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10 Camarines Norte Tourist Spots Every Visitor Should See

Camarines Norte is focused on agriculture, mining (jewelry craft), and cultivating coconut and pineapple. But, there is more to this lush region than what meets the eye!

Here are 10 must-see Camarines Norte tourist spots you shouldn’t miss:

 

1. Calaguas Islands

Calaguas Islands

There is no shortage of powdery white sand and pristine blue waters at the Calaguas islands. The best part about these islands is that you can camp out and even eat fresh seafood after getting it fresh from the ocean.

The Calaguas group of islands is made up of: Pinagtigasan Beach on Tinaga Island, Cumalasag, Pinagtakpan, Pinacastillohan, Guintinua, Huag, Calangcawan Sur, Mantigbi Beach, and more.

  • Location: Calaguas Islands, Vinzons
  • Operation Hours: All Day
  • Fees: P120 – P150 Entrance Fee, P100 tent pitching fee, and P500 for cottage rental. Waling-waling resort has rooms and cottages for P3,500 a night.
  • What You Need to Know: There aren’t a lot of commercial establishments, so its best to bring your own supplies and tent. It is best to visit the island between the months of February and September as the weather is perfect for travel.

2. Bagasbas Beach

Bagasbas Beach

Bagasbas beach has four kilometers of stretch of fine, grey sand and moderate to big waves. The waves are consistent all year round and have sandy bottoms that make it one of the safest surfing grounds in the country.

Those who like kite flying will also love the strong winds this beach has. You can even go extreme and go kiteboarding.

  • Location: Date, Camarines Norte
  • Operation Hours: All Day
  • Fees: Free
  • What You Need to Know: There are surfing instructors to teach beginners at an affordable rate. While it may be a public beach, it is clean and a great place to hangout and enjoy with family and friends.

3. Siete Pecados, Mercedes Group of Islands

Mercedes Group of Islands
photo via Instagram, @joybbagason

This is one of the best places to visit as it comes as a packaged deal. There are seven islands in total: Apuao Grande, Apuao Pequena, Canimog, Canton, Caringo, Malasungi, and Quinapaguian. They all have pristine, fine white sand beaches and turquoise waters to swim in.

  • Location: Mercedes, Camarines Norte
  • Operation Hours: All Day
  • Fees: Free for the beach, P1,000 – P2,000 for boat
  • What You Need to Know: Some of the islands have marine sanctuaries, bat sanctuaries, ruins, lighthouses and more that you can check out. While snorkeling and swimming is the activity of choice during island hopping, You can also trek, go snorkel, swim or climb and hike to get better views at hilltops.

4. Mampurog River

Mampurog River Camarines Norte

This is a hidden surprise and a unique attraction that is beginning to be discovered by tourists. It features deep, cold, and crystal water to bathe and relax in. The lush foliage is a scenic background to the water feature and many come here to swim and have picnics.

  • Location: San Lorenzo, near Daet
  • Operation Hours: All day, but best to go during the day time
  • Fees: Free
  • What You Need to Know: Make sure to bring your own water and food, and also make sure to clean up after yourselves. Try out the delicious pineapple as it is the sweetest fruit in the area.

5. Malatap Falls

Malatap Falls
photo via Instagram, @miwo11_

This low-rise waterfall isn’t as majestic as the other falls in the area, but it does draw tourists to visit nevertheless. It’s big boulders in the clear, blue waters against the lush forest and greenery is nothing short of magical.

  • Location: Labo, Camarines Norte
  • Operation Hours: All day, but best to go during the daytime
  • Fees: Free
  • What You Need to Know: There are natural pools perfect for kids. Those who like a little hike can climb up the boulders, and those who want to relax can dip their feet against the rushing waters.

6. Mahabang Buhangin

Mahabang Buhangin
photo via Instagram, @d.bucketlist

The beach is a long stretch of powdery white sand with crystal clear waters that rival those of Boracay, though it isn’t crowded by numerous commercial establishments which makes it a relaxing place to go to. The lush foliage and rolling hills make a beautiful contrast to the white shores.

  • Location: Tinaga Island, Calaguas Group of Islands, Vinzons
  • Operation Hours: All day
  • Fees: P120 – P150 Entrance fee, P100 tent pitching fee, and P500 for cottage rental. Waling-waling resort has rooms and cottages for P3,500 a night.
  • What You Need to Know: You can go camping on the beach, but there is an Eco-village called Waling-waling that offers great food and accommodations. You can go swimming, snorkeling, and island hopping.

7. Colasi Falls

Colasi Falls
photo via Instagram, @laagtabai

This natural water feature towers at 70-feet high and is tucked into the natural formation of the land. It is mostly surrounded by cliffs and greenery. The basin is deep and wide which makes if perfect for swimming. Part of the excitement is going near the cascading falls via bamboo raft.

  • Location: Barangay Colasi, Mercedes
  • Operation Hours: All day, but best to go when there is sunlight
  • Fees: P500 – P700 for the tour guide
  • What You Need to Know: Best to contact the Mercedes Tourism Office to arrange a planned visit. Also, going to the falls requires a two hour hike from the jump-off point, so be prepared to trek and to hike to get to there.

8. Cadig Cave

This cave, a natural wonder in Camarines Norte, is a tourist spot that shouldn’t be passed up. The cave rests deep in a forest at the foot of a mountain.

There are several dark compartments with stalactite and stalagmite formations that are a sight to behold. There is also the picturesque scenery of rolling mountains and valleys.

  • Location: Labo, Camarines Norte
  • Operation Hours: All day, best to go during the day time
  • Fees: P1000 – P2000 for tour guide and gear rental
  • What You Need to Know: The trek to the cave is two hours from the jump-off point. It is recommended to get a guide and caving equipment before exploring the cave. There are also streams with natural pools where you can relax and soak in the scenery.

9. Paradiso Verde Organic Farm & Resort

Paradiso Verde Organic Farm and Resort
photo via Instagram, @mjloret

This is a family-oriented resort where kids can enjoy the fun slides and playground, and the adults can relax in the jacuzzi and pools.

The resort is a favorite for those who like to do team building activities as they have a center for this particular purpose. They have rappelling, wall-climbing, and even obstacle courses.

  • Location: Barangya Malasungi, Labo
  • Operation Hours: The resort is open all hours to accommodate guests, activities are open during the day time
  • Fees: P1500 – P3000 for a room and entrance
  • What You Need to Know: There are cottages available for day visitors and rooms for those who will stay the night. There is an organic farm inside the property where you can get fresh produce and products.

10. Pineapple Island Resort

Pineapple Island Resort
photo via Instagram, @marinelmanel

This place is the perfect weekend getaway destination amongst tourists. It’s main feature is its premier waterpark within its five hectares of eco-tourism property.

While the place is a sight to behold, they also have a restaurant called Chef Mama that serves the best Filipino food and delicacies this side of Camarines Norte.

  • Location: Barangay Calasgasan, Daet
  • Operation Hours: The resort is open all hours to accommodate guests, activities are open during the day time
  • Fees: P2000 – P4000 for a room and entrance
  • What You Need to Know: The entire area is dotted with trees and makes it a relaxing getaway from the busy city. They also have many decent rooms for overnight stays.

 

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