I’ve never heard of Calaguas Island before. When my sister asked if I wanted to join her and her friends to a packaged tour to the island, I was hesitant. What’s in that place? I looked it up and I saw a natural beauty – white sand, blue sea, green mountains – somewhere in Camarines Norte. People who go there stay in tents and cook their own food. There is no electricity on the island and you bring your own drinking water. Interesting. It’s gonna be a great adventure. So, I signed up for a trip from March 30 – April 1.
We met at around 9:00 PM at the Shell gas station along Edsa/Ayala. The organizer was a group called Vagabond Pinas. We were going with another group and they were all from Chevron Phils. There were 2 vans – one with our group – me, my sister and her friends, May and Pao – and the other the Chevron peeps. We were 2 hours late from the original time we were supposed to leave, but I just took that time to either read my Hunger Games book or take a nap.
We left at around 10:00 PM. I slept through most of the 7 hour-trip. We had a quick stop in Daet for breakfast and to buy some stuff. While walking around we saw this wide variety of rice cakes being sold. We got samples of each!
The ride to the port took less than five minutes. This is where we had our bags put in large plastic bags so they are protected from water during the boat ride to the island.
We passed through this little body of water before we got to the sea. There were kids maneuvering their canoe as well.
When we got to the sea, we had to get everything covered in plastic. There were huge waves and it rained a lot. I wish I wore my swimsuit during the boat ride. My shirt and jeans were soaking wet when we arrived on the island almost two hours later. But, it didn’t matter. The island that welcomed us was such a beauty!
It was sunny for a bit then it went overcast with some rains. It was a bit gloomy that afternoon, but it did not dampen our spirits as we walked down the shore and took pictures. There were only a few of us on the beach. And I did not see a single foreigner. Definitely, this place is not yet known.
By mid-afternoon, our group started pitching our tents. My sister and I shared one tent.
There was no electricity on the island. So we lighted lamps as we ate the sumptuous dinner prepared by our organizer. The group had a campfire as they shared stories and had drinks. I decided to just stay in our tent and sleep early since my head started throbbing. The sound of the waves from the nearby beach quickly lulled me to sleep.
Was up by 5:00 AM the next morning and felt well-rested and refreshed. The sun was just rising, too.
It was a beautiful, sunny morning, the sky was almost clear and the beach was much lovelier.
Had a quick breakfast before we headed off for a bit of hiking in the hills.
It was starting to rain on our way on our way down.
We got ready to leave by noon.
I hope we could stay longer to relax and enjoy the scenery. I hope the next time I visit the place, it won’t be commercialized yet and we still get to sleep in tents.