Calaguas Island: A Break From the World


Still a bit unknown to a lot of people is the beautiful and unspoiled island of Calaguas in the Philippines. Situated in Camarines Norte, this island is truly a pristine and virgin beach. From Manila, it takes an 8-hour bus/van/car ride plus a 2-hour boat ride to get there.

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However, seeing the place makes the long travel totally worth it.

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No hotels, no restaurants, no private bathroom…you must truly be a “cowboy” to appreciate this place. You must not mind sleeping in a tent, sharing a public bathroom, or showering with a “tabo” (dipper) and “poso” (water pump). Then again, heck, if I was able to survive (and enjoy it even), then you should be just fine.

Here are photos of where we slept:

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Fine sand, clear water, truly amazing!

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A mountain trail lies at the side of the beach. It takes about a 10-minute hike up the trail to see the view of the beach.

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There is no cellular phone signal here too. Some parts of the beach are marked with bamboo posts which means you can get 1 bar of signal on your cellphone if you stand on that spot. But that’s what makes Calaguas so beautiful! It’s untouched. It’s simple: no concept of time, away from technology, out of touch from everyone…it truly is a break from the world.

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written by jeanong on 2011-12-29 #places #philippines #location #beach #budget #calaguas #select-type-of-location #escape-from-the-city #camarines


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One Comment

  1. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    That is roughing it. :D

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