Parola Island

Parola Island, Jose Panganiban: Tickets, Tours, Address, Parola Island Reviews: 4.5/5

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nicavanessa
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Raw Beauty
Mar 2018 • Family
If you're in Cam Norte, aside from Calaguas you can visit this raw island located at Jose Panganiban. The place is so serene and full of shed(trees) wherein you can just relax. I hope they can maintain the cleanliness of the place. Reminder their are toliets but you will use sea water. Kodus to their toilet in the port, it was so clean that when you enter you need to remove your shoes. Surely i'll comeback.
Written March 28, 2018
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Jimmy069
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Day trip to Parola Island
Feb 2018 • Friends
Visited on 16 February 2018.

The trip was organised by Ruth, the Tourism Officer at Jose Panganiban Town Hall. She is a very helpful lady who sets up the tour by organising the boat and getting the clearances. It is an official tour, as Parola is a private island, which is only allowed in good weather. There was a guide provided.

We left from the waterfront in Panganiban just close to the Police station at about 8am.

The boat trip took about 60 minutes on a very flat sea. There were 15 in our party but the boat can take up to 30 passengers.

It is quite a small island with beaches on both the main sides. Also when the tide is out you can walk several hundred meters offshore, collecting small fish, shell fish, etc.

When we were there, there were 2 other boat trips both of whom were staying overnight in tents.

There are no facilities on the island so you have to bring all your own food, drink, entertainment, etc. There are no inhabitants on the island.

There is plenty of shade under the trees to shelter from the sun.

It is a fantastic looking island but we were disappointed by the quality of the sand. It was difficult to walk on as it was very soft so you sink into it by a few inches. Also there are many small, sharp pebbles and shells in the sand and in the water so it is difficult to walk on it and you must be careful when swimming.

It was not the pristine, soft sand of Calaguas Island although it is lovely.There is also woodland to explore.

Unfortunately there was plastic waste scattered about although not a lot. It may have been washed up from the sea as the island is very low lying. Definitely not a place to be during a storm.

We stayed until 4pm and certainly had a lovely day on the island. Walking all the way round it, except for some rocks in one corner, exploring inland and swimming. It was a very hot, cloudless sky day.

I would recommend Parola Island provided you arrive equipped.
Written March 3, 2018
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Travel Eat Pinas
Pasig, Philippines264 contributions
Parola Island : Hidden Gem or Camarines Norte
Aug 2017 • Friends
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.

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.

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.

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 travelers can bring hammocks and tent that they can use while staying in the island.

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

Two islets can be found near Parola 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.

To know the suggested itinerary and tour packages visit traveleatpinas.com
Written September 6, 2017
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