Tuesday, February 28, 2012
According to my research. Anguib beach is the next Boracay but they are all wrong. It's way better than Boracay.
Before the only way to get there was by boat (1500php) but now since gawa na ung daan, kaya na itong puntahan ng mga tricycle (200php). Sayang nga lang we do not have that much time to explore the entire beach but what we see is enough to fell in love with it.
The water got blue and turquoise color. The sand is fine and white. Only few people where there when we arrived. Cottages are scattered and also guards.
It was a private resort kaya naman may fee na 50php, but it was okay. Going there was indeed very challenging for us and sa boatman namin. Sobrang alon, as in, malala pa ito sa Guimaras Alon at Anawangin Alon. Ang lalaki kasi eh, ung tipong di ka hihinga kasi ung puso mo mahuhulog na eh. Sa daming alon na naencounter ko sa buhay ko ito na ang pinaka malaki at malakas sa lahat. Pero ayos lang sa larangan ng paglalakbay. Kaya namin ito =)
It was sidetrip for us before going to Cape Engano. We paid 2500php for the boat and 250php for our guide going to the light house.
How to get there?
Manila to Tuguegarao -
- take a one hour flight trough Cebu pacific or Airphil Exress.
- take a bus ride from Manilafor about 12 hours.
Tuguegarao - Sta. Ana
- take a van from Tuguegarao located in Don Domingo (180php) then from Sta. Ana hire a tricycle going to San Vicente port (15php each). The trip will be about 3 hours.
- take a bus ride from Tuguegarao. Florida bus got a daily trips going to Sta. Ana.
What to see?
Callao Cave - 45 minutes away from the city of Tuguegarao. Hired a tricycle and asked the driver to wait for you since it's quiet hard to get a transportation after 3pm.
Anguib Beach - located in Sta. Ana. You can go there by boat (1500php) or by tricycle (200php). Way better than Boracay.
Cape Engano Light house - hire a boat for 1800php or trek the mountains for about six hours. You need to hire a guide (250php).
Buntun Bridge in Tuguegarao City
What to eat?
Pansit Batil Patong
Where to Stay?
Hotel Carmelita in Tuguegarao
Costa Carina in Sta. Ana
Joan Taguba - owner - Costa Carina 09175628476- email@example.com
Kuya Edwin - 09269064657 Palaui island contact. He arranged the boat and guide for us. Thanks to thepinaysolobackpacker and lakwatsero for the info.
This would be the cleanest and most peaceful river na nakita ko. Sobrang nakakarelax ang pagbabangka namin sa ilog na ito. Ang linis nya, ang tubig ay sadyang napakalinaw.
We paid 600php for the boat rental. According to kuya Joel, usually around 530pm - 6pm ang mga labas ng bats. And thank God talaga at napakaganda ng weather ng araw na yun.
michael and kuya gilbert
Habang nag aantay, umikot at nagpahinga muna kami sa ilog, dito nakilala namin si Andoy (his life story was showed in MMK). Honestly i do not know the kid but my friend was an avid fan of the show kaya naman nagpapicture din kami.
It's about 6pm ng umpisang lumabas ang mga paniki. We are all amazed kung gaano sila kadami. At sobrang iisang lugar lang ang tinatahak nila. After around few minutes di ko na sila makita. Now lang ako nakakita ng ganito. It's indeed more fun in the Philippines.
Watch this video =)
Callao Cave is located in Penablanca which is about 45 minutes away from Tuguegarao City. Ito ang una naming dapat masolusyonan since at 3pm wala na kaming masasakyan palabas ng lugar na ito. Our plane arrived around 1230nn. We need to check in to a nearby hotel and then go straight to Penablanca but we still need to find a tricycle driver who's willing to wait for us until 6pm (we want to see the Bats).
Around 1pm, nasa labas na kami ng hotel and pumapara ng mga tricycle.... yes MGA TRICYCLE.. since i always do my research in advance i know that 500php will be ok. Walang gustong pumayag sa 500php.. most of them wants na one way lang ang kunin namin. Then at last, somebody agreed to take us sa Callao Cave and he will wait for us, but he wants us to pay 700php. I know it's a bit pricey but we do not have much time to look for another driver. So we took it.
In fairness naman kay Michael (tricycle driver), his very nice to us. He even joined us sa spelunking namin and naging photographer pa namin sya.
Going to Callao Cave napadaan kami sa Cagayan River.. Sira ang tulay so bumaba muna kami ng tricycle. Sabi ng mga locals dun, di na daw pinagawa kasi tuwing malakas ang ulan / baha /bagyo nasisira din naman. Kaya naman tuwing dadaan ka daw may mga naniningil ng TONG.
Medyo rough ang daan patungong callao cave. I think may mas magandang daan but our driver was not that familiar in the area. Around 2pm we already reach the Pinacanauan River. Here we met Kuya Gilbert (a good Samaritan) and a local of Cagayan. He arranged the boat for us and he also guided us to find the Callao Cave (again di familiar si Kuya Michael).
We paid 600php with a tour na yan to watch the Circadian flight of bats. Around 230pm natapos na kami sa registration, and NO GUIDES NO CAVING policy sila. So we get a guide named Kuya Willy. His very entertaining and knowledgeable sa history ng cave at lugar. Any amount na maabot ng kunsencya mo ay buong pusong tatangapin ni kuya Willy. There's an entrance fee of 20php each sa cave and the boat ride was about 10php each.
Bago ka makarating sa cave, you need to climb 184 steps to reached the entrance of the cave. Medyo nakakapagod kasi napaka sinsin ng mga steps na ito. Makakaramdam ka rin ng paglamig kapag malapit ka na sa cave. Sabi ko sa sarili ko, this should be worth it....
The cave got seven chambers, and each chambers have a unique formations of stalagmites and stalactites. Nakakaaliw kung paano mo lalaruin ang iyong mga isipan kung paano naging Noah's Ark, Simba, Ice cream at etc.. ang mga batong ito.
Sa loob ng cave merong isang maliit na chapel. Ang daan sa loob was slippery, sticky, maputik, madilim, at malamig. The Callao cave got many openings that allows the rays of the sun lighten up the cave. it was about 430pm ng matapos namin ang caving.
It was an awesome spelunking experienced for all of us. Ito na siguro ang pinaka malaking kwebang na explore ko. Then my question earlier was answered.. "YES, IT'S WORTH IT!!"