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    Wednesday, January 28, 2015

    Anguib Beach

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    According to the locals, Anguib Beach is the most beautiful beach in Sta. Ana, so it was definitely a must-see for us!  Another pride of San Vicente, it is a white sand beach with pristine blue waters. It is also considered as 'Boracay of the North.'

    While on the boat going there, we saw beautiful corals peeking through the clear waters hence it is a great spot for scuba diving or snorkeling. Water sports like jet skiing and motor-boating are also some of the activities near the beach.

    This is our third and last destination for the island hopping. Please check out our Palaui Island and Crocodile Island posts too!

    GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION

    Country: Philippines
    Region: Cagayan Valley (Region II)
    Province: Cagayan

    MAJOR JUMP OFF

    San Vicente Port in Sta. Ana, Cagayan.

    HOW TO GET THERE

    By Air - The fastest way to get to Cagayan is through a flight to Tuguegarao. Air travel takes only about an hour. Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have available flights going there.

    You can book tickets by clicking on the links below:


    From Tuguegarao Airport, get a tricycle and ask the driver to take you to the van terminal bound to Sta.Ana. The municipality of Sta. Ana is on the northeastern-most point of Luzon. Getting there is around 3 hours.

    By Land - Air-conditioned buses of Victory Liner, Five Star, and Florida Transport have daily trips to Tuguegarao. Land travel usually takes around 10 hours hence these buses usually run night trips.

    Trip schedules have changed due to some new policies of LTFRB and DOTC. In order to know the exact schedule of their trips, please contact the bus company directly. Contact information are provided below:

    Victory Liner

    We have found that only their Pasay and Kamias terminals have scheduled trips going directly to Tuguegarao, but here are the contact details of all of their terminals in Metro Manila and Tuguegarao:

    Pasay Terminal: (632) 833-4403/(632) 833-5019 to 20
    Kamias Terminal: (632) 920-7396
    Cubao Terminal: (632) 727-4688/(632) 410-8986/(632) 727-4534
    Caloocan Terminal: (632) 361-1506/(632) 361-4665 to 66
    Manila Terminal: (632) 559-7735
    Tuguegarao Terminal: (6378) 844-0777

    Five Star

    Pasay Terminal: (632) 851-6614/ (632) 851-6659

    GV Florida Transport

    Sampaloc Terminal:(632) -743380
    Tuguegaro Terminal: (6378)-8462265

    Tip! We suggest that you take the Florida Transport bus instead as it has a direct trip to Sta. Ana, Cagayan.

    From Tuguegarao Airport, get a tricycle and ask the driver to take you to the van terminal bound to Sta.Ana. The municipality of Sta. Ana is on the northeastern-most point of Luzon. Getting there is around 3 hours.

    BACKPACKER'S PARADIGM

    We decided to have Anguib Beach as our last destination for the island hopping since we would be spending the night here. Some tourists camp in Punta Verde in Palaui, but we were into a different kind of experience hence we chose Anguib as our campsite.
    anguib beach, cagayan, unspoiled beaches, palaui island

    anguib beach, cagayan, unspoiled beaches, palaui island

    It was already around 4pm when we reached the beach. Not a great time for picture-taking because it was getting dark and the skies are cloudy.

    anguib beach, cagayan, unspoiled beaches, palaui island

     It drizzled and suddenly a rainbow appeared and brightened up the day.

    anguib beach, cagayan, unspoiled beaches, palaui island

    anguib beach, cagayan, unspoiled beaches, palaui island

    Our backpacking friend, Koolkups, enjoying the beach.

    anguib beach, cagayan, unspoiled beaches, palaui island

    Anguib Beach is divided into two beaches. The fees also vary. The entrance fees are Php 100 ($3) and Php 20 ($0.50). We took the less expensive one and rented a small cottage for Php 350 ($8.50) a night. The rental of cottages on the other side of the beach starts at Php 1000 ($24). Pitching of tents is also allowed. You can ask the caretakers to provide you with an electricity supply as well. Or, to save some cash, bring your own power banks and headlamps.

    Caution! Be very vigilant of the dogs on the camp site and don't leave your food and other important things unattended. Unfortunately, these dogs sneaked through our stuff while we were on the beach, and stole our food. They also took our cooking oil and dish washing soap. Be careful, they're not that picky!

    Tip! Set up a bonfire near your tent or cottage to get rid of mosquitoes and other insects. There are lots of these on the campsite.

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    One of the big cottages from the other side of the beach.

    Anguib Beach is currently being developed by the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority, in cooperation with the Local Government of the town of Santa Ana, Cagayan. Although, if we were to decide, we wanted to leave the beach bare and almost raw, but the improvement of the place, especially with the facilities, can attract more visitors hence giving more sources of income for the locals.

    anguib beach, cagayan, unspoiled beaches, palaui island

    anguib beach, cagayan, unspoiled beaches, palaui island

    anguib beach, cagayan, unspoiled beaches, palaui island

    Comparing the white sands of Anguib to Calaguas, the latter definitely has a finer texture. However, Anguib has a unique experience on its own. It offers a lovely kind of isolation from this tough world we're living in. We dare you to experience the same.

    GUIDE'S CONTACT INFORMATION

    Sir Benmar
    For island hopping and trekking to Cape Engano Lighthouse

    BUDGET

    We are a group of 4 and here is a list of our expenses:

    Php 300 - Tricycle from the airport to the van terminal (fare is only PHP 15 each, but we paid him this amount because we first went to the restaurant, then searched for the gas store, and finally to the terminal)

    350 ($8.50)- Cottage rental at Anguib Beach
    3,500 ($84)- Boat Rental for Island Hopping
    50 ($1.15)- Registration Fee at San Vicente
    250 ($6)- Food and water supplies
    400 ($10)- Van from Tuguegarao to Sta.Ana (roundtrip)
    2,000 ($48) - Plane ticket to Tuguegarao (roundtrip, discounted price due to a promo)

    Please note that the budget isn't for Anguib Beach alone. For example, the boat rental is for three destinations. We have posted the other two, which are Crocodile Island and Palaui Island, on separate articles. Also, our budget for the food and water supplies is actually good for 2 days. Lastly, the plane ticket is for our whole exploration of Cagayan.

    Again, we encourage you to maximize your budget, and make the most of what you have. Cagayan is a great place to explore and we'll give you more of that in the next posts.

    DID YOU KNOW...?

    anguib beach, cagayan, unspoiled beaches, palaui island

    The last kilometer marker on the northeastern part of Luzon is located at San Vicente in Sta. Ana, Cagayan. 'SV' stands for San Vicente, and the zero is the distance in km of San Vicente to its provincial capitol.
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