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Near Jose Panganiban Municipal Office, we took a boat going to Parola Island . The boat was big enough to accommodate around 20 to 25 pax. ...

Parola Island | The Hidden Gem of Camarines Norte

Near Jose Panganiban Municipal Office, we took a boat going to Parola Island. The boat was big enough to accommodate around 20 to 25 pax. Our travel was smooth and it took us 40 minutes to reach the island. We're welcomed with a beautiful long stretch of white powdery sand beach and crystal clear waters.

Parola Island also known as Pink Beach is one of the hidden gems of Camarines Norte. It's virgin and unspoiled beach surrounded with semi pinkish color, a mixture of white sand and a rough reddish one (miniature coral fragments). The island also fringed with coconut trees and several plants. There's an old Parola (Lighthouse) standing at the heart of the island. It's damaged, no longer working due to rains, too much sun exposure and natural calamities.

Aside from Calaguas Island in the town of Vinzons, Parola Island is one of the best beach in Camarines Norte. It's a destination where you can truly relax while enjoying the beauty and serenity of the place. The island is perfect for campers and nature lovers.

We enjoyed taking photos here. Every spot was perfect for that memorable capture. Swimming also in its turquoise water was refreshing and relaxing. I'm just like a kid while playing the sand and water. Walking along the shoreline was also the best to do in the island. It's simple yet fulfilling activity.

There's no accommodation in Parola island. You can bring air bed, hammock or tent if you want to stay overnight. There's only cottage available in the island where you can stay to protect you from rain and direct heat of the sun. 

Boat rate is as low as P4000 /boat for 20 to 25 pax.

How to Get to Parola Island

There are some travel/tour organizers offering Parola Island tour but a DIY trip is possible and the cheapest way to get to the island.
  • From Manila, take bus bound for Jose Panganiban or Daet, Camarines Norte. You can take Philtranco, DLTB, Superlines, etc. Travel time is around 8 hours. Tell the driver to drop you off near the Jose Panganiban Municipal Office.
  • From Jose Panganiban, take a tricycle going to Larap Port. Along the way to Parola Island, you will see Carol Island, Aguanicion Island and Calalanay Island.

Travel Guide /Tips 
  • Bring your own food and water. There's no store in the island
  • Bring sunblock, umbrella or cap that will protect your skin from the direct heat of the sun
  • Bring lamp or flashlight. The only light at night is coming from the moon
  • Bring powerbank for gadgets. There's no electricity in the island.
  • Bring your own health kit
  • A maximum number of 200 tourist per day
  • Bonfire, lanterns and fireworks are strictly not allowed at anytime
  • There's no comfort room nor shower area. (Make your own diskarte na lang lol)
  • If you will visit Jose Panganiban, don't forget to include on your itinerary the following destinations:  Bulalacao Beach, Turayog Beach, Pag-Asa Beach, Calalanay Island.

For more details about Parola Island, contact Jose Panganiban Tourism Office or Ms. Ruth Marie Forteza (0910-827-3547)

​Parola Island  (Tunao or Tailon)
Municipality of Jose Panganiban, Province of Camarines Norte, Bicol, Philippines

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  1. I love your white bag. What's the brand of your bag?

  2. Hi, how much was your budget going there? Thanks!

    1. it depends po kung ilan po ksama mo.. usually budget is P2500- P3000

  3. Sir can share your iti?

  4. Hi, planning to visit this weekend. 2 lang kami, hm estimated cost? May schedule ba ng alis yung boat? Thanks! :)

    1. Hi there, wala pong passenger boat going to the island. You need to rent a boat po


    3. it depends on the size of boat, ranging from P2500 -P5000

  5. Sir good morning! My contact no. po kau ng boat operator planning to visit this weekend. 10 pax po kmi pero diy lng sna. Thanks

  6. any contact no. po to rent a boat?