According to Locals, Calayan is derived from an Ybanag word which means, “calayaan’, or full of ginger.
Located in the Luzon strait, North of Luzon around 18 hours travel by land and sea is where the adventure for extreme travelers set to begin. Endowed with nature’s beauty and preserve by its seclusion, Calayan Island remained to be unspoiled, unexploited and untouched.
Calayan Island is famous for its rock formation, talcum fine white sand beaches, scenic coves, sea caves that give new definition to an island experience.
It is the largest of the babuyan Island located in the middle of Aparri and the Batanes group of Islands. It is a 3rd class Municipality with no airport and no banks, offering visitors a castaway-like getaway.
There were three coves in Calayan, Caniwara, Cababaan and Sibang. All of these coves were located in Barangay Dadao which is around four kilometres from their Poblacion.
Sibang Cove is around 10-15 minutes ride using Kuliglig (2 wheeled metal cart pulled by tractor) and 30 minutes walks from the Centro or town proper.
It boasts a strip of fine white sand beach surrounded by limestonecliffs and rock formation. Sibang, which is still unexploited, is one of the most recommended place to visit.
How to get to Calayan:
- Via Bus and Boat – Take a Florida bus in Sampaloc Manila bound to Aparri, You have an option to choose for a deluxe bus ride with reclining seats and bathroom. Travel time is around 13 hours.
- From Aparri you can take a trycle to the port and then Big boats heading straight to Calayan Island. Boat sets off early morning from Aparri and schedule is very limited. (estimated 5 hours)
You may also arrange the tour via GO PH travels and Tours for easier accommodations.