05:10 in the morning, the bus just dropped us at Talobatib junction in Camarines Norte. Our butts were still numb from the 8-hour road trip from Manila.
Superlines Bus: Manila-Talobatib Junction
Our fare was cheaper(P450.00) because the bus line was offering an Anniversary Discount by the time we traveled to Camarines Norte. On regular days, fare is P510.00
|Talobatib Junction at 6 in the morning|
Online infos say that we could wait for buses going to Paracale at this junction, so we waited... waited... and waited. But no bus bound for Paracale passed by.
|my college buddies at the tricycle terminal at Talobatib Junction|
The locals in the area said that we'll have to wait for 2 hours more since the first trip going to Paracale is still at 7am (what?). To wait for that long could cause delays in our itinerary, so after waiting for about an hour, we just decided to rent a tricycle for a special trip to Paracale (P250/trip).
In about 30 mins, we reached the gold town Paracale.
|we asked the tricycle to just drop us at Paracale Church, an old stone church that had just celebrated its 400th foundation.|
Kevin of kevinthetravelboy.blogspot.com was our local contact in this trip. Actually, it was him who arranged the boat for the whole group (oh yeah, big thanks kuya). He fetched us at the church and welcomed us to their house. We then headed out to the market to buy some provisions for our overnight stay in Calaguas.
Paracale is just a small mining/fishing town, important establishments like the market, the church, the port, and the bus terminal are all accessible by foot. Walking around wouldn't hurt really, it's practical and healthy.
By 09:30 AM, we're all ready to battle the waves of the Pacific Ocean. We walked towards the fishport and boarded our boat right away. A lot of boats of all sizes are found at Paracale fishport, there were small boats with 5 capacity, mediums for 15 people and large boats fit for 30. I think people who wishes to visit Calaguas can arrange service boats right there and then. But of course, prearranging a boat is still the best option.
Boat from ParacaleKuya Allan - 09194402646Capacity - 30 people *includes life vestsStandard Rate - 13,000 (still negotiable)
|aboard our big boat|
|Calaguas, here we come!|
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Viaje Camarines Norte Series, April 21-23, 2012
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Viaje Camarines Norte | Calaguas Islands via Paracale
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Viaje Camarines Norte | Solo Trek to Calaguas Hills
Viaje Camarines Norte | Surfing at Bagasbas Beach
Viaje Camarines Norte | First Rizal Monument
Viaje Camarines Norte | Malatap Falls