Calaguas: A Paradise Waiting to Unfold

VinzonsOnce, I planned to join an organized trip to Calaguas Group of Islands, but since the weather was not really cooperating back then, I opted to stay in Manila. I've been to this island with my travel buddy and mountaineer friend Ritsi Bulda (aka Hampaslupang Lagalag) prior to my assignment in Cebu City on February 2011 with the same organizer. I was hoping I could take new pictures that will be included in this article, but instead will be using the pictures from that trip.

ParacaleCalaguas is a group of islands in the province of Camarines Norte. It includes the major islands of Tinaga Island where the famous beach Mahabang Buhangin is located, the Guintinua Island, the minor Maculabo Island, as well as other minor islands. Most of the islands are under the administrative jurisdiction of Vinzons, Camarines Norte, while the minor island of Maculabo is under the administrative jurisdiction of the municipality of Paracale, Camarines Norte.

Briefing at Calaguas jumpoff=

A bus picked us up at the Ali Mall in Cubao, Quezon City at around 9:00PM. The bus was just half-full as we were fetching other guests in Makati. By 10:00PM we were already in the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). By this time, some of us started to doze off already. Perhaps because all of us came from work before the trip. We arrived at Daet, Camarines Norte and had breakfast and picked up the equipment the organizers will be using for the overnight stay in Calaguas. From there, we proceeded to Vinzons, where three boats were waiting for us. Chef Janjie, more popularly known as Lakwatserong Kusinero, gave a briefing about the island and what to expect on the trip.

Mike at Calaguas

The equipment were boarded already while the briefing was ongoing and so after getting our seats, we finally left Vinzons.

Calaguas from a distance

After two hours we can almost see our destination. There were no other boat in sight aside from the three boats that we used going to Calaguas.

As soon as we arrive, everybody jumped into the beach and had their pictures taken with the turquoise water and white powdery beach. While everybody was enjoying the sand of Mahabang Buhangin, Ritsi and I explored the other side of the island. Who would not fall in love with this paradise? In my mind, I wished that this place will not become commercialized.

Mahabang Buhangin

The long stretch of beach named by the locals as Mahabang Buhangin / Halabang Baybay (Long Beach) is a cove located in the Tinaga Island. It has been discovered in the early 2000s but it is only around 5 years ago when people started to frequent this. It is very much comparable to Boracay and is still unspoiled. There are no electricity here and I hope there won't be to preserve this paradise.

After exploring and taking some pictures, we joined the other guests and settled to take a short rest. On my next post, I will write on my ... our experience in Calaguas.


Calaguas: Escape to Paradise

Calaguas: Paradise Unleashed

Calaguas: Travel Guide

Share this article:


  1. Wow nice post and blog!
    How much yung tour package?

    1. P3,500 nung 2011 eh, all in from bus, boat, lunch, dinner, brunch, nasa 4th article ko pa ang DIY and expenses. yung second article is about the experience, the third article is the day after...

  2. Wow, exciting! Will wait for your post. ;)