Calaguas Resback Escapade!

After three failed attempts finally I was able to experience this beautiful island. You’ve read it right! I had three failed attempts just as what I have written in my previous post “Misadventure but not a Misfortune“, but nevertheless it was all worth it.
I traveled with my previous group that we called  the “Calaguas Resbackers”. Because of our previous failed trip last February. This time there were additional people is our group. Apart from Rachel and Gerald, Lea and Homer, Ate MJ, Ate Gigi, Beverly and Kuya Bong which is the original part of the group. Beverly brought her son and her partner with same. Same as kuya Bong he brought his son Kyle.
Our travel time was just the same. It took us just additional 30 mins since Beverly brought some food and we had dinner first before we went head to Vinzon. We left Vinzon via boat about 9:30 am and it took us less than three hours before we get to Calaguas Island. The boat was exclusive for us. The boat ride was really challenging. The waives were so strong when we were in the middle of the sea and the sun is in its full blast.
Were all wet and exposed in the sun. Its a little bit exhausting being exposed under the sun and being soaked in salt water at the same time. After about two hours and thirty minutes of boat ride we finally get to the island. After getting out of the boat the first thing that I did was – lied down on a powdery white sand of the shore and told myself “Finally!”. The long travel time was all worth it as you experience the beauty of beach. The sea water is so cold and refreshing.
When we were in the island we swim, we had island hopping, trekking and took a lot of photos.
Calaguas Navigatours was our tour provider/host. They really took care of us. Thanks to Josh for giving us such a wonderful experience in the island. Aside from being a nice host and very accommodating people, I love the food they served. I love the Pork humba, Buttered Shrimp, Bicol Express and Laing. There are not just authentic and awesomely delicious, it was also buffet. I can’t even remember how many time we had our refill.
Over all the experience was extremely fun!
If you want to experience the same thing don’t hesitate to visit this wonderful Island. For hassle free arrangement you may contact Josh of Calaguas Navigatours. Visit their Facebook to check for the available dates or send him a personal message for easy transaction.

 

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Travel Guide : Experience Calaguas (Mahabang Buhangin)!

There are a lot of travel and tour organizers offering Calaguas tours now a days that can easily bring you to this wonderful island with less stress and hassle. However there are still people who prefer a DIY (Do It Yourself) travel specially those who love to travel alone and more adventurous. For those people who find enjoyment is traveling alone this post with guide you in going to Calaguas.

Where is Calaguas?

The Calaguas is located in the province of Camarines Norte. It includes the major islands of Tinaga Island and Guintinua Island, the minor Maculabo Island, as well as several other minor islands. It is a group of islands in the Pacific under the jurisdiction of the town of Vinzons.

The long stretch of beach named Halabang Baybay/Mahabang Buhangin (Long Beach), is a cove located in the Tinaga Island. The island has powdery white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and unspoiled natural resources that you will really enjoy the beauty, peace and serenity of the place.

 

How to commute to Calaguas (Mahabang Buhangin)?

via Vinzon

There are two point of entry going to Calaguas. The most common jump off point is Vinzons.

1. By land or by air going to Daet.

a. By land travel, ride a bus going to Daet, Camarines Norte. There are different buses that you can take from Cubao going to Daet. Philtranco, Amihan Bus Lines and Superlines are the most common. Travel time is approximately 8 hours to 10 hours depends on what service you take and bus fare ranges from Php 500.00 to Php 800.00.

b. If you want to cut your travel time, you may opt to take a plane from Manila to Naga. From Naga take a van going to Daet  (approximately 2 to 3 hours. Php 180 to Php 200)

2. From Daet you can hire a tricycle or ride a Jeep going to the fish port. It will take roughly 30 minutes of  your travel time.

via Paracale

1. Take Superlines bus bound directly to Paracale/Panganiban. However if you take a route from Daet, ride a passenger van bound for Paracale. (1 – 2 hours, Php 50 to Php 100)

From Vinzons or Paracale fish port charter a boat to Mahabang Buhangin or just tell boatmen that you are heading to Calaguas/Mahabang Buhangin. Boat rentals  good for 8 pax is Php3,000 – Php4,000 (for 2 days). There are bigger boats available as well for bigger group.

 

Where to Stay in Calaguas?

There are a lot of cottages and resorts now in the island that cost from Php 3000 to Php 6000.  If you are a camper, entrance fees is from Php 120 to Php 150 per person. Cottages is for as low as Php 500.

Important! before you set-up your tent make sure to ask the caretaker first if there are additional fees that you have to pay so you don’t caught off guard if all of a sudden someone demand you to pay something that you have no idea.


What to do in Calaguas?

  • Swimming
  • Scuba diving/snorkeling (bring your own equipment)
  • Island hopping
  • Camping – just bring your own camping equipments, enough foods and water supply.
  • Trekking

 

 

 

Palms Farm Beach Resort, Mercedes, Camarines Norte

Contact Info
Call :  0947 421 0534

About

Eco Lodge Beach Resort perfect for families, group events, weddings and conferences. Camping area and Island tours available.

Public Transit

From Manila:
Take BUS to DAET, Camarines Norte
Take JEEP/TRICYCLE to MERCEDES PIER
Take BOAT to MANGUISOC, finally
Take TRICYCLE to PALMS FARM RESORT

Rates may change without prior notice!


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Travel Guide : How to commute to Cayucyucan Beach

 

1. By land or by air going to Daet.

a. By land travel, ride a bus going to Daet, Camarines Norte. There are different buses that you can take from Cubao going to Daet. Philtranco, Amihan Bus Lines and Superlines are the most common. Travel time is apoximately 8 hours to 10 hours depends on what service you take and bus fare ranges from Php 500.00 to Php 800.00.

b. If you want to cut your travel time, you may opt to take a plane from Manila to Naga. From Naga take a van going to Daet (approximately 2 to 3 hours. Php 180 to Php 200)

2. From Daet, hire a tricycle or motorbike to Mercedes port, fare is around Php 100.00 to 150.00 good for 2-4 people. Then, from Mercedes port, take the short boat ride to Cayucyucan, fare is only Php 4.00 per head. From the port, take again another tricycle ride to Palm Farm Beach Resort or any nearby resort in Cayucyucan Beach.

REMINDER :  There are no restaurants in the area were you can eat. make sure you bring your own food and supplies. The resort do allow you to cook food. There are small sari-sari store in the resorts but the goods were really expensive.

Naga’s Peñafrancia Basilica Minore


How to Get to  Naga’s Peñafrancia Basilica Minore?


Naga City is located about 377 km southeast of Metro Manila. By air, Naga is served by the Naga Airport which is located just outside the city proper, in the nearby town (and the CamSur capital) of Pili. A flight from Manila takes approximately 35-40 minutes.

By land, Naga is an eight-hour bus ride from Pasay or Cubao.


Misadventure but not a Misfortune.

I was craving for travel and I don’t want to waste my vacation leave sleeping the whole day. So I decided to join a tour going to Calaguas, in Camarines Norte. I have invited my friends to join me but none of them were avail. I then book a tour and joined as a solo joiner. Knowing myself as none sociable type there’s a little bit of fear or should I say doubt at the back of my mind. I have so many questions such as will I enjoy it? specially that there is a big chance that I will be isolated and alone the whole time. “Suck it up!” I told myself. I packed my things and went to Cubao on Feb 10 2017 around 7pm and joined the tour. I was lucky because our driver is very accommodating and very easy to get along with. I seated beside the driver seat since I don’t know anyone inside that van. We departed before 10:00pm.  It only took us seven hours of land travel going to Vinson, Camarines Norte where we are supposed to take a boat going to Calaguas. This is were the real adventure started. We met Joshua, out organizer at the port. After we had breakfast we waited about two hours. The boats started to arrived however we were not able to get a clearance from the Philippine Coastguard. They did not allow us to sail because of the bad weather. There were no storm but the sky is too cloudy and the waves were too strong. As per coastguard. It was zero visibility. So our organizer told us that we have to go to our plan B.

 

Everyone is the van were all dismayed about what happened specially that some of them just like me had  multiple failed attempts already to visit the island. So the organizer talked to us and this misfortune broke the ice inside the van. We started talking, throwing jokes and enjoyed the misfortune.

I know that what happened was really frustrating for Josh specially that he have carry all the frustrations of the joiners. So I also would like to appreciate him for taking care of us. I have to commend them for the great food. I love that authentic Laing and great tasting Daing!

As plan B we went Cayucyucan Beach. It’s about an hour and a half drive from Vinson. We went to Palms Farm Beach Resort in Mercedes, Camarines Norte. The beach is not bad at all.

 

We had over night at Palms Farm Beach Resort but we are still hopeful that the weather will be better the following day so we can still go to Calaguas.

The following day there were no change with the weather at all. Good thing that the group that I’m with were all travelers and one of them is an tour organizer. To maximize out time we left the resort early and went to Penafranncia  Basilica, in Camarines Sur before heading to Cagsawa.

It was about two to three hours land travel from the resort to Cagsawa. But honestly we haven’t notice the time at all because be were having fun inside the van together with kuya Bong, the driver who is naturally a comedian. I am very excited about this since this was my first time to explore Bicol. It was my first time to visit Cagsawa Ruins and see the Mayon Volcano in person.

I also had a chance to taste Bicol’s spicy ice cream. A perfect creamy vanilla ice cream with a kick! It was really awesome.

I must say that the climax of this adventure was when I had the chance to drive an ATV going to Mayon. I wanted to go closer to Mayon and visit Black Lava however our time is limited so we all decided to take it for just an hour. The  feeling was amazing I was nervous at first but I had so much fun. This is surely not my last time here. I looking forward to be back here soon.

 

 

 

This misadventures was not a misfortune. I was able to try here some of my firsts. I met such wonder people band most of all I have found new travel buddies!!!