Calayan, Babuyan Group of Islands – paradise less traveled.

I got back 2 months ago from a wonderful but exhausting trip to Aparri up north in the province of Cagayan Valley. We ventured into the un-touristy area of Calayan Islands – part of the Babuyan Islands. Kudos to GOPH for organizing this trip!

The municipality of Calayan is found in the Babuyan Channel, situated in the upper northern part of Luzon and southern part of Batanes Island. It is composed of four islands, Dalupri, Camiguin, Babuyan Claro and Calayan where the municipal government is located.

The travel itself is a daring adventure. I thought that our Jomalig island trip back then was the most extreme boat ride I ever experienced. To those who brave the trip to the northern-most point of Luzon, you need to endure the 14-hour bus ride and 8-hour roller coaster boat rides on very rough Pacific Ocean waters (The bus ride can be tolerated but the boat ride was not a happy journey) but it will bring the rewards of nature at its best and most spectacular view.

The continuation of the story is in every photograph. Welcome to Calayan Island!

  1. Calayan Port

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2. Bangaan Hills

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3. Malansing Falls

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4. Sibang Cove

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5. Caniwara Cove

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6. Nagudungan Hills

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54a38e6b-7503-48c4-97ef-08ab3c9f55957. Lusuk Cave

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8. Bataraw Falls

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8. Caanawan Falls

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This tour is not for everyone. Given the unpredictability of the weather and ocean conditions, our itinerary is not fixed and getting stranded on an island for a day is a very real possibility.

The boat rides are long, rough and oftentimes scary.

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The isolated island like Calayan teaches us simplicity of living and life in the island is difficult. In my opinion, Calayan Island is perfect place for life’s reflection and meditation.

“No matter where or why you travel, there’s always something wonderfully new to be found.”

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