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Calaguas Island 101

Bits of Info

  • At this time, there are no commercial establishments in the island, no electricity, no mobile and internet network. Well there is mobile network somewhere but definitely it’s not Globe.
  • For DIY travel, provide tent, foods and drinking water, and most important charge your camera before leaving the mainland.
  • The ideal visit to Calaguas is to camp overnight
  • There is freshwater from deep well (poso), per pail (balde) its P10 or half pail P5.
  • There is a makeshift shower and comfort room. 2 bathrooms and 2 comfort rooms
  • There is a sari-sari store near our camp. They even sell halo-halo during that time. 🙂
Activities
  • It is a place to relax and unwind. You can be a beach bum all you want
  • Explore the island
  • Bonding with friends
  • Camping
  • Swimming
  • Skimboarding
  • Hiking/trekking
  • Play beach volleyball
  • Surfing (side trip to Bagasbas beach)
  • Scuba diving and snorkeling (just bring your own gear)
  • Island/beach hopping to Calaguas group of Islands and nearby islands
  • Kayaking (some tour operator has it)
What to bring: 
  • Sleeping bags or mats
  • Sunblock cream
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Beach slippers
  • Extra camera batteries
  • Snorkeling gear

Date / Time / Activities

Friday (with bus transpo) – May 11, 2012

7:30 – 8:30 – Assembly – Philtanco Bus Terminal Cubao – southbound lane (near MRT Cubao Station

9:00pm – ETD – Cubao to Daet

Day 1 Saturday – may 12, 2012

5:00am – ETA – Bamboo Grill / Jollibee Daet Branch (Crossing Daet Poblacion)

5:00 – 5:30am – Breakfast  (on pax account)

5:30 – 6:00 – ETD Jollibee Daet Branch – travel to Vinzons port

6:00 – ETA – Vinzons

600 – 6:30am – Boarding / Loading

8:30hrs ETA – Mahabang Buhangin, Calaguas Island

8:30hrs – 10:30hrs

  • Settle down / rest
  • Grouping / pitch tent
  • Group assignments
  • Safety briefing / camp site rules
  • Establish / erect camp site / secure

10:30am – Activity 1 – **Culinary 202 Session 1

11:00 – 12:15 noon – Lunch preparation

12:15 – 1:00pm – Lunch

1:00 – 3:00pm – rest / siesta / beach bum / pictorial

3:00 – 4:30pm – Activity 2 – **POI Zipping 10, Photography Sharing and **Culinary 101 session 2

4:30 – 7:00pm – Dinner preparation and Photography Sunset

7:00 – 8:00pm – Dinner

8:00hrs – onwards – socials / Activity 3 – Games, Night Photography, star-gazing / night swimming

00:00 hrs – lights-out

Day 2 Sunday – May 13, 2012

6:00 Wake up call, breakfast preparation

7:30 – 9:00am – beach bum / Photo ops

9:00 – 9:15 – break camp – pack up

9:15 – 9:30am – boarding / loading

9:30am ETD – Isla Tinaga Vinzons

11:30am ETA VInzons

11:45 – 12:30pm Vinzons- Daet

12:30 – 1:30pm – Lucnh at K-Sarap Restaurant / Leo’s Resto / Alvino’s Paluto

1:30 – 3:30pm – Bagasbas Beach – Basic Surfing Clinic (off board)

3:30 – 4:30pm _ Buy pasalubong

5:00pm – ETD Daet (Chartered Bus) 1:00hrs A.M. – (Monday) ETA Manila

8:00pm – ETD Daet (Optional0 4:00am – (Monday) ETA Manila

For a stress and worry free travel, there’s a lot of tour operators offering this kind of package, you may avail one if you want. Or for more personalized and if you’re up for an adventure and is on a budget you may opt to have a DIY kind of trip.

As for us we availed our package from Byahe AdvenTours. Contact person is Mariano Balane (Kuya Nano)
Email Address: mariano_balane@yahoo.com
Contact number: 0927-2508522 / 0927-2706516

How to get here:

By Land

  • Via Vinzons – Take a bus going to Daet.  From Daet bus station terminal take a tricycle to Vinzons port. Bus trips need prior reservation. Manila-Daet buses of Superlines and Philtranco are mostly regular airconditioned buses starting at 500 pesos and are found at the Araneta Bus Terminal in Cubao. Alternatively, you may take a sleeper bus bound for Naga at P1,000 (lower bunk) or P1,200 (upper bunk) just like we did and get off at the intersection in Calauag town (Isarog has daily 9 PM trips from Cubao).
  • Via PNR – If you wish to take the train, call the PNR for reservations at (02) 319-0044 & 48 and visit www.pnr.gov.ph for trip schedules. Note that the Bicol Express train can only drop you off at the Naga station, you have another two-hour van ride back to Daet.
  • Via Paracale – From Manila, book a bus ride either Pasay or Cubao to Paracale, Camarines Norte (Philtranco | Superlines about P485 – P500+ for about 8 to 9 hours. Alternately Pasay/Cubao – Daet trip is also possible (P580). Get off at Brgy. Talobatib in Labo town (for Manila-Daet buses) or Calauag intersection (for Manila-Naga buses) and take another bus for Paracale. Proceed to the fishport (5 minutes by tricycle) and get a boat.
By Air
  • Naga in Camarines Sur is closest airport with regular commercial flights via Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Zest Air. From Naga, Daet is around two hours drive. There are vans to Daet located in Naga Van Terminal, the earliest departs at 5AM and the last trip is around 7PM.

Boat rental: P3,000 – P6,000

Mahabang Buhangin Entrance: P50 – P150

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

Day 1: Calaguas – Virgin Island Saga (Day 1)

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

Another Attempt on Surfing – Bagasbas Beach

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