Southern-Up: The Calaguas and Bagasbas Beach
Gated by lush green and rustic rolling hills, and the very calm waves from the Pacific Ocean, the Calaguas consists of 17 islands located in Vinzons Camarines Norte, Bicol, roughly eleven hours away from Manila – nine hours by bus, two hours by boat.
Being untouched by commercial dwellers, the Calaguas has no hotels or big establishments so camping by the beach and cook-outs are the only options. The 1.3-kilometer stretch of Mahabang Buhangin (long sand) from the nearby island offers powdery beige sand that looks creamy once mixed with its turquoise crystal waters. Campers would usually pin their tents a few meters from here, which also offers a breath-taking view of the horizon especially during sunset. The serene vista is nothing but fitting for swimming, Frisbee, trekking the nearby hills, sunbathing, or just simply walking barefoot by the other nearby smaller shores in the island. If you are lucky, you’ll get to find exotic birds in the proximity, too.
In the evening, the fun doesn’t stop as campers light a bonfire and get drunk until they pass out. Sometimes, when huge number of visitors come especially during long weekends, tour organizers would bring in bands, fire dancers, and karaoke machines to make everything more fun and unforgettable.
Calaguas is truly a rare gem in Luzon. Some people would stay for another day or two. But for those who have cringing schedules to fulfil in the coming weekdays, an overnight is enough to appreciate its splendour.
Tip: For backpacking newbies who are a little unsure about planning their trip to the Calaguas, you can contact Melvic Brinas at 0906-514-4444. The packages are affordable and hassle free which already include the overnight bus fare, boat transfer, tent accommodation, and meals on board, plus a stopover at Bagasbas Beach.