Calayan Island in Cagayan Province offers exotic and untouched landscapes, it’s a wonder it’s only starting to get noticed this year and only a little at that. Though it has recently been featured in Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho, the number of tourists in this municipality had so far been modest at best.
I’d already written about our 3-day stay in Calayan Island here. This photo set is meant to just give you a little more idea about what’s it like in this remote island in Cagayan Province, which is to say it’s basically an excuse for me to post a lot of photos and not feel guilty about disposing of editorial judgment when it comes to choosing what to post online.
Hopefully encourage you to visit — as responsible tourists — during summer.
Calayan Island in Cagayan Province
The island is perhaps most known for the virgin beach of Sibang. Most backpackers choose to camp here overnight. On weekends, local families also venture to this cove to unwind.
It took us about 15 minutes to walk along the shore, under a hot early-morning sun.
At the end of the cove, we found a thin water stream falling from a tall cliff.
We woke up at about 3 AM and witnessed a beautiful display of the Milky Way. As you know, this view can only be seen when there is no or minimal light pollution, which is why it is visible in developed cities.
Another attraction in Calayan Island in Cagayan Province is the Nagudungan Hill. It offers a great view of Sibang Cove.
A white lighthouse can be found in Nagudungan Hill. It is easily visible from afar.
Nagudungan Hill is a vast grassy landscape home to pine trees bent from constant strong winds and cliff edges that offer amazing views of the sea and coves below.
Bent pine trees.
Nagudungan Hill is perfect for a whole afternoon of frolicking and lazing around, having a picnic under the shades or doing a prenuptial shoot.
At the end of Nagudungan Hill, we saw a herd of goats grazing, sometimes standing on precarious cliff edges with sure footholds. They ran away whenever we tried to approached and finally formed together in a cluster. The small goats hopped like the cutest things on earth.
More goats because who can get enough of them?
Nagudungan Hill has at least two hidden coves below as well as fascinating rock formations.
Meanwhile, Lusuk cave features two entrances submerged in water. Attached on the cave walls are seemingly innocent shells. They are very sticky but can be scratched off using a metal rod. The shells house snail-like creatures inside, which can be made into a dish.
For the adventurous, Calayan Island in Cagayan Province also features the Tapwakan beach and cliff diving site. Going here is a challenge especially during high tide. We had to swim and climb to reach the cliff, all the while holding our cameras, dry bags and tote bags.
And this, our dear readers, is Calayan Island in Cagayan Province — or at least the part of Calayan Island that we’ve managed to explore. 🙂
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