Our trip to Calaguas Island couldn’t have come at a more opportune moment because Yourlocalocals has not been out of the city for quite some time and we were just dying to take a breather from our hectic schedules. We did not really care about the 10-hour van ride (kidding, it was tiring) and the 2-hour boat ride (kidding again, it almost killed us on our way back to Daet port because of the typhoon!!). But looking back, it was all worth it! Over this weekend, our activities were in the following order: eat, sleep, swim and repeat 100x a.k.a the ~lyf~.
Special shoutout to our sponsor, Waling Waling Ecovillage, for taking care of us and for spoiling us!
Trip dates: September 24 to 26, 2016
Trip budget: PHP 2,000 (exclusive of accommodation)
How to get there:
- Ride the bus bound for Daet. (Travel time: 8 hours. Fare: PHP 850)
- Take a jeepney to Vinzons or Paracale Port.
- Ride boat to Calaguas island (Travel time: 1.5 to 2 hours)
This is suggested for those traveling in big groups of 6 to 12 people. You just have to rent a van and the driver should take you to Vinzons or Paracale Port. From there, you can hire a boat to bring you to the island.
Where to stay:
Waling Waling Ecovillage
Waling Waling Ecovillage is the newest accommodation you will find along the long strip of white sand that is Calaguas island. It is the fanciest (their bathrooms are really clean and nice) and the most expensive in the island but definitely worth it! Rates start at PHP 3500/night for 4 pax (cabana) to PHP 6500/night for 6 pax (kubol).
Sadly, we only stayed here overnight (so bitin!) which can only mean we probably will return another time soon.
What we liked about Waling Waling:
It’s a beachfront accommodation – actually other accommodations are the same – except that the view from Waling-Waling is more peaceful since the area is less crowded.
Chilling in the cabanas with their built-in hammocks and our Plop! inflatable sofa (thank you, Plop! supply) was the best way to spend our uber sunny afternoon.
Their food is amazeballs!
Waling Waling’s staff are very accommodating and friendly. They helped us find a tour guide to bring us to the top of the viewing deck of the island – a 15-minute trek from the resort.
Where to eat:
There are not much restaurants in Calaguas (and their menu is fixed since food supply still comes from the main land) so you can either cook or bring your own ready-to-eat food and snacks. Waling Waling does have a corkage fee but they waive it during non-peak season.
What to do in Calaguas:
Beach bum, swim and relax
PHP 40 – entrance fee to mountain
PHP 3500 per night good for 4 pax – Waling Waling Ecovillage
- Bring snacks! You won’t see a lot of sari-sari stores or restaurants in the island
- Avoid going during the rainy season (July to October)
- Bring an insect repellant
- For the boat ride, bring Ziplock or a dry bag for your gadgets and rain jacket in case of bad weather
- Ask the locals for a home service massage 😉