Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Calaguas Island Adventure - Swim and Hike Day

Day 2 - We woke up early at 4:30AM while most of the other guests were still asleep. We rushed to change into our swimming attires and took a walk on the shore hoping to get a glimpse of the sunrise.

Where dusk meets dawn

Good Morning Calaguas!

We walked and walked until we reached the end of the shore. Don't mind our bagong gising looks! We took the opportunity to take pictures everywhere haha it's not everyday that we get to see such wonderful view every morning!

Basically, we spent our first two hours swimming and trying out the skim board while waiting for breakfast. The use of skim board is free as part of the package but they only have one so we just had a brief moment with it as other guests were waiting to borrow it also. Early morning swimming gave me goosebumps! The water was awfully cold. The sea breeze made it even more chilly!

After breakfast, we changed into our hiking clothes. Hiking is also part of the tour package. We will traverse Tinago Hill as per Kuya Mark, our guide.

As far as I can remember, the hike took more or less 1 hour to go up and down. I was just wearing flip flops but thankfully the trail turned out to be okay than I expected.

 Tinago Hill in Pictures 

The Up hill trail - Almost there

The quiet, peaceful life

I want to wake up everyday with this view!

Seeing the rest of Mahabang Buhangin from the top

Going back to the beach proper

After hiking, we just ate lunch and prepared our things. We were scheduled to leave at 2PM. I can't believe how fast time flies! We just got there and now we're leaving :(

Tents set up on the beach amidst the scorching heat

We spent another 2 hours to get back to Paracale Port. We were supposed to surf at Bagasbas Beach as the last part of the itinerary but our guide said that waves are not present during that time of the year. With that, our Calaguas Island adventure officially came to an end. We were happy with our summer getaway, I just wished we could have stayed longer.

The place is definitely a piece of heaven. Simple living at it's finest. The beauty of God's creation at it's best.

Friendly reminders that you may want to take into account before planning your trip :)

There are no hotels or rooms of any kind - please bring tents with you if you do not wish to avail a tour package. 

As for the water, the island's source of water comes from a deep well. You have to pay 10 pesos per pale. You can't expect much from the toilet either as it is very basic but clean. 

There is no electricity and cellphone signal. 

If you are not going to avail a tour package, bring lots of food and water as they only have a simple sari sari store with limited merchandise.

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