Our meeting place was in McDonald Buendia and we departed at around 8:30 in the evening. We arrived in Paracale at 15 minutes to 6:00 in the morning on my watch. There we took our breakfast, took some pictures and waited for the sunrise. After breakfast I get bored, so I did a little walk and chatted with the locals. I ask them on how to go there, what to take just in case I wish to go back on that place.
They are kind enough and gave me these instructions:
1. If I'm from Manila, they instructed me to get off at Talobatib or Labo, then there are buses going to Paracale, and take that bus or I could ask the driver they said.
2.. If I'm from Naga they told me to take the vans going to Daet.
3. From Daet there are vans and buses going to Paracale. Luckily while we were chatting the bus going to Daet passed so, the woman named Raquel told me that - it is the bus I should take going to Paracale.
4. From Paracale there are boats you can rent going to Calaguas, the locals called it mahabang puting buhangin. I failed to ask how much the fare going to Calaguas Island.
After a long wait for our organizers who went to the market, they finally came and I think we left in Paracale at 9:30AM. It took us 2 and a half hours in the boat before we saw the beauty of Calaguas. Sad, it was midday when we arrived and I could no longer plunge into the water. :( The water was soooo tempting geezzzz but it was sooo hot. What we did, we just took pictures and survey the island. After we get tired, we went back to our cottage and took our late lunch. :)
At 5:00 PM we trekked the hill behind the beach together with our tour guide kuya Bunso, they wanted to capture the golden sunset from the top that was gliding majestically against the streaks of the sky. I was so tired climbing but when I was up there, it's worth all the effort. It was breathtaking and I really enjoyed the scenery of islets against the Philippines sea. We took some jump shots and took some time watching and admiring the sea that connects to Pacific ocean. Going down the hill need to take some extra care because most of the rock formations were slippery and sharp and it was already dusk when we returned, the flashlight is not enough when you are not used to walk on that kind of place.
Before dinner, I enjoyed the clear waters, white powdery sands, orange sky and great company in this paradise. I haven't been in Boracay but most of my companion who have been in Boracay says Calaguas can rival the white sand of Boracay plus civilization hasn't wrapped its dangerous arms around this paradise yet, which is part of the charm of the island.
On this island you must be a "COWBOY" to appreciate it because there's no hotels here, no restaurants. On this island, you should not mind sleeping on the tent, taking a bath with a "tabo" (dipper) and "poso" (water pump) and you have to pay 10 pesos for each pail and 50 pesos for one bucket, and above all sharing a public toilet. But heck, if you are an adventurous like me who was able to survive and enjoy it, then I guess you should be just fine. :) With no electricity, no phone signals, no internet access, there really is nothing much to do other than enjoy the place and be one with nature.
Until then Calaguas… I hope to see you again soon. ♥