Camarines Norte | Wowed at Apuao Islands in Mercedes

On the shores of Apuao Island Grande
On the shores of Apuao Island Grande

Camarines Norte has been abuzz lately simply because more people are enjoying the dazzling and fine white sands of Calaguas Islands in Vinzons. But even before Calaguas islands came into the limelight, there were other island gems in Camarines Norte. We were going to Apuao Islands, one of the seven captivating islands off the coast of Mercedes. While not really part of Daet for our #DateinDaet tour, Mercedes is a neighboring municipality, so close its like an extension of Daet at the eastern coast of the province.

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Camarines Norte | A Date in Daet: What to See and Do in a Day

Morning at Bagasbas Beach Daet
Morning at Bagasbas Beach Daet

Oh I got myself a date last weekend. I had to travel more than eight hours to get there. Despite being cramped inside a van, I’m not about to leave her hanging in the air. Yes, I caught your glance when I went to Calaguas last year. I knew there was more to you than what I’ve initially seen. It was time to get to know you more. Would a weekend suffice? Let’s see. It’s a #DateinDaet then! Yes Daet! The underrated town in Camarines Norte has something to share.

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A Year in Travels September 2013 | Calaguas Islands and Lanao del Norte Waterfalling

Spotless. The pure shores of Mahabang Buhangin Beach
Spotless. The pure shores of Mahabang Buhangin Beach

It’s been much talked about by my backpacking friends how wonderful the island of Calaguas is. Finally this month, I was able to visit the place many thanks to Isla Lipana who initiated the Philippine Gems campaign, a search for emerging tourist destination in the country. Calaguas Islands and its Mahabang Buhangin didn’t disappoint. The journey may be long but it was well worth it. It eventually won the top spot in the Philippine Gems.

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Mahabang Buhangin Beach at Calaguas Islands: Almost Unadulterated

Spotless. The pure shores of Mahabang Buhangin Beach
Spotless. The pure shores of Mahabang Buhangin Beach

With the Philippine’s thousands of islands, there’s no surprise if there’s still a few that’s relatively untouched by development. One which has been making a buzz among backpackers and adventure travelers these recent years is the Mahabang Buhangin Beach (Long Sand Beach) in Calaguas Group of Islands in Camarines Norte. It has even become one of the top contenders for the Philippine Gems, a campaign spearheaded by Isla Lipana & Co. (PwC Ph) to recognize the emerging destinations in the country. Despite the erratic weather, I gladly took the invitation by folks at Fleishman Hillard and PwC for an ocular trip to see why this Calaguas Islands is making waves at their campaign.

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