CABABAAN BEACH, CALAYAN ISLAND: IMPORTANT TRAVEL TIPS

Calayan Island is a frontier destination with many pristine places of interest, and one of which is Cababaan Beach. It has fine sand, azure waters, and a background that provides visitors with a middle-of-nowhere feel. The beach is the ideal place to visit for those who want to get away from everything and just enjoy nature.

How to Get There

Nearest Airport: Tuguegarao Airport (Cagayan)

By Air
  1. The closest airport in Tuguegarao City to the island isn’t exactly near. You still have to travel for a couple of more hours to get to the island. Major airlines have regular flights to and from Manila and Tuguegarao.
  2. Once in the city, you can board buses bound for Aparri, Claveria, or Santa Ana.
  3. Once you arrive at the port of either Aparri or Claveria, look for motorized boats bound for Calayan. Most of these only leave in the early morning around 5 AM to 7 AM because of favorable weather. The fare costs around P500 per person and may take up to 7 hours depending on the weather.
By Land
  1. If you were unable to get cheap flights to Tuguegarao City, you can board a bus bound for Claveria for around P740, Aparri for approximately P600, or Santa Ana. All of which are in Cagayan.
  2. Once you arrive at the port of either Aparri or Claveria, look for motorized boats bound for Calayan.
  3. Once you arrive at the port of either Aparri or Claveria, look for motorized boats bound for Calayan. Most of these only leave in the early morning around 5 AM to 7 AM because of favorable weather. The fare costs around P500 per person and may take up to 7 hours depending on the weather.

 


Entrance Fee and Other Charges

  • Entrance Fee: FREE
  • Camping Fee: It depends on the area. Ask permission first.
  • Boat Rental Rate: Around P2500 to P3000 (for destinations such as Sibang Cove and some beaches)
  • Others: Bicycle Rental (P25/hr); RT Habal-habal to Sibang Cove (Around P250); Whole Day Habal-habal with Driver (Around P500)

Don’t Miss

  • The beach is pristine with hardly any developments because of the remoteness of Calayan Island. Rest and relax on the beach, wade in the waters, enjoy nature, or have a picnic. Leave nothing but footprints.
  • The idyllic vibe of the place will take your mind off the daily grind you will return to after your trip. Go up the hill to get a bird’s eye view of the coves, including Cababaan.

Don’t Forget

  • Whenever you visit Calayan Island, there is a possibility of getting stranded, so withdraw enough cash for your trip as you won’t be able to use your cards there.
  • The trip to the island is bumpy as the boat passes through choppy waters, so prepare to get wet; bring a raincoat and enough plastic bags and a dry bag to keep your things dry.
  • Electricity does not operate 24/7; bring a power bank and extra batteries to keep your gadgets charged.

If You Have More Time and Budget

  • After relaxing on Cababaan Beach, you can visit the other attractions in Calayan such as Sibang Cove, Nagudungan Hill, and Caniwara Cove.
  • If you have a few more days to spare, go to Palaui Island, explore the places of interest near Tuguegarao City, or travel to Ilocos.

Where to Stay

If you have other places to visit in Cagayan after your Calayan Island trip, the municipality of Sta Ana offers plenty of choices. Here are some of the top hotels in Sta. Ana according to Agoda users (as of October 2017).

Photo was provided by the resort via Agoda.

For more options, search here: Santa Ana Hotels


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