Mahabang Buhangin, the main island in Calaguas group of islands, has changed. The camping site has been ornamentalized, with a bed of smooth, green grass and concrete tiles laid along the main entrance. Plants are also aligned to perk up the boundaries. It isn’t the most grandest of islands’ transformations but it’s a welcome change, I believe.
The upgrades make for a more comfortable stay, especially now that there is a semi-private resort on one side of Mahabang Buhangin offering cabanas with a common bathroom while the 8 especially designed Kubol has its own bathroom.
More activities are also available now, from snorkeling to scuba diving to ATV ride. A more interesting night life is also assured with fire exhibitionists and light liquors on offer for visitors that want some boosts.
In spite of these changes, Mahabang Buhangin remains the ultimate island destination in Bicol for campers that simply want to enjoy the beach under the sun. If you haven’t been to this part of Bicol, I think it is the right time while it is still pristine and relatively developed. DIY is still an option.
For an island with a very wide stretch of soft, powdery sand, which can also get blindingly white on bright summery days like that in Boracay, and with the on-going developments on the island, one can’t help but wonder if the island’s caretakers and the entire community of Daet can live up to its promise of keeping it as is – pristine, unspoiled paradise island.
While us visitors can’t do something about policies over the island, we can do our part in maintaining its cleanliness by practicing responsible traveling. 🙂
Below are some of our photos when we visited Mahabang Buhangin. There was a typhoon and we were stranded. It wasn’t a perfect vacation but we had the island for ourselves.
Photo credits to my travel buddies Dos and Beth via Byahe AdvenTours.