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Calaguas – Virgin Island Saga (Day 1)

This is my last travel for summer that almost didn’t happen. This are the same people I’m with in Cagbalete in  Mauban, Quezon last year, my childhood friends, but this time fewer version. 🙂 We availed a tour package being offered by Byahe Adventours. Kuya Nano, Chef Janjie aka. Lakwatserong Kusinero, Kuya Andre, Star and the rest took care of us very well. They are happy people. Always smiling and very accommodating.

We arrived at Philtranco Bus Terminal in Cubao around 8:30PM. Met kuya Andre there and told us our bus name (Amihan) and our assigned seats.  If you want to bring your own car that’s possible too. Just go straight to Daet and from there join the group to the island.

We left Cubao 9:25PM and arrived at Kuya Nano’s place in Daet at 5:45AM. Almost 9 hours road trip. We had breakfast there before heading to Vinzons’ port which is just few minutes drive from kuya Nano’s. We’re in Vinzons at 7:31AM. We bought plastic bags for waterproofing. And Phen handed over ziplocks for our phones, cameras and money.

My friend/kumare Tzen water proofing their bag.

7:45AM we depart at Vinzons’ port, our jump-off point to Calaguas Group of Islands. The other possible jump-off point is in Paracale. Most of the islands were part of Vinsons.

The busy Vinzon’s port

We’re dreading the famous big and rough waves to Calaguas but luckily waves were calm though it rained earlier that day.

On our way we saw a lot of islands and all of us  were guessing which one is Mahabang Buhangin Beach or Halabang Baybay. It’s a two-hour boat ride so we make it a fun one as much as we could.

The long wait is over. Say hello to Mahabang Buhangin.

Mahabang Buhangin Beach or Halabang Baybay in Bicol (long beach) is an attractive beach on the northern part of barangay Mangcawayan Tinaga Island (Calaguas group of Islands) in Vinzons, Camarines Norte. The entire beach is facing northwest.

Though I’ve been checking and reading online for this trip I’m still not prepared for this scenery. We gasp in awe of this gem in the northernmost side of Bicol. Paradise-like in Camarines Norte. The fine white sand, the turquoise crystal clear blue water, the solemnity of the place. This is Boracay 20 years ago they say and yes I must agree. Indeed comparable to any 1st class beach. The place is ideal for outdoor adventure. Here you can feel you’re one with nature.

Just arrived.

Our camp.

While they’re preparing the group’s lunch we’re busy trying these…

And lunch is served…

We were asked if we would like to have island hopping after lunch for the price of P100/head but we beg off due to too much heat. It’s really hot and even if we put high SPF sunblocks it can’t stand Mr. Sun. We love our skin. Lol 🙂 So instead we played poker!

When it’s no longer that hot, we walked to the right side of the island (if you’re facing the beach) to explore and took pictures.

When we got back to the camp we decided to play volleyball. Chef Janjie and the others joined us.

We enjoyed swimming here. It’s like a swimming pool. Haha.

And our epic fail try of skimboarding…

The most awaited sunset, and crap it’s hiding. Lol

Photography Sunset Sessions by Kuya Nano

Our peg is “pang-teleserye kontrabida” look. 😀

Then there’s Basic Culinary 101. Here’s Chef Janjie showing his ways and techniques in cooking. That will also be our dinner. 🙂

Chef Janjie is really a talented man not only he can cook but he can also do fire dancing. And he’s really good at it. Below are Chef, Kuya Andre and Star entertaining us with their “buwis-buhay” skills.

Chef Janjie taught guests how to mix drinks and then after he let them mix and experiment on their own.

There’s also night photography but we’re all sleepy and unable to join. But still it’s a fun night and we salute our tour operator for making our stay in the island comfartable. It can be boring in the island, yes, but they’ve come up with such activities to make it an enjoyable one.

CREDITS: Aside from my photos, I used my friends’ Phen and Shy’s pictures on this trip. And oh some of Kuya Nano’s. Thanks guys. 😀

To be continued…

This is part of the 2D/1N package we availed:

Day 2: Calaguas – The Saga Continues (Day 2)

Calaguas Island 101

Another Attempt on Surfing – Bagasbas Beach

Another Attempt on Surfing – Bagasbas Beach

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