The Isolated Paradise of Calaguas Island, Philippines
From clear blue-green waters near the shore, to bluer than blue waves farther on the horizon, with a backdrop of lush green mountains nearby.
I first learned of Calaguas back in 2012, if I remember correctly, through a good friend who used to work for a travel magazine. She was tasked to cover the island’s story, then a newly budding tourist destination.
I saw photos through another photographer friend, who, I believe, went with her on the same assignment. Since then, Calaguas has long captivated me. For years, I had this wish in my heart to go there, which would only come to realization some five years later, in May of 2017.
My husband’s parents had retired to Carolina in Naga. And we have unashamedly used that to our advantage, making it our kick-off point for exploring the Bicol region. (Like in January 2016, we went to Caramoan Islands in Camaranes Sur; Legazpi in Albay; and the CWC Wakeboarding Park in Pili.)
Everything seems within reach from Naga, a mere 2 to 3 hours of travel away, unlike when you’re coming all the way from Manila. The travel is less strenuous, more pleasant, and you are in no hurry to do everything you can because your time for travel is not as limited.
So for our first annual vacation back to the Philippines (since I came to Dubai in 2016 to be with Noy), we decided to visit Calaguas Island during our stay with his family (my family now too!) in Naga.
A good friend and neighbor gave us a lift, all the way to their home which is conveniently located near the port where boats going to Calaguas are docked. So if you’re looking for tips on how to get to Calaguas, sadly, I cannot give you any information, as we had a more convenient travel. I also honestly didn’t pay any attention to where we were going because we were just following our companion.
I do have some tips for you on how to survive on the island:
Expect inconveniences – The island’s key selling point is that it’s virgin, barely touched by human development. The perk is that it’s truly beautiful, and you’ll stand in awe as you gaze at its natural wonder.