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Calaguas Island, Camarines Norte Philippines (Paracale Route)


August 22-24,2013

2 months after my first Calaguas escapade my partner and I have decided to go back since he hasn't witnessed and seen the eye-catching beauty of the unspoiled paradise. We started Planning right after my first trip, we negotiated the boat transfer with Mang Boy at a very reasonable price (2k roundtrip/2pax) from Paracale Fish port to Calaguas Island, we ended up having a tight budgeted allowance in consideration of our number. 

August 22, 2013- While typhoon Maring devastated most part of Luzon.
WE DID'T HOLD BACK! I was utterly hesitant of course 2 hour boat ride is no joke especially during typhoon but we were champing at the bit for I knew it's worth the travel and risk.

We left Manila at around 8pm (Superlines Bus direct trip to Paracale). As expected it was more than 8hr bus drive with 3 stop overs the last one was just a quick most of the passengers didn't even notice that during my first travel and even the second one. We arrived at exactly 4:30 in the morning at Paracale's famous drop off landmark, The Malayan Tourist Inn.
At the second floor you can use the Apartelle's rest room for only 5 and 20 if you're going to take a quick shower.



The view of the island was simply breath taking. All the hassles and fatigue from almost eleven hour journey were instantly gone and turned to amazement when we reached the Island. I guess my heart stopped in millisecond seeing the serene turquoise water and powdery white sand, I felt like jumping off the boat to finally reach the island but snap back! I'm not a good swimmer.




Isn't it good to escape from reality, explore and lose yourself from stress? The refreshing sight of the crystal clear water is a good stress reduction.

After we unloaded our camping materials we headed to our cottage (Nipa Hut). The 8 hour bus ride plus the 2 hour sea voyage made us very tired. We rested and waited till afternoon to let the stifling heat of the sun subside.
I recommend campers to bring their own tent to enjoy the sea breeze during after hours however bonfires is prohibited on the island, the long stretch of beautiful powdery white sand will surely hit your conscience to start bonfires, bring an electronic lamp instead.

Photo Credit to Hiezl Delizo



BREAK DOWN OF EXPENSES

BUS- 
515 (ONE WAY), 1,030 (ROUNDTRIP)

BOAT TRANSFER- 
2000 (ROUNDTRIP) 2PAX

NIPA HUT- 
500/NIGHT

ISLAND FEE- 
150/DAY (DEPENDING ON THE CAMPSITE)

BARANGGAY FEE- 
20/DAY

FOOD- 
150/DAY FOR 2PAX

PASALUBONG- 
500/PERSON

WE ALSO BOUGHT FLASHLIGHT, PAPER PLATES, TRASHBAG AND SUNBLOCK SO WE SPENT AROUND 
3000 PER PERSON, LESSER IF YOU WILL TRAVEL IN GROUP


 FACTS

-APPROXIMATELY 8 HOUR RIDE FROM MANILA TO PARACALE

-ONE AND A HALF HOUR FROM JUMP-OFF POINT (PARACALE FISH PORT) TO CALAGUAS ISLAND

-PHONE SIGNAL EXISTS AT THE SHORE FOR GLOBE AND SMART (PROVEN) BUT ISN'T ENOUGH TO ACCESS FACEBOOK OR TWITTER

-THE ISLAND DOGS WERE FRIENDLY BUT KEEP YOUR EYES ON THEM, YOU CAN'T IMAGINE HOW GOOD THEY WERE IN STEALING MY FOOD.

-ALWAYS BRING TRASHBAGS TO PROTECT YOUR VALUABLES FROM SEA WATER DURING THE BOAT RIDE

-SMALL CONVENIENCE STORE AVAILABLE IN THE ISLAND BUT IT'S A BIT PRICEY SO BETTER TO HAVE YOUR GROCERY DONE IN PARACALE

-ACCORDING TO MANG BOY THERE'S SUPERLINES BUS STATION NEAR PARACALE BOUND TO MANILA BUT WE DIDN'T TAKE THE ROUTE AS WE PLANNED TO BUY PASALUBONG IN DAET

-AS MENTIONED ABOVE; ELECTRCITY IS AVAILABLE FROM 6-10PM SO YOU CAN ASK FOR ASSISTANCE IF YOUR BATTERY HAS DRAINED JUST APPROACH THE CARETAKER

-IF YOU MISSED TO BRING YOUR SNORKELLING GEARS YOU MAY BORROW MANG BOY'S LIFE VEST AND RENT GOGGLES FROM THE CARETAKER


He information noted above may not reflect recent changes to the subject and prices may vary depending on your haggling skills. 




Till we meet again CALAGUAS ISLAND!















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