Calaguas is a group of islands that lies in the northernmost part of the Bicol Peninsula. It offers beautiful beaches and little development. Calaguas can be reached by a sleeper bus that runs from Manila to Daet, Camarines Norte. It takes eight hours to travel. A jeepney ride from Daet to Vinzons can take you to the fish port where there are boats to Calaguas.
The two-hour ride to the islands is bumpy and can be frustrating. You can also go to Paracale instead of going to Vinzons via Daet. It takes only 1.5 hours to get from Paracale ports to Calaguas by boat.
Enjoy the beautiful stretch of white sandy beach. Tinaga Island is the largest island in the Calaguas. Here you will find Mahabang Buhangin Beach. This paradise welcomes beach-goers with its pristine turquoise waters, powder-like white sandy beaches and beautiful blue water. It is reminiscent of Boracay’s natural beauty decades ago, which many people are quick to point out.
Mahabang Buhangin’s white sand beach is ideal for activities such as kayaking, volleyball, swimming, and sunbathing. For a beautiful view of the beach, trek towards Tinaga Island’s elevated section. You can arrange island-hopping tours to discover more islands or secret escapes.
It is best to rough it. You can set up tents for a night under the stars. You can bring your own cooking equipment and prepare delicious seafood from local fishermen. If you’re looking to relax on the beach, you can ask the local fishermen to make lunch for you. When the electricity is on, visitors should be prepared to charge their phones and cameras at night. Travelers have access to public toilets. Travelers have access to water through deep well pumps. Waling Waling Eco Village, a single resort in Mahabang Buhangin, offers beach huts as well as cabanas equipped with modern amenities.
Enjoy your trip to the Philippines, but be careful. The country has experienced severe weather disruptions since the beginning of the southwest monsoon (which runs from May through October). Strong typhoons are a constant threat to sea travel in the Bicol region every year. Calaguas is best visited between November and April, when the trade winds provide a more pleasant climate. To enjoy calm waters on your boat ride, it is best to go during the dry months (March-May).