It’s been a while since the last time that I randomly bought a bus ticket with my favorite travel buddies. And since one of my friends was having a vacation here in the Philippines, and another friend just got back from the U.S., there was no way I can say no to adventures.

Some of us had shifts at work before we leave Manila, so me and my friends met at Cubao at around 1:00am. The last trip of aircon bus going to Bicol already left by 9:00pm, but we went to Superlines station anyway and the only bus that will drive to Daet was scheduled 3:00am (other bus lines that will take you to Daet: Philtranco & DLTB) We had no choice, we are taking the ordinary bus!

It was fun! I remember scratching my head when I knew that we were taking it, but I was excited as well. I love my friends for their spontaneity. That’s all we ask for a travel squad, right? We were thinking of going to Bolinao instead but we still chose Calaguas so we left Manila before 3:00am.

We got off the bus when we reached Talobatib at around 12nn. From there, you can ride a tricycle and another mini bus to Paracale. But since we were running out of time, we asked 2 tricycles to take us directly to Paracale. It was a little bit costly though. But you can always make tawad. And that’s why I’m thankful to have a friend who grew up in Divisoria. He mastered this skill and it always saves us chunks of money on the road!

At Paracale, we met our bangkero (kuya Melvin) that will take us to Calaguas island. It’s up to your charm on how cheap you are going to bargain your fare to the island. In our case, we got it at P3,500 (back and forth trip, inclusive of tent and cooler and other things for island life) awesome right? We went to the market nearby and contributed money for the food, rice, water, ice, and other things that will save us for 3 days 2 nights.


The boat ride from Paracale to Calaguas island was roughly around 2 hours. It was a fun ride. Nothing’s like the sound of the waves and the smell of the ocean teasing you when you’re on your way to somewhere you’ve never been to before. When we get to Calaguas, we are welcomed by ate Venus, who assisted us to where we are going to set up our tent. In the island, you’ll get to pay P100 for the entrance, and we also got one cottage for P350/day. It was nice because whenever we needed cooking wares, ate Venus always lend us the things we need! I love local people!

We touched down the island 1-hour before sunset, and oh my gosh, the front beach is stunning. I’ve never seen a beach that has sands as close to Boracay. Of course the landscape is different but the water is crystal clear as well. The waves are pretty calm if you’re going to pay attention to it, but it’s not a dead beach so it’s a totally chill beach.

We set up our tent and prepare for dinner. And as much as I want to just put down my backpack, take off my shirt, and go straight to the waters, my tummy was also screaming! So I stayed at our place and help my friends prepare food.

We had a delicious dinner that night. And that’s one of the things that I like about trips, you and your friends doing nothing, just enjoying the time and catching up with each other. Just good times. I will always remember those times.

We went there Friday, and I was glad that there were just few campers during that time. Me and my friends did drink the whole night and swam when it was midnight. I was glad that I was drunk Friday night at this place rather than being drunk somewhere else back in the city. The island doesn’t have enough electricity at night so it was dark, and the only light we have was the moon light. There wasn’t a loud club music as well, only the drunk voices of the people that we crossed paths on the very same night singing to the tune of the playing guitar.

We went to sleep early and woke up early the next day. Me and Alex  went to a morning walk since the rest of my friends were still sleeping. Had our tummies full with a simple yet wonderful breakfast. It was still early, 10:00am, and there was nothing else to do. So we went to the other island!

The island that we went to was stunning as hell. Stayed there for the next 2 hours, went uphill under the bright and mad sun (I think I’m still sunburned by that island hopping!) Photo here, photo there. My friends were crazed by the picture-perfect spots from left to right.





When we got back to our island, we went swimming for a bit, afternoon nap,and swimming again! Don’t you just love island life? Because I keep on falling for it every time. I’m a sucker for beach life.



That night, I thought we were calling it an early night. But we drink again anyways and this time, beside the beach! I remember that night clearly, we were sitting on the sand, talking about life’s greatest mysteries. I don’t know, but the exact moment that I tilted my head and looked up in the sky, there it is, bright and fast, a shooting star was falling right in front of me, it was happening right before my eyes! I was in awe. I was astounded. I can’t remember how many years I prayed for it to happen. I was very happy, I woke up that day without knowing that i’ll be checking off one thing from my bucket list. What an interesting night!

So after drinking, we went straight to the beach to swim again. And with the drunk selves that were us, we just lay there. We were there for three days, no cellular data, no facebook notifications, we can’t post our snaps, but we were okay. It’s nice to get away sometimes, you know.

We woke up early the next day to prepare breakfast before leaving the island. To be honest, we didn’t have anything to eat on the last day. But thank goodness we bring 2 canned goods each (do this all the time, it saves lives!)

Watching other boats unloading people while us getting on our boat to go back to Paracale was a little bit blue. It was over. I knew it was going to be a long ride going back to Manila and of course, I cannot wait to sleep in my bed that night furnished with new adventures.


BUDGET BREAKDOWN:

  • Bus (back and forth) – P830
  • Tricycle (back and forth)  -P160
  • Boat (back and forth with tent) – (P3,500/5pax) P700 each
  • Food – P300 contribution
  • Environmental Fee – P20
  • Island Entrance – P100
  • Other expenses/pasalubongs – P600
  • TOTAL: P2,710

 

TIPS:

  • There are karinderyas in the island but of course, they sell pricey, so if you’re on a tight budget like us, list everything you’ll be needing while on a long bus drive going to Camarines Norte.
  • Bring (at least 2) easy-open canned goods and 1 or 2 liters of water, believe me it saves a lot!
  • Be responsible with your trash, bring garbage bags.
  • 2d1n trip stay in Calaguas is okay but I suggest you to go for 3d2n.
  • Even though there’s no signal in Calaguas, bring power banks, because there’s no unlimited power supply when you’re in the island
  • And most importantly, enjoy your travel!
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