Surviving Calaguas (3D2N)

Broke travelers: Calaguas 3D2N on a budget

Ever since I started traveling; I’ve always wanted to challenge myself, to go out of my comfort zone and one of the things I wanted to try is going off the grid on a deserted island. I have my list of islands and Calaguas Islands in Camarines Norte is included in it. Camping? I have done it overnight and I loved it! But going off the grid for 3 days, I think is another story. So if you’re interested on going here, this is a guide on what to expect, bring and how to prepare yourself on journey to Calaguas Islands in Camarines Norte. The Broke Travelers’ way.

Calaguas Map broke travelers
How to get there?

Calaguas islands are composed of Tinaga Island, Guintinua Island, Maculabo Island and as well as several other minor islands. To be able to go there you should able to endure a painful 10-hour ride from Manila to Vinzons. We traveled at night so it’s not that painful as it should be in the morning. I was able to sleep soundly (I am really good at sleeping at any types of road). From Vinzons, you’ll need to travel again by a boat for 2 hours.

For DIY trip, there is a bus line of Philtranco with terminals in Pasay and Cubao. For the schedule please check this link. (Philtranco Bus Schedule)

Bus to Daet: Php 551.10 (AC) & Php 450.90 (ORD)
Jeep to Vinzons: Php 12.00
Small Boat (6 pax): Php 2,500 – Php 3,000

broke travelers calaguas vinzons sarisari store
Sari-Sari Store at the Port in front of Barangay Hall

What to bring from the City?

Since we got a tour package there from Zero Two Travel, which had our meals (except snacks) and water in the island included. This is really convenient to tell you the truth since, you wouldnโ€™t need to think about and bring food you would eat on the island.

For DIY travelers:

1. Meals for 3 days There are no restaurants there. Buying canned goods will be more convenient.
2. Snacks Though there are snacks available on the island. It’s always better to buy your own snack for it is more cheaper.
3. 6L of Water Even if you have availed the tour package, it’s always better to bring your own water. Especially for people like me who has sensitive stomach.

Vinzons Port:
6 liters of Water – Php 100.00

Cold drinks like Sodas and sports drinks:
Blue (sports drink) – Php 50.00
Sprite/Coke/Royal/Mountain Dew – Php 20.00

4. Tent I didn’t see any hotels there yet.
5. Decent blanket/Sarong Since I don’t have any sleeping bag. I think a sarong is good for a makeshift blanket/pillow.
6. Liquor Liquor is quite expensive there of course! But with a consideration that you’ll be drinking it warm. I think buying there is still better.

Red horse Stallion – Php 50.00
Red horse Mucho – Php 120.00

Travel Hacks:
-Bury your liquor bottles in the sand to make it cold, but it won’t be ice cold of course.
-Bring a Styrofoam cooler with ice that will last for 3 days

7. Dry bag Actually you’ll need a Plastic bag to secure your things while on the boat to Calaguas. Because we’re gonna be sailing to pacific ocean, waves going in the boat are to be expected. So to prevent your things getting wet, putting it in a plastic bag is advised. Be sure that you’re ready to get wet too on the boat ride to Calaguas. But if you’ll put all of your things on a dry bag then it wouldn’t be a problem. They’re selling big plastic bags there at Vinzons.

Big plastic bag: Php 16.00

Travel Hack:
– Bring Ziploc bags to waterproof your gadgets and other important things.

8. Sunblock I think this one is obvious. Make sure to apply already before you ride the boat, the sun is unforgiving sometimes.
9. Snorkeling Gear There are NO rentals available there. So bring your own.

Best time to go snorkeling is in the morning at the left part of the beach, where the corals are not too deep

10. Cooking set If you’re planning on cooking your own meals there.
11. Powerbank There is no electricity on the Island, so I suggest for you to bring one.

Availability of Electricity: 7:00PM-6:00AM

You may charge your phones or gadgets during those times:
Phones: Php 20.00
Powerbanks: Php 30.00

12. Camping Flashlight/Lamp There are no lights!

Broke travelers Surviving Calaguas Dinner
This is our usual dinner! Freshly caught seafood!

Comfort Rooms?

There’s a paid and there’s the free toilet.

What’s the difference? The Free toilet has no running water so you’ll be paying the locals minimal amounts to fetch you some water. The paid one has water provided on each cubicle and has lights at night.

Paid CR/Shower room rate ranges from Php 10.00 – Php 20.00

comfort room in calaguas broke traveler rates
This is the paid comfort room.

How much will be the Budget?

DIY is CHEAP! Like it’s less than Php 3000 only.

Since we took a tour package, we only paid Php 3,700.00 each (rate for 3-4pax). Yes! The more you are in a group the cheaper it will be. Actually I only have Php 500.00 to spend there (dinner on the way back to Manila and for souvenirs). But all in all the damage on my wallet was just around Php 4,000.00++.

For the breakdown for DIY (PDF)

Campsite: tents in the morning calaguas
Our campsite: our tent is the one with a lot of clothes above the entrance

Calaguas after a 2-hour boat ride from Vinzons
It’s a 2-hour boat ride from Vinzons to Calaguas

We stayed in Tinaga Island in Mahabang Buhangin beach, which by the way looked like a BIG SWIMMING POOL. Because of that all we did in the said island was either to EAT, SWIM and SNORKEL.

Here’s the itinerary of our 3D2N trip in Calaguas:

Day 0
2030H Assembly at pick up point
2100H ETD Manila to Vinzons (Jump off point)

Day 1
0530H ETA Vinzons / Breakfast (client’s expense)
0615H ETD Vinzons to Mahabang Buhangin
0915H ETA Mahabang Buhangin
0930H Set camp
1000H Free time (beach bumming, swimming, snorkeling)
1200H Lunch
1300H Explore island / beach bumming / swimming / snorkeling
1400H Island Hop to Isla Balagbag
1600H Snorkeling at coral reefs
1700H ETA Mahabang Buhangin
1900H Dinner
2000H Socials

Day 2
0730H Breakfast
0800H Free time (trek to hilltop, beach bumming, swimming)
1200H Lunch
1300H Beach Bumming
1900H Dinner
2000H Socials

Day 3
0730H Breakfast
0830H Break camp
0900H ETD Mahabang Buhangin
1200H ETA Vinzons / Wash up / Lunch
1330H ETD Vinzons to Daet
1400H ETA Daet / Side trip to Bagaspas Beach (surfing spot)
1600H ETD Daet to Manila
1900H Stopover / Dinner

Day 4
0100H ETA Manila

Here are some of our photos there:

Mahabang Buhangin shoreline broke travelers calaguas

buko pandan icecandy oddly pink in calaguas
Pink is the color of buko pandan ice candy Php 20.00

Balagbag island hill top
Balagbag island Hill Top (PC: Czarina Rodriguez)

The view of Calaguas island from Balagbag
The view of Tinaga island from Balagbag (PC: Czarina Rodriguez)


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37 thoughts on “Surviving Calaguas (3D2N)

    • Sorry I’m not sure if I heard of that route to Calaguas… if ever you got some information about it, let us know. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you

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  2. Hi!

    May I ask how was the boat ride itself going to Calaguas? A lot of my friends who went there said that waves were pretty strong when they went there.

    Thanks!

    • Yes the waves are big, that’s why I do recommend you guys to put your bags in a plastic bag or might as well use a dry bag.

  3. Hi ๐Ÿ™‚ Would you have any idea how much they charge for the boat for 2 pax? And if sharing with other people is okay? Dalawa lang kasi kami and from the blogs I’ve read, each boat can cost at least 2k. So, 1k for each of us. Roundtrip na ba yun? Thanks!

    • hi miss honey, we are looking for a joiner group on the 27th of April. we will be having the 3 days 2 nights trip. can we join groups nalang if its okay with you para cheaper.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hello mam, goodeve po…pwed po 1500 if interisado kau back and port na po un…pero meron po kau ka share sa boat.thank you

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    • Like what I replied to Ivan it’s safe there, pero medyo mahaba ung byahe.Warning nalang since walang life guards dun, so I would suggest be mindful nalang po sa kids, while playing sa shore.

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      • good day. i would like to inquiry re calaguas island tour package this coming april 29 to 30. 4kids and 7 adults. no need for trekking as we have 3 senior included. pls quote from port to calaguas island as we have car going to daet. also we have 1 tent so we only need addition 2 tent. pls include lunch,dinner and breakfast. thank you.

    • Hello, safe naman, pero medyo mahaba ung byahe.. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure they would enjoy it there. Walang life guards po dun, so I would suggest be mindful nalang po sa kids, while playing sa shore.

  4. Hi,
    Pupunta sana kami this April 12-15, 2017 sa Calaguas. 4paxs kami. Sino po puwedeng contact-in? From Manila din po kami. I want din po yung package na naka-indicate dito. Urgently needed po na may ma-contact.

    Thank you!

  5. Planning to go here March (8) 9-10.. dalawa lang kami ng girlfriend ko.. still trying to cut expenses mabigat ang boat rental for a couple of broke travellers..haha! If may interested shoot me a message 09284601771..

    • yeah, I really wouldn’t recommend Calaguas for solo travels. If you want you can go on a public tour, like we did. Hiwalay naman kau ng tent sa iba eh ๐Ÿ™‚ kaya kahit papano may privacy.

    • I have not heard anything like that. Nag popostpone naman ng tours ung travel agency pag may storm signal. Pero if you mean kapag naubusan ng pumpboat, I would recommend na get a contact. Para ma text niyo ung contact niyo ng maaga.

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    • Hello!

      Yes! When inside a waterproof bag. Everyone else in our tour has their DSLRs. Maybe you can put it at least in a dry bag or a large ziploc when not in use.
      I used ziploc bags since it’s cheaper. (chuckle)

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