Apuao Grande Island Resort

I strongly suggest you check these 2 related entries first:


Coming from Maculabo, we went back to Daet town proper and looked for a place to spend the night. The most decent place we found was Hotel Dolor. They charged us P1550 for a big room with 4 single beds and yes it comes with free breakfast.

And since we're already in Camarines Norte, our group decided to visit Apuao Grande the next day. It was located in Mercedes, a town 15mins away from Daet town proper. Jeepney ride costs P10.

a close encounter with a (live) stingray

the busy Mercedes port

Surprisingly, it was more difficult to bargain in Mercedes Port than in Paracale. Boatmen were charging us P1500 for the roundtrip boatride to Apuao Grande. The cheapest offer we found was P1000. Pwede na. Sayang oras kaka-negotiate.

take us there, mr. young boatman

Journey was around 45mins.
Nina, Leidy and I were just looking and smiling with grin as we reached our destination. This place is beautiful, no arguements about that. But after seeing Calaguas Island, ang taas na bigla ng standards namin sa beaches.

welcome to Apuao Grande

beautiful shoreline

and beautiful beach

But not enough to impress us.
This resort was abandoned 4 years ago. But tourists keep coming to this place for a daytour or overnight stay.

nipa hut for daytour/ picnic style

accommodation for overnight stay

fun fun fun in the beach

The care taker didn't charge us any daytour fee. But in case you want to spend the night here and use their house, rate per night is P3000/15pax already.

If we only have visited this place first before Calaguas and Maculabo, surely we would be impressed. Sadly, we did the other way around - and found Apuao unimpressive already. So in case you plan to visit Camnorte in the future, please do visit Apuao Grande first. *winks*
long stretch

our boat

and thank you too!

Yes, this place is beautiful, relaxing, and serene. But again, not as awesome as Calaguas Island! Be very excited to visit that place soon before it becomes commercialized. Im impressed with Camarines Norte.

Now meet my travel buddies, Camarines Norte edition:

Nina, Me, Ate Beth, and Leidy
(at Paracale Port)

I had fun doing this Calaguas, Maculabo, and Apuao Grande adventure with you. Next time ulit! And see you around the beautiful places here in Pinas! ♥

52 responses:

Chyng said...

Invite me in your next travel! Ü

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

hmm...maybe kase madame kayo, kaya tinagaan kayo..when I went there I paid Php100 lang. haha nakisakay lng kase aq sa magigisda pero kase malayo naman xa, I'm broke na at that time kse tlga kaya kahet gusto q bigyan ng 500 wala na aq mahugot sa pitaka q. hihi :D Anyway, yeah, M glad u enjoyed ur stay there. it's not as awesome as Calaguas but I love the atmosphere there. Wishing you more travels this year Chyng! =)

Cza said...

nice pics... :D waaaaah... stingray!

rEm said...

may aircon ung rooms? :D

nakakatakot ung sting ray, bakit ganun itsura pag native? hehehe!

san next dest? :)

DRAKE said...

Ang ganda ng camera mo! Buhay na buhay ang kulay! Teka anong SLR mo? Ganda eh! Saka syempre maganda din yung pagkakakuha mo sa pix!

Ingat

MarcoPaolo said...

*inggit*

The Teknisyan said...

nice.. shots!

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nicquee said...

Same reaction tayo. naisip ko, kung kami pupunta, jan muna sa apuao tapos last ang calaguas. Pero diba walang kuryente sa calaguas?

bad_mj97 said...

sama ko sa susunod ah?hehehe

pusang kalye said...

ang dami--ganuito ang gusto ko---yung tipong me main dish, me appetizer pa at dessert. good package yung plave no? better talaga kesa caramoan kung ganun....ang tanung---anu ang mas remote between the 2?

roanne said...

ang saya! asian tour naman!! macau is the place to be! :)

Jepoy said...

Chyng Seriously sama ko sa susunod na bacpackers pasyal mo, basta wag yung may akyat akyat factor lam mo naman hindi masyadong sexy LOL

:-D

lechua said...

more blue waters.. and a stingray! looks huugee. great series of the lovely waters of phillipines!

the donG said...

wow! the stingray looks a bit different. we're including this on our trip.

by the way, we're going to cagbalete and calaguas on a separate date. april 8 ang alis papuntang cagbalete. :-(

princess_dyanie said...

oo nga ayaw mo sa stripes! haha! :P those bicol beaches are so tempting! kaya lang afraid talaga ako sa mga bangkaan portion haha! :P

Chyng said...

@gael,
wow tipid yang 100 ha. in our case they stayed with us kasi 1 hour lang kami ngstay sa apuao. our flight back to manila is 2pm kasi.

wish you magkadikit na off para tuloy ang gala! Ü

@cza,
ganda ng pinas!

@c3,
choosy mo pa. di nga uso kuryente dun. hihi
next desti: edi pa-despidida mo? Ü

@drake,
thank you! canon500D lamang.

@marco,
inggit pa to eh nagphotowalk ka din last sat. hihi

@abiel,
lilibutin ang antartica? Ü

Chyng said...

@nicq,
yes nicq, walang kuryente sa calaguas. mas private.

@bad,
weh, after ng kasal mo..

@antonio,
mas remote: hhmm. islands in caramoan do not have electricity too. parehong remote. magkaiba yung ganda and you excatly knew which place gets my vote! *winks*

@roanne,
nakapagmacau na ko sayang. pagbalik jan contackin kita. Ü

@jepoy,
noted yan!

@lechua,
thank you. when will you visit Manila?

@doms,
sayang. anyway, enjoy! and be good in haggling. Ü

@dyanie,
kala ko ba gusto mo dito? kaya mo yan, safe naman basta pray lang. Ü

Misalyn said...

Sayang talaga at napabayaan na ang Apuao Grande island. Naalalako noong high school days ko , super ganda pa ng Apua Grande island at marami talagang tourists ang pumupunta sa Isla na yan. Sana binisita mo na rin yung Quinapaguian kasi malapit lang yun sa Apuao.

FLIP'N TRAVELS said...

your post made me want to hop on the next flight to naga. can't wait to hit the beach.

so jealous! hehehe

RON

kg said...

apuao for me is also one of the best. did you try fishing? mercedes is known for their seafood. :)

alam mo chyng, for me, camarines norte is one of the most underrated places in the philippines. hindi alam ng mga tao that they have some of the best beaches in our country. what's more, these beaches are not commercialized, kaya they are virtually "untouched." maganda talaga. :)

Roninkotwo said...

Nakakagulat..marami pala talagang magagandang lugar sa pinas...=)

Random Student said...

maswerte ka chyng napapadpad ka pa sa mga non-commercialized beach resorts. kasi the last time nakapunta ako sa mga ganyan eh bata pa ko. lately puro commercialized na.

Vernz said...

Wow, you are one lucky earthling you got to see this beautiful place very lovely ...

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gillboard said...

uy, gumagaling ka sa pagkuha ng pics ha!!! ang gaganda ng mga kuha mo dito... hehehe

DRAKE said...

Add kita sa blogroll ko chyn para naman updated ako sa iyo. EA (Executive Assistant) ako dito sa isang motor company dito sa Riyadh.

Ingat palagi!

mishi said...

I was expecting more on Apuao Grande Island Resort,striking name eh. But yes, mas maganda nga Calaguas! ;) Love the shots din esp the nipa hut w/ the coconut tree, galing! And chyng, Im not fr Bicol but Quezon. My mom came fr Bicol pero sa Qzn sya lumaki. Pero somewhat true kz malapit na kmi sa Bicol hehe! ;)

lucas said...

ganun pala ang hitsura ng stingray pag malapitan... did you touch the tail? di ba pamatay daw yun ng aswang? hahaha!

great place chyng. i wish i had the time and means to travel like you :)

ShatterShards said...

The last time I had been to Apuao Grande, the resort was still operational. My mom knew the resort owner then, so we were treated to discounted rates. hehe. There also used to be a sand bar connecting the large island to the nearby smaller island, I wonder if it was still there when you got there. Goes to show how long it was since the last time I was at my mother's province.

I think I told you as well that there weren't any resorts on Calaguas Island when we went there before. It's a good thing that they now have amenities there.

I was brisk reading your CamNor series, but I don't think I saw your expense tally for the trip. Hehe, pardon the accountant. :-)

dyosa said...

I love the stripes ensemble!

floreta said...

wow, some great pictures and a decent price for your stay!

ahmer said...

di ako maka move on sa lugar na to' parang atat nako puntahan! : D

ahmer said...

di ako maka move on sa lugar na to' parang atat nako puntahan! : D

ʎonqʎʇıɔ said...

ang ganda naman!!! nakakainggit talaga!

docgelo said...

nice shots, as usual chyng!
so where and when is your next trip?

Thelostrays said...

ang gaganda ng photos esp. yung stingray at yung boatman!!!galing :)

Arvin U. de la Peña said...

kailan ka uli pupunta diyan..parang gusto kong sumama,hehe..joke lang..

Happy Trails said...

hala !close encounter nga with stingray=) i read all your 3 "features" about naga beaches and i agree that calaguas base of your pictures and accounts is the best.

Happy Traveling=)

yayyadanda said...

ganda nga! ganyan na rin po siguro it namen.. :)

Lawstude said...

you look so cute on those stripes :)

the scene is just so good.

sendzki said...
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sendzki said...

wow...parang ganda diyan! at saka ang mura ng hotel ah! will definitely consider this in one of my trips ..laki ng stingray! ^^..invite mo rin ako! haha

Coffeeveggie addict. said...

thanks for the visit....i would love to visit this place soon.....im following you now....thanks...


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The Nomadic Pinoy said...

Of all the islands you visited, Calaguas tops them all. I'm envious!

Calvin said...

astig yung stingray. nice blog you got here. dami mo nang travel adventures na nasulat. :)

sige mag-refer ako dito para sa mga places na hindi pa namin napuntahan.

Palito said...

Close encounter with stingray. Wow!!!

Ingat lagi, Chyng. =)

Anonymous said...

hi again! i think we're now going to calaguas instead of caramoan because of your wonderful pictures! super beautiful beach!!! would you happen to have a contact # of apuao grande island resort? we're planning to stay there for 2 nights..they're open pa nman d b? hehe =) thanks again!!! - rie =p

chyng said...

@rie,
calaguas is not near to apuao grande. if you've read my statement, the moment we saw apuao, hindi kami nagandahan. IMO, hindi ako bbyahe all the way from manila just to see apuao. the place is not maintained, baka madisappoint ka din.
go for calaguas- hindi ako mapapahiya jan. Ü

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Mark Paul yanto said...

Sayang nga po at di na maintain ung lugar namin pero magnda p nmn po ung apuao..mrami pring pumuntang bisita..although mlayo sa cntro nsau nmn ung pgkktaon na mrlax..khit papanu...

Anonymous said...

ei Chyng came across your blog kasi i'm planning for a weekend gateway.possible ba siya? wala kasi work this friday and gusto ko sana umalis?o need ng research pa for the DIY travel? by land kasi nakita ko.
kaya ba gurl ng biglang alis this weekend friday then sunday un balik?

Chyng said...

^hi
hindi masyadong maganda jan. mahal din yung boat kung mag-isa ka. pag maki-hitch ka naman, you need to allot witing time. sayang oras.
hindi rin biro ang 8hrs na bus ride from manila..

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