pricey since these items are being bought from Barangay Paracale (a 2hour ride from this Island, remember?). You can also contact Ate Glazel so you can ask if the waves in Calaguas are all good (I can give you her number when I find my mini-notebook).
This is our last pic in Calaguas. Hehe A supposed-to-be-successful-jump-shot. It was already raining and we already need to leave the island. It was just the first time that it rained in Calaguas, and they said that it is the start of the Typhoon Season here. Thank God gave us the chance to witness and enjoy this wonderful paradise, it has been the most unforgettable trip ever. 🙂

Next Stop: Maculabo Island 🙂


  1. Whoa, Im still speechless. ang ganda talaga! surreal no? nasa Camnorte lang pala ang hidden paradise. And correct, words and photos are not enough to describe how beautiful this place is. Everyone must see this for themselves.

    and you're welcome! Ü

  2. Philippines really has a lot of beautiful tropical islands full of exotic beauty and loving surprises which make Filipinos proud of their country.I love places that love me and help me to enjoy and work more efficiently.

  3. hayy nako mich.. lalo lang ako nainggit.. i hate u for not inviting me! hmp! 🙁 di bale, m gonna go there early next year, i swear!!

  4. Whew that was a very detailed post on the how-to's of Calaguas. I'm gonna link this to the 2nd installation of our Calaguas posts. It is our goal in life to spread the love for this amazing island to everyone. Thanks for helping!

  5. I think not anymore, coz my friend went there last August and Mang Rolly was not replying. Si Mang Buboy yung nagrereply sa amin, siya kasi yung may-ari ng bangka na ginagamit nila Mang Rolly at Mang Nelson.

  6. Chasing Philippines on

    It's Mang Rolly's number pero ang sumalubong sa amin sa Paracale eh si Mang Buboy since siya yung nagrereply sa amin at siya yung may ari talaga ng mga bangka.

  7. just read this and yep, i'm sold. So, next summer, Me and the kids will go there for the first time and you and your family…will be going back 😉

    -Enyang 🙂

  8. Chasing Philippines on

    yehey!! :))

    yeah, lets go back there. :)) You wont regret the 9 hr drive. :))
    Gusto na nga magpa-iwan ni Papa dun. Sa Calaguas na lang daw siya titira.

  9. here's the no of Mang Rolly – 09205342129. He is still using that no. Don't be surprised if once you're there in Calaguas, you're gonna be assisted by Mang Buboy; they work together. they're nice. 🙂

    Ate Glazel's no. – 09214838090. However, chances for her to read your message is about 80-20. They stay in Calaguas and there's no signal from any telecom networks there. They'll just be able to read your messages probably if they are in Paracale.

  10. wow wow wow! may araw din ang Calaguas sakin! 😀
    thanks for this post. saya nga tignan! 😀
    the sand looks so fine. and I can understand why you raved so much about it. bentang-benta mo! ayos! 😀

  11. okay, i better make sure i have my TP and wipes. I love your pictures…im looking forward to the trip.

    -san diego chasing PI 2012

  12. I also used Mr. Kent Balbino's photo as my desktop wallpaper in the office.Bound for Calaguas on March 03! And we'll be staying for 2 nights! We're still trying to negotiate with Kuya Rolly kase 2 pax lang kame.thank you for this helpful post! Ahhhhh! Calaguas! can't wait ! :))

  13. I'm planning to visit this place on my birthday, Mar8-11. Thanks Mich for posting aling lorna (owner the boats of mang rolly's). I tried to contact her just now, she was nice. Hey, do you mind posting the contact # of "kuya buboy". I'm trying to find a better deal. TIA! 🙂

    – People are born to travel. Live with it, Do it! 🙂

  14. No problem JP Gaerlan,

    Tignan ko kung may bagong number si Mang Buboy, alam ko kasi yung kay Mang Rolly din gamit nya. tapos pagdating mo sa Calaguas, dun mo na lang ipagtanong siguro si Mang Buboy, mas makakatawad ka. Advance Happy Birthday! 😀


  16. Chasing Philippines on

    @ The Travel Fool,

    We're planning to go back there this November… hehe
    It's the most perfect beach for me 🙂

  17. Planning to go there on Feb 15. 😉 will celebrate valentines and anniversary with boyfie. ;)) my maganda kayang option o offer. Kase dalawa lang kami. 😉 Mas mahal pg.ngrent ng boat. Hehe #proudbicolana

  18. Chasing Philippines on

    @ Icahbebe,

    Hi, yes, you're right it will be much more expensive if you're just going there with your boyfie. Maybe, you can invite some of your friends. 3-4 friends will do.

  19. Hi Mitch.. thanks sa info, hay nu ba yan nadagdagan na naman and dream paradise ko. DI ko na alam kung ano ang uunahin.. Last year we went to CamSur sa Caramoan Island..super ganda din dun.. I told myself babalik ako don.. Last 2011 we also went to cagbalete, sabi ko babalik din ako dun..pero di pa ntutuloy lahat hehe kasi naman, madami pa kong gustong puntahan..yikes! SO much places to see, liit naman ng time at budget.. naka wall paper sakin yung isa mong shot, pahiram muna til i get my own picture pag nakapunta na ko jan…

    Ask ko lang mga magkano po ang nagastos nyo dito at ilan po kau? Including food..Nun po bang ngstay kau sa island overnyt ba? How much po ang nirent nyo sa boat? Xencia na ha if madaming questions, kase naman bigla nnnaman nangati ang paa ko…

    Im really looking forward to set my foot to calaguas…hay di nanaman ako nito makakatulog…

    Inggit ako na ur family was able to have this kind of outing, nanay ko di mahilig sa galaan… haha. You have cool parents! tnxs again

  20. Hi Andrea,

    As far as I can remember naka-12k or 13k ata kami. 10 kaming lahat kasama yung driver nung van.
    Php4000 – van rental, 2 way
    Php2000 – gas
    Php5200 – boat rental (Php2600x2)
    Php500 – maintenance fee (P50x10)
    Php300 – Parking Fee
    Total – Php12,000

    Nag-try ako magpareserve ng boat last December, nakuha ko pa sya ng mas mababa which is 4,000 good for 11-15 pax na yun.

  21. Hi thanks ng madami sa info, kelan ka kaya babalik dito? Kasi 2 lang kami ng bf ko na naggagala, inaaya namin ang mga friends ko walang sumama magastos daw haha..,usually naman cheapest rate lang kami haha.. If pwede hitch naman kami sa grupo nyo.. Nga pala kanino ka po naghire ng van? Ang mura kasi nya, just in case mahire pa din kaya namin to at the same price?

    Btw nakishare po ako ng ibang photos mo sa fb wall ko (sorry ha kung di agad ako nagpaalam, naamaze lang talaga ako sa lugar saka nangangati na ang paa ko. haha) Isheshare ko na din xa sa Byahe Ni Drew ng GMA 7 ha… TYTYTYTY!

    Also, try mo din sa Caramoan Island CamSur, daming ding islets dun na magaganda…we went there last year…

  22. Chasing Philippines on

    No Problem Andrea. Thanks for sharing the pics.

    Unfortunately, yung van, wala na kaming contact sa kanya, ang alam ko lang ibinenta nya na yung van nya. Yup, ang laki nga ng natipid namin sa transpo dahil sa kanya.

    Sana makapunta ako sa Caramoan. Pero promise, after mo pumunta ng Calaguas, mag-iiba standards mo sa beach hehe

  23. Chasing Philippines on

    Hi 2 contact numbers are included in this post po. Regarding the tent, when I went there, alam ko walang nagpaparenta ng tent.

  24. Thanks for the names, I think I might use these since I'm planning for a trip to Calaguas this end of May 🙂

  25. I was born in Paracale but I've never been to Calaguas because I rarely go there in my hometown 🙁 thanks for the pics po. I'm going to save money na para the next time I go home, mpupuntahan ko na yan! =)

  26. Just wanted to share our experience during our Calaguas trip this Febuary 2015, this is after heavy rain in so waves are really rough and my heart is about to jump. Good thing our tour guide Noly is really helpful to us and comfort us during that time.
    When we reach the island, it was majestic and pristine as it could be. We had 4 meals a day (heavy meals) and when we go back to Vinzons, Noly asked us to eat at their house (no additional charge) before we head out to Manila. It was an experience for a lifetime, not just because of the beautiful beach. But our tour guide is really helpful and hostpitable.
    You can contact him Noly – 09179595985 / 09206611018 or (not affiliated in any way, just a happy traveler)

  27. hi @ice41: how much po ang boat rental kay kuya noly pg mga 5-6 people.

    Thanks Mich sa mga blogs mo. I am now creating my bucket list. Try to visit tugawe cove resort in caramoan. Its a little bit pricey but worth it. We spend our 1st anniversary there.
    Godbless!! all the best to you.

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