Mercedes Group of Islands, Camarines Norte

Peppering the coast of mainland Camarines Norte is the Mercedes Group of Islands. All seven of them — Apuao Grande, Quinapaguian, Malasugui, Apuao Pequeña, Canton, Caringo, and Canimog — are scenic and excellent tropical destinations for your beach bumming pleasure. But all seven are hard to be squeezed into a day’s tour.

I was able to visit three of them: Apuao Grande, Quinapaguian, and Malasugui. Three islands, three distinct characters, three getaways in just one day of absolute fun under the CamNorte sun!

How to get there: From Manila, board a Philtranco bus to Daet, Camarines Norte (via Quezon Province). Upon reaching the terminal, take the tricycle to Mercedes Port where motorized boats will take you on an island hopping deal for about P800-P1,000.

Where to Stay: There are no hotels or resorts in the islands. Travelers who visit only on a day tour may choose to stay in Daet. Bagasbas Surfers Dine-Inn is a good place to spend the night.

Apuao Grande Island
Apuao Grande Island
Malasugui Island
Malasugui Island
The shores of Kayukyukan Resort, a jump off point to the Mercedes Group of Islands
The shores of Kayukyukan Resort, a jump off point to the Mercedes Group of Islands
Quinapaguian Island
Quinapaguian Island


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More pictures and full story here: Nothingness in Camarines Norte


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