CALAYAN ISLAND, CAGAYAN: IMPORTANT TRAVEL TIPS

Calayan Island is a frontier destination for those who want to see a unique part of the Philippines. It has a raw appeal characterized by its rough and rugged terrain and idyllic atmosphere. Tourists are few while accommodations are basic. For the adventurous at heart, this is the place to go to discover more of the country.

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: It depends on where you choose to go and stay on the island. Normally, there’s no entrance fee.
  • Camping Fee: It depends on the resort or area. Some of them allow camping, some don’t. Ask permission first.
  • Cottage Rental Fee: Rates vary from one area to another.
  • 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

  • Calayan has many unspoiled destinations such as Sibang Cove, the beaches of Cababaan and Caniwara, and the spectacular rock formations of Nagudungan Hills.
  • You can also go to Caanawan, Malansig, and Bataraw Waterfalls during your trip.
  • There is a good snorkeling spot near the poblacion, where you will see a colorful underwater ecosystem.

Don’t Forget

  • Bring enough money with you for the entire trip as there are no ATMs on the island.
  • Make provisions for staying a bit longer as boats may not depart because of poor weather and choppy seas (even in the summer). There is a possibility of getting stranded, so prepare for it.
  • Electricity does not operate 24/7; bring a power bank and extra batteries to keep your gadgets charged.
  • Bring your own gear as there are excellent spots for snorkeling near the town.
  • Waterproof your things with Ziplocs, dry bags, or garbage bags as these may get wet during the boat ride.
  • Bring your own camping gear if you want to pitch a tent in one of the beaches.

If You Have More Time and Budget

  • After exploring Calayan Island’s attractions, you can visit other destinations in the region, such as Ilocos and Palaui Island. You can also visit the places of interest around Tuguegarao City.

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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