Cagayan 4-Day Backpacking Trip Itinerary & Highlights

♦ Tuguegarao – Palaui – Nangaramoan Beach – Piat – Callao ♦


Day 1 (Nov 8, 2012)
0200 Meet Up Florida Bus Manila
0300 Departure: Manila
1600 Arrival: Tuguegarao
1700 Dinner (Batil Patong Try Out)
1800 Brgy Bagay (Free Overnight Stay at Friends House)
2100 Lights Out
Day 2 (Nov 9, 2012)
0300 Wake Up/Coffee/Bath Time
0415 PNOY Pandesal
0430 Van Terminal going to Sta Ana/Meet up with another buddy
0500 Departure: Tuguegarao, 1st Trip to Sta Ana
0800 Arrival: Sta Ana Proper
0815 Buy Food at the Market
0900 Breakfast/Snacks at Dampa Seafoods Restaurant
1000 Boat Arrangement Going to Palaui (Backdoor)
1100 Lunch at Dampa Seafoods Restaurant
1300 Departure: Sta Ana Backdoor
1400 Arrival: Palaui Island
1415 Picture Picture at Palaui Marker
1500 Trek to Cape Engano
1600 Trek back to Camp
1615 Trek to Cape Engano Waterfalls via Leonardo’s Trail
1630 Arrival at Cape Engano Waterfalls
1700 Trek back to Camp
1715 Prepare Dinner
1800 Dinner
1900 Socials
2200 Lights Out
Day 3 (Nov 10, 2012)
0500 Wake Up Call / Break Camp
0600 Prepare Breakfast / Swim
0700 Breakfast Time
0730 Departure: Palaui Island
0840 Arrival: Sta Ana
0900 Snacks at Dampa Seafoods Restaurant
0930 Buy Food at the Market
1130 Off to Nangaramoan Beach
1200 Arrival: Nangaramoan Beach
1230 Prepare Lunch
1315 Lunch
1400 Free Time / Swim / Siesta / Explore
1700 Visit to 651 KM Marker (Is this the last marker?)
1730 Prepare Dinner
1830 Dinner Time
2000 Socials / Videoke
No Lights Out
Day 4 ( Nov 11, 2012)
0400  Pack Up / Tidy Up
0500 Departure: Nangaramoan Beach
0600 Arrival: Sta Ana Van Terminal
0630 Off to Tuguegarao
0945 Arrival: Tuguegarao Van Terminal
1000 Back at Brgy Bagay
1030 Central Terminal Buntuan Hi-Way
1100 Off to Piat
1200 Arrival at Piat Van Terminal
1215 Walk to Our Lady of Piat Church
1300 Lunch at Carmela’s Panciteria (Pancit Cabagan Ty Out)
1330 Back at Piat Van Terminal
1345 Off to Central Terminal
1430  Back at Central Terminal
1445 Off to Callao Cave via Tricycle
1540 Arrival at Callao Cave
1545 Pay Entrace and Secure Guide
1550 Start of Tour
1645 End of Tour / Sunset Viewing along Cagayan River
1715 Halo-Halo Treat
1730 Off to Tuguegarao City
1830 Quick Stop at Alcala Milk Candy Store
1900 Back at Brgy Bagay / Wash Up
2000 Off to Florida Bus Terminal
2030 Departure: Tuguegarao Florida Bus Terminal
0500 Arrival: Metro Manila


Php550 Florida Bus (Manila to Tuguegarao) – Morning Trip
Php20 Trike (Victory Liner Terminal – Santa Ana Van Terminal)
Php180 Van (Tuguegarao – Sta Ana)
Php100 Public Market (Food)
Php500 Per Person Rate – Boat (Sta Ana – Palaui Island – San Vicente)
Php180 Van (Sta Ana – Tuguegarao)
Php125 Tour Guide (Palaui Island)
Php300 Trike (Nangaramoan – Sta Ana Van Terminal)
Php700 Florida Bus Deluxe (Tuguegarao – Manila)
Php400 Nangaramoan Cottage
Php200 Videoke Rental (Nangaramoan Beach)
Disclaimer: Aplogies for not getting a very detailed list of expenses. The paper where we wrote it was drenched in water due to the heavy rain while in Nangaramoan.
 Get a copy in Excel Format via Google Drive: Click HERE

 Trip Highlights

Batil Patong is Tuguegarao’s own version of stir-fried noodles served with an egg topping and a side serving of egg drop soup. This is also served with loads of onions, chicharon, sliced pork, cabbage and beef strips. This dish won’t be complete without soy sauce, chilli and Calamansi. Almost in every in corner in Tuguegarao you’ll find Panciterias claiming to have the best Batil Patong. The best way to know is by trying it. Enjoy!

Essentials for making your very own Pancit Batil Patong

Palaui Island lies off the northwestern part of San Vicente, in the municipality of Santa Ana, Cagayan Province. Palaui Island was declared as a National Marine Reserve in August 28, 1994 encompassing an area of 7,145 hectares (17,660 acres). Because of its remoteness, Palaui Island is home to different species of rattan and similar commercially valuable timber producing wood species and is the sanctuary for 90 migratory birds.

The northern point of the island is called Cape Engaño where on the summit of the hill lie the ruins of Cape Engaño Lighthouse. Engaño Cove or Siwangag Cove is a small cove southwest of the lighthouse where supplies for the station were previously landed. Today, small vessels can find good anchorage in this protected cove, except by northwesterly and westerly winds. A trail and a 229-step concrete stairway from the cove leads the travelers to the lighthouse. 

Cape Engano

The Dos Hermanos rocky islets lie off Cape Engaño, in the northern point of Palaui.

The Port of San Vicente in Santa Ana, Cagayan, situated between Palaui Island and the coast of Luzon, is the jump-off point for crossing the channel to Punta Verde (Point Verde) on Palaui Island, or heading to Engaño Cove, a little further to the north. The hike from Punta Verde, the southeast tip of Palaui, to Cape Engaño takes about 3.5 to 4 hours of hike through beautiful verdant scenery. Primitive camping is allowed at the lighthouse vicinity.

See detailed story covering Day 1 and 2 of this trip here: Cagayan Trip: Palaui Island + Cape Engano

Nangaramoan Beach. a highly recommended place to relax, unwind, escape from city life and feel the wonders of nature. This is located in Sta. Ana, which is at the tip of the province of Cagayan. The beach is very accessible via commute(tricycle) or private vehicle because of the newly cemented road leading to the beach area. The beach is undergoing development with its construction of bigger cottages and accommodations for those who want to stay overnight.

See detailed story covering Day 3 of this trip here: Cagayan Trip: Nangaramoan Beach

Our Lady of Piat (formally: Nuestra Señora de Piat) is a 16th-century Roman Catholic icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the central figure at the altar of her shrine in Piat in the province of Cagayan, Philippines. Locally known as the patroness of the town, it is one of the most venerated Marian images of Mary in the Republic of the Philippines and is referred to as the Mother of Cagayan. The image of Our Lady of Piat is one of the most revered images among Catholics. Flocking every day to the shrine are devotees queueing to touch the image’s feet seeking her intercessions.

Aside from Pancit Batil Patong of Tuguegarao, another must try when visit Cagayan is Pancit Cabagan. This noodle dish originated from Isabela Province. It uses pancit miki thinner that what is being used in Batil Patong. Pancit Cabagan has lechon, quail eggs and mixed vegetables. It goes with a dark broth soup of the cabagan with egg. It goes very well with a mix sauce of loads of fresh onions , vinegar, soy sauce and calamansi.

Callao Cave is a cave with seven chambers located on the Province of Cagayan, in the Philippines. It is one of the best known tourist attractions of the province. It is located in Barangays Magdalo and Quibal, Peñablanca, near Tuguegarao City, the capital city of the Province of Cagayan. It has a natural cathedral located at the first chamber, which was turned into a chapel by the local people.

Sunset across Cagayan River

Your visit in Tuguegarao won’t be complete if you won’t bring with you one of the most famous pasalubong. The Alcala Carabao Milk Candy. Its sweetness is just right.

See detailed story covering Day 4 of this trip here: Cagayan Trip: Piat + Callao

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