How i wish i had the opportunity before to travel and enjoy this beautiful and pristine beach of Bantayan way back early 2000s, but hey friends I have no regrets i can always pack my bag and stay there for a night or two.
Planned to visit the island like two years ago and was cancelled for some reasons…
I booked my ticket Manila to Tuguegarao last year given i wasn’t fortunate to get Batanes(top on my list to visit in 2015) to i decided to try my luck with my second bests, yahoo!
With a lot going on at the office (i have no regrets nor questions)…packed my bag and took the challenge to go on a solo trip to the North.
Friends provided details of tour package, hostels, food, and others, I ended up contacting a very nice Kuya Nanding who gave me information as to how much will be the estimated amount minus food and hostel. It was way above high my budget and I can’t afford, I used my little knowledge in haggling and all, he decided to do his best to tour me within my budget and no worries needed. On top of his assurance was the generous offer to stay at their humble home to save more for the hostel for a night or two. I am in my right mind to say YES! It’s an offer a backpacker will never pass.
The hospitality shown by the Nanding Cabutin’s Family was superb, I am forever grateful!
As early as March I planned to travel as many place as possible…and yes I started to uncover one of backpacker’s dream destination in Bicol region and that thing called paradise – Calaguas.
Calaguas is a group of islands in the Philippine province of Camarines Norte. It includes the major islands of Tinaga Island and Guintinua Island, the minor Maculabo Island, as well as several other minor islands. Wikipedia
I have to quote the Kuya driver who was nice to be our ride for our day tour at Dakak, “Dapitan City is just a history city without Dakak and the Jaloslos”. I have friends from Dapitan and Dipolog but the only thing I am familiar about these cities is Jose Rizal, his life and works the time he was exiled years before his Bagumbayan execution. Pretty much nice place and spacious too, villas are available for those planning to stay for a night or more. Food and amenities are good and staff too, the powdery white sand and breeze made our day tour fantastic.