1 April 2016 | Part 4
The first thing that entered my mind as my feet landed on white sand is to cancel my trip to Bali and stay here for a few more days.
The Mahabang Buhangin island of Calaguas isn’t as well-developed as Boracay or Palawan or most of the famous beach destinations in the Philippines. But that only means cleaner waters, unspoiled beaches, lesser crowds and no overly commercialized establishments.
Warning: There is no WiFi in the whole island. You have to climb up a hill or stand in a certain spot to gain access to intermittent phone signal.
You have 2 options for accommodation during your stay in Calaguas. You can either camp in rented tents or sleep in cabanas (small huts with thatched roofs).
I recommend beach camping if you’re traveling with friends and are in the mood for outdoor adventures.
But if you’re like me – tired, old, allergic to crowds and have saved enough money for additional comfort – choose the huts instead.
Waling-Waling EcoVillage is the only proper beach resort in Calaguas (as of our visit). Their huts are not air-conditioned but they are the best option if you don’t want to be crammed inside a tent.
The resort has complete basic facilities and is located on the beach area that is less crowded.
On both ends of the long stretch of white sand are the camping sites, which tend to get noisy and over populated especially during the weekends.
Their huts exceeded my expectations. The staff were the friendliest and the food could feed Goliath! This is the closest you can get to nature, without sacrificing the comfort of your basic needs.
Click on the links below to read more about our awesome experience in this resort.
A day before we were to leave, we had the privilege of meeting and dining with the owner – Mrs. Jasmine Sacay. We spent the whole morning with her undivided attention. We bonded over our life stories and our common faith.
She has the sweetest heart and the toughest spirit. Her resilience and dedication resonate in the beauty and generosity of the resort.
I have nothing but praise for this place. I’m definitely coming back!
|Boat transfer (2-way)||1,000.00||2 people||2,000.00|
|Environmental fee||45.00||2 people||90.00|
|– Breakfast (295 each)||2 people/4 days|
|– Lunch (445 each)||2 people/4 days|
Know more: Waling-Waling website
|Getting there||Trekking||Camping | The night life|
|Arriving at Paracale Port||Kayaking||The departure|
|Welcome to the Island||The rocks||3 travel tips|
|Waling-Waling EcoVillage||Things to do in Calaguas||3 takeaways|