Beaches, Luzon, Philippines

Calaguas Island Hopping Experience

When I wrote my blog post about the beautiful island of Calaguas, I remember mentioning about sharing my island hopping experience there. I apologize if it took me months before sharing this one with you, but I guess this is the most appropriate time because it’s summer!

One of the best things about Calaguas is experienced in the morning. Imagine waking up in this paradise – white sand and clear blue water. And then you’re with your beloved one. Yiihiii!

We had our breakfast first and told our guide that we were going to avail the island tour for an additional fee. Rates is 2,500 Php with maximum number of 15 people.  Mahabang Buhangin is the main island/beach in Calaguas. It is 1.7 km. long stretch of powdery white sand with its pristine water, best enjoyed through beach bumming and swimming. This is where the travelers’ camp.

Calaguas is definitely one of the best beaches in the Philippines. But I discovered that more than its white sand and clear water, being a group of islands, Calaguas offers more that can be experienced by exploring its other islets.

Together with our new found friends who later turned into travel buddies, we embarked on a short 20 minute boat ride going to our first stop, Balagbag Maliit island.


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Welcome to Balagbag Maliit Island in Calaguas!


Balagbag Maliit

Balagbag Maliit suits its name. It’s an islet, so tiny that you could explore its entirety in minutes. Its main spot is the rock formations that you can climb up to get a nice view of the island.

In the middle of these rock formations, there are these natural swimming pools inviting you to take a dip. The water is unbelievably clear.

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very clear water
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New found friends!
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My beautiful madam enjoying the island.

And looking beyond the natural swimming pools, is another island named Balagbag Malaki, the big brother of Balagbag Maliit. LOL!

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That’s Balagbag Malaki Island


Balagbag Malaki Island

Balagbag Malaki, an island perfect for hikers and beach lovers alike. It has a wide white sand shore, but the main attraction can be experienced through a little hiking to this small mountain covered by dramatic landscape and grass.

There’s only one family living on the island as caretakers, a small amount of 20 pesos is collected to every visitor. Balagbag Malaki a different version of Mahabang Buhangin. Still possess this captivating white sand but with a little rough landscape. Hiking is a nice way to have a quick exercise after days of beach bumming.

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Look at that!

On the highest point is a perfect view of the sea and the nearby islands. The sea breeze with grasses and its rugged terrain is perfect for any kind of photo ops. You can do a usual barkada shot or have some captivating nature photography.

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goin’ up!
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Wow! Thanks for the photo Omie

Of course, hiking can be tiring at times. So we need a perfect island suitable for swimming to beat the summer heat. Our next destination was like a small version of Mahabang Buhangin – powdery white sand and clear blue water. And the best part of the story is, there’s no other people on the island except us! Our guide Steve said that this is Pinagtakpan Island.

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I welcome you to Pinagtakpan Island!


Pinagtakpan Island

Approaching Pinagtakpan, I had the same feeling of excitement when we arrived at Mahabang Buhangin, The little hiking from our previous island made us really clamoring for a refreshing swim. Well, Pinagtakpan didn’t fail us. Just look at how much we enjoyed the beach.

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Approaching Pinagtakpan
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Beautiful shot with my beautiful madam hehe Thanks Omie sa photo!
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Enjoy na enjoy! Credit Photo: Omie Tamayo

Before we head back to the main island, our guide brought us in the middle of the sea for some snorkelling experience. The corals underwater is not that stunning like the ones of Anilao, but swimming beside the boat in the middle of the sea is something I consider enjoyable.

And did I mention, we went back to the main island sitting on the boats outrigger(katig) to experience another thrill of adventure?

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going back to the main island.

The main island of Calaguas is an enough reason for you to experience this island. Again, this is one of the best in the Philippines. An island paradise that will literally take your breath away. No exaggerations. I could still remember the first time I saw Calaguas, as our boat approaches. Wow! Truly unforgettable especially by the time I set foot on the island!

I recommend that you complete your Calaguas experience by island hopping! We’re still in the middle of the month of May, what are you waiting for? Have a taste of Calaguas before the summer ends!

For a complete guide to Calaguas, please check this story: Calaguas Island – The Way to a Paradise



  1. Zenaida Pingol

    Planning to go and experience Calaguas Island hop. With your remarkable description of your trip, as if i was with the group exploring too.

    1. Jon Espina Author

      Thanks Zenaida. 🙂 Calaguas is still one of the most beautiful beaches for me. It’s becoming too popular now so you better visit the place before it becomes too commercialized. Happy travels!


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