For any beach-lover in the Philippines, Calaguas Island is no stranger. Boasting its oh-so-fine white sand beaches, crystal clear blue waters, fresh air, and vivid green hills, Calaguas surely is something not to miss. It is so beautiful that it is almost as if it is unreal. So it’s not surprising why many people are going crazy about this divine island. 

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About Calaguas Island

stunning calaguas island camarines norte

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Calaguas Island is a popular tourist destination nestled in the Municipality of Vinzons in Camarines Norte. Over the years, Calaguas beach has been a go-to place for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Its powdery bone-white sand and cerulean waters can still elicit the perfect island vibe. The most popular among the beaches are the Mahabang Buhangin beach, which is made up of a long stretch of powdery white sand, and the Balagbag Island.

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Camarines Norte Tourism Guidelines 2022 | COVID-19 Updates

Currently, all leisure travelers are welcome to visit Camarines Norte, except for the following conditions:

If unvaccinated tourist:

  • Negative antigen/RT PCR test
  • Approved travel pass application from www.camnortetravelpass.com
  • Valid ID
  • Confirmed booking/reservation

If vaccinated:

  • Vaccinated card
  • Approved travel pass from www.camnortetravelpass.com
  • Valid ID
  • Confirmed booking/reservation

For more updates, visit the Facebook page of Provincial Information Office – Camarines Norte.


Calaguas Island Location

It is located in the Municipality of Vinzons, in the Province of Camarines Norte. Calaguas is known for its pristine beaches.

Check out this Calaguas Island map to be guided accordingly.


How to get there

aerial shot of calaguas island

Photo credits to Anton Diaz via Flickr

If you’re on a Calaguas tour, it’ll be easier for you to reach the island since you already have a pre-booked transportation. But if you’re commuting, don’t worry, here’s a quick guide on how you get to Calaguas from Manila.

Via Paracale
From Manila, ride a bus bound for Daet. The bus lines that travel there are DLTB, Philtranco and Superlines. Travel time is around 8-10 hours. From Daet, ride another bus or jeep going to Paracale. Once in Paracale, take a tricycle going to the port and charter a boat going to Mahabang Buhangin or the Calaguas Island resort you’ve booked.

Via Vinsonz
From Manila, ride a bus going to Daet. The bus lines that travel there are DLTB, Philtranco and Superlines. From Daet, take another bus or jeep bound for Vinzons. Once in Vinzons, ride a tricycle going to the port and charter a boat going to the island’s famed Mahabang Buhangin.


Best time to visit Calaguas Island

The best time to visit the island is from January to August. September to November is not the best time to go island hopping due to the unpredictable weather.


Things to do in Calaguas Island

Whether you want to experience thrill or just want to chill at your Calaguas Island resort, this island has something for everyone. Check out these fun activities that will make your trip more memorable.

  1. Island-hopping
island hopping in calaguas island

Calaguas Island is a group of islands if you look it up on the map. It has major islands of Tinaga Island and Guintinua Island, the minor Maculabo Island, and several other minor ones. So island hopping is a perfect activity to do here where you get to go to several beaches including the very famous Mahabang Buhangin Beach.

2. Chill by the beach

beaches in calaguas island

Since Calaguas island has numerous islands, it’s a given that it also has a lot of beaches where you can go and relax. Feel free to enjoy the sun, get a tan, go swimming, take photos for the gram, and even watch the sunrise and sunset.

3. Snorkeling

snorkeling in calaguas island

Be in awe of the underwater world of Calaguas Island through snorkeling! The island has undeniably great spots perfect for this kind of water activity. Note that you should bring your equipment as no rentals are available on the island.

4. Trekking

Another thing you can do on Calaguas Island is trekking! There is a nearby hill that you can hike to, which would only take a few minutes to reach the top. You can see the entirety of the island from up the hill, and it will leave you in awe upon seeing the view.

5. Camping 

camping in calaguas island

You can also enjoy setting up tents at Calaguas Island. While there are huts and cottages for rent, setting up tents is the best choice to experience nature fully. You can even do some stargazing and spot the magical Milk Way.


Rates and other information

Entrance Fee – PHP 150

Boat Fee

Small Boat up to 10pax – PHP 3000
Big Boat up to 20pax – PHP 5000

Island Hopping – PHP 1500-PHP 2000/boat


Where to stay in Calaguas Beach

Whether you’re looking for a luxurious Calaguas resort or a budget Calaguas Island hotel, there’s something that will fit every size of pocket. Here’s a list of the most popular Calaguas accommodations.

  1. Calaguas Gateway Hotel
    Address: 4600, 2 Vinzons Ave, Daet, 4600 Camarines Norte
    Price upon request
  1. Calaguas Paradise Resort
    Address: Mahabang Buhangin, Camarines Norte
    Price upon request
  1. Waling Waling Eco Village
    Address: Calaguas, Vinzons, Camarines Norte
    Price upon request

Sample Calaguas Island itinerary

If you have a Calaguas Island Tour Package 2022, then you’ll have an easier trip but if you want to plan a Calaguas DIY tour to explore on your own, here’s a sample itinerary you can copy.

DAY 1

09:00 PM Leave Manila
06:00 AM ETA Paracale/Vinzons | Breakfast
07:00 AM ETD Boat Calaguas Island
09:00 AM ETA Mahabang Buhangin
10:00 AM Swimming
12:00 PM Lunch
01:00 PM Island-Hopping
05:00 PM End Tour
06:00 PM Dinner

DAY 2

05:00 AM Trek to Calaguas Viewpoint
05:30 AM Watch sunrise at the Calaguas Viewpoint
06:00 AM Start Descent
07:00 AM Breakfast
08:00 AM Swimming
10:00 AM Pack up
10:30 AM Return to Paracale/Vinzons
12:30 PM ETA Paracale/Vinzons
01:00 PM Lunch
02:00 PM Depart for Manila


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Frequently Asked Questions About Calaguas Island

Q: How do I get from Manila to Calaguas Island?


A: Here are two ways to reach your booked Calaguas Island resort:

Via Paracale
From Manila, ride a bus bound for Daet. The bus lines that travel there are DLTB, Philtranco and Superlines. Travel time is around 8-10 hours. From Daet, ride another bus or jeep going to Paracale. Once in Paracale, take a tricycle going to the port and charter a boat going to Mahabang Buhangin or the Calaguas white sand resort you’ve booked.

Via Vinsonz
From Manila, ride a bus going to Daet. The bus lines that travel there are DLTB, Philtranco and Superlines. From Daet, take another bus or jeep bound for Vinzons. Once in Vinzons, ride a tricycle going to the port and charter a boat going to the island’s famed Mahabang Buhangin.

Q: Why do tourists go to Calaguas Island?


A: One of the must-visit places of the region is Calaguas. Due to its rising popularity, it is experiencing an uptick in visitors and growth in commerce. It is an excellent place to visit because of its fine, white-sand beach, relative seclusion, cerulean waters and great overlooking views.

Q: Where is Calaguas located?
A: The Calaguas Islands are located in the Municipality of Vinzons, in the Province of Camarines Norte. It is known for its pristine beaches—the most popular among these is the Mahabang Buhangin beach, which is made up of a long stretch of powdery white sand.

Q: Is Calaguas Island open?


A: Yes, Calaguas Island is open to fully-vaxxed tourists. For unvaxxed/partially vaxxed tourists, a negative RT-PCR is required.

Q: Where to stay in Calaguas?
A: Here are the top Calaguas hotels and resorts to check out.

  1. Calaguas Gateway Hotel
  2. I Love Calaguas Island Resort
  3. Calaguas Paradise Resort
  4. Waling Waling Eco Village
  5. Calaguas Paradise Resort room rates upon request

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