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Rough Ridin' the waves to Paradise

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Way, way, way back when things permitted us to be able to travel a lot, me and my friends decided to take a break and do something "over the weekend". It has been like that for us since we all realized we are that group we can say "Let's go" and we will all be packing up immediately.

Our target this time : Calaguas Island.

Calaguas Island is located in the province of Camarines Norte in Bicol Region.

We took a bus bound for Daet going there. The ride took almost eight hours. Coming from work, that was a good long hours of sleep along the way. We stayed in one of the houses in Paracale for the night since the boatman we were contacting will not be ready until the next day early morning.

That time, the weather was starting to get unfriendly. On our way to Paracale, we heard a news that a low pressure is starting to brew in the area. When we explored the area of the place we were staying in near the port area, the waves were already crashing in a little angry than normal. But of course, we are not backing out.

From that place we were staying, we were still bound to set out on a 2-hour boat ride to Calaguas Island. The owner of the place we were staying in also grew concerned. She was telling us to consider no longer going to Calaguas Island. We can stay there with them and we can consider surfing instead should the weather the next day becomes friendlier.

Going to places you are not familiar with, it is sometimes wise to listen to the locals. However, when we asked the boatman he says that the travel to the Island will be smooth. We got his number from other groups in social media who was able to go to Calaguas Island previously. "Mang Boy" that is his name. When you get two different local answers, which one would you choose?

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We chose to trust the boat man. So we set for the next day schedule. We went to the market to buy our food. There were no resorts then in that Island. It is close to bare with only a small hut to rent. Good thing one of my friends then had her cook set with her.

not to forget my liempo
always adobo ;) always coke as well

We went out before the rain started to pour in. We rode a boat with no roof or some sort. We were exposed in the open sea with waves starting to get nasty and nastier by the minute. Mang Boy had our stuff tucked under the compartment of the boat so it will not get too wet. As we go farther and farther out, the waves became bigger and bigger. And Mang Boy was also telling us a story of how there was one group the previous week whose boat capsized because of the big waves.

We were laughing and staring at Mang Boy who was smilingly telling us this while we were already drenched, screaming and laughing from the boat ride.

This went on for the whole hour and a half ride. After we were able to cross the part of where the waves were broken by the islets, it was suddenly calm. Like nothing happened.

dip after the crazy ride waiting for sunset

The moment you set foot on the sand of Calaguas Island you will know that the thrilling ride going there was worth it.

Again we almost had the island to ourselves. We rented the small hut and settled there.

There was no electricity as well then. The bath area still uses the water pump to get water.

portion of the view from the hut we stayed in

They say, there is a resort there now. Like really established. I know a lot of people go there for the summer and the night party or some sort. I'm glad we were able to visit the place long before it got a little too "improved".

That night, the rain poured in as well. But thankfully we were already settled in the hut. The hut that fits the three of us just right - no one can move.

Pre-covid there were a lot of travel and tours going to Calaguas. And most say there were still instances that they do experience their boats getting turned over. Hehe.


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Seeing your photo of the beach makes me calm and relax, feels like im smelling the water and hearing the waves now

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1 week ago

Thank you Jaytee! Pictures does that, no? I miss the beach too!

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1 week ago

That was brilliant fun wee pp. It is awesome going to places where so called civilisation has not affected them. When places are too popular I get turned off by them!

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1 week ago

True uncle. Civilization ruins its natural beauty.

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1 week ago

Hello Pichi. That liempo and adobo really are signs of being a Filipino. Nagutom tuloy ako.

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1 week ago

hehe hello Marinov! The easiest to cook and non spoiling pag outing. Sakto malapit na dinner! kain po!

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1 week ago

D pa ako nakapag calaguas

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1 week ago

targetin na yaaaaan!

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1 week ago

I love the view Pichi. It's perfect. It's perfect place to unwind...❤️

God bless you Pichi..🙏❤️

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1 week ago

Thank you Ramona! yes it is a good place to unwind!

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1 week ago

You're always welcome pichi.. yes it's perfect.❤️

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1 week ago

"When you get two different local answers, which one would you choose?" Simple. Always listen to the one who has no vested interest. Get my drift? It's 'hotel' owner vs 'boat' owner. Go to the street and ask to get a third or fourth opinion. :)

As for me, I'd err towards not going cause I hated rough seas. I'd have vomited in the boat to the brim if I had to go through that kinda rough water. But glad you guys tough it out and had a great time.

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1 week ago

Wahaha I know right? Both with vested interest.. we chose the one with the smell of "adventure".

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1 week ago

All I can say is ... respect! lol.

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1 week ago

lols! yas to respect!

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1 week ago

Ahahaha, bad ni Mang Boy frenny, parang tinatakot la kayo. For sure kabang kaba na kayo non ano, aguyy ang lalakas ng loob nyo. If ako yan mas susundin ko ung sa naunang nagsabi na wag na tumuloy. But well, nakarating naman kayo ng matiwasay kaya oks na rin. Anyways, ang ganda jan, maganda sana if may drinking session tapos magpapalipas ng gabk jan sa dalampasigan UwU. Tapos masisilayan nyo ang pag ahon ng araw mula sa kanyang kinahihimlayan 🤩🤩🤩. Wahhh, gusto ko ng ganooon 💙💙😨

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1 week ago

Hahhaha frenny oo. Tinanong pa namin siya nun "kuya eto yung smooth?" Hahaha.. sabi niya naman oo daw .

Ganun na nga ata ngayun dun frenny. Pede na drink to sunrise session.

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1 week ago

Hahaha ay baka sanay na sya sa ganoon ano. Baka maalam syang nagtantya ng kung anong mangyayari sa dagat, uwu.

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1 week ago

Mukhang yun nga ang "NORMAL" niya. As in kami lang takot.. sya kalmado.. natatawa sa sigaw namin ganun.

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1 week ago

About 10 hours travel? I wouldn't mind as long as I can have a place to relax and that place is wonderful! Lovely people too :)

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1 week ago

Yes. As long as sulit. ^_^

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1 week ago

Korek! Importante un experience.

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1 week ago

Masaya pa niyan d pa super developed. Nun time na yan. Kaya lalong ang saya

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1 week ago

Mas maganda sa akin pag ganyan na di pa gano nadevelop. Mas malinis din.

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1 week ago

Ang sarap naman jan, Pich! May pabuko pa!

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1 week ago

Yes ati.. ka soft din ng sand sarap gumulong papunta dun sa ilalim ng buko tree

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1 week ago

Iba cya dito wala kaming niyog sa beach hehe

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1 week ago

Tinatry ko nga recall if meron.. wala nga ba?... Malinis yung stretch ng beach ng elyu tama tama

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1 week ago

Yes! As in sand and waves lang. Except mga resorts sa tabi.

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1 week ago

I wonder how elyu looked before...

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1 week ago

sa ibang town like Bauang, madaming nyog sa tabi ng beach taz mga fishing boats. mas malinis lng talaga sa San Juan. Pag sa bangdang north madami namang pebbles sa mga beaches dun.

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1 week ago

Iba iba no? Ang galing din ng mga pagkakaiba ng layouts.. Hehe...

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1 week ago

hehe God is fair 🌊

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1 week ago

Good mornight na muna ate!!! 🥴🥴 See you 'gain later!

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1 week ago

nyt, pich. go na den ako 😘😘😘

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1 week ago

And very artistic!!.. Sana snap ng finger makapunta na sa bet puntahan no?

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1 week ago

saya siguro pumunta jan kasama friends noh..ang relaxing nang dagat

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1 week ago

yes mommy kim sobra!.. kapino pang buhangin

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1 week ago

yun nga eh,,,,gustong gusto ko ....pero beach vacation when?????????

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1 week ago

THAT is a very very good question... isipin na lang natin sa ngayon mommy kim.. nature is also healing herself. By the time we get to go out and enjoy her again.. she is super beautiful ulit.

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1 week ago

yeah will do baby...

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