My Birthday Trip (part 2): Calaguas Island.

continued from part 1...

Day 2

21 May 2011

Note: I suggest joining Calaguas Island Tours if you want a hassle-free Calaguas trip.  They'll take care of your transportation (we had to hire our own jeep and boat because we left around lunchtime), food, water and tents.  I believe they will also provide you with  free surfing lessons in Bagasbas the next day (we didn't avail of this because that was the first leg of our trip).  Information can be found below.

Getting There

We were already in Daet so we only had to hire a jeepney to take us to the port in Vinzons.  There are several boats in Vinzons with prices ranging from P3,000 to P5,000 ($80-$120) for a round trip.  We opted to pay P5,000 for the biggest boat because we didn't want to take any chances.  A bit of a warning though: I'm not sure if this is true for all boats but our boat didn't have seats.  We all had to sit on the floor or on the bamboos located at the sides of the boat.

This is the "port", the starting point of our Calaguas Island adventure.

We all had street food before leaving.

Since we left after lunch, it was low tide and trouble going through the mangroves.  Our boatmen had no choice but to manually push the boat in shallow parts.  Poor guys.  Because of this, it took us quite a while before we reached the ocean. 

And after 2 and a half hours, we were finally in Calaguas Island!


There are no commercial establishments or resorts on the island.  Mahabang Buhangin is literally an uninhabited, remote paradise.  If you want to spend the night there, the only option you have is to pitch a tent and camp.  And that's what we did.

There is a makeshift bathroom by the trees but it's not a functional toilet bowl so I chose not to drink any water (just a few sips here and there) during this leg of the trip. There are also two water pumps at the back for baths.   You just have to pay a P10 (less than 50cents) fee.

Food and Drink

Our tour group took care of food and drinks.  When we got there, it was already after lunch and everyone was done eating but they were kind enough to give us pasta that they were cooking for the kids.

Image credit: Mariano Balane

Like I said, I wasn't feeling too good that day so I slept the whole afternoon.  Come dinner time, I woke up only to find that there wasn't any food left.  But Chef Janjie was quick to accommodate me and T.  He immediately got us a few pieces of chicken that was left in the kitchen and newly cooked rice.

Image credit: Mariano Balane


Like I said, there's nothing on the island so you'll have to make your own fun.  If I weren't feeling sick, I would've taken a lot of photos around the island.  And of course, there's always swimming and sunbathing.

That's why the nice thing about joining a tour group are the activities.  The one we joined gave free bartending lessons after dinner. 

Image credit: Mariano Balane

Image credit: Mariano Balane

Image credit: Mariano Balane

They also had a fire poi show.  Too bad I missed this.  I actually tried to watch but my body won't cooperate so I went back to our tent and called it a night.

Image credit: Mariano Balane

Image credit: Mariano Balane

Since I wasn't able to join any of the activities, the only highlight of my Calaguas trip were the sunset photos that Mariano "Nano" Balane took of us.

Looking back, we should have varied our poses and requested for more shots because the photos turned out to be really good ;)

Aside from the fact that I wasn't feeling well, a storm was looming in the horizon so we had to leave early the next day for our next destination.  Read about it in my next entry.

continue to part 3...

My Birthday Trip
Travel Date: 20-23 May 2011

Calaguas Island Tours

Mobile Nos.: +63 (927) 250-8522
                    +63 (927) 270-6516

Official Website

I wasn't feeling good this leg of the trip so I wasn't able to take a lot of photos.  Good thing, the head of our tour group, Nano, is a photographer and allowed me to use his photos for this entry.  So, all photos in the latter part of my entry belong to him :)


  1. Love your blog.
    Can we follow each other?

  2. KIRAN. Sure! Heading over to your blog now to follow :)

  3. WOW amazing pictures! I like it! :)

  4. Hello... fab pics! The ones of you and also the bartending pics.

    Thanks for your comment on my blog, sure I'll follow your blog as you have asked... have you started following mine?


  5. DUSK. Will follow you now :)

    KIRAN. Thanks!

  6. The street food in the pic looks so good to me even though I have no idea what foods exactly are pictured lol And the skis in those last shots is just amazing!

  7. JULIA. Im not a fan of street food but the fish balls were really good! :)

  8. aawww...wawa ka naman dear~although di nag-cooperate ang katawan mo ( masyado ka yatang napagod sa biyahe)the phots showed naman that you had load of fun.Thank you for sharing the photos, I really enjoyed a lot^_^

    Happy Birthday to you,Joei!Wishing you the best!

  9. wow..your blog has a pretty nice template..and love this post..
    such a wonderful days you have

    already followed you
    wish you can follow me back :)

    warmest regards,
    Miss Aa

  10. AA. Thank you! Of course Ill follow back. Heading over to your blog now :)

  11. CLARISSA. Ya, bad timing :( but I really enjoyed my whole trip! Thanks for the birthday greeting :)

  12. Beautiful photos !
    U have nice blog, like it ;))
    Thank u for following, follow back xoxo

  13. Hi girl, what amazing trip! Pretty photos, I bet you had a lot of fun there. And Congrats for your Bday!

    Kisses :) xXXx

  14. how amazing and exciting it must be on that trip of yours.. hopw to see more updates and thanxs for the cute comment.

    following you Joei

  15. I love your blog! I am now following you! Would you mind checking out my blog? I'm just starting up!

  16. Ooh, what an enchanting way to celebrate! :)

  17. Wow. Looks like so much fun. must have been a fabulous birthday.

  18. Looks like a good time!

    I still can't believe our first party had over 300 links. I have a special give away planned for linkers this week.

    I would love it if you would grab the bacon time party button for your collection of link parties since it will run every Friday evening through Sunday night.

    Thanks again, hope to see you soon.

  19. you are so lucky! btw Happy birthday!:D

  20. This is so fun! It's like a one big party for you guys! <3

    xoxo, Bree

  21. wow so LUCKY!!!!
    follow each other?
    sweet italian kisses

    Syriously in Fashion

  22. From your photos, I can really say that Philippines is a real beauty.

  23. calaguas, is the best beach ive been to!

    and yes, the boats dont have seats. most of these kasi are fishing boats.

  24. nice pics you have here... would love to visit the beach someday.

  25. Thanks for your lovely comment :) I'm following you know :):)

  26. Oh wow! What an awesome way to spend a birthday. You look fab gurl!

  27. i hope i could visit calaguas soon! they say it's the boracay of the north. lovely photos!

    do check out my site when you have time. :)

  28. ganda talaga ng calaguas kaso nakakatakot naman na walang matulugan jan,what if biglang magthunderstorm sa gabi tapos naka tent ka lang?pero gusto ko pa rin puntahan yan.thanx sa pag share ng post na 'to

  29. That's where I dropped my Omnia. Haha Galing may poi and bartending lessons pa. We got a tour package from a different operator, so chillax lang when we got there. But it's all good, ganda ng place eh!

  30. wowww this post is very informative.... the place is very nice...

    can we exchange links...?

    Arzeriel Hernaez Garcera
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