A grueling 20-hour travel that ends nice—to real virgin natural attractions
Your castaway dreams can be made of this: 20 hours of butt-numbing bus ride and (literally) a rocking boat ride to get to far flung Calayan, part of the Babuyan Group of Islands at the northernmost tip of Luzon, 528 kilometers north of Manila.
Calayan’s main lure are its wildness and complete detachment from the world allowing you to enjoy its virgin natural attractions all by yourself—or except for maybe a local or two. It’s fabled for its white-sand beaches, stunningly blue lagoons,and beautiful hills particularly Nagudungan Hills, which offers a breathtaking view of the island’s three coves Caniwara, Sibang and Cababaan. Trek to Bangaan Hills for an IG-worthy ocean view of Calayan.
- Take a Florida or RJC bus in Sampaloc Manila bound for Claveria, Cagayan, a 13-hour ride.
- Get off at Claveria bus station, then take a tricycle going to the Claveria port.
- Hop on a lampitaw, a native outrigger boat, to Calayan, a five- to seven-hour boat ride depending on the sea conditions.
- Boats leave at 5am and 9am only. Pre-book your boat transfers.
TPS Homestay owned by Tessie Pimentel Singun offers an accommodation priced at Php300 (USD6) per night and Php120 per meal for each person. She can also help with boat hire. Call days in advance to book.
Mobile number: +63929 837 5737
Photo by Norma Rei Villamater