Camarines Norte: Calaguas And Back Again And Again With Biyahe Lokal
Camarines Norte‘s pristine islands of Calaguas have attracted numerous visitors hailing from near and far regions of the Philippines, and sometimes from across the oceans. Word about its powdery white sand and clear azure water has rapidly spread like wildfire in the local travel scene. Even before the summer sun came, Biyahe Lokal‘s bookings bound for Calaguas were on fire. Tagging along with different groups on several occasions took to me to Calaguas and back again and again.
Approaching Calaguas Island.
How could you resist?
Wake up in the morning to this beautiful view.
Combined travel time to Mahabang Buhangin by both land and sea takes 9 agonizing hours from Manila, but it doesn’t stop travelers from coming in. A promise of paradise awaits the beholder, an island so surreal that it seems to exist only in movies and books. Just the sight of this piece of heaven on earth never failed to amuse anyone (as far as I know), and definitely, worth the long hours.
Good morning from Calaguas Island.
Wes loves hotdogs and eggs for breakfast.
Grilled chicken for lunch.
Regardless of the basic amenities such as a toilet seat boxed in sawali walls and hand pitcher pump for T&B, and open cottages equipped with nothing but benches and tables made from all sorts of wood, travelers from all walks of life don’t mind getting out of their comfort zones.For now, nothing but tents serve as the temporary homes for the island’s visitors – perfect for wanderers who prefers to rough up their outdoor experiences. Some even told me it was their first time to go on a camping trip.
Tents are their temporary homes.
My temporary home. Thanks to the real owner.
Nothing beats waking up to a wonderful view, this is why I like my tent’s door facing the beach.
Hand pitcher pump is the water source.
Calaguas tests the survival skills of its visitors. Surviving not in terms of physically, mentally, and emotionally like the reality TV series, but simply surviving the discomfort not every one is used to. Surviving a night sleeping in tents where only a thin piece of polyester fabric separates man from earth. Surviving a life away from mobile phones, internet, and their social networking lives. Surviving the uncontrollable forces of Mother Nature whether its the scorching heat, the freezing wind chills, or hard rains.
Sometimes the weather is good…
…sometimes, yeah, not so good. But we survived.
Enjoying the lovely morning. Braaaaap!!!
Island kid Yngwie is no stranger to traveling for he’s been going to beaches since he was 2 years old.
Our friends from Calaguas are truly grateful to this Ilokano backpacker for the goodies he gave them. They await your return to thank you personally. Thanks, Pauly.
Migs just came from the Himalayas then conquered Calaguas.
Fortunately, not a single complaint was uttered by almost everyone whom I traveled with. It must have been the beauty of the island that has overpowered the uneasiness. That’s what I love about the people I traveled with to Calaguas, and besides, they were the ones who made every trip extra special and unique each time. Astig kayo lahat!
Total strangers who became bestfriends in Calaguas, island kids Shon and Yngwie.
Who said card games are for adults?
Idol Wes of nu-metal band, Serefamus, and girlfriend Abby, an event/gig organizer.
Mother and son, Sharon and Shon.
This post is dedicated to all Biyahe Lokal‘s guests who eventually we became friends with, thank you for entrusting your vacation and safety in our hands. I hope we made your summer escape unforgettable. This post is also dedicated to all our friends who helped us in most tours. Thank you very much. To every one who became part of this best summer ever, thank you.
Most of them don’t know each other when they came to the island, but went home as good friends.
Lovely Cebuanas celebrating their friend’s birthday in Calaguas. Photo by Mac Centeno.
This wacky bunch took a sidetrip to Bagasbas Beach to go surfing.
The kids’ signature “Iron Man” pose.
Couple Ghec and Miko, me, Biyahe Lokal‘s official driver Kuya Sonny, and Dax
TEAM CHAMI, may utang ako sa inyong photos, bawi ako. Haha. Photo by MC Alvarez.
College friends on vacation.
Group made up of high school friends from Cainta, there’s my college friend Migs, and there’s my new found good friend, Paulino Paulino.
My friends, whether its summer or rainy season, may our paths cross again in our future journeys. Until then.
1. Trips were arrange by Biyahe Lokal. Contact Yani Panlilio 0927 970 34 59
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