Travel Budget: Calaguas Island

I’ve been coming across blogs about Calaguas Island, but truth be told, as much as I am interested to go there, I couldn’t be bothered to plan going there because it seemed so hard. I prefer going to destinations where you just hop on a plane, ride a trike, taxi or van and you’re at the town already. As the saying go, nothing worth having comes easy. All that effort to go to the Calaguas is certainly worth it.

Calaguas Island
Calaguas’ pristine white beach

What finally got me to go there was when one of the bloggers I follow announced that Calaguas is one of her destinations this year. One comment and a seat sale later, I am booked for a flight to Naga. Naga is the closest airport served by most domestic airlines. The closest is Daet, which is served by Seair, though only seasonal. From Naga, you have to ride a van to Daet, then transfer to another van to Paracale. In Paracale, you have to find a willing boatman (and an available boat) to take you out to Calaguas, and buy supplies for your stay there, since there are no stores, no electricity and no water.

Save for the boat rental, the airfare and the van rides, this is a fairly inexpensive trip. It can be made cheaper if you take the bus instead of the plane, and just stay overnight. I think the bus schedule works well for a quick weekend getaway to a gorgeous deserted beach.

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Calaguas Island March 2010
March 7 – 9, 2010
Cost
(per person)
Air Transfers
Cebu Pacific PHP 1,139.52

Manila Domestic Terminal Fee PHP 200.00
Naga Domestic Terminal Fee PHP 20.00

Taxi to and from Manila Airport PHP 650.00
Taxi to and from Naga Airport PHP 362.50 1

Accommodations
Calaguas Island PHP 50.00 2
Hotel Dolor, Daet PHP 428.00 3

Transport
Van to Daet PHP 145.00
Van to Paracale PHP 50.00
Calaguas boat rental PHP 625.00 4
Van to Daet (from Paracale) PHP 50.00
Apuau boat rental PHP 250.00 5
Van to Naga PHP 145.00
Tricycle PHP 63.00
Jeep PHP 20.00

Food Expenses
Meals, snacks and drinks PHP 912.00 6

Miscellaneous
Calaguas Island entrance fee PHP 100.00 7
Internet PHP 30.00 8
Total PHP 5,240.02

1 Taxi to and from the airport is expensive! From the airport, they charged me Php300 (I was alone since my travel buddies flew in to Legazpi). Going to the airport, the driver asked for Php 250. To be fair, it’s quite far, about 14 kilometers.
2 Php200 for a cottage we did not use. We were able to use their gazebo, so it’s all good. Plus, we also used the caretaker’s toilet and bathroom.
3 The room is big, has aircon and cable TV. There are two single beds in the room, so we paid extra for two additional beds and breakfast. Total cost for the four of us is Php1,710.
4 The original price the boatman gave us was Php 3,000, but Leidy was able to haggle it down to Php 2,300. Nelson and his crew were all so nice and helpful that we gave them Php 2,500 instead.
5 Php 1,000 for a 30-minute ride one-way to an island we only stayed at for about 30 minutes.
6 Meals include lunch at a carinderia (canteen) in Paracale, take out dinner for our night in Calaguas, instant noodles and other junkfood for breakfast the following day, breakfast at Jollibee, baby back ribs dinner at Graceland in Daet, and the juiciest fried chicken at Biggs in Naga.
7 The caretaker originally priced it at Php 150, but again, Leidy was able to bring the price down to Php 100. Our boatman tells us that the locals of Paracale only pay Php 30, or sometimes even free.
8 Php 15 per hour!

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Nina Fuentes

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42 thoughts on “Travel Budget: Calaguas Island”

  1. read it from chyng that u’r w/ her. wish i could visit the place too. In anyways, ur posts will surely help in the future. Thank you for sharing ur experiences with us. tc! ;)

    will browse ur site more often ;)

  2. hi. may contact number ka ng boatman to calaguas island? cheap yung boat niyo ha.. may life vest ba? text or email me please i would gladly appreciate it.. punta kami dito by june 09158531266

    thanks a lot

  3. We just visited Calaguas over the holidays, and I enjoyed it better than the islands of Caramoan. Better if you come in a group, we were able to reduce our expenses to P4000 for the 5-day trip we had of Camarines Norte and Sur. :)

      1. Thanks for answering my question, Nina. May I also know if there’s cellphone signal (Globe or Smart) on Calaguas, Mahabang Buhangin? Thanks.

      2. Hi Gene,

        Last year, only Smart has signal in Mahabang Buhangin. I think there are only certain areas where you can get a signal. In Maculabo though (if you’re stopping there), there is Globe and Smart.

  4. with the package tour being organized by Lakwatserong Kusinero and Nano for only P3,500 for 3D2N inclusive of everything- rountrip land transfers, boat rentals, tents,meals,and activities,it is now so much easier, safer and cheaper to go to Calaguas Islands in my province Camarines Norte!!

  5. Hi!
    for van and boat rentals you can contact 09174067392/ 09482171007.
    manila-paracale- manila
    paracale- calaguas – paracale.ty!

  6. FOR RENT BOAT SERVICE IN CALAGUAS ISLAND AT MAHABANG BUHANGIN BEACH RESORT VERY LOW LOW PRICE. 8 to 9 people.. .palanas paracale departure. .contact me? 09487177801 or email me on facebook? gerio.js@ gmail.com and you see the boat. .

      1. hi 09395974397 yan po ung kilala qng my boat na pnparent paracale to calaguas.. dey can also be ur tourguide .. kz tga don po cla..

  7. Hi Nina!
    Just wanna know, is it good to go there around January?
    And also, could you kindly e-mail me of helpful information about travelling to Calaguas, I am really interested.
    I tried to check the link you provided for the travel guide however it did not give me any result. Was the post deleted?

    Any reply would be much appreciated. :)

  8. FOR RENT BOAT SERVICE VIA PARACALE TO MAHABANG BUHANGIN BEACH AT CALAGUAS ISLAND JUST CONTACT ME TO MY NUMBER 09486793920 or SEND MESSAGE TO MY E MAIL & FACEBOOK ACCOUNT AT granhier@yahoo.com,,,,MEET UP HERE IN FISHPORT PARACALE CAMARINES NORTE…THANK YOU

  9. hi .. if want nyo po mgrent ng boat paracale to calaguas “halabang baybay” may kilala po aq just contact dis # 09395974397 tenx.. tga calaguas po cla kaya pwd dn kaung i tour don..

  10. BOAT SERVICE FOR HIRE @ LOW LOW PRICE GOING TO MAHABANG BUHANGIN BEACH AT CALAGUAS ISLAND…FOR YOUR ANY ASSISTANCE DON’T HESITATE TO CONTACT MY NUMBER 09486793920…

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