The Calaguas Island is a group of islands in the Philippine province of Camarines Norte. It includes the major islands of Tinaga Island and Guintinua Island, the minor Maculabo Island, as well as several other minor islands.
Most of the islands are under the administrative jurisdiction of Vinzons, Camarines Norte, while the minor island of Maculabo is under the jurisdiction of the municipality of Paracale, Camarines Norte. Recently, the island of Tinaga where the famous long beach called Mahabang Buhangin is located is experiencing influx of tourists in the area despite the absence of accommodation. Campers and backpackers are coming and going daily to experience its powdery white sands.
The recent popularity of the island has brought many tourists and travelers alike, especially during the summer time, worrying some of the natives and locals that might lead to the detriment of the island's peace and pure virgin serenity in a couple of years’ time.
A part of the local community's effort is to safeguard and protect the well-being of the island. Big and small tour operators are encouraged to preserve the quiet and peaceful nature of Calaguas. Most small and local tour island operators such as Calaguas Local and the like are helping the community to a future geared towards a better local eco-tourism in the island.
For a country blessed with countless patches of white sand and crystalline waters, Mahabang Buhangin fits the image of a Philippine beach to the hilt: a palm-fringed stretch of powdery white sand--the same fine consistency found in Boracay Island--as well as waters so clear it's a shame to not take a dip even under the noonday sun in the middle of summer.
While it has the fine sands of the country's most well-known beach, it also has the laidback feel of Bantayan Island in Cebu--fresh catch for lunch and all--as well as the rugged terrain of Zambales, the remoteness of El Nido, and the rolling hills of Batanes. But it’s far from a clichéd destination. You can trek up the mountain behind the beach and enjoy a panorama of islets against the Philippine sea, or explore the nearby islands by boat.
It's a place that forces you--in a good way--to appreciate the simple pleasures of watching the sun set, crows gliding majestically against the orange (sometimes magenta) streaks of the sky.