10hours on the bus to Naga
1.5hours via FX to Daet
20minutes on tricycle to Vinzons
4hours boat to Calaguas Island.
Not to mention the time spend going back to Naga again + the scary boat ride pabalik.All in all,we spent 23 hours to and from Calaguas via Naga.
Was it all worth it?If I have written this post a few days after the trip,I would have said NO!Yes,me tandang padamdam.But thinking about it now,I somewhat miss Calaguas,its beauty that is unspoiled and its unique charm.The trip might have been not as smooth as we hoped it would be but thinking that we survived it all made it such a memorable place.It's true that victory is sweeter if it's hard earned.
Will I be coming back,I guess not soon.But given the right timing (and season),I would like to experience it again.For now,I keep and reminisce the rough,yet memorable adventure.
And the beauty that is Calaguas,Paradise lost,Paradise gained.......
READ: the "Sugal Buhay" boat ride to Mahabang Buhangin CALAGUAS Island,
Given the horrific boat ride we experienced on our way to Calaguas,we almost didn't appreciate the island.Other than the waves,it was dark and raining hard during our final approach.Parang "end of the world" lang.So tell me,who cares if the powdery sand of Calaguas is beautiful?We didn't see that.We were too busy thinking of how to stay alive given the circumstances.
But all's well that ends well.Not an hour after we settled,the sun reappeared for a couple of minutes before it finally set.We immediately went to the beach and took a second look to at least appreciate it.It was still a bit gloomy but our hearts were alight.Took advantage of the chance to snap photos here and there.Even managed a group jump shot.Almost paradise lost.
CAMPING in CALAGUAS
Boat rental costs 2,500-5,000php depending on where you are coming from (Vinzons or Paracale). Try to haggle,it's the name of the game. We were originally offered 5,000php from Vizons which I was able to negotiate for 4,000php.Thinking about the hard work that these boat owners have to put up just to bring adventurous lads to the island, kulang pa ang 4,000php.Be generous. Kung me extra,give tips,especially to the boat assistant.Extra lang sila and the bulk of the pay will go to the boat owner.
Think of it,at least you don't have to pay for your accommodation.So pwede na.
There is a deep well pump near our camp site.No shower rooms though so you have to shower in the open.This is kinda fun actually.I remember doing the same when I go home in Pangasinan.Though cleaning yourself thoroughly might be challenge,it could be fun.A complete contrast to your usual shower at the comfort of your own home.
There is also a concrete toilet nearby.No electricity in the island so you have to bring your lamp or flashlight when you have to do it at night.Quite a challenge.I remember holding a candle while doing my thing.hahaha
Other than the tents we took with us,we rented a cottage for 200php.Having one is very helpful especially if you have a lot of stuff with you,and also during meals.Nice place to hang out,do drinking and kwentuhan too.
Your boat man is your life support when in an island like Calaguas.I think I also said that when we went to Anawangin Cove.In our case,our assistant boatman was most helpful.Not only the he helped balance the boat against the giant waves,he helped us all throughout the trip especially during the night.He helped us borrow cooking materials and lutuan from the caretakers of the section where we camped who maintains a hut nearby,he helped us cook our meal,helped us secure our stuff,helped us buy some of the things we failed to purchase at the grocery in the mainland (yes,me kulang pa despite 1,600php worth of groceries,shayks!),and he even helped us pump water from the poso when we cleaned ourselves.
Kuya Jovy also has his own boat but on that particular day,he said he was just an extra to another boat owner.They also go in two because of the strong waves.Makes sense,di talaga kaya ng isang tao lang.
Kuya Jovy --- 09092263870
Kuya Putong --09205666985
AT KAYA PALA ANG LALAKI NG BAGAHE NG MGA GIRLS,me dress rehersal sa beach! :)
Good Weather the next day revelaed the unspoiled beauty of Calaguas and it's unique charm.
Somebody raised the question to me on twitter.
"@pusangkalye22 is Calaguas island really worth it? It's often compared to Boracay."
"@eeyandgreat depende s hanap mo.Calaguas=beauty +beauty. Boracay= beauty +convenience.Convenience is important to me.Di pwedeng beauty lang :)"
Then again,is it worth the push?YES!Once in your life,you have to get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself.Especially if you have a boring life,try Calaguas,it might add color to that dull existence.Seriously! :)
1.bus or plane---- to Naga
2.Fx or bus----- to Daet
3.Tricycle -----to Vinzons or bus to Paracale.
4.Boat---- to Calaguas Island. (Mahabang Buhangin)
Team Calaguas--SURVIVOR SERIES
updated: CALAGUAS CHRONICLES: from "Survivor" to Temptation Island mode.