North side of the Philippine archipelago, In between Batanes and mainland Luzon is the paradise of Calayan Island. Distant and isolated, 325 miles away from Manila and more or less 20 hours of travel by land and sea, the journey to Calayan Island is only for the real travelers who choose to experience the beautiful, wild and panoramic island.
Calayan Island prides itself in its long stretch of pristine white beaches and coves, water falls, hills overlooking the blue-green sea, caves, underground river, and beautiful rock formations. Calayan is the only island municipality among the Group of Islands of Babuyan which is situated just several miles north of Aparri in Cagayan Province. It is considered the center of trade and the beacon of tourism among these secluded islands.
Travel Guide to Calayan Island
There are two ways of going there – via Claveria and via Aparri, both in Cagayan Province.
– From Manila, ride a GV Florida or RCJ bus in their Sampaloc Terminal going to Claveria, Cagayan (12Hrs P900).
– From the bus station in Claveria, ride a tricycle going to the port (P20).
– From the port, ride a boat going to Calayan Island (5Hrs ; P500 one way).
– From Manila, ride a GV Florida Bus in their Sampaloc Terminal going to Aparri, Cgayan (14Hrs P800).
– From the bus station in Aparri, ride a tricycle going to the Veteran’s port (P20).
– From the port, ride a boat going to Calayan Island (5Hrs ; P500/ one way)
Via plane – Another option is the time-saving flight from Manila to Tuguegarao via Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines (1hr and 20 min duration). Upon arrival in Tuguegarao, take a van heading to Port of Aparri. From Aparri, take a boat ride going to Calayan Island.