Calaguas Sidetrip: Parola Island’s Pink Beach

11:39:00 PM Christian Aligo 0 Comments

Around the world, only more than a dozen islands were discovered to have a pink beach. One is located within the same town as the famous Calaguas Island in Camarines Norte. 

Parola Island is glazed with a pink beach that is a definitely rare creation. And only the lucky ones are given the chance in life to see it-- in the middle of the world's obsession with white beaches.

Why Parola Island is the Next Big Thing

During my four-day trip with the Provincial Tourism Office of Camarines Norte, Parola Island was on top of our bucket list. 

The persons I was with were well-traveled writers who have been to different top destinations in the world. But their excitement over this “pink beach” was unbelievably sizzling.

As we reached the island through a boat ride, my eyes were literally stunned, frozen to a high level of delight. I am a person who is quite difficult to please, but the simple sight of the island from a distance has already sent me signals that the next destination is an impressive one.

Core of the Tale: The Pink Beach

Mike Zuniga, head of Katooga.PH, guided me to the deck where I could see the full stretch of the pink beach. The pink beach that is visible to the naked eye covers a huge portion of the island expanding to an area not open for swimming.

Rock formations could be found a few meters away from the pink beach. The rocks on the beach could be a good viewing deck, but I was not wearing trekking shoes so I did not attempt to wander around the rocky part of the island.

In regular hours, the pink beach may appear simply brownish. But when the rays of the sun strike against the beach at a certain angle, the sand turns into a pinkish layer.

The Magnificent Lighthouse

Going up the island, a lighthouse stands against the rays of the sun and the strong winds coming from all directions.

“Parola” means lighthouse which is an important infrastructure that guides fishermen when they go out in the middle of darkness for their livelihood.

I was really pleased when I was exploring the elevated part of the island. I was in perfect condition- nothing hurts in my body and no stressing text messages were killing the breeze!


Coconut Plantation and the Jungle

A regular sight on an island, coconut trees a everywhere. However in Parola Island, the coconut trees are planted with a consistent distance from each other.

The jungle has its own opening and route for those who want to experience a simple tropical forest. While walking around, my imagination was freed to high distance that I was even thinking of movies about lost people in the wilderness.

I noticed that the place is very clean. Even the fallen dried leaves have been cleaned up.

For a few minutes, I tried helping co-blogggers Maria Beltran, Kenneth Surat and Charlotte de Peralta with their "photo of the day" drama inside and outside the cottage where were stationed at.

Priceless Solemnity, Intimacy, and Exclusivity

When we reached the island, we saw about a dozen of eople sitting in the shade of coconut trees. A child sleeps silently in a hammock tied to two coconut trees on both ends.

The island is a perfect place for a getaway. Mobile signal is okay, but I did not mind checking my phone- all I wanted was to get disconnected with the world of adult problems.

I took a deep breath, forgot my worries with our sales performance, removed my slippers to feel the sand, and circled my eyes around the horizon from left to right until I found myself floating in a daydream.

The Pristine Waters from the Pacific and China Sea

Since our visit of Corregidor Island, I was aware of the difference between the sparkling water of the Pacific Ocean and the less attracting liquid from the China Sea.The two meet around Parola Island. 

I remember when I was in Palawan years ago, it took me minutes to believe I was touching sea water that is crystal clear that even if I was still sitting on the boat, I could see the starfishes on the sea bed. That same feeling was rocking the moment we reached Parola Island.

To maximize the beautiful horizon, I joined Charlotte and Rona for their another round of photoshoot. We asked for permission from the owner of a boat and made flashy images with impressions of Life of Pi and Mexican beauty Marimar.

How to Survive Parola Island

When we went there, we had a chartered boat for the group since we were under the care of the local government. However, it can be accessed on a one-hour boat ride away from Calaguas Island.

a.  Bring enough water. While we brought jogs of water, we forgot to bring cups. What we did was to cut a small bottle separating the top part of the bottle from its bottom to create two cups.

b.    Wear trekking sandals. The jungle and other elevated parts of the island can be explored with needed protection to the feet. Good thing that my slippers did not surrender while I was roaming around the island.

c.    Buy everything you need in the port of Jose Panganiban before you ride the boat. When we reached the island and felt the very vibrant ambiance of the surroundings, the first thing that crossed my mind was beer. I regret I did not foresee that kind of thirst! Promise, you will regret it if you do not bring all your comfort beer and snack there.

d.    Dispose your garbage properly. It is important that we all keep the island in its perfect condition for the next batches of tourist.

Parola Island is certainly the next big thing in Southern Luzon. Visit it while no huge amount of people is flocking there to experience its unique pink beach.


Contact Persons:

Jose Panganiban Municipal Tourism Office
Ruth Marie P. Forteza

Camarines Norte Provincial Tourism Office
Myrna Gobrin


Read more about Parola Island

CAPTURING FOOTPRINT SPECIAL NOTE: This article is published through the efforts of the Camarines Norte Provincial Tourism Office headed by Mr. Bong Palma in cooperation with the Municipal Tourism Offices, Katooga PH, and private individuals sharing the same advocacy of boosting the tourism industry of each town in the Bicol province.