Calayan sojourn

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Beautiful coast of Calayan near Cibang Cove

Calayan Is. in red
I’ve always wanted to visit the Babuyanes, a group of islands off the coast of Luzon and just below Batanes. It consists of the municipality of Calayan with Babuyan Claro, Camiguin Norte (as opposed that of Camiguin in Mindanao), the two are volcanic, Calayan and Dalupiri islands while Fuga, a private island belongs politically under Aparri.

I was on assignment in Calayan Island in the Babuyanes and in between, I got to enjoy this piece of paradise this part of the Philippines. It’s so out of the way, with travel very much dependent on the status of the Babuyan Channel where for most part of the year, can be very trecherous. Couple this with uncertain travel days and you’ve got a place that is so off the beaten path.

Fortunately, my former company where I worked for quite a number of years contacted me if I want to visit the place and cover (photograph and write about) their program in Calayan and, without hesitation, I said yes. It was an opportunity to finally realize my dream of visiting the Babuyanes, where so few bloggers have gone to.

It’s not an easy travel, for both ways. But once you’re there and get to visit Cibang Cove, just be prepared to be enthralled and enchanted. For a few days, I was there. One of the most unforgettable moments of my traveling life.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.

He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces.

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13 thoughts on “Calayan sojourn

  1. => hi sir, I am really an avid fan of your blog and I can’t prevent my self from not commenting, hehehe… It is just so amazing that you travel because of work. That’s my dream job! And Calayan! OH God! Really wanna go here “if only” I have the means. hehe..

  2. GREAT! though it’s not easy to travel but it’s feel great to get that way. Awesome Trip. Want to visit Calayan and Dalupiri, and waqnt to feel the same you.

  3. @paul, thanx for the comment. I saw Dalupiri and it is mainly deforested. I’m more inclined to visit Babuyan Claro and Camiguin Norte 🙂

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