Calaguas, Camarines Norte

Mahabang Buhangin Beach - Calaguas
Calaguas, Camarines Norte – 2017 August 26 and 27

Many may not have heard about this place as Calaguas was only known among backpackers that have been exploring new places.

Calaguas, Camarines Norte
Calaguas, Camarines Norte

Calaguas is an unexplored destination that holds beautiful beaches and shores that are comparable to Boracay, without the rowdy boats and crowd. The white sand and the beaches have been preserved for decades that you can feast your eyes on the refreshing blue and clear waters. The habited islands consist of only small and open cottages near the beach where tourists and visitors can stay and enjoy nature with peace and quiet. You can go island hopping and enjoy the astonishing view from islands.

Here’s a quick view of our Calaguas trip itinerary:
  • Calaguas – Day 01

    • 3 am – Depart from QC to Paracale, Calaguas.
    • 10 am – Depart from Pulang Daga Beach, Paracale port
    • 11 am – Checked-in at Mahabang Buhangin Beach
      • Set-up Tents / got Cottages
    • 12 pm – Lunch
    • 3 pm – Depart to Balagbag Island
      • Island Hopping / Snorkling
      • Trekking up the Calaguas and Pacific Ocean view
    • 10 pm – Dinner and Drinking session on the Island
  • Calaguas Day 02

    • 5am – Trek up to Tinago Mountain
      • Trekking and Picture Taking
    • 8 am – Breakfast
    • 9 am – Beach swimming
    • 12 pm – Lunch
    • 2 pm – Depart to Kinastilyuhang Buhangin Sandbar
      • Snorkling / Swimming
    • 3 pm – Travel back to Pulang Daga, Paracale port
    • 4 pm – Explored Paracale Town
    • 5 pm – Journey Back Home
Calaguas, Camarines Norte Tour

Pulang Daga Beach – Paracale, Calaguas

It was about 6-7 hours from Quezon City to Paracale, Calaguas. We were dropped off at Pulang Daga beach as it is where we were also going to ride the boat to Mahabang Buhangin Beach. An island about an hour away from Paracale port. Mahabang Buhangin is one of the islands with one of the amazing beaches in Calaguas. Though there is no electricity on the island, the locals have been able to set up a small community with cottages that you can rent and they use solar to power the lights and other electrical gadgets. You can also set up tents like some of us did and just paid to use their restrooms. You can even ask to have food cooked for you for a fee.

Mahabang Buhangin Beach – Calaguas

In the afternoon, we went snorkling and island hopping. One of the islands that stood out was Balagbag Island. The beach was nice and the waters were filled with fish and colorful corals. Not just that, once we got to the island, you can trek up small mountain tops (about 5 mins) where you can see  the magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean on one side and the scenic view of the Calaguas islands on the other. We had some local dishes cooked and enjoyed a night of party at the island soon after.

Balagbag Island – Calaguas

We woke up early to catch the sunrise on top of Tinago mountain. About 20-30 minutes trek up but it was well worth it. The view of the Calaguas Towns and the cool breeze of the air was worth the climb.

Tinago Mountain – Calaguas

After Breakfast we enjoyed the beach and even got the locals to make us sand castles. The white sand beach, the cool and clear water was so refreshing.

After Lunch, we departed to Kinastilyuhang Bihangin Sandbar. It’s one of the must visit when you are in Calaguas. We arrived at around 2pm but the water has not settled down and the sandbar was still covered. We waited for still about an hour until we were able to enjoy the sandbar but the wait was worthwhile. We were able to enjoy the water and experience the sandbar emerging as time goes by. We also met some locals catching crabs. I asked them to see if they can catch us some and they actually got us one bucket full of it and would not take more than P200 for them. They may not be that big but when we got back to Paracale, we had them cooked and it was amazingly delicious.

Kinastilyuhang Buhangin – Calaguas

We then head to the town of Paracale, Calaguas to do sightseeing and explore the town. Paracale is known to produce gold nuggets. We tried to check out the prices of it but unfortunately as it was a Sunday and late in the afternoon, most of the stores who have it were close.

Paracale Town, Calaguas

Paracale, Calaguas
Paracale, Calaguas

We dropped by some souvenir shops and got our fill before we started to leave and depart back home.

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