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Calaguas Island; Paradise That Hides Behind Large Waves.

By Jonathan Orbuda @ilovetansyong
Calaguas Island; Paradise that hides behind large waves. We arrived at Paracale, Camarines norte at 9AM. Paracale is our entry point to reach Calaguas Island.  Before we leave the place, we grabbed first a breakfast within the proximity. We roved around the Town proper to see the Church, taste the local foods and cuisines – Authentic Bicol express.
Calaguas Island; Paradise that hides behind large waves.
We departed 10AM with a motored Banca in Paracale.
Calaguas Island; Paradise that hides behind large waves.
Meanwhile, The Calaguas is a group of islands in the Philippine province of Camarines Norte. It consists of the major islands of Tinaga Island and Guintinua Island, the minor Maculabo Island, as well as several other minor islands.
Calaguas Island; Paradise that hides behind large waves.
We have to clash with Pacific Ocean for 2 hours to reach the place. I thought our boat will not gonna make it because of the very large waves ahead of us. That was really scary since I don’t know how to swim (Yes! Im a beach bummer, surfer and traveler, hence I’m not a swimmer). But when we arrived at the island, it was totally a big wow. It was cool and very picturesque view. The color of the water was like painted in a canvass. It was very saturated aqua blue clear water. Unlike when we were at the middle of the ocean, the water was very placid. The fine sand was very exquisite and you can’t even find dirt, seaweeds or algae floating – so immaculate. There were no other tourists in sight due to its remote geographical location. It was as if we rented the whole island for ourselves.
Calaguas Island; Paradise that hides behind large waves.
Moreover, there are only few small stores available around, the stretch of the shoreline is very peaceful and perfect for relaxation- far away from the stressful life in Manilla. The time runs to slow, so slow pacing. I’ve been to Bohol (Panglao) and Boracay but Calaguas is the best for me. Due to the thought that the island haven’t yet commercialized is the factor why I considered it as the best gem – very clean.
Calaguas Island; Paradise that hides behind large waves.
This Island that I described is Tinaga where the famous long beach called Mahabang Buhangin is located. Campers and backpackers are coming and going daily to experience its powdery white sands.

Getting here: (Another Option)
Calaguas Island; Paradise that hides behind large waves.
Take a Daet-bound bus; from Daet you have two options either get a boat from Vinzons or Paracale. If via vinzons, short tricycle ride to the port, boat rate is around 5k travel time is 3-4hrs. If via paracale where cheaper boats are found, one needs to take a van to daet town - paracale (30-45mins) then boat hire is around 3k. Travel time paracale-calaguas 2-3hrs.
There also daily passenger boats from Vinzons to the island.
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