Calaguas Island Adventure
April 21-23, 2011
Holy Cow! was all I could say stepping for the first time in the sparkling white sand and clear water of Long Beach located in Tinaga Island, one of the islands comprising the Calaguas Group of Islands located in my home province Camarines Norte. The place is just perfect to say the least!
I love Calaguas! And I'm glad I have seen it now than later (or earlier). Yes, it would be a shame to be called a traveler and I haven't been to my own paradise so to speak (since Calaguas Islands is just a two (2)-hour boat away from my hometown, Vinzons, Camarines Norte). But I am also no explorer to step on an uncharted path and braved Calaguas on a DIY or (Do-It-Yourself)adventure.
Good thing there are groups now offering either 2D1N or 3D2N Calaguas Islands tour packages. Since my family is scheduled to travel to Vinzons on April 18 (to send my grandma home in time for the Holy Week), I sent an email to Ms. Zaide Uy (contact information I found on the blog Leave The Cube ) for details and reservations for the Holy Week, April 21-23, 2011.
I found the 3D2N package (Php 3,200.00per person from Vinzons) to be very reasonable! I booked for two - brother Mike and myself.
Initially,I have the whole family in mind - 2 senior citizens (peace mama and papa!), 2 kiddos and my brother and I. Later,I felt it would be good for me and my brother Mike to check the water first(both literally and idiomatically) than to bring along the whole family not knowing what Calaguas Island is really like.
The jump-off to Calaguas Group of Islands is the Minaogan Port in Vinzons, less than 10-minute drive from our barangay.I was a bit scared when I saw the fishing boat that will take us to the island!No worries though, the boat is safe (despite the big waves)that greeted us early on. Glad, I was sitting next to a 3-year old boy Nino who did not show any sign of fear! He inspired me. When he slept during the sail, I fell asleep too. Holy Kid!
We docked at Halabang Baybay (Mahabang Buhangin in Tagalog or Long Beach in English) after two hours. It is just one of the sand beaches comprising Calaguas Group of Islands. Seeing the beautiful,long white beach and crystal water,I mumbled to myself: Holy Calaguas!
I waited no time to dip in the water, feel the sand, and take hundreds of pictures ( after I scored a Calaguas tee from one of the organizers! ( Thanks Aaron for taking XS shirt off and exchanging it with S size tee!).
Holy Calaguas! could well be my new catchphrase during and even after this Hoy Week!