As for this blog post, I'll be featuring the Tinaga Island also known as the "Mahabang Buhangin" which translates as long sand.
How to get there?
One way to go there is by bus. There are several bus lines which serves transport route going to Paracale. Superlines in Cubao, Quezon City is one of those bus lines. They have a direct route to Paracale but the last bus trip is only until 7:45 PM. If you miss the trip to Paracale (which happened to us), do not worry because you may take a bus going to Daet. Last trip of air conditioned bus is until 10:45 PM. The fare is 515 pesos per head and travel time is about 8 to 9 hours. Just inform the bus conductor to drop you at Talobatib at the town of Labo. Alight at Talobatib, there are buses passing through it with a signboard of Paracale. Ride one of those buses. Fare is 25 pesos and it will take another 1 hour of bus ride. As you reach Paracale, you need to hire a tricycle to take you at Paracale Port. It is only 10-15 minutes ride. Fare is 15 pesos per head. There's a wet market near Paracale Port so if you need to buy something like meat or fish as your food on the island, you may ask your tricycle driver if you can passed by the market first before going to the Port. From the port, boatmen of Paracale awaits that can take you to islands of Calaguas.
If you are not fond of super long travel by bus, another way is you can book a flight to Naga City and then take a bus going to Daet. It is approximately 2 hours of travel. Then from Daet take another bus going to Paracale and then follow the instructions above.
|Boat ride going to Tinaga Island of Calaguas!|
Paracale Tourist Boat Operator Assn (PTBOA) Overnight Rating:
- 4 Persons below > 3,000 PhP
- 5-7 Persons > 4,000 PhP
- 8-10 Persons > 6,000 PhP
- 11-15 Persons > 8,000 PhP
- 16-20 Persons > 12,000 PhP
- 21 Persons > 15,000 PhP
We already contracted/hired a local boatman 3 weeks before our said trip and agreed to get his service at the price of 4,000 PhP for our group of 9 persons. The reason why they stopped us is because for a group of 9 persons we did got a boat in a low-ball (based on the new ratings stated above). But they can't blame us, we had an agreement before even before they've established their association. So in the end, they let us passed through and sail to Calaguas! Our contact person is Kuya Nelson (0909 525 9821) and the name of the boatman who toured us was Kuya Rolly. Well, I am not really in favor of the new established association. The price is too high compared to the old ratings but what else can I do? Good thing we had booked a boat earlier.
If you think that the long ride ends at the bus, well sorry to say but its not. In order to reach the Tinaga Island (Calaguas Islands most popular destination) you'll be spending 2 hours of boat ride. Hep Hep Hep... but you'll be entertained by the islands and islets along the way. Splash of water will also wake you up if ever you'll fall asleep. Yes, the boat ride tends to be bumpy and wavy so be ready to get wet along the way and wear a life vest for safety precaution.
|An island along the way|
|HEAVEN on earth!|
|Presenting, the Mahabang Buhangin Beach of Tinaga Island - Calaguas|
Bert's Calaguas Island Resort Rating:
- Open type nipa hut > 500 PhP
- Closed type nipa hut (with 1 elevated room like) > 500 PhP
- Tent (2-3 persons) > 300 PhP
- Tent (4-5 persons) > 400 PhP
- Tent Corkage > 100 PhP per tent
- Comfort Room > 10 PhP per basin
- Ihawan > 50 PhP
- Entrance fee > 100 PhP per pax
|The Open-type and Closed-type nipa huts at Bert's Calaguas Resort|
|Kulitan moment in the island :)|
|Trying to do something out of that sand :)|
|Time to relax|
|The long and white parking lot of Tinaga Island|
|Calm water and a great weather|
|Beachfront of Tinaga|
|Survivor campaign ad Jing|
|Pola and her perfectly sun kissed skin|
|Still looking sharp here Anna :)|
|Sunset at Calaguas is priceless|
I set my alarm clock at 6 AM because I want to explore the other side of the island before we leave. Along with Mae and Edward, we went on one of the hill at the end part of the island. There is a 25 pesos fee if you want to trek up to the hill. The trek is pretty easy and would only take 5-10 minutes in order to reach its top. On top of it, you'll see the Mahabang Buhangin in bird's eye view. You'll surely appreciate more the beauty of this island. This is definitely a must try activity.
|Other resort in the Island|
|He only used spoon to do this...|
|Mahabang Buhangin Beach on Bird's eye view|
|Neighboring island of Tinaga|
|Just before we leave the island|
Bus (Superline: Manila to Daet) - 515.00 Pesos per pax
Bus (Talobatib to Paracale) - 25.00 Pesos per pax
Tricycle (Paracale to Paracale Port) - 15.00 Pesos per pax
Environmental Fee - 10.00 Pesos per pax
Boat (Paracale Port to Calaguas - Tinaga Island, 2 way) - 4,000.00 Pesos / 9 pax = 445.00 Pesos
Sidetrip (Tinaga Island to Maculabo Island) - 500.00 Pesos / 9 pax = 56.00 Pesos
Closed type Nipa Hut - 500.00 Pesos / 9 pax = 56.00 Pesos
Tent Corkage - 100.00 Pesos / 9 pax = 12.00 Pesos
Entrance Fee (Bert's Calaguas Resort - 150.00 Pesos per pax
Ihawan - 50.00 Pesos / 9 pax = 6.00 Pesos
Trek on the other side of Calaguas - 25.00 Pesons per pax
CR - **.**
Food - **.**
Click here to read the 2nd part of my Calaguas Adventure featuring Maculabo Island