Calaguas Island Summer Adventure

Summer 2016 is memorable because of our trip to Calaguas Island! This summer I had been planning a trip to the beach for my family when I got an opportunity to visit Calaguas Island with the team of Calaguas iAdventure headed by Mark Ramirez. We scheduled our trip for April 15-17, 3 days and 2 nights. Trips especially for families with kids can be difficult. Tour organizers make it so much easier because they provide you with an itinerary, transportation and food and lodging.

Calaguas Island is not developed having no commercial establishments. They’re trying to preserve the pureness of island life. A trip to the island is one that consists of sleeping on the beach, sharing the common bathroom area and pumping water for your bathroom needs.

However, don’t let that discourage you. As someone who can be a bit on the sensitive side when it comes to amenities, I didn’t find it difficult. Under the care of Mark and his team the bathroom situation is livable.

Getting There:

From the get go we knew it would be quite a trip. We took a taxi to the Superlines Cubao terminal to catch the 10pm bus to Daet. There was a mix up with the buses though so we ended up leaving at around 10:40pm

Travelling with 3 kids I thought would have been hard but since I had 2 teens who could occupy themselves and a behaved 5 year old the trip went surprisingly well.

When we reached Daet we were picked up by Jay who offers his van for travel with Calaguas iAdventure. We had a quick breakfast at Jollibee and headed to the port.

This was where I got a little nervous because I don’t know how to swim and it would be a 2 hour boat ride to Calaguas Island. Surprisingly, the ride was pretty smooth. The surroundings were amazing and really breathtaking the farther out we got.

Tip: Make sure you wear clothes you’re prepared to get wet in because when you get off the boat in Calaguas you’ll get wet. Also make sure you have a waterproof bag and keep your cellphone in a waterproof case.

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As we neared the island the water was crystal clear blue. Absolutely wondrous. The sand was the kind of white that you look for.

We arrived on a Friday morning and since it was a weekday there weren’t as many vacationers.

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Where we stayed:

We had a cottage on the beach front and a tent set up next to it where we would be sleeping.

The cottage is great for hanging out, having meals, and drying off in between swims.

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There are a couple types of cottages depending on how many you are.

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Tents are provided and you pretty much have your pick. You can also bring your own though and pitch where there’s space.

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Not all areas of the beach have bathrooms, fortunately, Mark and his team have provided one that is sufficient for going number 1, 2 and taking a bath.

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You’ll need to get your own pail of water whenever you need to go to the bathroom or take a bath. Be ready to get some muscle work in while pumping.

Tip: Pump the water by making sure the lever goes all the way up and down. You get more water that way.

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Near where we were set up is a sari sari store where we consumed an insane amount of halo halo and soft drinks.

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Now that we’ve pretty much got everything down check out our pictures from our 3 days and 2 nights stay on Calaguas Island.

Day 1

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Photo credit: Sebastian Mercado

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Photo credit: Sebastian Mercado

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Photo credit: Sebastian Mercado

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Photo credit: Kianna Mercado

Day 2

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Meals during your stay are provided and though as simple as the meals are it seems doubly delicious under the warm sun and refreshing view of the sea.

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Kianna went trekking and I would have loved to go but I wasn’t comfortable bringing Jael with me to a steep hill. When he’s bigger and we get the chance to go back this is definitely on my list.

Pics by Kianna Mercado

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We went island hopping which was more of a rock climbing experience. Honestly, this part terrified me because I was with Jael and the rock formations were sharp and steep.

Credits to us though because we successfully climbed it to the other side. On the other side of this island was a hill that you could climb for Instagram worthy pics. We decided to stick to land though and swam instead.

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At night Calaguas iAdeventure sets up a mini bar for some cocktails and music.

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We were entertained with fire dancing and were lucky because they don’t have fire dancing every weekend.

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Day 3

On Sunday morning you could see that the beach was full of boats. I was really thankful that we came in on a Friday morning and had a boat free beach.

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We decided to walk on the beach and I could see the difference in the way that the beach was being taken care of in Mark’s section.

Mark and his team were one of the first to start a tour organization on Calaguas. They don’t aim to amass thousands of clients rather a solid core of  guests who return and refer their services because of the more than satisfactory experience they had.

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The boat ride back was a different story. Since we were leaving after lunch the waves were stronger. The coast guard on Mark’s team safely secured Jael which gave me a sign of just how strong the waves would be.

Needless to say, we were soaking wet when we reached the port.

This is one adventure we’ll definitely look back on and wish to revisit.

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Calaguas iAdventure Team headed by Mark & Sheila Ramirez. Thank you so much for a wonderful vacation and memorable trip!

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43 thoughts on “Calaguas Island Summer Adventure

  1. Super ganda talaga kapag naprepreserve yung mga na beaches especially if hindi talaga sya commercialized. And by the looks of the pictures, it seemed like you & your family had a very wonderful summer!

  2. Thank you for featuring me on your blog. My pleasure to entertain you guys. Hope you and your family had fun that night. 🙂

    -yourfiredancer

  3. Ang ganda saka ang saya! It will take a lot of convincing for my husband to agree to a trip like this, but perhaps if he sees how beautiful the place is, he’d think that the igib and the tent part will be worth it. 🙂

  4. Havent been to Calaguas and I would like to go there with my family. They will surely enjoy the tent experience and the water. Perhaps in the near future as I do not want to travel that long with an eight-month baby in tow. The photos are really inviting. Ihihi.

  5. The view is amazing. The place you’ve stayed is absolutely stunning. However I don’t know if I could do it like that. Not having a bathroom is difficult for me. Do I sound spoiled now? Haha

  6. Hey, nice. Far but without the tourists traps, this makes the destination solid! Imagine after spending several hours on a bus, then off and how it must feel once you set your eyes on the beach!

  7. Ang ganda ng dagat! Beautiful paradise indeed. With the photoa you shared, i am sure you enjoyed. Would love to go here next time!

    • Hi Ana, it’s a Filipino dessert made of crushed ice with evaporated milk that has boiled sweet beans, coconut, sago, gulaman (agar jelly), fruits and topped with a slice of flan.

  8. This may seem weird, but I’m really thankful for bloggers like you, that actually give practical advice on travelling to a certain place. Like you informing people that they need to bring a waterproof bag because they are going to get wet. Maybe is sounds stupid. but not a lot of people actually give helpful and practital travelling tips

  9. Amazing view of the beach! The color of the water is like turquoise gem and the white powdery sands contrast it. All the long hours on the road is worth I think as you can experience beautiful nature like this.

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