Maculabo Island, Paracale’s Gold

Paracale, a Camarines Norte town made popular by its active gold and copper mining industry, has hidden treasures that are worth more than the precious metals underneath its soil – one of which is Maculabo Island.

Maculabo Island

Maculabo, a small island off the coast of Paracale, is approximately 300 hectares in land area. Home to a fishing community, the island is almost an hour boat ride from the fish port of Paracale. It boasts of fine white sand beach on turquoise water, a paradise on its own right.

Lined up on the shore of the island fronting mainland Paracale are concrete structures, a basketball court, an elementary school, and some nipa huts and cottages. Nevertheless, the island is still stunning.

Maculabo Island with the mainland Paracale on the background

On its eastern side is a hill that offers a perfect 360 degrees view of the place and the neighboring islands of Calaguas Group. The shore on the eastern end is dotted by big rocks. The view of the island from that end is picturesque.

A view from the eastern side of Maculabo

The island is a good sidetrip for those enroute to Mahabang Buhangin in Tinaga Island of Calaguas Group, approximately one hour away by boat. There is mobile signal in the island, albeit intermittent.

Going there, hire a boat from Paracale fishport or hopped in the local’s boats going to the island for a minimal fee.


  1. malou

    Hi po..saan po kaya pwede magpunta yung hindi crowded po pero wag naman malayo..madalas kami magbakasyon kami 2 ng husband ko sa anawangin cove..talisayen..basta zambales lang kasi duon kami mas malapit. Angeles pampanga po ako. Gusto konaman maiba kasi crowded na ang banda duon. Twice once ayear lang kami nakakapahinga sana masulit naman. Any advice po? Tnx

  2. sha

    I wan to visit this part of the Philippines too…sa mga susunod na bakasyon..calaguas group of islands nman..been to caramoan..beautiful province #bicol is blessed

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  4. Doreen

    btw, is it safe to go to maculabo or calaguas at this time of the year, di ba mxado malakas alon? will appreciate ur advice. thanks.

    1. Basta walang bagyo, go kayo 🙂

      1. Doreen

        ahaha yup! as of the moment namimilit pa ng kasama but hopefully matuloy soon. tnx again! 🙂

        1. wow, i hope matuloy yung trip 🙂

  5. Doreen

    thanks so much for this post! i was just scouting for some off-the-beaten path locations within or near bicol and voila, this post! thanks 🙂 great shots, beautiful view…

    1. Thanks Doreen 🙂

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