My summer has just begun, in Calagua Group of Islands.
Located in the quiet town of Vinzons in Camarines Norte, it took us a good 8-hour bus ride to get there from Manila. Vinzons as the jump off point, it will take another 2 hours aboard a small banca to reach the white soft sandy beaches of Calaguas.
We stayed in Mahabang Buhangin (Long Beach), camping style. Although not far from us is a campsite where beachcombers from Manila are also camped out – Paris Hilton style – buffet meals, generators, toilets and bath. That camp is a regular program organized by the provincial tourism office, where tourists are literally transported to Calaguas in style. But I think it defeats the purpose and essence of camping – being one with nature, going back to basics, getting dirty, forgetting the conveniences of a fast, wild world. But anyway, to each, his own preference. I just hope that this kind of camping won’t turn into one big noisy beach parties in the future. That will totally negate the serenity of island.
This is my second time to go island camping, and truth is, it is addictive. It makes me think of buying camping gears for my forthcoming adventures – my own tent, cooking set, backpack, and of course, every camper’s gadget- a DSLR camera.
Enjoy the rest of the photos I took using my Panasonic Lumix FX30…
By the way, thanks to Dell’s Moymoy for ably organizing this trip, Phrasyant for the Indian cultural induction, Ghian for bringing me in and to Kuya Boy and entourage for very the warm reception.