Dear Calaguas, You Are So Worth It…
“Time stops in Calaguas” is my one and only tweet while I was in the island. Not that there is no cellphone signal (the island has 3 signal sites, called “signalan” by the locals) but because I was soooooo “busy.” I was reading an article by Pico Iyer entitled “Why We Travel.”
I was “busy” walking half-naked on its long pristine white beach.
I was “busy” having a conversation with Clara, my travel buddy at that time.
We were busy playing with sand and swimming on its clear azure waters.
We were “busy” preparing rice and fish.
We were “busy” having coffee or eating some bananas and daranghita.
We were “busy” just lying on our sarongs waiting for the sun to set.
We were “busy” thinking of random things.
We were actually “busy” doing nothing.
For a moment, we forgot the time and day.
I’m publishing some of what I wrote in my travel notebook,
“I think describing this place as “magayon” is an understatement. Clara, my travel buddy can’t seem to find a perfect way to describe this piece of paradise. Oh yes, she said that “the most beautiful I ever seen”… Calaguas is so magnificent. Last night we were just lying on the beach and trying to count the stars (this is the most stars I’ve seen so far). We saw some fireflies and enjoyed the night as the waves serenade us before we went to sleep… We woke up around 6:00am, with the quarter moon about to say goodbye and the orange sun begin to peep. I really don’t mind waking up each day of my life with this view.”
The almost 8-hour trip from Naga City to Calaguas was so worth it. It was not a mistake to choose you over Caramoan, dear Calaguas.
Again, I say to you dear island paradise, you are so worth it! You did not disappoint.
Naga-Daet: 2:30 hours (van); Daet-Labo: 30 minutes (van); Market at Labo: 30 minutes; Labo-Paracale: 1 hour (bus); Waiting for the passenger boat at Paracale: 1 hour; Paracale-Bgry. Mangcawayan: 2:15 hours (boat); Brgy. Mangcawayan-Mahabang Buhangin: 15minutes (walking)
Check my Calaguas Travel Guide: The Cheapest Way Possible if you are planning to visit the famed island.
Except for the first photo (from Joanne’s camera), all shots are from Clara.