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How to Go to Calaguas Island

Calaguas is an idyllic island destination that is worth the long trip it takes to reach it. It has powdery, white sand that is around 3km long and aquamarine waters that will entice you to take a dip. It has undergone some changes since tourists started to visit, but it managed to maintain its beauty.

Calaguas Island

Read my post to learn how to go to Calaguas Island.

How to Go to Calaguas Island

Calaguas Island

Calaguas is an accessible destination that's why it is a popular choice for weekend warriors and quick vacation seekers. 

Here are ways to reach this tropical island.

Option 1

There are direct buses traveling from Cubao to Paracale (jump-off point to the island). Superlines operates this route. The trip takes approximately 10 hours and costs around P599 one way. The bus departs at around 7:45PM. 

Option 2

You can also board DLTB or Philtranco buses departing for Daet from Metro Manila. Fare is approximately P552 one way. Once in Daet, you can hop on a bus or jeep leaving for either Paracale or Vinsonz. Fare for this route is around P75 one way and takes about an hour one way.  

Option 3

You can book a flight to Naga from Manila then go to Daet then board a bus or jeep to Paracale or Vinsonz. This is a more expensive route and may take longer because you'll arrive later in Naga. 

Boat Ride

Whether you are departing from Paracale or Vinsonz, you'll need to get on a boat to Calaguas Island. If you're joining a tour, the boat ride fee is around P500. You'll join 20-25 other passengers on a big boat to the island. You can rent a boat that can accommodate up to six passengers for approximately P3500. 

Where to Stay in Calaguas

Calaguas has evolved as a tourist destination. There are now a few resorts on the island, if you don't want to pitch a tent. These are more expensive but provide more comforts. You can stay in Waling-Waling EcoVillage or I Love Calaguas Island Resort just to name two.

Calaguas Island Fees

Here are some of the fees you'll pay during your trip:
  • P300 tent rental
  • P300 cottage for day trips
  • P500 cottage for overnight stays
  • P200 entrance fee
  • P150 tent pitching
  • P120 environmental fee
  • P1000-1500 boat rental for island hopping

Things to Do in Calaguas

There are a few things to do during your stay. Here are some examples:
  • Island hopping
  • Beach bumming
  • Volleyball
  • Frisbee throwing
  • Swimming
  • Camping
  • Short hike

Calaguas Money Saving Hacks

Here are ways to save money for your trip:
  • If you're traveling alone, you'll save some money by joining a bigger group.
  • Buy food at the market before going to the island.
  • Bring your own utensils, camping gear and others.
Calaguas is a fun destination to visit. It is a place where you can forget about the daily grind even for just a day or so. 

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