Exploring Capalonga, Camarines Norte

by - February 08, 2018


Last week, I was very fortunate to be able to see the natural beauty of Capalonga. Together with Katooga.ph and other travel bloggers, we were set to explore the beaches, falls and other hidden charm of the place.


Capalonga is one of the twelve municipality in Camarines Norte, Philippines. 



How to go to Capalonga, Camarines Norte?

We ride a bus going to Daet, Camarines Norte via Superlines Bus transportation. It is advisable to reserve a seat. Also there is a bus going directly to Capalonga, however, the schedules are limited.


How to go to Capalonga, Camarines Norte?

First class costs Php 650.00. Our scheduled was nine in the evening from Cubao Bus Terminal and we reached Daet Bus Terminal around four o'clock in the morning. Since I am already in Laguna, we asked if its possible for me to just wait for them in the nearest terminal. Luckily, they can have a quick stop-over in their Turbina, Calamba terminal.



How to go to Capalonga, Camarines Norte?
All set for our Capalonga Adventure
We were picked by a Van in Daet going to Capalonga. 

Capalonga Van Terminal is located near Daet Fire Station. Also, there are available local buses that has regular schedules.

Our Itinerary


When we arrived at Capalonga, we greeted with a warm welcome by Sir Rod E. Rawat,  Capalonga Tourism Officer and then we went to Mommy Terry's Bulaluhan.

Mommy Terry's Bulaluhan



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As we enter, we received a very jolly welcome from Mommy Terry, the only eatery in town. Great selection of seafoods is what you will see. For sure your eyes will definitely glow seeing fresh catch of fishes being prepared and crabs too! 

Mommy Terry's Bulaluhan
Mommy Terry preparing the foods for us.



We drop by the Talagpucao port before going to our Banca-Banca Falls adventure.


Port Capalonga



It's refreshing to see locals spending their time fishing at the port. Such a simple life, very different from the city, indeed away from gadgets and technology.


 Talagpucao Port Talagpucao Port Talagpucao Port .

As per Sir Rod, there are some plans to place a water sports activities here such as kayak, jetski and banana boat. Behind me is the end point of the zipline.



Talagpucao Port
Talagpucao Port
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Banca-Banca Falls

Banca-Banca falls is located in Brgy. Alayao. We dropped by to register and then proceed with the trekking going to the falls.


Brgy. Alayao Barangay Hall
Brgy. Alayao Barangay Hall


And now, it's time to do a little trekking and see what's in store for us as we chase our first water falls encounter in Capalonga.


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Personally, I am always amazed by waterfalls. When travelling, especially to local destinations, I see to it that in case there is a falls in the are, I can visit. So knowing that we will be going to one of their waterfalls, I was so excited to see it.



Banca-Banca Falls
Instant group shot upon reaching Banca-Banca Falls
Banca-Banca Falls was named because of the boat-like design at the waterfalls.

This is the entry point, or shall I say first level. You have to climb up to see the other falls and the boat-like shapes as it can be seen in the upper level of the falls.




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Tinago Beach


Tinago Beach, Capalonga, Camarines Norte

This is located at Brgy. Camagsaan still a part of Capalonga.
Tinago Beach, Capalonga, Camarines Norte

The beach is not yet advisable for swimming because of the big waves due to moonsoon. As per the owner, it normally lasts for eight days after the feast of Paracale. After that, it will be back to normal and ready for the summer season.

Tinago Beach at Brgy. Camagsaan, Calaponga, Camarines Norte


During our visit, there are many coconut husks surrounding the beach so we just opt to explore sa side wherein there are many rock formations. The winds are so strong, you can see it as it sways the coconut leaves.

Kids playing at Tinago Beach, Brgy. Camagsaan, Capalonga
The sands are very fine, I hope next time I can swim here already and enjoy basking and swimming with Mr. Sun. 

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For sure this place will definitely be a good place during the summer season. I love the fine sand and most especially the natural beauty of the surroundings.


Tinago Beach, Capalonga, Camarines Norte
Allan of The Filipino Rambler


Tinago Beach, Capalonga, Camarines Norte
Jin of www.cyrenedipity.com for Mommy Lariza of  www.larizagarcia.com


Tinago Beach, Capalonga, Camarines Norte
And this is me with my signature pose. Credits to www.katooga.ph

Bamban Beach

Another three kilometer walk from Tinago beach is the Bamban beach. Also, this is the where you can ride a boat going to Pulong Guianlo. 

Crossing the broken bridge going to Bamban beach
That three kilometer walk was quite tiring and enjoyable as we were not just walking. We felt that there's a little twist as we need to cross muds, need to cross hand-in-hand in some parts and also need to be extra careful as some parts were a slippery.


Bamban Beach
We arrived a little late, around four in the afternoon. Mr. Sun is on vacation, we couldn't find him. Although, the winds and waves are the ones who greeted us. Were still glad we were able to see  the beauty of Bamban beach.


Sanbar and gateway going to Pulong Guianlo

Since it's already late and waves is already getting bigger, we decided to just go back. 

Jumpshot at Bamban beach
 We were accompanied by some locals who were also leaving the beach. Another 3 KM walk it is. But this time, we take a different route. They said that habal-habal ride can be used if you will use this route.


Going back,did you see the carvings?

Pulong Guianlo

We were not able to visit this island but some of the friends we met were able to see it's beauty. Well, I guess, everything happens for a reason. More reason for me to revisit Capalonga. 


Another island that  for sure people will really love. As per Sir Rod, Capalonga tourism officer, overnight is allowed in the island. You can pitch a tent.

Pulong Guianlo
Lakwatserong Irigenyo at Pulong Guianlo
JM is the man behind Lakwatserong Irigenyo. A very jolly person, they call him Bimby. He is one among the other group that we met during our weekend escapade.

Pulong Guianlo
Pulong Guianlo
You can see how the natural beauty of the island is. For sure many would love to visit this island. I hope they will all be responsible travellers too.

Pulong Guianlo
Envious of their group shot. Wish I was there too.

Where to Stay?

We stayed at SQ Apartelle. I think its quite new, overall I can say about it is that it is very clean. They also have the rooftop and common area where you can eat.

SQ Apartelle

It is located in the town proper as well, near Capalonga Gasoline Station.

SQ Apartelle
The rooms are in second floor. Here is the lobby while you can find the common eating area at the third floor. There is also a lounge/mini-sala where you can do socials.

SQ Apartelle




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