Did you know that there’s also a pink beach in Camarines Norte? There’s more island in Camarines Norte than just the ever famous Calaguas Island!
Pink beaches are popular because of their pinkish pigments blending together with white sands. We all know it’s a rare case, and if there would be pink beaches in the Philippines, they can be counted by hand, and you can find one in Camarines Norte.
The Pink Sand Beach: Parola Island
Parola Island is a secluded island paradise located 30 to 40 minutes away from the town of Jose Panganiban in Camarines Norte. It was formerly known as the “Tailon Island” as mentioned by the boatmen and was later named after the Parola located on the island. The land area is not too big to create a community, hence, it is an island only accessible by boat, perfect for adventure seekers and hidden paradise goers. No stores, no electricity, resorts are nowhere to be found. The pink pigmentation on the sands is produced when a red coral dries up and gets awash the shore.
It is more visible when the sun starts to set in revealing colors of pale red and blue contrasting the sea, and even more visible when run by water.
If you seek a place for peace and relaxation, this island is one perfect treat for you. If you seek serenity and clearance, hop on a boat and head to this island. If you are looking for a romantic getaway with a loved one, this place could cover your needs. Wanna go solo traveling and do some soul-searching? Yes, that is possible! Bring your tent, hammock, or lazy bed, and you’ll find yourself relaxing in no time.
Back to basics. That’s what this secluded island can offer. Don’t worry, mobile signal is still available. You can still post your beachwear and upload photos of the beautiful pinkish shoreline and amaze your friends. Technology has its ups and downs but the island doesn’t care about that. Adventure and tranquility await you in Parola Island.
What to do in Parola Island
Since I mentioned that you’ll be going back to basics, there’s nothing much to do but to literally enjoy the island and the moments while you’re there. Go swimming, go snorkeling at nearby spots. Some fishes are visible even in knee deep waters from the shore. It’s a virgin island that has been long preserved by nature and let’s put it that way, as much as possible.
You may also explore the whole island. It takes no more than one hour to walk around the vicinity and enjoy the views of the ocean. Take photos of the sunset, wait and watch the sunrise. It’s so laid back that even problems can disappear from your life.
Island hopping is also possible according to the boatmen, just ask them.
Where to stay in Parola Island
There are no resorts on the island so you definitely have to bring your own survival kit, items, and food. You’d have to bring these, if necessary.
• Tent, umbrella, protective under layers, hammocks
• Food and Water containers
• Flashlight, Candle, Fire-making tools
• Sunblock or after the sun lotion, insect repellents
• Your own gadgets, and power banks
How to get to Parola Island
First, you must reach Camarines Norte if you will be coming from outside the province.
By air: The nearest commercial airport is in Naga, Camarines Sur. From Manila, take a 40-minute plane ride to Naga. Then take a public van or bus to Daet, Camarines Norte.
By land: From Manila, take a bus heading to Daet, Camarines Norte. Travel time is around 8 hours. Once in Daet, look for bus or van headed to Jose Panganiban. Ask them to drop you off at the municipal office and ask locals to get to Larap Port.
Alternative route by land: From Manila, you can head directly to Philtranco, DLTB, Superlines, etc., bus companies and look for a bus headed to Jose Panganiban / Panganiban.
From Larap Port of Jose Panganiban, getting to the island requires a 30-40 minutes boat ride. You will also be passing by Carol Island, Aguanicion Island and Calalanay Island. The waves are chill, don’t worry.
The boat will cost you about Php 4000 ($80) to Php 4500 ($90) that is good for 30 to 40 people.
Contact: Please contact the Jose Panganiban tourism office or Ms. Ruth Marie Forteza at +63910-827-3547.
Tour Packages for Parola Island
(please contact the tourism office directly, see above)
Suggested Itinerary for 2D1N
7:00 – 8:00PM – ETD Manila – Jose Panganiban
07:00AM – ETA Jose Panganiban / Breakfast @ Evias
08:00AM – ETD for Tailon Island (Parola)
10:00AM – ETA Tailon Island (Parola)/ set camp explore
12:00 NN- Lunch
01:00PM – Siesta/ swimming/ explore/ picture happy campers wait for low tide to explore the 3 islets 06:00PM – Dinner
07:00PM – Socials
10:00PM – Lights out
06:00AM – Wakeup call
07:00AM – Breakfast
09:00AM – Break Camp
10:00AM – ETD Jose Panganiban
12:00NN – Lunch / swimming @ Turayog resort
02:00PM – Surfing in Bulalacao beach
05:00 PM- Rest
05:30 PM – ETD Jose Panganiban – Manila
– Port Fee
– Environmental Fee
– Boat Transfer
– 3 camp meals (buffet)
– 1 plated meal at Turayog Resort
– Resort Entrance fees
– Life Jacket
– Unli Cocktail drinks (Mobile Bar)
– Land Transfers from port to Turayog and Bulalacao Beach
-2,200.00/head pick up Jose Panganiban
-2,500.00/head pick up Daet
-Additional 1k with bus or with Van Transfer from Manila
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