Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pandan Island, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

Pandan Island is located in Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa City. The island boasts a cream sand beach. There is a resort in the island and there are several cottages available for rent. Pandan Island has its own source of fresh water and it is a favorite destination for island hopping and snorkelling in Honda Bay.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Travel Guide: Pinamuntugan Island - The Hidden White Sand Paradise in Albay

Pinamuntugan Island is one of the unique island and beach destinations located off the coast of Cagraray Island in Albay. It is without refinement, a little wilder, slightly more untamed and significantly less touristy than its neighbor destinations. With a limited accommodation and infrastructure, it is surely an Eden for intrepid explorer who loves a rugged, less refined island with natural landscape. This simple and distinct island is now gaining popularity as it shines itself as one of the few white sand beaches in Albay. The island's stand-alone rock formation is somewhat the landmark and gateway of Pinamuntugan and is the premier celebrity of the island.

Calaguas Island Hiking Adventure - Travel Blog

Calaguas Island hill top view.
Here's the sequel to the story "Calaguas Island: Powdery White Sand Beach, Camarines Norte - Travel Blog". The adventure continues the next day.

Good morning my little dear sunshine! We surely had a goodnight sleep here at Calaguas camp site. When in island,  Mom usually sleeps late and wakes up early. But not today.. Everyone's having delightful breakfast now but mom? Oh well, she sleeps in.. (Feel at home and lola mo!  Feeling naka air-con.) Can't blame her.. It's likely cold in here.

Sky is always the last one standing when spending a night in an island. So, he couldn't be a morning person he actually is. I have to wake him up because we're all set for our morning short hike to Calaguas hills. If there's one thing I like more about this island is that, it doesn't only offer exciting water adventures. It also promises a little hike under the early rays of sun. We pay a hundred pesos each for this hiking. We're all itching to get on our feet! So, now we walk..

Calaguas Islands : Complete and Updated Travel Guide

Calaguas, a group of islands and islets,  is one of the best destinations in Camarines Norte. Judging from our own perception and personal experience, it is one of the best beaches and islands and by far our number one pick destination in the entire Region of Bicol. This white sand wonderland promises to outlast your expectation as it meets both adventure and relaxation.

Location: Vinzons, Camarines Norte
(Updated: April 2017)
Tinaga Hill View of Mahabang Buhangin
Calaguas Island, Mahabang Buhangin "Tinaga Hill View"
  • Rooms - There are several resorts in Calaguas Island, particularly in Tinaga (Mahabang Buhangin), offering beautiful native rooms "air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned" that are able to accommodate a single backpacker  to a group of friends and families.
  • Cabanas - Available in some resorts, which alone can accommodate some 8 to 15 tourists, fronts the cove from a distance.
  • Cottages - They offer open-air cottages, large enough to shelter up to 15 aliens.
  • Camping Site - Probably the famous choice of backpackers and travelers; you may pitch your own tent or rent a tent from the locals. They offer single person tent to family size tents. You may also hang your hammock in the trees or post-anchored your hammock.
  • Restaurant - Calaguas Paradise Resort serves fresh crustacean cuisines and locally grown fruits and veggies. They also offer catering service. Waling-Waling Island Resort on the other hand is also in the edge of providing a 100 sitting capacity restaurant; ideal for conferences and team building.
  • Restroom - Resorts in Calaguas have their own restrooms and common bathrooms. If you're in the Camp Site, it's about 30 to 70 steps away from your site location.
Additional Information:
  • Natives in Calaguas Island offer delicious food. Ranging from P200 to P800, you may taste their best-served yummy seafood dishes, native chicken, pork, veggies and a lot more.
Tips: Mahabang Buhangin of Tinaga Island is the best Island to spend a night or two and the most famous island in Calaguas. Resorts in Tinaga Island offer various set of accommodations; rooms, cottages, tents, food and more.

Calaguas Island: Powdery White Sand Beach, Camarines Norte - Travel Blog

A piece of Calaguas Island.. Break free now.. It's worth a thousand tries!
Sky is tremendously happy today! All for one reason.. It's suummeeeeeeerrrr!!! He is a huge fan of a "Happy Family Forever" scheme. Well, family trip is surely on top of our list for summer vacation. We have no idea where to go yet. Not until my phone beeps with a text message from dearly dear sister. We are going to Calaguas Island! Yohooooo!

We are going camping so let's pave the way for packing back packs. Two vehicle convoys with four families including mama and papa (grandparents) are now extra ready for the ride. What are we waiting for? We're always on the go so  let's get moving! I can tell, my husband is the happiest of all. He's been waiting for this for ages!

Our journey starts with a ride to Naga City. Of course, it's early morning so we have no any troubles with the traffic. From Naga, we 're heading to Daet, Camarines Norte. Then from Daet, we're traveling to Vinzonz port. Travel time is roughly four hours in total. We are taking a boat ride from Vinzonz to Calaguas Island. The boatmen sent by the travel and tour where we booked our tour package from were already waiting for us even before we arrive.

The boat ride is crazy! The wind waves are insanely wild. I now understand why the boatmen provided us plastic materials to cover our stuff. The waves hit the boats high until the salty sea water splashes on our faces. I can see mom holding still and dad furrowing his brows. They're freaking nervous! Hehehe! But it's nothing to cause for concern. Even Sky is having so much fun with the roaring waves! He thinks we're in a movie. Hehehe. Besides, our 5-month old nephew, Kian, is not even bothered by the bouncy and rowdy ride. In fact, he likes it. Well, he's in deep sleep. You know, we can always laugh the whole thing off. To some degree, I truly enjoy it! I can feel the boat moves harmoniously with the wind sea. We go up and down like a roller coaster water ride for almost two hours. Not until we feel like the sea finally calms.

Then, we start seeing the shiny and shimmery white edges of  Calaguas group of Islands. The boatman says we're getting near our destination. They call it Mahabang Buhangin. The island slowly comes into a dreamy beautiful scenery. Oh wow! Surefire, it takes my fancy not just my craze, right away.

Atulayan Snail-Shaped Island (Four Coves) - Sangay, Camarines Sur

Atulayan Island, Sangay, Camarines Sur
"I've got a hundred million reasons to walk away.. But baby, I just need one good one to stay." Yeah right.. I heard you Gaga. However, in the spirit of travel goals, we need no million reasons to stay; we seek for one good reason to walk away.  When we don't, we end up neither planning nor drawing. Hehe! We call it expectation versus reality.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Travel Guide: Aguirangan Island, Presentacion, Camarines Sur

Aguirangan Island is located in the town of Presentacion, Camarines Sur, Bicol Region. Aguirangan Island is also known as Rose Islet. Aguirangan is a small island with no electricity, no source of fresh water and no existing resort. There are several nipa huts or open-air cottages that are available for rent. If you’re planning for an overnight stay, then you should bring your own tent. A caretaker collects a minimal fee as an entrance fee in the island. Aguirangan has a beach with cream-colored sand. There are also several trees and coconuts in the island. You can circle the entire island in just an hour or two.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Travel Guide: Panglao Island, Bohol

Panglao is an island located in the province of Bohol, Central Visayas Region. The island is a large island which is politically divided into two municipalities: the town of Dauis and Panglao town.

The island has several white-sand beaches and it is one of the main tourist destinations in the Philippines. Panglao is also connected to the main island of Bohol by bridges. There are lots of hotels and resorts in the island. The main tourist area in the island is the Alona Beach and the Dumaluan Beach.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Isla Grande, Pagbilao, Quezon Province

This island is located in Pagbilao town, Quezon Province. This is also known as Polo Grande, Pagbilao Grande, Volcano Island or sometimes referred to as Ibabang Polo. Isla Grande is an average size island. It is connected by a bridge from mainland Luzon.

There are several communities in the island. There's a barangay in the island. Team Energy, one of the largest coal-fired power plant in the Philippines, is located in this island. A famous tourist attraction in the island is the Kwebang Lagpas and the semi-white sand beach called Puting Buhangin.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Pandan Island, Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro

Pandan Island is a small private island located in the town of Sablayan in the province of Occidental Mindoro. It is an island resort with limited amenities. There are only few rooms and cottages available for guests. The island has its own bar and restaurant with billiards hall. The resort also has its own dive center. A solar and electric generator provides electricity to the island. The island also has its own source of fresh water.