Mahabang Buhangin or Halabang Baybay is a gorgeous long stretch of white sand and prestine waters in Tinaga Island, Bicol Region. This is part of the Calaguas Group of Islands in Camarines Norte, Philippines.
You can be captured by its beauty! This unspoiled island has very clear water with seems to have little gems when stroked by the sun that sparks and can truly amaze you. Not to mention, the fine white sand is gorgeous! Camping Fee is 100php per person. You can rent cottages (kubo) which vary in prices (350 php to 700 php). You can do kayak, snorkeling, hiking, sunset viewing, beach volleyball, photoshoot, soul searching, walking along the long shoreline and a lot more. There are plenty of activities you can do that can make your stay worthwhile. Please note that there is no phone signal in the island. There is a generator that can give light at night. There are little huts for taking bath or changing clothes. There are fresh water pumps available too. There are available stores in the island if ever you need anything else.
There are lots of travel packages available due to the increase popularity of the island to the travelers. However, here is a little DIY travel guide for adventurer backpackers.
How to get there:
Via Bus: You can ride bus form Pasay or Cubao going to Daet. Fare cost is approximately 450 to 700 pesos.
Via Airplane: Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific flies daily to Naga airport. From Naga, there are shuttles or bus going to Daet. Shuttle van on Naga Van Terminal/ LCC mall costs 180 pesos.
There ware two port that can transfer you to Calaguas. One is from Vinzon port in Daet and the other is from Paracale port (an hour ride away from Daet). Please note that there are van going to Paracale which costs 60pesos per person. The group choose to go from Paracale as this is somehow faster way to Calaguas (about two hours boat ride). You may contact Mang Boy at +63908-546-0683. He is very reliable and his boats have life vests. Our boat man, Kuya Obet is very kind and highly recommended. Please note that the boats are fishing boats which are relatively small. Best time to go is during summer. Always hope for calm water because it would be somehow dangerous to travel.
Where to stay:
This is an island with no hotels or resorts built yet. You can really enjoy overnight stay at the tent. Doing camping, with bonfire, and cool breeze from the sea is must try! Discover the beauty of the unspoiled island.
What to eat:
DIY lunch, dinner and breakfast! Isn’t it exciting? You can buy food to be grilled at the market near the fish ports. The boatmen can help you prepare the place on which you can cook. The cooking part is somehow hard but really fun! There are available stores for sodas, beers, and etc.
Here is a sample Calaguas itinerary:
Please note that the group went from Legaspi city for the Legaspi Albay (Mayon) tour before heading to Calaguas.
|2:00 pm – 4:00 pm||Travel from Legaspi to Naga|
|4:00:00 pm – 6:00 pm||Travel from Naga to Daet|
|6:00 pm – 8:00 pm||Travel from Daet to Paracale|
|8:00 pm – 10:00 pm||Check in at Paracale and dinner|
|10:00 PM||Sleep time|
|6:00 am – 7:00 am||Breakfast|
|7:00 am -8:00 am||Marketing (buying food and stuffs)|
|8:00 am – 10:00 am||Paracale to Mahabang Buhangin (Calaguas)|
|10:00 am -11:00 am||Fixing tent, preaparing lunch|
|11:00 am – 12:30 noon||LUNCH|
|12:30pm – 4:30 PM||Beach bumming, snorkling,chilling, beach volleyball, swimming|
|4:30 pm – 5:30 pm||Prepare for Dinner|
|5:30 pm – 7:00 pm||DINNER/ Sunset viewing|
|7:00 pm onwards||Chilling/ Happy hours!|
|10:00 PM||Sleep time|
|5:30 AM||Wake up time|
|6:00 am to 7:00 am||BREAKFAST|
|7:00 am – 10:00 am||Swimming, hiking|
|10:00 am to 11:00 am||Fixing things, preparation for departure|
|11:00 am till 1:00 pm||Travel from Mahabang Buhangin to Paracale (note: the boat men brought us to other beach of Calaguas and Fish sanctuary)|
|1:00 pm – 2:00 pm||LUNCH|
|2:00 PM||Departure to Manila|