Calaguas Island is so beautiful with clear water and white sand located in Camarines del Norte. Calaguas Island is called the little Boracay. Calaguas Island is quiet and peaceful perfect for swimming and snorkeling. You will find relaxing time and we will tell you all the things to do in Calaguas Island. Apart from all the information getting to Calaguas Island, prices and schedule of the tours, where to stay in Calaguas Island in our full Calguas Island travel guide.
Calaguas Island Travel Guide
Best time to visit Calaguas Island
Like any other place in the Philippines there are two kinds of seasons- the dry season from November to April and the wet season from May to October. It is recommended that travelers visit during dry season, especially from December to February when temperatures are much cooler and touring will most likely not be interrupted by rains and will not be really hot going around.
How to get to Calaguas Island
Getting to Calaguas Island from Manila by Bus
If you are getting to Calaguas Island from Manila by bus. There are buses from Cubao in Aurora Terminal in Manila to Paracale. It costs 550 PHP per person with air conditioning we did with Superlines. There are also companies like DLTB, Philtranco going to Paracale and Daet. The bus ride takes around 10 hours at night time depending on the traffic leaving Manilka. We took the bus at 5 pm from Manila in Cubao Aurora Terminal and we got to Paracale at 3 am.
Once in Paracale bus terminal to the port is only 1 kilometer distance. You can go walking since it’s so easy if you check in the map where is the port. During the day a tricycle a regular fare is 30 PHP and at night you can get around 50 PHP for the ride. Even they will ask for 100 PHP for one kilometer.
You can wait for the boat departure in local carinderia around the port since they open early morning before 4 am. For our boat we chose Mang Boy who gave us the best fare but all of them are similar. We paid for the boat 4000 PHP which includes going to Calaguas Island and return to Pasacale. Finally we added an island hopping around Calaguas Island next morning for extra 1000 PHP. So the boat cost as 5000 PHP total for one day and a half including overstay in the island (1500 PHP cottage extra). After the trip we can totally recommend to do the island hopping with Mang Boy who brought us to his home and allowed us to fresh up before our trip to Naga City. He explained to us how to get to Naga City and he organized the tricycle for us. You can contact Mang Boy 09065460683 let him know that you read about him from Ruben, Rachel and Han and he will be happy to hear.
Getting to Paracale from Daet by Bus
If you are getting to Paracale from Daet is one hour van ride for 60 PHP per person. Once in Daet if you want to go to Naga City. You have to ride a van or a bus prices are 100-150 PHP. The bus is cheaper than the bus but it takes 2 hours and a half. While the van can take 1 hour and a half to 2 hours with air condition.
Another option is going to Daet from Manila by bus. But if you are planning to go from Daet to Pasacale to ride the boat to Calaguas Island at night will be only possible only by tricycle around 300 PHP. The van costs 60 PHP and it takes less than an hour.
From Daet you can head to Vinzons by jeepney 1 hour and 75 PHP to the fishport. There are also boatmen that can ride you to Calaguas Island prices are similar or little bit mroe expensive than Paracale
Getting to Paracale from Naga City
If you are getting to Paracale from Naga City. There are vans and buses going to Naga City from Daet from SM Mall which is around 1 kilometer far from city center. Once in Daet you will have to ride a van to get to Paracale or a jeepney if you are planning to go to Calaguas Island via Vinzons fishport.
Total travel time from Naga City to Paracale can be up to 3 hours by van. Around one hour Daet-Paracale. Almost 2 hours Naga City to Paracale. There is always waiting time until the van gets full. But the vans get full quickly! Prices for the ride Daet to Paracale 60 PHP per person. And 150 PHP person Naga City to Daet.
Getting from Naga City to Burias Island
If you are going from Naga City to Pasacao heading to Burias Island the jeepney and van terminal is in LCC Mall in Naga City 2 kilometers distance from Bus Terminal in SM Mall. The tricycle rides is 8 PHP per person first two kilometers.
The jeepney and vans start at 5 30 am and it takes 30-40 minutes to reach Pasacao where you can get the boat going to Burias Island. The van costs 50 PHP per person and it takes less time than the jeepney which is cheaper. The first boat going to Burias Island is 7 am. Next is 10 am and last one 2 30 pm. The boat ride takes 2 hours from Pasacao to San Pacual in Burias Island
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Getting to Calaguas Island by Plane
If you are getting to Calaguas Island by plane. First you have to get a flight from Manila to Naga City. There are daily flights from Manila to Naga with Cebu Pacific. It takes an hour to get there and prices are around 2000-4000 PHP one way ticket. From Naga City to Paracale and Daet read above to know the information to reach Calaguas Island.
Entrance Fee in Calaguas Island
Once in Calaguas Island you can get a cottage for 1500 PHP was the cheapest option that we could get. They are simple with electricity during the night so you can get a electric fan. There is an entrance fee to the beach 150 PHP per person only adults and our little one didn’t pay with 7 years old. Also another tourist environmental fee for 120 PHP each adult and kids for free. If you go on a budget you can put your tent in the beach or even rent in the resort for 500 PHP. They will ask you fees for pitching the tent. If you go for a day trip renting an open cottage costs 500 PHP for the whole day.
There is not much to do in Calaguas Island apart from swimming, snorkeling and hiking around the mountains. There are entrance fee 20 PHP to start the hike and 20 PHP extra for getting to the peak where you can get data connection and phone signal in Calaguas Island.
ATMs in Calaguas Island
There are no ATMs in Paracale and Calaguas Island. So make sure that you are bringing cash enough. In Daet you will find ATMs and of course in Naga City if you are planning to stay in those destinations you will be able to get cash.
Internet and Electricity in Calaguas Island
There is no phone signal and electricity so it means no internet connection in Calaguas Island. The only way to get phone signal and internet connection is hiking to the mountains. It will take around 20 minutes from the beach crossing the barangay and going up until you can get signal if you need. In Paracale you will find phone signal and data to connect online. Read here the best Filipino sim for tourist!
Daily Budget in Calaguas Island
There are almost no shops in Calaguas Island but still you can find sodas, snacks, cookies and a few things. If you go for a day trip the best thing is buying all the food in Paracale and you can cook in the resort or you can buy food from the carinderia cooked already. And you will avoid the hassle in Calaguas Island.
If you want to stay overnight in Calaguas Island prices are starting from 500 PHP for renting a tent. It can go lower if you are bringing your own tent. Prices for cottages are around 1500 PHP simple one with bathroom outside. For food the best is bringing your own food from Paracale if you are staying overnight.
Prices of the island hopping as we mentioned before around 4000-6000 PHP and can fit until 20 people. Expect to pay higher if there are 20 people in the boat than 2-3 people. Since it was low season we just went ourselves in the boat for 4000 PHP.
For us the experience was totally worth it! Not cheap for the Philippines prices. Since there were no other options for renting the boat and sleeping. Plus entrance fees for everything.
We have to say that Calaguas Island was so clean and really beautiful colors in the water with white sand. Plus the landscape was amazing with the views of the mountains always reminding us Batanes and the Rolling Hills.
Boracay Island Vs Calaguas Island
Calaguas Island is called the little Boracay. The color of the water is pretty similar with the white sand. But don’t expect the same in Calaguas Island since there is no electricity. For us the best in Calaguas Island visiting off season was staying almost alone. Only two boats in the Calaguas Island at that time made us enjoy more the place. If you prefer party and crowded places Boracay Island will be better for you. And if you prefer to stay in contact with the nature hiking and camping Calaguas Island is your place. For us both of us are amazing and it’s hard to choose. It depends on what you prefer at that time peaceful place like Calaguas Island. Or having options for bars and restaurants like in Boracay Island.
Things to do in Calaguas Island
1. Enjoy Calaguas Beach
You just get to Calaguas Beach and you feel in paradise. Those colors in the water a long beach with white sand. And if you have the opportunity as we had to stay almost alone. Only two boats in Calaguas Beach made our experience incredible. Avoiding high season and weekends you will be calm and quiet in Calaguas Beach. Enjoying Calaguas Beach was our favorite in the list of things to do in Calaguas Island.
2. Island Hoppping in Calaguas Island
You can go around this island hiking and you will see great views reminding us about Batanes. The entrance fee is 40 PHP per person. And there are places to stay overnight. They look great and the island is great for the sunset.
You will ride the boat for 20-30 minutes from Calaguas Beach. You make sure that you check the low tide to see the sand bar. Our boatmen brought us at 9 am since it was the perfect time to see the sand bar in Pinag Castillohan.
Just in front of Calaguas Beach and Balagbag Island. You will see green mountains and it’s only 15 minutes boat ride from Calaguas Beach.
There are plenty of options for the island hopping in Calaguas island. Apart from the places that we mentioned above. You can ask your boatmen where to go. The most popular islands and beaches around Calaguas are: Cumalasag, Pinagtakpan, Pinagtigasan Beach, Guintinua, Huag, Cagbalisay, Bendita, Sang-atan, Balagbag Malaki, Balagbag Maliit, Calangcawan Sur, Mantigbi Beach. Maculabo, Parola Island, Calalanay Island, Tabusao Island, Padoni Island, Flora Sandbar, Jaulo Island or Mercedes Group, etc.
3. Snorkeling in Calaguas Beach
Apart from snorkeling around Calaguas Beach. We also tried snorkeling in Balagbag Malaki close to Balagbag Maliit where you can see fishes and corals. We did at sunset time!
4. Sunset in Calaguas Beach
For the sunset you will get in Calaguas Beach is a nice one from the beach. We enjoyed the sunset after snorkeling and it was the perfect way to finish our day of activities in Calaguas Island.
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5. Sunrise in Calaguas Island
If you want to get the sunrise from Calaguas Island you have to hike. It takes 20 minutes and the sunrise is around 5 30- 5 45 am.
6. Beach Cleaning
We always make sure that we collect at least one bag of trash in the beach. Especially when traveling around the Philippines with the little Han who is always requesting. But we have to say that Calaguas Beach was pretty clean and since there were almost no people. One of the cleanest beach in the Philippines so far. One reason more to visit this paradise!
7. Playing Games And Beach Sports
Always that you stay in the beach is great to have a ball to play volleyball or other sports. Especially after sunset or in the morning if you are traveling a few of you. Making castles or whatever game with the white sand is fine especially if you are traveling with kids.
8. Hiking Tinaga Island’s hills
There is an island where you can go to the top and watch the views. The landscape is similar to Batanes. It reminded us to Rolling Hills in Batanes. The hike is easy and it takes 20-30 minutes from Calaguas Beach to reach to the top. There are 20 PHP entrance fee at the beginning of the hike. And extra 20 PHP on the top of the Hill. The views are so rewarding and on the top is waiting for you phone signal and weak internet connection in case that you need. It’s the only place where we found phone signal in Calaguas Island during two days.
9. Watching the stars
If you sleep in a tent you will be lucky watching the stars. You don’t have always this great opportunity. We didn’t sleep in the tent this time. But we made sure that we gave a long walk at night around the beach before sleeping. The sky was great!
What to Bring to Calaguas Island
There are no food sellers in the island, only a couple of kiosks sending food and water.
There is no drinkable water and there is no electricity. You can get water in the barangay or in the kiosks in the island.
There is almost no phone signal in Calaguas Island, so the data is weak. You have to climb to get phone signal. There is no phone signal available from the beach.
There is no electricity in Calaguas Island so bring your power bank to make sure you can charge your phone and devices.
Bring a dry back for the island hopping and I would suggest plastic to cover your staff just in case is raining hard.
Bring your sunblock.
Bring your own food if you are planning to spend the day or overnight. There are carinderias near the port in Paracale where you can buy food. Bring cash, don’t expect there are ATM’s or exchange offices in paradise ha!
Take pictures everywhere with your camera.
Take underwater shots with the done or underwater camera.
Of course if you have a drone fly it around Calaguas Island!
Very Important: Please make sure you bring a bag to collect your trash so you can keep clean Calaguas Island and as we always do. By the way our little Han never forgets about it and before swimming he makes sure that he collects a bag of trash. Also if you have a spare plastic bag for the trash you can use for collecting the garbage around. And we will keep Calaguas amazing for the next time that we are visiting!
Since we were in low season we found Calaguas Island very clean and there was no need to collect trash!
Where to Stay in Calaguas Island
There are a few resorts in Calaguas Beach. We decided to stay at Fantastic Beach Resort simple one for 1500 PHP the cottage. There is no electricity during the day but they turn on the generator at night. They provide an electric fan.
You can also pitch the tent along the beach and using the open cottages during the day in the resorts 500 PHP per day.
And you can find luxury cottages for 3500-4500 PHP per night in Calaguas Island.
If you prefer booking in advance in Calaguas Island contact a boatman or a tour to organize for you. If you go in low season there is no need to book in advance.
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