It was an APEC week and we were advised to stay out of manila so we couldn’t be #APECtado by the horrendous traffic. Aside from that, it was also our sembreak. (Yehey!) Because I adore the tranquility of the sea, i really thought of going to a beach for this short-time vacay. At first,i was just thinking about Batangas but thank God,He gave me one that i could check out of my bucketlist-Calaguas.
Good thing i saw this post of an outdoor group, the same group that organized our hiking in Pico de Loro last June. It seems as if I was destined to go to that place. Lovely!The post was from Sir mike(Michael Vincent) and Sir Ger.(they are,i think,combo in their adventure trips) Luckily,i was able to reserve a slot for me and my cousin,Justine.
Our meeting place was in All day mart in Starmall alabang. Since we were running late for our 9pm call time,we opted to ride the taxi and pay the skyway toll.(Budget:around 600php. )
So there, we met new set of people. We did not know each other yet,so we didn’t talk that much.We left at about 10:15pm and slept the whole duration. Then,we had a stopover at Mcdo gumaca,where we had midnight snack.
We reached the port going to the island of calaguas at around 6.30am. This is the one located at Vinson. At first, we were kind of confused where the port was because the place is like full of bushes,plants and trees. (How would you even know?) So anyway, we are talking about the port. There we met tita mely(correct me if I heard a wrong name).They have a sari-sari store. That was also where our boat was waiting. However, we couldn’t leave yet because we had to wait for the water level to become low.
I’m telling you the waves were huge enough to rock our boat as if we are on rio grande ride at an amusement park.
Before the boat ride, I advise that you change your clothes into a ready-to-get-wet outfit and place your gadgets inside ziplocks. Make sure your bags are Waterproof and sealed.
They said the waves can also be stronger at times.Although,the boatmen put our bags on the compartment at the bottom of the boat,it is advisable that you place them in plastic bags. So bring one for your bag.(a big transparent bag costs 15php at tita mely’s).
Our boat ride took 3hrs,which is longer from what we expected bec the waves were against us (So for those who have hypoglycemic tendencies,i suggest that you bring snacks with you.) This had been a perfect time for us to know each other as we talked about the scenery and the waves.(wooo!!talking about screaming while riding the waves)
WELCOME TO CALAGUAS ISLAND
Excited as we are, we took pictures of the island in to which we were going to. We could already see the nipa huts and the tents erected before the shoreline. The icy water, although it looks cool, was warm. And I couldn’t contain my excitement. We reached the calaguas island at around 11:30am.
So we ate suman and bread for snacks that sir Mike gave. Some of us already started to build their tent and rested. It was a free time for everyone to talk about anything literally under the sun,then we ate lunch they prepared.(They provided 6meals. )
We also had a basic lecture of aerodynamics,spearheaded by sir mike, just for us to have ideas how airplanes,birds and gliders fly. It was really informative. We tried to do some paragliding that afternoon but the wind was against us. So we did it the next day.(More about this on the next blog)
That night and the next, we lit sky lanterns (cool,another first time for me) and had fun group drinking games. It was as if we have already known each other even before this trip. We clicked . We had laughed so hard all throughout. We played 7up,”I object”,”the person who is most likely”.We also played “kate-gory”as suggested by sir Ger but he did a lot of bloopers that made him the laughing stock.We laughed until we hurt our stomachs.In the end, he got most of the shots.(hahaha)
The next morning,we had trekking with the local kids as our guides.
They are happy kids and they also like posing and jumping in front of the cameras like us.
I fell in love with the overlooking scenery of the blue sea and the waves.It was a bit hot because of the sun’s rays but I could feel the wind touching my face as I smile in front of the picturesque creation of God. oooh, what a natural stimulant.
We also had island hopping but into only one island. It also has a nice view. you can see the the change in the direction of the waves.You should go there to see it too.That is where we had done the snorkeling.
Of course,we have to experience the sea and its white sand.
Well, this is to summarize the itineraries that what we had during our stay. The time is not indicated because the activities are based on the weather;so it was flexible.
- -Sky lantern Flying
- -group games,socialization
- – Swimming
- -Island Hopping
- -Visit Fishing village
- – Sky Lantern Flying.
- -karaoke and socialization
- -ride a boat back home
- -buy pasalubong at jannas
We were not able to go to bagasbas beach for skim boarding, surfboarding, and Paramotor Flying because some of us have work that evening.I guess those are things to look forward to for the next visit:)
Overall, i found this trip very remarkable. It is a wholesome land,water and air adventure.Moreover,it is my first time to experience to camp out and to go paragliding. I do not have any tent but they were able to provide us one. (Ask them first so you will be sure that you will have something to use)
Well,i wouldn’t say i didn’t have any difficulty but I definitely liked the experience and probably be looking forward for the next camping out. I had nothing to worry about.The organizers provided 6meals. Some of us brought some snacks to share.Plus, there was a store beside us.There were even selling halo-halo(35php). Some kids are roaming around to sell buko salad ice candy(10php) which is delicious.
I forgot to mention that Calaguas island only have electricity at night so you better prepare your powerbanks. They have deep well as source of water .they have bathrooms (But it is so small so make sure that you only bring the things you need inside)
You will also experience utmost peace since there is no wifi and network signal. Before the boat ride, make sure you inform everyone left at home that you are going to this island or else you will have to hike into the hill just to text or “check in”.
PASALUBONG ,of course
If there is one thing that i regret,I wish i bought more pili roll and pili tart. Now,i am craving for more!somebody get me more pls:)haha
(if you want to try out their adventure,like their page on FB :FlyXtreme Adventure Club.They are very accomodating. You can also contact sir michael or sir ger orcheck out fb outdoor groups as he constantly posts on to thwir walls. They would be happy to have you on the trip.)