ILIGAN CITY – MINDANAO
Spending an entire holy week at Calaguas, Camarines Norte has given me countless delights. It was my dear friend Kathleen who informed me about the available tour for Calaguas organized by the famous Lakwatserong Kusinero Chef Janjie. I tagged my brother and cousin Raul in this trip so I wouldn’t be alone. It was a trip that started so plain but ended truly perfect.
Calaguas, a remote island facing the grand Pacific Ocean is the cleanest and most peaceful white sand beach I have ever been in this entire life. It’s beauty is so grand, I couldn’t explain just how magnificent everything is set in the place. From the soft powdery sand, clean, pristine water to the lavish, green mountains, they all blend so well to produce a great hidden masterpiece.
Camarines Norte is increasingly becoming a major highlight of the Bicol region due to its overflowing water and greenery grandeur. An hour from the main Camarines city, Calaguas is indeed another paradise with several spectacular blessings. Soaring the giant Pacific Ocean, we crossed the water for about 45 minutes.
Why Calaguas? I always love the beauty of the white sand beach. I could live this entire life just having a few little glimpses of the turquoise water in my mornings. It’s a tour package we paid for P3,500 per person. And since it’s so rare for me to be able to get enough time to escape from work, I’ve decided to spend holy week to any of Luzon’s white sand beaches. It was Caramoan that came up to me, even called my contact to the place. But guess, time was just right to dashed me to Calaguas.
And indeed, it was a perfect decision to give it a GO!
Everything was taken cared by our tour package so walang major na hassle na sa part ko and sa dala-dala kong dalawang gwapo? mmmm…
And ever ever dearest cousin Raul!
Glorious Days in Calaguas:
1. I was able to climb another hill.
I got these 2 friendly locals to gladly show me the place. They have this different language I found so interesting to listen.
2. I was able to try skimboarding.
Naning all by myself?
3. I was able to play my favorite sport Volleyball.
Take a stroll.
Your eyes will be entertained not only by the clean clear water but also with the glow of the sun setting.
The place has no electricity. The natives in the area have learned to live with candles and lamps as source of lights in the evening. Water is extracted through the “poso”. There are also huts to provide shade. The simplicity of living and everything that surrounds made Calaguas a heaven to all those who want to experience serenity.
At night when the rest of the world is at rest, the place is brimmed with various fun activities including fire dancing and wine mixing. Who would thought that this silent island has also another face at night? Get lost to the pulsating beats and dancing lights as the moon and dark clouds mask the entire sky.
*Thank you sa bonggang generator Chef Janjie. Eveything was prepared by our tour staff including the sumptuous foods na mainly makarne. Sila na rin ang nag set-up ng set – bahay kubo made more advanced ang show!
My Best and No.1 White Sand Beach – Calaguas!
1. The Sand
2. The Water
3. The Boat-Boat
My trip to Calaguas was another beautiful experience with nature and people dear to me. Having my kuya and cousin to experience all the fun and relaxation was enough of a perfect vacation.
I hope that the government will continue to preserve Calagua’s untouched beauty – to only allow few selected, responsible tour agencies to do business in the place. The area deserves our utmost care as it’s now among the few left with so much beautiful sights to offer less the crowd and commercialization.
I love you Calaguas!
Stayed at: Calaguas Island Campsite
Transportation: Private Van and Boat
Expense: P8,000 (P3,500 treat si Kuya)
Enjoyed most: the sand and ang tour sa bukid
Missed: snorkeling *daghan daw jellyfish sa unahan
Overall Impression: 10 stars
*Watch out for Kusinerong Lakwatsero and his adventures together with his staff at this Facebook Page. They are organizing tours to Calaguas every now and then.