Calaguas Islands Travel Guide, Itinerary, How to get There and more

Waling Waling EcoVillage Calaguas

Travel Guide: Calaguas Islands in Camarines Norte

Calaguas Islands is increasingly becoming a popular backpacker beach destination. Located in the northernmost tip of Bicol, this beautiful beach is probably one of the best Barkada destinations in this part of Luzon.

Mahabang Buhangin in Calaguas Island
Mahabang Buhangin in Calaguas Island (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Calaguas is a group of islands that includes Tinaga Island and Guintinua Island, there are minor islands like Maculabo Island and other smaller islands. In Tinaga Island, you can find the famous Mahabang Buhangin (Long Beach) or Halabang Baybay in Bicolano. If you are looking for a perfect campsite or a perfect white sand beach, you will surely enjoy Mahabang Buhangin.

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If you are planning a trip to Calaguas Islands and you are looking for travel tips, sample itinerary, transportation guide and hotel recommendation then you just found the right page. This post aims to provide the most detailed Calaguas Islands Budget Travel Guide to help you prepare for your future visit to this beautiful group of islands.

Cal means lime and agua/s is water in Spanish. It is apt if you look at the clear and azure waters of this place.
Cal means lime and agua/s is water in Spanish. It is apt if you look at the clear and azure waters of this place.
Calm Waters in Mahabang Buhangin
Calm Waters in Mahabang Buhangin (photo courtesy of Oliver Bautista)

Best time to visit Calaguas Islands

  • The best time to visit the island is from January to August. September to November is not the best time to go island hopping to the unpredictable weather.
  • If you hate a crowded beach, visit Calagueas during weekdays to avoid the increasing number of weekend vacationers.
  • If you have motion sickness, avoid visiting the island from November to December due to untamed waves from the Pacific Ocean.
Calaguas Islands Travel Guide
Calaguas Islands Travel Guide

How To Get There

Getting to Daet from Manila


Take Bus to Daet Camarines Sur or Paracale if you want to use that route. Transport Terminals to Daet are available in Cubao and Pasay. Travel time is approximately 6 to 8 hours depending on the traffic.

Take a Philtranco bus from Pasay/EDSA or Cubao/EDSA. There are non-aircon bus if you want to save more on transportation. There are regular Airconditioned bus and deluxe air-conditioned Bus with Restroom inside this bus.

DLTB, Isarog Bus Lines, Penafrancia Travel and Tours and Superlines are also offering trips from Cubao/Pasay to Daet. SuperLines in Cubao offers a direct trip to Paracale (Contact Number: +632 414-3321 / +632 414-3319)

PHILTRANCO Pasay Central Office: (02) 851-8077-79 Cubao Terminal: (02) 722-7567


You can reach Daet via Naga City airport. Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific has regular flights to Naga City. From the airport, it will take 2 hours for you to reach Daet.

How to reach Calaguas via Vinzons

  • From Daet, catch a jeepney to Minaogan fishport in Vinzons.
  • From the fishport, take the boat going to Barangay Banocboc (usually leaves 10-11am).
  • From Brgy Banocboc, you can hire an outrigger boat or a small fishing boat going to Mahabang Buhangin.
  • If you are with a group of 5 or more, you can hire an outrigger boat from Vinsons Fishport that will take you directly to Tinaga Island.
  • Travel time to Tinaga Island from Vinsons Fishport is approximately 2 hours.

How to reach Calaguas via Paracale

  • From Daet, take public van or bus to Paracale (1 hour).
  • From Paracale get a Tricycle to the fish port.
  • Hire a boat (P2,000 – P2,500) to Halabang Baybay or Mahabang Buhangin.
  • Travel time from Paracale to Mahabang Buhangin is approximately 2-2.5 hrs.
Calaguas Camp Site
Calaguas Camp Site

Where to Stay

There several native cottages for rent in Calaguas. If you are more adventurous, you can choose to camp out. If you do not have a tent, you can ask the locals or your boatmen where you can rent a tent. Each tent is normally good for up to 5 individuals and it is usually rented at 300 – 400 pesos per night plus a camping fee of 100 pesos per person.

Waling Waling EcoVillage Calaguas
Waling Waling EcoVillage Calaguas

Waling-Waling EcoVillage

Location: Mahabang Buhangin, Calaguas Island, Vinsons, Camarines Norte, Philippines

calaguas island resorts and hotels

The resort offers air-conditioned rooms and cottages. Resort rates start at P3,500 per room per night.

Clear Waters in Calaguas Islands
Clear Waters in Calaguas Islands (photo courtesy of Oliver Bautista)
Calaguas Island by Mark Pelobello
Calaguas Island by Mark Pelobello

Where to Eat

Cheaper Option: There are Sari-sari stores in some parts of the island but they dont sell hot meals. There are houses where you can ask to cook your meals but I guess its more exciting if you will cook your own meals so make sure to bring enough drinking water, food and booze. You will find some fishermen selling their fresh catch every morning or in the afternoon. There is also a small talipapa (market) in Brgy. Mangcawayan where you can buy fish. If you dont have cooking utensils, ask your boatmen, some of them will you borrow their cooking pan, plates etc.

  • Calaguas Paradise Resort offers seafood menu and some local vegetable dishes.
  • Waling-Waling Island Resort also has a nice restaurant that has a 100 sitting capacity.
Mahabang Buhangin Calaguas Island
Mahabang Buhangin Calaguas Island

Sample Calaguas 3 days 2 nights Itinerary

Day 0

9:00PM – ETD daet

Day 1
07:00AM – ETA Daet/ Breakfast
08:00AM – ETD for Calaguas Island
10:00AM – ETA Calaguas Island/ set camp explore
12:00 NN- Lunch
01:00PM – Siesta/ swimming/ explore/ picture happy campers
06:00PM – Dinner
07:00PM – Socials
10:00PM – Lights out

Day 2
06:00AM – Wakeup call
07:00AM – Breakfast
09:00AM – Prepare for Island Hopping (own pax Acct)
12:00NN – Back to campsite
01:00pm – Late lunch
04:00pm – Explore the beach
05:00 PM – Rest
06:00 PM – Dinner

Day 3
06:00AM – Wakeup call
07:00AM – Breakfast
09:00AM – Break Camp
10:00AM – ETD Calaguas – Daet
12:00NN – ETD Daet
01:00PM – Late Lunch
02:00PM – Surfing Bgasbas
05:00 PM – Rest
06:00 PM – Dinner
09:00 PM – ETD Daet – Manila

Things to do in Calaguas

  • Playing Frisbee, Volleyball
  • Diving and Snorkeling
  • Camping
  • Skimboarding
  • Nightlife via Mobile Bars
  • Island Hopping
  • Scuba Diving
  • Visit Pulang Daga Beach in Paracale
  • Take a short hike to get a nice birds eye view of the island

Calaguas Travel Checklist

  • Bring insect repellants
  • Bring enough food/snacks and drinking water
  • Bring Rice
  • Bring first aid kit
  • Sunblock
  • Bring Dry Bags
  • Bring Power Banks for your Mobile Phones
  • Bring FlashLight
  • Bring Extra Battery for your Camera

Calaguas Travel Tips

  • Get the 9pm Bus trip for you to arrive in Calaguas before lunch time
  • Hire a local travel guide to help the community
  • Dispose of your trash responsibly

Calaguas Travel Budget and Expenses

  • Depending on the size of Boat, Island Hopping boat rental ranges from Php1,500 to Php2,000
  • Calaguas Environmental Fee Php20
  • Local Travel Guide Fee is Php50 per person
  • Daytour Cottage Php380 good for 10 people
  • Overnight Cottage Php500
  • Bus fare to Daet Php560
  • Bus to Paracale Php75
  • Bus to Vinsons Php75
  • Boat from Port to Calaguas Php150
  • Tricycle Php10 per person
  • Tent pitching fee is Php100 per tent

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Published: January 1, 2014
Updated: April 12, 2018

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