Calaguas Island: Travel Guide

Calaguas

Calaguas MapCalaguas Island dubbed as “concealed white beach of Bicol” emerged as Philippines’ top tourism gem for 2013 in an online nationwide poll of 175 tourist destinations. The pristine beach and turquoise sea are the reasons why this island is frequented by tourists mostly backpackers. Mahabang Buhangin (Long Beach) or "Halabang Baybay" (local dialect) is a kilometer long stretch of powdery white sand beach situated in the Pacific and found in Tinaga Island.

There are no accommodations or establishments in the island. Staying in Mahabang Buhangin is like joining the Survivor TV series. Tourists have to bring their own food/drinking water and tents/hammocks and camp out in the long stretch of the beach. In addition, there is barely any mobile network connection in the island. So if you're planning for that perfect getaway with your loved one without any interruptions, Calaguas Island would be your ideal destination.

Calaguas

The Calaguas group of islands is under the administrative jurisdiction of Vinzons, Camarines Norte and is a 6 to 7 hours drive by private car or 8 to 9 hours by bus. From the port, it is approximately 2 hours to Tinaga Island depending on the weather and direction of the wind. The best time to come here is between February to May, which is considered the summer months of the Philippines. The waves are also calmer during this time.

The Calaguas group of islands offers so much more than just a place to relax. Its tranquility and serenity along with its crystal clear water and unspoiled natural resources makes it an haven for tourists who want to escape the urban jungle. The island also has a magnificent view of the sunset.

Calaguas

HOW TO GET THERE:

There are several tour/travel organizers for a Calaguas trip. The group I joined, Byahe Adventours has a package that includes land trip from Manila, boat transfer, 3 meals and tent accommodations. For those who are adventurous, there is a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) option to get to Calaguas and add excitement to the journey. Daet, Camarines Norte is the jumpoff to the Calaguas group of islands. It is also best to come during the weekdays since there are less tourist.

BY AIR:

Naga City is the closest airport to Daet. Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air and Air Asia have regular flights to Naga City. There are vans from the Naga Van Terminal to Daet, which takes 2 hours. Earliest trip is 5AM while the last trip is 7PM.

BY LAND:

DLTB, Isarog Bus Lines, Penafrancia Travel and Tours, Philtranco/Amihan and Superlines offer trips from Cubao/Pasay to Daet. Travel time is approximately 8 to 9 hours depending on the traffic and fare ranges from Php500 to Php600 or P1,000 for sleeper bus.

Via VINZONS:
Calaguas via Vinzons
  1. From Daet, get a jeepney ride (P24) to Minaogan fishport in Vinzons (20 minutes).
  2. Take the boat (Php120) going to Barangay Banocboc that leaves daily at 11AM (90 minutes).
  3. Hire a banca or fishing boat (P500) going to Mahabang Buhangin (30 minutes).
  4. The boat going back to Minaogan fish port in Vinzons leaves Barangay Banocboc at 6AM, be sure to be there before 6AM.
One can also hire a boat from the fishport directly to Tinaga Island. Price range depends on the size of the boat. A Php 3,000 boat can fit up to 5 people. Travel time to Tinaga Island is approximately 2 hours.

Via PARACALE:
Calaguas via Paracale
  1. From Daet, take the public van (P100) to Paracale (1 hour).
  2. Alight in Paracale proper and make your way to the fish port.
  3. Hire a boat to Tinaga Island and dock at Mahabang Buhangin.
  4. Alternatively, one can opt to wait for a boat (P100) going to Brgy Mangkawayan in Tinaga Island and walk for twenty to thirty (20-30) minutes to Mahabang Buhangin. However, they do not have a definite schedule. The boat goes back to Vinzons at 630AM the following day from the barangay so you have to walk all the way to the barangay to catch the boat or ask the boatman to pass by the beach and pick you up for an additional fee.
Superlines have direct trips to Paracale/Panganiban. The last trip in Cubao is 8:00PM. If one is not able to get the direct trip, one can take the Daet trip then get off at Barangay Talobatib in the municipality of Labo and take another bus ride to Paracale. The only trip going back to Manila from Paracale leaves at 6:30PM which is quite late already. You may opt to wait at at the Talobatib intersection or go all the way to Daet which have buses leaving for Manila every hour.

Calaguas Revisited

If you have been to Anawangin Cove in Zamabales when it was still barely popular, Mahabang Buhangin in the Tinaga Island is the South Luzon version of that cove. The beach is very tranquil and serene, the exact opposite of Boracay where there are many local and foreign tourists and party-goers. There is an entrance fee of Php 150 in Mahabang Buhangin and Php 100 camping fee. Cottage rate is Php 250 per night. More so, you can also go island hopping at Malacubo Island and Quinamanucan Island.

Calaguas Crystal Waters

Swim all day and experience a wonderful sunset in Calaguas. Make your bonfire and relax in the evening while stargazing and lying on the beach until you fall to sleep. You can even go skinny dipping if there's no one around and wake up to the scorching heat of the sun beaming on your face while the clear crystal water hush into the shore.

Calaguas Swimming

Calaguas White Sand

Calaguas Sunset

Other Points of Interest:

  1. Island hopping around Calaguas group of islands
    • Balagbag Malaki
    • Balagbag Maliit
    • Bendita Beach
    • Cagbalisay
    • Calangcawan Sur
    • Cumalasag Beach
    • Guintinua
    • Huag
    • Mantigbi
    • Pinagcastillohan
    • Pinagtakpan
    • Pinagtigasan Beach
    • Sang-atan
  2. Explore other islands
    • Maculabo
    • Mercedes Group
  3. Visit old Churches
    • St Peter Apostle in Vinzons
    • St John the Baptist in Paracale
  4. Surf in Bagasbas Beach in Daet.
    • Go to Apuao Island in Mercedes, the town next to Daet.
      • Check out several waterfalls in Labo
        • Burok-Busok Falls - Barangay Bagong Silang II
        • Binuan Falls - Barangay Daguit
        • Malatap Falls - Barangay Malatap
        • Maligaya Falls - Barangay Submakin
        • Palanas Falls - Barangay Pag-asa
        • Saltahan Falls - Barangay Awitan
        • Turayog Falls - Barangay Fundado
      • Spelunking in Mt Cadig Cave in Labo
        • Head to Caramoan
          • Climb Mt Isarog
          Calaguas Mahabang Buhangin

          SUGGESTED ITINERARY (Via PARACALE):

          I suggest taking the Paracale route if you're taking a bus from Manila, because it is nearer, cheaper and the boat trip is shorter. Otherwise if you're coming from Daet, Vinnzons is a better option because it is nearer.

          Day 0:

          2100H Departure from Manila

          Day 1:

          0600H Arrival in Paracale, Breakfast, Haggle for boat
          0700H Marketing of all necessities, food, water and packed lunch
          0800H ETD Paracale to Maculabo Island
          0900H ETA Maculabo Island, Free time
          1100H ETD Maculabo to Mahabang Buhangin, Tinaga Island
          1200H ETA Mahabang Buhangin, Tinaga Island, Set-up Camp, Prepare Lunch
          1300H Lunch
          1400H Free time
          1630H Preparation for dinner
          1830H Dinner/Socials
          2200H Lights off

          Day 2:

          0700H Rise and Shine, Coffee
          0730H Free time, Explore, Beach Bumming, Snorkel
          0930H Prepare Brunch, Pack up
          1030H Brunch
          1130H Wash up, Final Pack up
          1300H ETD Tinaga Island to Paracale
          1500H ETA Paracale, Wash up, Explore Paracale
          1730H Get ride back to Manila or Early Dinner

          TRAVEL TIPS:

          1. Superlines is the cheapest bus to Paracale, unless you're a group of 10-12, where you can hire a van or if you prefer, bring your own vehicle.
          2. The cheapest way to Mahabang Buhangin is to take the the fishing boats (Php 100) going to Brgy. Mangkawayan in Tinaga Island. But the time of departure is not definite. From Brgy. Mangkawayan, it is a 20-minute walk to Mahabang Buhangin.
          3. To save up on time and make the most of your trip, hire a boat directly to Mahabang Buhangin. Haggle for the lowest price you can get. You may also opt to pass by Maculabo Island, which is along the way.
          4. There is no electricity in the island. Make sure your phones/gadgets are fully charged. I highly recommend that you turn off your gadgets and enjoy the island.
          5. Buy all you food supplies in Paracale including lots of mineral water since the supplies in the island is more expensive since they have to import them from the mainland. If you're lucky enough, you might be able to buy fresh fish from the fishermen in Brgy Mangkawayan.
          6. You can try to trek to the hill to get a better view of the cove.
          7. The best time to come is summer or after the rainy season between October to May.
          8. Stay for two (2) nights to fully enjoy the island and come on a weekday if you want to have the island for yourselves.
          9. Expect to get wet during the boat ride and when the boat docks in the beach.
          10. Waterproof your gadgets.
          11. Place all your stuff in a big plastic before putting them inside your bag. The boatman may accidentally drop them while carrying them to the beach. Better safe than sorry.
          12. Check the weather conditions before heading to Paracale. If you already have secured a boat, try to get in touch with the boatman and ask for weather updates.
          13. There is a comfort room in the island. Fresh water is available through a water pump at Php 10 per pail.
          14. You can request to wash up in the house of the boatman. However, there is no water supply in Paracale from 1:30PM to 2:00PM.
          15. There are small eateries in Paracale where you can have a decent meal.
          16. Things to bring:
            • Staple food and water supply
            • Tent and/or hammock
            • Cook Set and Burners
            • Butane
            • Flashlight and Headlamp
            • Powerbank
            • First Aid Kit
            • Sunblock
            • Camera and extra batteries
          For boats, you may call the following:

          Manang Imelda +63 948.679.3920
          Manong Boboy +63 928.584.2052
          Manong Boy +63 908.546.0683

          Just make sure to haggle with them.

          If you intend to stay in Paracale before, you can check Paliza del Rio. They can be reached at +63 939.718.2008 or +63 (02)542.3888

          You may also check with the following links for weather forecast and for the wave and tide forecast

          Calaguas Weather Forecast

          Calaguas Waves and Tide Forecast

          I hope this travel guide will be useful for you as you embark on your own journey to Calaguas Island!

          RELATED LINKS:

          Calaguas: A Paradise Waiting to Unfold

          Calaguas: Escape to Paradise

          Calaguas: Paradise Unleashed






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          154 comments:

          1. very detailed post! thank you. i'm bookmarking this one. nice photos as well.

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            1. welcome sir, i hope you enjoyed reading my article.

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          2. A very nice paradise. Hope to visit that place soon.
            www.lakbaydiwapinas.com

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          3. Nice article Mike with nice snaps. I like your post. It remind me my wedding trip of Dublin, we reached their through ferry and then hire south dublin wedding bus. That was great experience of my life. I enjoyed that wedding trip.

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            1. thanks john! that's nice, wedding bus, i should check that out.

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          4. Nakakamiss na jan sir! Mas gusto jan kesa sa Bora! Nice post!

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            1. yes sir billy, hopefully, wag sana mag-deveop ng resorts dito, sana improve na lang nila ang travel papunta dito and regulate. then dapat may tourism office sana namamahala dito just like yung calanggaman sa leyte

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          5. boss would you know if may parking area na pedeng pagiwanan nung car for 2 nights? we plan to go there by car. and iba ba price ng boat pag 2 nights? Thanks!

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            1. usually, pwede park dun sa may-ari ng boat, ilan po ba kayo sir, usually iba ang price pag 2 nights, sasabihin nila nag-stay lang sila sa island, wag kayo maniniwala dun, haggle na kayo price habang before punta ng paracale. pwede rin kayo side trip sa maculabo island, walang gaanong nagpupunta dun, madadaanan sya pag galing paracale. di ako post ng number ng boatman kasi sa mga punta ko, medyo magulang yung mga boatman, babalik ako this weekend, hopefully matino etong bagong boat ka kausap ko. dapat coordinate din kayo sa boatman kasi baka malakas ang alon, di rin kayo papatawirin, Pacific Ocean na kasi yan, unpredictable ang current plus open sea...

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          6. Hi! I appreciate the article. I will share this to my friends since we are planning to go there on Holy Week. Thank you!

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            1. thanks for visiting my blog, please check the weather for the dates you intend to go to calaguas, for boats, you may contact Manang Imelda, 09486793920. of all the boat i have inquired from, they have the cheapest and will let you haggle. I have had a bad experience with other boatmen. Manang Imelda will also let you wash up in their house when you get back to Paracale. for weather update, you may check with www.accuweather.com and for height of waves and tide you may check http://wisuki.com/forecast/499/calaguas-islands

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          7. Hi! if we're to hire a boat, roundtrip na po ba yun? as in babalikan kami ng boatman sa island? or do we have to hire another one pabalik?

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            1. Boats are for round trip, they will wait for you till the following day unless you will be staying for several nights. For boats, you can contact manang imelda, 09486793920. You can also ask for weather updates from her. You can also take a bath at their house when you get back in the mainland.

              Limited supplies can be bought from the paracale market just a few steps from the fishport. A 400-year old church is also within walking distance.

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          8. Good job! By far, this is the most efficient blog I have read about Calaguas.. We are planning to visit by May but just two of us. Quite concerned with the cost, which most cost-effective itinerary do you suggest? 3000k ba talaga lowest boat we can hire? Thanks! :)

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            1. for 2 persons, i think you can haggle up to 2500, really depends on your skills. i have an incoming trip on May 9-11, you can add my FB, it's Mike Laagan (Laagan is the Bisaya term for lakwatsero). if you are traveling on other dates, i can hook you up with other tour operators. best if you come on a weekday though, you will have the beach for yourselves. I recently came to Calaguas on a weekday, we were the only people/tourist.

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          9. Hi mike! Thanks for all your information :-) May I ask if the 2.5k - 3k is good for roundtrip overnight? or roundtrip whole day only? I am planning to go there this holy week with my 2kids (3 & 8yo), would you recommend that we stay overnight just so we do not catch the rough seas in the afternoon on our way back to paraclete? Last, is there a B&B inns in Paraclete where we can stay? What do you recommend and by how much are the inns? Thank you so much! >>anj :-)

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            1. The boat rates are overnight. if you are going this holy week, i suggest you spend 2 nights to fully enjoy the island, logistics can be bought at the paracale market near the fish port. will check for the B&B, will be going back this weekend for a trip i organized. expect to get wet upon docking, waterproof your stuff and enclose your clothes in a big plastic.

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            2. If you intend to stay in Paracale before, you can check Paliza del Rio. They can be reached at +63 939.718.2008 or +63 (02)542.3888. Rates are P550 for fan rooms and P995 for rooms with AC. There will be lots of people during holy week, i suggest that you be there early, ask the boatman to dock you the barangay area and look for Arnold, he is the caretaker there. Tell them, Mike Laagan is your friend and they will assist you. You can request to have your food cooked. it is quite humid there, so I recommend to bring sando for your kids and sleeping bag aside from your tent.

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          10. Just checked Paliza del Rio's fb page and it's already fully booked until April 20. :(

            Any other place where we can securely park our car for 3 days?

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            1. do you just need a secure parking for you car? in this case you may contact the Manang Imelda +63 948.679.3920. She will provide the boat and there is a secure parking in front of their house at P200/night. or you may opt to call her and inquire if there is any other inn/lodge within the area. Paliza del Rio is the only accommodation i saw in Paracale

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          11. Thank you so much mike!! I contacted Manang Imelda for the boat and she was very accommodating. Ill contact arnold in a little while. Thanks for all your tips! we'll go there this Friday. I hope that the rain has stopped and we'll be greeted with a sunny weather. The kids are excited with camping :-) I'll recommend your blog to my friends. God bless! :-) >>anj

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            1. Enjoy, tell the boatman to bring you to Arnold, the caretaker for the beach alloted for the barangay. You can ask Arnold for help in cooking your food.

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            2. How was your trip anj? I hope you had a wonderful time

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          12. Hi Mike! Thank you for this very informative blog entry! Cant wait to experience Calaguas!

            If I may ask, does Manang Imelda book boats from Vinzons to Calaguas? Would you know how much is an estimate for a roundtrip ride for 5 people?

            All the best!

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            1. Boat for 5 people will range around 3K. Will ask an organizer in Daet if he can assist you for boats. I will be coming back to Calaguas this April 25-27 and May 9-11 as I have started organizing trips as requested by friends.

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          13. Hi Mike great blog, very informative, thanks! We're planning to go this weekend friday night 25 to 27. Do u have fb page?

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            1. Thanks mam mica, my fb page is The Traveling Panda. I organized a trip this weekend but some guys backed out, so we moved it to May 9-11. if i may ask, how many are you?

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            2. https://www.facebook.com/mikelaagan is my FB Page link

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          14. Grabeh managa ang mga boatman sa Paracale. please lang wag po kayo pumayag magbayad ng 3000 pesos, hindi dahil maganda ang island, pero sobra talagang mahal. matagal na akong nagpupunta doon, and i was suprise sobrang mahal ngayon. ang pamasahe lang doon ay 60 pesos.

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          15. sobra managa sa pamasahe ang mga taga Paracale. masyadong mahal ang 3000, dati na ako nagpupunta doon, 60 pesos lang ang pamasahe. Via Vinson nalang po kayo, 60 and sometimes 50 pesos lang po ang pamasahe. kagagaling lang namin doon. masyado nang pinagkakakitaan ang Calaguas, even the boatman and vendors there!

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            1. sino po ang contact sa vinzon sa fare na P60 sir? i agree ang taas nila maningil sa bangka, P500 per person. regular trip ba yan sir at dadaong sa mahabang buhangin mismo or sa barangay sa likod?

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            2. Patz yun 50 - 60.00 mo kulang pa pang diesel if u want exclusive na boat going there.. if sasabay ka sa boat ng mga locals doon 100/head pero kasabay mo mga pangarga nila. double purpose ang pag punta nila, 4d30 engines nagko consume ng almost 3500k diesel small boats is 1k 10horsepower engine.. paano yun piloto at kasama nila? yun nagbibigay ng mura sa boat nila sa una lang yan or me ari mismo ang nagpiloto, pero for sure mahina maintenance nyan.. and if you are looking for safety sa malaking boat kana at MARINA registered ..

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          16. Hi,
            How much po usually yung boat from Paracale to Mahabang Buhangin? Good for 6 na po. Salamat!

            We are planning to go to Calaguas po kasi sa weekend ng June14-15. :)

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            1. For boats, you may call Manang Imelda +63 948.679.3920. You can mention my name. for 6 persons, that would be around P3500, depending on your haggling skills. They charge P500 for 10 persons up

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          17. Been there about 2yrs ago, and planning to go back next month.

            Nakakadisappoint lng yung mga may-ari ng boat, grabe ang charge. Though I understand na yun hanapbuhay nila, pero sana naman kahit papano eh maging fair. Tourists can give tip if they feel na maganda ang service.

            I tried contacting few boatmen (including Manang Imelda as recommended here, and Mang Nelson recommended by another site) both of them are not accommodating and I felt na tayong mga tourists ang need magplease sa knila, hindi ba nila naiintindihan na need nila ng customer or hindi tlga kasi summer now at marami silang clients? Well, hindi buong taon summer, thus, hindi buong taon may kita.

            I also read in few blogs na maraming nang charges sinisingil dun now? Again, I'm not against charges, pero wag masyadong garapal. Be fair at sana alagaan nila ang clients nila!

            Idk, hindi ko na alam sino pa kokontakin for boat rental na matino kausap.

            I would like to promote Calaguas, it's really beautiful. Pero ang mga tao... so disappointing!

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            1. I agree na mahal sila sumingil sa boat, Php 500 per person, regardless kung same boat or hindi. Sa tatlong bangkero na nasakyan ko, si manang imelda yung mas ok so far though di ko rin sya masyado gusto. idinagdag ko lang ang name nya lately kasi may mga nagtatanong ng contact person. May isa pa ako nasubukan, 2 group kami na pinagsabay sa isang boat, 7 kami lahat, Php 2500 charge nya dun sa isang group (2 lans sila), sa amin, 3000 (5 kami), sinisingilk nya kami ng 5,500 kasi magkaiba naman usapan namin, sabi ko isang bangka lang kami, buti sana kung separate na bangka. di ko na sya kinausap uli maski 2 beses na nya ako nakita sa paracale na naghahanap ng bangkero.

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            2. meron na nga docking charge na Php 1500 plus camping fee bukod sa registration fee. maski yung mga mismong mga taga-paracale, di pa raw nakakapunta ng calaguas kasi ang mahal daw ng bangka. so kung may 30 na sakay sa bangka, 15K agad yun maski same na bangka, though syempre kukunsumo ng mas maraming gasolina, di naman siguro dapat ganun kalaki na Php 500 per person ang charge nila

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            3. I went there last May 31 2014 with my friends, true na most of the boatmen ndi accommodating. I contacted almost all na recommended sa blogs and they are really pricey due to "the association" buti nalang i found Kuya Ricky and Her wife Ate Emma. They charge 5000 for 10pax competitive na than the rate at the association which is 6000 for 10 pax plus may terminal fee pa sila na 20 per head and pipila ka pa. Ihawan, Kawali, water container , and ice box is included with island hopping na with Kuya Ricky. Sulit na and super bait nila.

              We went to 3 islands bukod pa sa calaguas , mas madami pa sana kung ndi kami nagmadali kc magbabagasbas kami.

              Note: Fishing boat pero comfy naman ang pagupo namin
              Kuya Ricky : 0912 736 5717

              and Mike very helpful yung travel guide mo , No.1 reference ko sya while doing our DIY trip :))

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          18. nakakagulat na talaga magpunta sa Calaguas ngayon. sa island, everyday sila maningil. bawat galaw mo doon ay may bayad. ccr ka lang may bayad pa, eh nagbayad ka naman sa entrance.

            pati entrance fee ang mahal mahal. di kaya biro bumaye ng almost 12 hours makapunta lang sa Calaguas (mahabang buhangin)

            i really dont like the people there, lalo na ang pakikipag negociate sa mga boatman sa Paracale. mga mukhang pera at masyadong nakakadissapoint. ayaw pa nila magpasabay, gusto nila magbayad ka ng buong 3000. then i said what if papunta lang dun, baka matagalan kami makauwi, sabe ba naman, hanggang 2 nights lang po kayo doon, p**

            ang tagal namin bago nakasakay, may pumayag na pasabayin kami, sabe 500 each. 2 lang kami, tapos noong nakalapag na kami sa island, 1500 daw. mukha talaga silang pera.

            may nagoffer naman, 1500, sa ibang island, bahala na raw kami makapunta sa mahabang buhangin. hay naku, manhid talaga kausap ang mga tao doon. pati mga local tourist walang ginawa kundi titigan ka at sa resort, pati gamit namin na iniwan saglit pinaghahalungkat sabay sabe " ay sainyo pala to"

            maganda ang lugar, ang problema lang ang mga tao dun, hindi naman lahat pera mag ingat nalang po kayo.

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            1. How much po ung entrance fee sa island? And ano ung other fees na dapat bayaran? :)thanks

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            2. 1. before leaving paracale, i recommend to finalize the price of the boat.
              2. if you are two or more different groups, i suggest that you discuss among yourselves, for more than 10 people, the rate is Php500 per person (wag kayo papayag na mas mahal pa sa 500/pax kasi masasanay yan na papayag naman tayo).
              3. there are trips going to the island but will dock at the barabgay located in the back part of the island, from there it is a 30-minute hike. boat leaves paracale port at 12NN, so be there early and 6AM the following day from the barangay where you will alight).
              4. entrance fee is Php150, some also charge Php100 per tent, depending on where you pitch your tent. cottage is Php350
              5. it is always a must to secure your own stuff.

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          19. hi mike! nice blog! just wanna ask if the passenger boat for the locals still available? and someone commented that in vinzons, boat fare is only 50-60 pesos? still not sure what cheaper jump-off point we should take, paracale or vinzons? we're planning to go to calaguas on august 2014 and we're going to DIY it cause we're on a tight budget. hoping for your reponse. thanks and more power to you!

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            1. passenger boats from paracale are still available at Php100 one way. i cant answer for vinzons though. maybe when i get back there, i can answer your question, but vinzons is farther than paracale so i dont think it will be cheaper from vinzons (i could be wrong). going to calaguas in the rainy season is not really recommended, you should check with a local re the condition of the sea. calaguas is located along the pacific ocean, and the waves there are predictable. you can also check the links i included about forecast located at the bottom of the article.

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          20. just got there yesterday...ang ginawa kasi ng friend namin is nagbook sa the outdoor freak we pay 3,200 each included na yung sa van, ibang food, entrance, at yung sa boat... dapat mag bagasbas pa kame kaso tinamad na kame eh...mas okay na yun kasi nung nag tanong din kame pag mag DIY kame eh...sa boat daw pag 2 tao 2000 - 1500.. pag 10 6000.. tapos yung van nag ask kame 18,000 daw.. so when we estimated yung 3200 per head eh okay na rin..atleast walang hassle na sa pakikipag-usap sa mga bangkero..

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          21. Very Informative! Keep it up! We are also be there on the May 9-11 hope to see you! This will be my first time to Calaguas me and my family are excited. According to Accuweather there might be a thunderstorm looming, hope it gets better :) so we can all enjoy the beauty of Calaguas!

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            1. it would also be good to get your boat prior to going there and check with boatman for weather updates, as early as thursday night or friday morning, they will have an idea of the weather conditions and waves if they are strong, high and frequent

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          22. hi mike! thanks for your very informative article! we'll visit calaguas may 19, and we're planning to stay for 2 nights. do we have to pay the entrance fee & camping fee per day? where do you recommend to stay in the island, northern or southern part?

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            1. wow, 2 nights na walang kaagaw sa calaguas, expect to have the beach by yourselves. pay for the entrance fee and camping fee once only. ask your boatman to dock you at the beach in front of the barangay and look for Arnold. it is on the right side when fronting the beach. i will be there May 17-18. stay in that side of the island since other parts ask for docking fee. cottage is 350. they also have a toliet there, a small store and deep-well water. if i may ask, how many are you?

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          23. thanks! that's what we're hoping for quiet beach bumming hehe...4-5 persons di pa sure yung iba eh. you're a big help!

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            1. For 5 pax, wag kayo papayag na lalampas sa 3K ang boat niyo, minsan abusado ang mga bangkero eh.

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            2. enjoy the beach, solong-solo niyo, wala yung maiingay na tour operators

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          24. hi there mike! i have some questions:
            - when was the last time you've been to calaguas?
            - is the passenger boat for the locals still available? isang boat lang ba talaga yun and what's the name of the boatman? *** i contacted manang imelda and they're charging us 3k-3.5k for the boat and we're just 4 pax! how come they're boat rentals are that expensive?
            - anong name nung resort na si kuya arnold yung caretaker? yung camping fee ba sa resort nila PER NIGHT yung bayad?
            - where can we rent tents? meron ba din tent rental kila kuya arnold? how much and PER NIGHT ba din yung bayad?
            - we want to cook for ourselves, where can we borrow cooking utensils? can we borrow them from kuya arnold? are they allowing the campers to borrow their utensils?
            my friends and i (4 pax) are going to calaguas by 1st week of june and i really need your help. thanks and God bless! --- AYAN :)

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            1. 1. was in calaguas last month.
              2. the passenger boat leaves paracale at 12 noon but you have to be there earlier, one trip only. sorry i dont ask for the name of the boatman, you may ask the locals, it usually arrives in paracale at around 10AM. it docks in the other side of the island and you have to walk 30 minutes to get to Mahabang Buhangin. It leaves the Barangay at 7AM the following morning, so to avail that trip, you have to be in the barangay by 6AM, that means waking up early and leave the beach by 530AM, the latest. Boat rental are expensive, i myself am complaining about it. For 4 pax, you can haggle up to 3K, if you can haggle less than that, that is good already.
              3. there are no resorts in Calaguas except for Waling, all the rest are does not have any name but tour operators have a certain area along the beach. just ask the boatman (if you rent a boat) to dock you at the barangay area of the beach (right side when approaching the island).
              4. camping fee and entrance is paid only once.
              5. there are no tents for rent, you have to bring them.
              6. am not sure if there are cooking utensils for you to borrow, but you can ask the store to cook rice for you. calaguas island is a backpacker type of island, you have to bring everything including tent, cooking utensils, cook sets, burners, mess kit, sleeping bag. there is nothing available for rent here.
              7. if you do not have any camping equipment, i suggest you avail the services of regular tour operators who have weekly trips, prices range from 3K to 4K including transportation, boat, fees, food, tent, etc. price range depend in the type of service and food they serve.

              i hope this answers all of your queries.

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          26. Hi,

            I would just like to ask? wala po available tents for rent? I thought meron? :(

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            1. There are no tents for rent sa Calaguas, tents are provided by the tour operators or brought by the guest. I have also asked sa Paracale but they don't have any.

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          27. Hi Mike Laagan! were planning going to calagus sa may 23-25 for 3d/2n. kaso baka less than 10pax lang kami, any recommendations?, how much will be the safe budget for us, which will includes the meals for 3days and 2 nights, and the tour? or if ever DYI lang kami, is the 8k for the okay? what about pag magpapaluto kami pag dating nalang mismo dun?

            thanks for your reply.

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            1. The 8K boat is too much, going rate is P500/head. for 8 pax it should only be 4K. safe budget is 4K if you bring and cook all the food. if you are coming from paracale, you can ask the boatman to pass by maculabo before going to calaguas, it is along the way. ask the boatman to dock you at the barangay area which has a small store, they can cook food for you for a price. you can get all your supplies at the paracale market except for butane

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          28. Kuya, how's the accommodation in calaguas?

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            1. there is no accommodation in calaguas except for Waling. aside from that, you will have to bring your tent and camp here.

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          29. Hi sir Mike,

            We are planning to go here this coming Jun 14, will stay until 16th. We will travel by car, Do you have new contacts for the boatman or we may still reach Mam Imelda? Ano po yung docking fee na 1500? kame po ba mag sho-shoulder nun? TIA!

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            1. 1. Other contacts are Mang Boy - 09085460683, try to haggle as much as you can. Mang Boy and Aling Imelda are both organizers, meaning you contact them, they find the boat for you. for 5 pax do not pay more than 3K.

              2. If you will leave your car, you would probably be thinking where you will leave your vehicle, there is a secured parking area there with gates for a fee of P200, this is beside Aling Imelda's house.

              3. Ask the boatman to dock at the Barangay area ang look for Arnold, tell him you are friend of Mike Laagan. cottage is 350, entrance is 100/pax regardless of how many days/nights you will be there, so pay no more than that.

              I hope this helps!

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            2. Thank you sir! Will get back here to provide info how it goes!

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          30. Hi! Plan namin 4d3n sa calaguas. Balak namin magDIY kaso parang ang hirap. Tinry naman namin magpaquote ng package kaso ang overpriced naman. So baka DIY na lang. Anu-ano po ba yun mga babayaran? Mga magkano kaya magagastos if 6 lang kami? Thanks!

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            1. magkano quote sa inyo plus what's inclusive so i can tell you if overpriced or not. boat for 6 people is max 4K, usually +2 pax yan pag hosted. entrance is 150, camping fee is 100 each, tent is 350, transportation RT is 1200/pax pag bus. van will be too expensive kasi 4 days kayo, that is usually per day + gas & toll fees. foof is available sa paracale market pero mahirap stock for 4 days

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            2. Hi! 22k po. with food pero walang entrance trekking at cottage. Magdadala na po kami ng tent namin. Anu-ano po ba mga fees na babayaran pagdating ng island? At magkano? Nagtry kami magcontact ng bangkero, pumayag ng 4,500 for 6pax 4d3n with island hopping. So yun po. Baka po tanungin na lang din po namin yun bangkero kung pwede po silang mamalenke para sa amin. Magdadagdag na lang kami ng bayad. Ano po sa tingin niyo? Overpriced po ba yun package so mag-DIY na lang kami? Thanks!

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            3. kasama ba ang transpo manila to paracale? parang mahal pag di pa kasama yung fees and cottage. yung 4,500 anong island ang kasama sa mga pupuntahan niyo. makakabili kayo ng fish dyan sa mga bangkero or dun sa barangay sa likod ng island, around 30 minutes na walk yun. sabi ng kilala ko na tour operator, 2500 ang basic package, plus 1000 per day inclusive of boat, entrance fees, cottages, services, etc. plus 1200 each kasama ang reservation ng bus. so that is 4500/person for 4D/3N with buffet meals.

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            1. Hi! 22k po. kami raw po bahala sa entrance trekking at cottage. pero may tent naman po kami. inclusive of boat rent, island hopping, food. Magkno po ba entrance at ano-ano pa pong fees ang babayaran pagdating namin sa island?

              Thank you po!

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          32. Good day sir!.
            Very helpful blog sir Mike!
            If 2 lang po kme magtravel, 500php per head (2way) pa din po ba ang singil for boat? Sa Dec2014 pa naman ang plan :) thank you!

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            1. Php 500 per head applies to 8 pax and up, for two person, the boat is usually Php2,500 but try to haggle to Php2,000. It is better to go during weekdays where there are only a handful of people. Boatmen also tend to give lower prices during weekdays.

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          33. Hi po! We are planning to go to calaguas dis sept 6. 2 lng pokmi my mga passenger boat p po b kc prang ang mahal nmn nung 2500 n boat pra s dalawang tao? At my marrent po b dun n tent? Thanks po!

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            1. passenger boat leaves before lunch. Php100/pax. it docks on the other side of the island. you need to walk at least 30 minuted to get to mahabang buhangin. the boat leaves the barangay going back to paracale at around 7am so you need to leave the beach by 6am in the morning so you can catch the boat. there is only 1 trip/day.

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          34. Hi sir..I would like to ask bec.we are planning to go there(calaguas) by first week of august..yung sa passenger boat ba nila is my life vest?and wat time early trip nila pa papunta sa barrio near mahabang buhangin maliban sa 12nn?tnx

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            1. wala po yatang life vest, di ko po na-try, nakita ko lang dumaong sa paracale at nagtanong po ako. iisa lang po ang byahe (12 noon) papunta ng tinaga island at pabalik ng paracale (7AM). dumadating yung passenger boat sa paracale ng 10AM.

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          35. Hi Mike! I just read your blog how to get to calaguas, very informative! Thank you for sharing.. I will share this to my friends since I am planning to have a trip on October 2014. Mga sembreak. I would like to know kung magkano ang estimated budget if 2 persons lang good for 3days 2nights kasama na yung transpo. Kulang ba ang 10k? May dala naman kaming tent. This was my first time to travel DIY. May mga makakainan din ba dun sa island if ever na hindi kami magdala ng foods? Gusto ko rin malaman kung okay ba magtravel ng October? Pag nag stay kami ng 2 nights magbabayad ba kami ng entrance good for 2 nights? Please help.. Thanks Sir!

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            1. 1. boat for two persons range from 2500-3000 (haggle for 2500, wag kayo papayag na lalampas dun). round trip land travel fare is around 1200/pax and entrance is usually paid per night but try to haggle.
              2. 10K is more than enough to include food.
              3.There are no eateries in the island but there are stores whose prices are almost double. they can also cook food for you. there are also fishermen who go to the beach early in the morning, haggle for prices though (ang tingin kasi nila sa turista maraming pera)
              4. there is a market in paracale where you can buy all the supplies you need.
              5. there is a mineral wate store in paracale, better buy 1 galloon of drinking water already, deposit for the water galloon is 200, which you can get when you return it
              6. better to go during the weekdays so you will have the beach for your self, you can evn go skinny dipping.
              7. october is quite ok but check for weather and tide conditions. there is a link at the end of this article on the weather and tidal forecast for calaguas.

              thanks for dropping by. enjoy!

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          36. Hi Mike! Thanks for the info... We're planning to go there to spend our 3rd anniversary. Im still confused though.. What is the best way to go there? Kung 3d/2n, where is the best and cheapest place to stay na mas convenient din? Yung 10k na budget, is it good for 2pax na? I'll add you on fb ha to know more of your adventures! Saya! Thanks! :)

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          37. Hi Mike! Thanks for the info. We plan to go there this sept 25. Im a bit confused though. Ang daming options on how to get to Calaguas, pero what is the best way? We plan to stay for 3d/2n, where is the most convenient and cheapest place to stay? Yung budget na 10k, is already for 2 persons or 10k each? Is it advisable to do island hopping? Pwede din ba yun sa boat na irerent namin or separate boat pa? I'll add you on fb to know more of your adventures. Saya! Thanks! :)

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            1. There are only two ways to go to Calaguas. via Vinzons and Paracale, which I recommend. There is only one accommodation in Calaguas, I am not sure about their rates, but I believe it is at least 3K per night. Their cabanas are quite beautiful though. Aside from that, the only option is to bring your own tent or join an organized tour who will provide your trip to Vinzons/Paracale, RT boat to calaguas, food and drinks, tent. during the entire stay in the island For 3D/2N, range is around 5K each but should not go beyond 5.5K depending on the service they provide. What is not included is the breakfast when you arrive at Vinzons/Paracale and dinner before you leave for Manila.

              Before you decide to go, check the weather and tide forecast for the dates you intend to go. I have provided the direct link about these forecast on Calaguas on the article. Please do check them. Calaguas is on at least two hours by boat and the waves are not really friendly.

              If you plan to have your DIY, please check with the suggested itinerary and tips above. Boat will cost you 2500, pay no more than that. Fare for 2 pax from Manila will be around 2500 for the two of you, RT. cottage and entrance should cost around 500/day for both of you, that leaves 4K for food if your budget is 10K. do bring extra money though for emergency purposes. Do not pay the boatman until you get back to the mainland. You can get lower boat rate (it really depends) if you get a boat on the day since the contact numbers I have included are sort of coordinators so they add padding. Plus it is low peaks season, try to haggle as low as 2K. For the island hopping, I cannot give any rates so far since I have not tried it. But I do suggest to stay in Calaguas to enjoy and relax.

              Hope this helps!

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          38. Waah malalaki daw waves dyan how true? Malalki nmn bangka nmn noh?

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            1. malalaki naman ang bangka, kaya ang alon. wag lang may bagyo. di naman nagpapaalis ang coast guard pag delikado ang dagat.

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          39. Calangcawan Sur and mantigbi beach is not part of Calaguas. its in Vinzons town proper. another thing, best months to go here is from may - september. super flat ang dagat basta walang bagyo.. malakas ang dagat from Dec - April 2nd week..

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          40. Great post!
            My first visit to Calaguas was during this year's Holy Week. Medyo kinakabahan ako sa boat ride kasi malakas ang alon. Ayon, nawallop kami lahat sa bangka. Pero ang saya ng experience na to. Will definitely keep on going back to Bicol...andaming magagandang tanawin...madaming mababait na tao. I love Bicol!

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          41. hi! planning to go you 2d1n in calaguas and i guess the more people to rent a boat the better kaso 2 lang kami nung friend ko. i read above na you can hook small groups to others para mas sulit. planning to go ng (not yet final) ng march 27-29. thanks!

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          42. hi! planning to go ng 2d1n in calaguas and i guess the more people to rent a boat the better kaso 2 lang kami nung friend ko. i read above na you can hook small groups to others para mas sulit. planning to go ng (not yet final) march 27-29. thanks!

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            1. i have a trip this april 17-19, 2015

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            2. Hello Athena.. natuloy ba kayo last march 27-29? planning to go there this weekend, 2 lang din kame. Hope to hear from you. Thanks

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          43. hi sir can i join your trip? solo lng po ako. planning to by april also. ty

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            1. ok sir, pasensiya na, i was backpacking leyte since march 4, just got back now. trip will be on April 17-19. please add me sa facebook or send me your details, though i think you did send it sa email ng blog ko...

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            2. tnx sir, i already send my details thru email po.

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          44. can join your trip po this april. ty

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            1. yes sir, i have invited you sa event already, nag-going ka na sir di ba?

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          45. Very detailed and useful sir Mike.

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          46. hi sir, i would just like to ask a few questions. 2 pax kami and we're planning to go to Calaguas on April 16. ung ksama ko galing manila while ako naman galing Legazpi. we're planning to meet at Naga then sabay na kami mag fx from Naga to Daet.

            questions:
            1. aabot po kaya kami if I leave at 5am from Legazpi? probably 7am nsa Naga na ako or the most is 7:30am.
            2. how much po kaya aabutin ang expenses namin sa transpo? wala kaming tour package and dalawa lang kami so we expect mas mahal ung boat rent. pero if ever, diba may daily boat ride naman? how much ang ride na un per head?
            **may dala na kaming tent and foods so transpo lang talaga ang expected expenses namin(except of course kung may emergency)

            pwede po makahingi ng range ng gagastusin namin at kung wat time advisable umalis ng Legazpi.

            thank you and God bless po!

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            1. 1. i suggest padiretsuhin mo na sa Daet yung friend mo coming from manila. Legazpi to Naga is 2 hours plus waiting time. Naga to Daet is another 2 hours plus waiting time. i suggest you leave Legazpi earlier and arrive at Daet by 7AM. not sure about the sked of boats from Vinzons though.

              2. for 2 that will be 1500 dapat, pwede naman kayo joiners sa mga papunta ng calaguas. fees for the 2 of you will not go beyong P500

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          47. hi sir.. how much po kaya aabutin ang gastos if 2 pax and overnight stay? may tent and foods na so transpo lang talaga ung worry namin.

            another query is kng aabutan po ba namin ung daily boat trip to brgy banocboc if we leave Legazpi at 5am.

            Thank you so much! :)

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            1. am not sure about the boats in banocboc, i asked kasi last week, but the guys from Daet cannot give a specific schedule.

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          48. Hi just wanted to ask how much banka rountrip rental for 20 persons and also parking area. Were planning this may 22-23. 2 days 1 night. we will departing in vinzons. Thanks

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            1. will ask my friends from daet where they park their vehicles in vinzons. you will stay there Friday night then DIY?

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          49. hi sir my mga questions lng po sana ko hehe..san po b ung faster and cheaper way papungtang mahabang buhangin paracale or s vinzons po??if ever n 15 persons po kme meron po bang banka n kasya kme and how much po??were planning to go there s May mga 3rd week po sna much better po kung pde ko po makuha ung name and number nung bankero pra makausap n po nmen..TIA!!!

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            1. 1. faster sa Paracale but the boats in Vinzons are bigger.
              2. kasya kayo sa isang bangka, i just don't know the exact rate
              3. i will be going to Calaguas on May 22-24, please see itinerary below.

              2D1N stay in calaguas.
              Round trip Bus transport from Manila to Daet/Vinzons (vice versa)
              Boat ride to calaguas (vice versa) with life vest
              4 meals (ALL BUFFET in the islandl) & drinking water
              KAYAK, SNORKEKING, BEACH MATERIALS, TREKKING
              COLEMAN TENT, 2PAX/TENT
              Entrance fee, environmental fee, brgy fee

              DAY0: MAY 22, 2015

              2030H Meetup at SUPERLINES Bus Cubao Terminal (beside Victory)
              2100H Departure from Manila

              DAY 1: MAY 23, 2015

              0600H Arrival in Daet, breakfast (own account)
              0700H Head to Vinzons
              0800H ETD to Mahabang Buhangin, Tinaga Island
              1000H ETA Mahabang Buhangin, Tinaga Island
              1200H Lunch
              1400H Free time
              1800H Dinner
              2000H Socials
              2200H Lights off

              DAY 2: MAY 24, 2015

              0630H Breakfast
              0730H Free time, Explore, Beach Bumming, Snorkel, Hike
              1200H Lunch
              1400H ETD back to Vinzons
              1600H ETA Vinzons, wash up
              1700H ETD for Daet
              1730H ETA Daet, Dinner (own account)
              1900H ETD back to Manila

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          50. Hi Sir Mike! I came across your blog while researching for Calaguas. Very detailed it helped me so much. Im planning to go this July for 3d2n for 2 pax. I really dont mind spending a bit more than the DIY trips. Just wanna ask if you are familiar with the accommodations there? I've checked www.calaguaslocal.com and www.calaguasislands.com. They seem legit, but is it anything like what you have tried there? Is it really that provincial?

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            1. both are legit tour organizers. have seen them in my several trips in calaguas. what do you mean by provincial?

              1. will you be by yourself?
              2. july is a rainy season, why choose this period?

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          51. We're going to calaguas on May 21 3days 2nyts baka Meron po sa inyo pupunta that day para makati pic po tyo sa bangka..

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          52. Hi, Sir Mike! Thanks for your blog. It's very detailed. We're planning to get there this May 10-14, kaya lang po may bagyo. 😞 Push pa rin po ba namin? 2 lang po kami ng boyfriend ko. And one more thing po, where is the cheapest route to the island? Pero yung di po masyadong hassle? Sa tingin niyo po, how much yung boat ride? Meron naman po kaming camping materials. Transpo lang talaga problem.

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            1. hi mam,

              1. not safe go there since may bagyo, and malakas ang alon maski walang bagyo.
              2. you can take the local trip at P100 pero mag-aabang kayo, please check above for the DIY and how to get there.
              3. for 2pax, rent is 1500 to 2000.

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          53. Hi sir mike, ask ko lang if pwede kang mkapagbgay ng maganda, totoo at maayos na travel tour package, masyado kasi silang marami, ndi namin alam kung sino ung maganda.

            At naghahanap din kami ng makakasama pang iba this August sa calaguas island, pkitxt na lang me sa 09272672617, at maganda bang month ang august para magpunta sa calaguas island? maraming salamat.

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          54. Hi, I'm planning to go there on October, 2 lang kami, so can you help me out to plan out the trip?
            Should i bring cooking and camping materials?
            Any recommendations or suggestions how I will organize the trip? And expected budget? Thanks.

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            1. you can bring a small burner and cookset. there are open cottages where you can sleep or bring a tent. the article already has anything you need to prepare for your trip

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          55. When people go camping, some bring just the bare essentials while others bring everything except the kitchen sink.


            Family Tent Site

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          56. hi ask ko lang po safe po ba mag travel papuntang calaguas this weekend..Sept 4,5 and 6 2015? and safe din po ba mag travel sa dagat sa calaguas sa weekend?
            really appreciate your reply...
            tnx
            Fleur

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          57. hi ask ko lang if safe ba mag travel papuntang calaguas this weekend.. Sept 4,5 and 6 2015?
            and safe ba magtravel sa dagat po this weekend?
            tnx
            appreciate ur reply..
            fleur

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            1. safe naman po mam basta walang bagyo. there's a link at the end of this article with regards to the weather prediction and monitoring of tidal waves

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          58. I remember a little pop-up backyard tent I had as a child. My brother and I spent hours making it a fort, a castle, a post office and so many other things.Family Camping Tents

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          59. Hi, dpat ba may sarling tent pag punta calaguas?

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            1. you can sleep in the open cottages or bring your own tent

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          60. Need kasama for
            calaguas on Oct. 23 to 24.

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          61. Sino pupunta dito sa
            calaguas sa Oct. 23 and 24. Pasabay.

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          62. Hi, Thank you for this informative post. Planning to go solo to calaguas, but it's still best to go with someone. Anyone here looking for a travel buddy? please let me know, btw you may join this group in FB as well if you're trying to find a travel buddy. Just go to this link. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1642231026048917.

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          63. Hi, Thank you for this informative post. Planning to go solo to calaguas, but it's still best to go with someone. Anyone here looking for a travel buddy? please let me know, btw you may join this group in FB as well if you're trying to find a travel buddy. Just go to this link. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1642231026048917.

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          64. hi mr mike? how much po ito? tnx


            mike laaganMay 7, 2015 at 4:12 PM

            1. faster sa Paracale but the boats in Vinzons are bigger.
            2. kasya kayo sa isang bangka, i just don't know the exact rate
            3. i will be going to Calaguas on May 22-24, please see itinerary below.

            2D1N stay in calaguas.
            Round trip Bus transport from Manila to Daet/Vinzons (vice versa)
            Boat ride to calaguas (vice versa) with life vest
            4 meals (ALL BUFFET in the islandl) & drinking water
            KAYAK, SNORKEKING, BEACH MATERIALS, TREKKING
            COLEMAN TENT, 2PAX/TENT
            Entrance fee, environmental fee, brgy fee

            DAY0: MAY 22, 2015

            2030H Meetup at SUPERLINES Bus Cubao Terminal (beside Victory)
            2100H Departure from Manila

            DAY 1: MAY 23, 2015

            0600H Arrival in Daet, breakfast (own account)
            0700H Head to Vinzons
            0800H ETD to Mahabang Buhangin, Tinaga Island
            1000H ETA Mahabang Buhangin, Tinaga Island
            1200H Lunch
            1400H Free time
            1800H Dinner
            2000H Socials
            2200H Lights off

            DAY 2: MAY 24, 2015

            0630H Breakfast
            0730H Free time, Explore, Beach Bumming, Snorkel, Hike
            1200H Lunch
            1400H ETD back to Vinzons
            1600H ETA Vinzons, wash up
            1700H ETD for Daet
            1730H ETA Daet, Dinner (own account)
            1900H ETD back to Manila

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          65. Where will it be safe to park in vinzons? are there any available pay parkings that are reliable? if there are, are they near the port? planning to roadtrip from albay on last week of april 2016. Thanks!

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            1. there are closed parking areas to park your vehicle. they charge around P200 for overnight.

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          66. Hi mike, tanung ko lang kung totoong pag weekends may travel group or travel organizers na nag dadala ng mga generator para sa mga strove lights? Para daw nagiging party hub ang calaguas pag weekends? Sana hindi totoo. Please reply agad

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            1. sadly, this is true, that is why i would rather go here during weekdays. if this will not be stopped, calaguas will turn out to be another boracay that will be wasted.

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          67. wow,totoo nga actually nag search ako ng ibang blog, and may dala pala ay ung calaguas hullabaloo. sana naman matigil na nila un. baka nga maging boracay and calaguas.
            BTW
            your blog of calaguas is the best blog ive ever read. good job sir mike

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            1. thanks. there are three i think, some even have fire dancing and mobile bar. beats the purpose of having the a far away island. there are also many bamboo huts already. when i first came here in 2011, there were only 2 huts in the whole area, it was a paradise.

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          68. Hi ! I just want to ask if there were some hotels there except for cottages and tents ? Please reply .. i really wanted to know po kc .. Me and my buddy were planning to go there .. and from Vinzons fish port is there any boat na pwede nmin skanyan except ung rented ? dalawa lng po kc kmi pupunta dun ee .. Thank you ..

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            1. there are cabanas there already. not sure about the rates, but i think it was 3K per night. there is a regular boat going to the back of the island. please look for the details on the blog about the public boat.

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          69. Hi ! i just wanted to ask if there were hotels there except for cottages and tents? Please reply .. I really wanted to know .. Me and my buddy were planning po kc to go there .. and from Vinzons fish port, is there any regular boat na pwede nmin sakyan mliban sa mga rented ? Dalawa lng po kc kmi pupunta dun ee .. Thank you ..

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          70. Of all the blogs I've read on a DIY trip to Calaguas, this is the most helpful :) Thank you!

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          71. Hi! Sharing also our experience in Calaguas: http://frankcessroadtoinfinity.blogspot.com/2016/03/2d1n-calaguas-camarines-norte.html

            Sobrang ganda!

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          72. Hi po. Tanong ko lang po sana kung may kakilala po kayong boatmen na pwede namin pagkatiwalaan pag iniwan namin yung sasakyan sakanila?

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            1. the boatmen do not have a place where you can park your car but there are several places to park and charges around 100-200 for overnight parking. try calling Paliza del Rio. They can be reached at +63 939.718.2008 or +63 (02)542.3888

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          73. Hi sir! Ask ko lang po how much ung updated na price ng boat good for four, sino po pwede macontact? TIA 😊

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            1. the ones i have tried are listed in the article maam. to give you an estimate, i think they will charge you 2500 for four. but if mas marami kayo the rates go as low as 500/pax and even lower sometimes.

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            2. Ok sir thank you so much! Your blog is very helpful 😊

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          74. welcome po,thanks for dropping by and please do like my FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/mikelaagan/

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          75. Hi sir @Mike, your guide is indeed comprehensive and it rocks! I hope you don't mind if I mentioned you on an article in OutofTownBlog. Cheers!

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            1. thank you for the complement ma'am. i don't mind that my blog gets mentioned and thanks again in advance!

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          76. Hello Sir Mike! Planning to go there this coming May 10. Problem is, 2 lang kami and it is not practical to rent a boat. Any advise po?

            May pinapa-rent na po bang tent dun sa island?

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          77. Hi sir, great post! I have a question, is the same boat that I took going to Calaguas would be the same boat to take us around island hopping?

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            1. yes, it will also be the same boat to take you back to paracale or vinzons.

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          78. beautiful Calaguas....it will be my next destination this year....swimming in blue ocean, waiting for sun rise....That is heaven !!!!

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            1. i suggest going on a weekday, when there are less tourist

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          79. Slmat mkktulong s amin yang blog mo dhl pupunta kmi dis march...😊☺πŸ˜€

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          80. Great plan. I will follow this plan when I will visit that place. I've just one question: Is there any way of underwater facility? I want to go there and like to write a review on my family camping site blog.

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