Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Camarines Norte: Calaguas Islands

Summer comes quite early in the year for countries here in the tropics. It has been getting a little bit hotter now, especially in the daytime, rising up 32 to 34 degrees. Quite warm. This is precisely the cue city-dwellers take to start planning trips to the many famous beaches the Philippines is known for. Not us though. We went to the beach, yes. But not to one famous.

Calaguas, Camarines Norte

The Calaguas Islands are a group of several islands located two hours from the eastern coast of Camarines Norte, right within the Philippine Sea. One of the two major islands in the group, Tinaga, has this long stretch of untouched beach with blindingly white sand and crystal-clear turquoise waters. Locals simply refer to it as Mahabang Buhangin (Tagalog for "Long Sand").