Monday, May 31, 2010

paracale gateway to calaguas

in a tropical country like the Philippines one would rarely end a summer without a trip to the nearby resorts or the many beautiful beaches. every year i made sure that i get to visit at least three beaches.this year, on top of my list is Camarines Norte's Calaguas group of islands. Southeast of Manila North of Paracale. one of the gateway to this island is a town where agriculture, fishing and gold panning is the main source of living.it's not the usual provincial town in the country, where houses and stores would close before 8pm or even earlier. here bakeries and restaurants are open until 2am and sometimes until 4am. mainly because the mining site operates even at night.one can easily walk around the whole town with the church, the national hero's park and a mini gymnasium at its center. people may seem to be unfriendly at first but like most Filipinos are always ready to help an guide you to its docking area.this is not usually the preferred jump-off point to Calaguas because of the limited trips to this town from Metro Manila and the unavailability of an aircon bus. but the way here is relatively closer than from Daet and that the boat trip to Calaguas is shorter.the experience of visiting this fishing and mining town, and a shorter route makes it a good option to Calaguas. but taking the route via Daet is the most advisable because it has more bus trips and most of the boats there has life vests as they are more used to bringing tourists to the island.how to get to Paracale: one can drive to the town of Paracale which can take 8 to 9 hours depending on the traffic and the stopover one makes along the way. by bus, one can take a direct trip to Paracale taking Philtranco bus lines at Pasay terminal. concern here is they don't have an aircon bus and the trips are not as frequent as the ones that goes to Daet.

21 comments:

I am Xprosaic said...

Very payak...so different from the busy streets of the metro... nice! nice!

eunice said...

hey Dong ho I m really amazed! do u visit the beach n resort every weekend?!! :D envy

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

yung kulay ng mga bangka- humahalintulad sa bumabangkay bandila!

again dong! nice article!

sa simple makikita ang ganda ng kalikasan!

princess_dyanie said...

wow calaguas series na!

Nanaybelen said...

I like the the 2nd pic. Amazing!

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

I imagine Paracale to be a busy town from what you described and it surprised me of the limited transport available from Manila.

Ailee Verzosa said...

cool!!! and i agree, i also like the second picture...

Redlan said...

I like the banca photo most. colorful!

pusang kalye said...

mailap ang Bicol sakin pero diko tatantanan tong Calaguas na to. hehe

Lawstude said...

yoohoo. calaguas series na. two-times the fun to. :)

nuts said...

ready na ko! tagal ko na hinintay nito ah.. Calaguas!! yan ang kaiba sa pagtravel mo, that even the smallest detail na di napapansin ng iba, nabibigyan mo ng space dito sa eskapo. ok, now im ready.. take me to Calaguas via Eskapo..

docgelo said...

i like the third photo. perhaps like you, i had a thing with boats. nasabi ko na ata iyon sa iba mong posts.

Photo Cache said...

oh i love the boat images. i would have thought that you would target at least 5 beaches a summer.

our beaches here on norcal are never like the ones you feature. the water is cold and the fog always rolls around halfway thru the pm hours.

SandyCarlson said...

The colors and the quantity of boats are astounding. So very beautiful.

Bengbeng said...

where r the vietnam pics

BlogusVox said...

donG, mukhang liblib na pook na yang pinupuntahan mo ah.

the scud said...

sabay-sabay pa mga posts natin with lawstude. great minds think alike nga. nyahaha.

great pics dong!

Ax said...

Ang simple simple lang. Mukhang hindi ako makakatagal dahil wala masyadong technology.. pero actually, alam kong tatagal ako dyan dahil gusto ko na buong buwan, eh, makapunta ako sa lugar na ganyan kasimple at mamuhay. yey!

Pietro said...

That church is so charming. Another beautiful trip, I enjoy all the pictures! :-)

Luna Miranda said...

there's no such thing as "unfriendly" in the Philippines, especially in the provinces. shy lang ang mga Pinoy sa umpisa.:p

siguro mura ang isda dito 'no? sarap!:p

Heart of Rachel said...

It's great that you take time to visit several new and interesting places each year.

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