Day 3 Unspoiled Beaches
I have been to the best beaches in the country, but CamNorte serves the off white, the pink, the brown and the red beach all in one plate!
Don’t believe me? Indulge in their four course menu:
Off white appetizers – Apuao Grande and Apuao Pequeña with Pagasa beach sider
Apuao Grande is a secluded island where you can camp underneath the pine trees with crystal blue waters for a dip. On the other hand, Apuao Pequeña, is the sanctuary of flying foxes and wild boars, this private island offers breath taking view of the Pacific. Both are connected by sandbar and just two of the seven islands Mercedes has in store for us!
How to get here:
By Land (Philtranco, DLTB and Superlines)
8-10 hours- Bus from Cubao/Pasay, Mero Manila to Daet, Camarines Norte 15 mins- Jeep/ Trike from Daet, Camarines Norte to Mercedes
By Air (Cebu Pacific, AirAsia, Philippine Airlines)
45 minutes- Plane from NAIA, Pasay to Pili Airport, Camarines Sur 15 minutes- Bus from Pili Airport, Camarines Sur to Naga City, Camarines Sur 2 hours- Jeep from Naga City, Camarines Sur to Daet, Camarines Norte 15 minutes- Trike from Daet, Camarines Norte to Mercedes Camarines Norte
Contact person: Ms. Nanette Ibasco – Municipal Tourism Officer +63 54 444-1261 | +63 54 444-1151 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Entrance fee Php20
Open cottage or cabanas at Php 250-300; Closed cottages at PHP 500 to 700. Camp for free! Tricycle (special) going here will cost you Php 100 one way. There’s a nearby fish sanctuary where you can snorkel or scuba dive, just bring your own gears.
For more info, contact Ruth at +63910 – 827 – 3547.
Red salad – Pulang Daga / Pulang Lupa beach
Yearning for a fiery sunset? Fret not, Pulang Daga beach is exactly what you’re looking for.
How to get here:
Hop on a Superlines bus in Manila that will directly take you to Paracale, it can cost you to about Php 900-1000. If you are in Daet already, take a van going here at Php 60 or bus at Php 45.
Brown main course – Bulalacao beach
Bulalacao beach is located at Luklukan Sur, Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte. It is approximately 49 kms away from Daet. You will see a creamy fine sand, crystal water, coconut trees, fruit bearing trees and beautiful rock formation with some corals around it. Bulalacao beach is another good spot for picnic, swimming, kayaking and pictorials.
How to get here:
- You can ride a van for only 70 pesos or a bus for only 50 pesos going to town proper of Jose Panganiban.
- When you reach Jose Panganiban, you need to ride a jeep for only 25 pesos going to Bulalacao Beach, Luklukan Sur.
Pink Dessert – Parola beach
For details on how to get here and relevant information, please visit my article in this pristine island here.
Tip: If you have more time to spare, you can do a side trip to Mercedes from Vinzons in 30 minutes and do this!
By the way, that’s Marco, our Pinoy Traveler, go check out his Parola travel guide, too.
“CamSur is popular but CamNorte is handsome” words of our tourism officer Sir Abel.
Day 4 Locals, heavenly Bicolano cuisines and worthy pasalubongs
Aside from the colourful beaches, secluded islands, historic land marks and century old churches, Camarines Norte boasts its good natured and gallant people where our past can confirm how this lands became the cradle of heroism in Bikolandia.
Undeniably the best tinapa in town! So thankful I hopped off the van and bought my one kilo of tinapa, fresh from Camarines Norte waters! I enjoyed it, my mom and brother loved it, my officemates devoured it! The best indeed. Whenever you are around the area, make sure to bring these goodies with you back to Manila.
Some of the famous delicacies I tasted and complemented my food palette were these jaw dropping menu –
Villa Eusebia’s: Sinantol (You should not miss this!)
Mercedes’ Tinapa plant
Sugar cane juice at JSM Yellow to Green Organic farm
Candist’s Kitchen: original bicol express and tinumok
As we head back to Manila, we stopped by the pasalubong center in Daet. Normally, I don’t bring home pasalubong but it’s a good thing I made an exception this one time. For one, their tarts are the bomb! Legit AF. The tinapa from Mercedes sold out like pancakes at home and in the office!
Still craving? Let the expert take you to a gastronomic ride, here’s Rowena’s five must try Bicol dishes.
As my sponsored trip comes to an end, I can’t help but say my huge thanks to the people behind this effort who made our CamNorte trip fun filled and memorable. Thank you to the locals for your heart-warmingly generous welcome, even though the weather was giving us a cold treatment (literally with strong winds and heavy rains). #ByeJolina
Thank you to Sir Mike of Katooga Ph and my new found friends slash bloggers during this 4 day adventure – I won’t forget all the laughs and good times we shared. You guys really opened my eyes on the ins and outs of the blogging world, while CamNorte offered such a humbling, memorable and educational experience all rolled into one.