For those who don't have yet the budget to go to Batanes, why don't visit first the island of Calayan in Cagayan. It's a wonderful paradise in the north that features unspoiled white beaches, breathtaking waterfalls, majestic caves enchanted forest and amazing rock formations.
|Calayan Island (c) Niel Nunez|
Calayan is part of Cagayan province which isthe largest of the Babuyan Islands. It is composed of four islands namely: Calayan proper, Camiguin, Dalupiri and Babuyan Island. Near the island is a beautiful place called Fuga Island which is considered as part of Aparri.
If you are in Calayan Island, don't forget to include on your itinerary these must-see places: Sibang Beach, Bangaan Hills, Malansing Cave and Falls, Sibang Cove, Caniwara Cove, Nagudungan Hills,Lusuk Cave, Bataraw Falls, Caanawan Falls and Tapwakan Cliff.
You will no be bored on this island. There are lots of outdoor activities to indulge with like swimming, snorkeling, caving cliff diving, Humback whale watching (during summer season) and hiking.
How To Get To Calayan Island
- Take a Florida or Victory Liner bound for either Claveria (13hours) or Aparri (14hours) in Cagayan. Bus Terminals are located in Cubao and Manila. Bus Fare is Php500
- From the fishing port in Claveria or the Aparri port, ride a lampitaw (motorized outrigger boat) going to Calayan.
- Boats prefer to leave early in the morning between 5 to 7am where ocean current is on good condition.. Travel Time is around 5-7 hours. Boat rides cost P500 per person.
The fastest way to reach Calayan Island is by air. You can book flight from Manila to Tuguegarao via Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines. Travel time will only take 1 hour and 15 minutes. From Tuguegarao. Take a van going to Aparri Port. From there, take a boat ride bound for Calayan Island.
Before visiting the island , you can call first Eric at 09478939691. He's one of the tourism officers that will give you a lot of information about the island. You can also contact Ms Connie at 09215349231 for the Calayan-Island-Babuyan Claro-Camiguin Norte Tour. To hire a boat, you can contact Cesar at 09186170327.