Calaguas Island in the Philippines is starting to attract more tourists for the past year, and some people are asking me what it is do there. Here are a few things you can do in the Island that would really make you admire the place.
Nothing beats a nice morning walk around the beach, but its much nicer if you head up the hills and see the postcard scenic view of the whole island and find out that it’s not the only island in the area you can explore.
*you may also want to try going up there during sunset hours for a more romantic/peaceful vibe.
2. Island Hopping
Ask your boatman/travel guide to take you Island Hopping — after all, it’s not the only island in the area.
3. Cliff Jumping
We we’re lucky enough that our guide knew a nice beginner cliff that we could jump off to. — I was hoping for a higher one, but it will do. — It was about 5 – 10ft high jump into a small pool that has a depth of about 6 ft – 7 ft.
4. Snorkling/Free Diving
What’s really nice about this place is the endless reefs you can explore and its crystal clear waters. Some parts of the reefs even offer small canyons with a number of sea creatures that I personally haven’t seen before.
If you really want to experience the island and how calm it is — especially at night — set up your camp away from other tour groups — they usually set up their camp a few steps away from the small town as this is where the toilet/water pump and a small store is located.
*If you went with a tour group, you don’t have to worry about bringing your own tents. These groups already provide them for you.
*Camping fee for non tour groups = Php 100.00
Here is a short clip from my trip:
How to get to Calaguas Island.
Take a bus going to Daet, Camarines Norte. It is typically an 8-10 hour bus ride from Manila. Superlines is one bus line that travels to that destination.
From Daet, proceed via a jeepney ride to the town of Vinzons, Camarines Norte and get dropped off at the fishport (Pandawan) where you can hire boats to take you to Calaguas. The boat ride from the port to Calaguas takes about two hours. Chartered boats can be rented for PhP 2,000 – PhP 4,000. Meanwhile, you can also ride a fishing boat wherein the payment is on a per-head basis.
Tips: (Things to bring)
Note: The Island already has a small store located near the water pump that has your basic necessities.