With our quest to discover the province of Camarines Norte one of the places we went to is an island called Parola Island
Visiting a province known for its amazing beaches and islands, it was (a bit) shame that we end up being on a trip during a storm signal no. 1. Good thing, after a day of roaming around municipalities under an umbrella, the following day we were given one of the clearest skies of the week.
When I heard about this ‘PINK BEACH’ located in the town of Jose Panganiban, I knew already that we shouldn’t miss visiting it. Some of the locals even said that it can compete with the now very famous Calaguas Island which also can be found in Camarines Norte.
When we had a go signal from the coast guard (remember, there was a storm the day before, that is why we needed to wait for the coast guard’s advice) we immediately packed dry bags and we set to go.
GOING TO THE ISLAND
From the town of Daet, we drove to the municipality of Jose Panganiban and hop on a boat going to Parola Island (see where to book at the end of the blog). Our journey was very smooth, surprisingly, the water was very calm.
Package trips going to Parola Island
Php 2,200.00/head pick up Jose Panganiban (min. of 12pax)
Php 2,500.00/head pick up Daet (min. of 12pax)
– 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
I was so excited to know that this island isn’t as famous that Boracay and Calaguas Island (yet), and not everyone knows that there is actually a “pink beach” located just a drive away (also a few minutes boat ride) from Manila.
Although there were already a bunch of people when we arrived in the island, I didn’t mind it. I still felt the remoteness and (at some level) untouched paradise the moment my feet touched the sand. Some of them were tourists who camped overnight while the others were locals from the province.
There’s only one cottage in the whole island, good thing, it was reserved for us (YEY—PERKS). To make sure that you’ll be able to use the cottage and have a smooth stay in the island, contact the local tourism office of Jose Panganiban before you plan your trip (details at the end of the blog).
Let’s talk about the pink sand that the locals were raving about….ermmmmm…how can say this, well, it was a very shy pink to be honest. I don’t know if we were in a wrong season or it will be the same all year round. Also just a disclaimer, it was the first time that I visited a pink sanded beach, so I don’t have any reference.
The longer we stay, the more the sand looks pink. It’s either my eyes worked really hard for my expectations to be met, or the sun’s position (and angle of sight) really helps to show the pink pigment in the sand. This rare sand color happens when a red coral dries up and washed to the shore.
….. ok ok ok… In their defense, as the sun sets, the pink shade started to show
Without focusing on the pinkness of the sand, THIS ISLAND IS STILL B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L !!!
Crystal clear water surrounds the island and if you’ll visit on a low tide, you’ll experience walking on a sand bar connecting 2 islands.
No inhabitants (as the island is too small to create a community), No electricity, No bars, No restaurants just a simple island as your play ground (with data coverage ^^). Just the way I like my island!
The island is called Parola because of its light house (parola means lighthouse in Filipino). I love how the pathway going to the lighthouse seems like you are on your way to Survivor’s Tribal Council Area (oops, favorite reality show reference). Located at the head (and probably the highest point of the island), doing a side trip from your island getaway to visit the lighthouse is highly recommended.
I really don’t have any historical notes about the lighthouse and I can’t find it in google as well, if you somehow know, please share it at the comment section below.
Parola Island was surprising. Aside from the pink sand beach, I wasn’t really expecting a lot. But I think that is its charm, there weren’t a lot happening in the island. It gives you an opportunity to enjoy the island for being…well…an island. I love every moment we were there.
As the island is gearing up to be the next Calaguas Island of Cam Norte, the hope is for the local tourism office to provide a clear regulation in protecting the beauty of Parola Island, at the same time, for tourists to become partners in its preservation.
TO GET MORE INFORMATION ON ITINERARIES AND RATES
Provincial Tourism Office:
Tourism Office of Jose Panganiban:
Ruth Marie P. Forteza
Van For Hire
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