Parola Island

Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte

Parola Island
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Tourists have minimal knowledge about Parola Island compared with its counterpart Calaguas Island, but, backpackers, adventure seekers and people who want to take a break in the hustle and bustle metro life consider Parola Island as one of their favorite destination. The island is virgin and provides travelers a back to basic vacation where they can experience an overnight in an island without electricity, water, stores and resort. The island is privately owned and the only allowed structures in it are the house of the island’s caretaker, the lighthouse, a cottage and a restroom.

Parola Island is a hidden gem located at the Municipality of Jose Panganiban in Camarines Norte. The island was named after the lighthouse or “Parola” that was built on the island to guide seafarers and fishermen at night. It has two(2) shorelines and slender shaped. Locals also call the island Tunao or Tailon Island.

HOW TO GO TO PAROLA ISLAND

FROM PASAY

• Go to Philtranco Terminal Station and ride a bus going to Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte. You may ride the morning trip which leaves at around 7:00 AM or the night trip that leaves at 7:00 PM. Fare costs Php 544.50.

• Alight at Jose Panganiban Terminal, head straight to Roy Padilla Sr. Boulevard and ride a boat going to Parola Island. Travel time from the port to the island is 30-45 minutes.

FROM CUBAO

• Go to Superlines Terminal Station and ride a bus going to Paracale-Panganiban. Their day trip leaves at 5:45 AM. For night trip, they have three (3) trips. First trip will leave at 5:00 PM , second will leave at 6:00 PM and the last trip will leave at 7:30 PM. Ordinary bus fare costs Php 445.00 and Aircon Bus costs Php 550.00.

• Alight at Jose Panganiban Terminal, head straight to Roy Padilla Sr. Boulevard and ride a boat going to Parola Island. Travel time from the port to the island is 30-45 minutes.

SUGGESTED ITINERARY

TWO (2) DAYS AND ONE (1) NIGHT

DAY ZERO

7:30 PM – ETD to Cubao or Pasay

DAY ONE

7:00 AM – ETA to Jose Panganiban Terminal
7:05 AM – ETD Jose Panganiban Terminal to Evias
7:15 AM – ETA to Evias for breakfast
7:45 AM – ETD Evias to Port
8:00 AM – ETA Port to Parola Island
10:00 AM – ETA Parola Island/ Set Camp/ Explore
12:00 PM – Lunch
13:00 PM – Explore Swimming/ Wait For Low Tide To Explore The Islets Near The Island
18:00 PM- Dinner
19:00 PM- Socialization
20:00 PM – Lights Out

DAY TWO

6:00 AM – Wakeup Call
7:00 AM – Breakfast
9:00 AM – Break Camp
10:00 AM – ETD Parola Island to Jose Panganiban
12:00 PM – ETA Jose Panganiban
12:15 PM – Lunch / Swimming at Turayog Resort
14:00 PM – Surfing at Bulalacao Beach
16:00 PM- Sunset View at Turayog Hilltop.
17:00 PM- Rest
17:30 PM – ETD Jose Panganiban- Manila

REASONS TO VISIT PAROLA ISLAND

BROWNISH SAND THAT TURNS PINK

Parola Island has fine brownish sand with fragments of seashells that turns pink every time the sea touches the shore. The pink color of the island's shoreline is more visible during mid afternoon and sunset.

GREEN PATH TUNNEL

Luscious plants and trees created a tunnel on the island that serves as a pathway towards the lighthouse. The green path tunnel can also be a perfect camping spot because strong winds cannot easily pass the thick and luscious plants surrounding tunnel.

BACK TO BASIC EXPERIENCE

Parola Island provides a back to basics experience. The island doesn't have resorts but you can bring hammocks and tent that they can use while staying in the island. You can also bring fishing rods or make one and catch fish by shore.

MAJESTIC PANORAMIC VIEW

Majestic panoramic view of nature can be seen on every corners of the island. Whether you wait for the sunrise, sunset or just sit by the shore, Parola Island will provide extremely good panoramic view.

ISLETS NEAR THE ISLAND

The islets can be reached by walking during low tide. Make sure to wear aqua shoes or anything that can protect your feet when you go to the islets because there are dead shells, stones and corals in between the island and the islets that might hurt your feet.

ROCK FORMATIONS BY THE SHORELINE

Instagram worthy rock formations can be found near the shoreline. Fishes also swim near the rocks, making this side of the island the perfect spot for fishing.

OLD LIGHTHOUSE

Parola Island was named after this old lighthouse. Despite being old, the lighthouse is still working and guiding seafarers at night.

*The island is privately owned and 200 tourists per day are allowed. NO CLEARANCE FROM THE TOURISM INFORMATION CENTER OF JOSE PANGANIBAN, NO ENTRY.

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