Scenic Taggat Lagoon in Claveria, Cagayan

Rows upon rows of motorized pumpboats dock on the beach of Taggat Lagoon

Claveria in red

I was in the NORTH. Up at the coasts of Cagayan and the Ilocos Norte provinces when I was again invited to be part of Lakbay Norte’s 2011 edition, Leg 2, visiting several new and interesting spots as well as reacquainted with some old sites. One great thing about exploring the country’s many provinces is that there is always a reason to stop, gawk and be awed. This can be pristine beaches, spectacular rock formations or just scenic vistas. Taggat Lagoon in Claveria, Cagayan is one. Its so small for a bay with both sides of the mouth bordered with a hill and a few rock formations between these two almost closing the bay’s opening.

It’s really scenic when we arrived there from Buguey. Late in the afternoon and the low, overhanging rain clouds creating drama to an otherwise overcast day. It already started to drizzle when we arrive and eventually, after taking a few shots, rain poured in.

Panoramic view of Taggat Lagoon. CLICK TO ENLARGE

I should get back to this place again, I said to myself as the brief visit was marred by the rain. But the place has promise. It doesn’t have the white sand beaches of other places like Cibang Cove in Calayan Island but I was just in awe of the rock formations, of the two hills at the bay’s edge, and the rows upon rows of lampitaws, fishing boats docked at the beach.

It was just spectacular, something that get’s seared into the brain and will always be the representing image whenever I will think of Taggat Lagoon.

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. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.


  1. Karl
    August 26, 2011 @ 10:07

    i hope it’s not yet littered with plastic products, estan.

  2. estan
    August 26, 2011 @ 16:36

    @karl, i just hope its still clean. but probably. its a not so known place

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  6. Reydan Duldulao
    May 20, 2014 @ 10:05

    Nakakamiss! Sir Estan, sa panoramic view, the hill on the right side, pwedeng akyatin yan! May cross sa taas which I believe inaakyat yan madalas during Semana Santa. Just imagine, I am from there pero hindi ko pa yan naakyat 🙂

  7. estancabigas
    May 20, 2014 @ 16:18

    wow! meron pala! dapat mo talaga akyatan, kundi, unahan kita :p

  8. Reydan Duldulao
    May 21, 2014 @ 7:32

    Haha… we’ll see 🙂

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