Tinago is a Bicol word which means “hidden.” Tinago Island is a hidden island with interesting features; It got its name because it was located at the back of Cagbalinag Island. According to the tourists who have been to Tinago Island, most local boatmen—even those who double as tour guides—would rather not take tourists here, simply because they don’t know of the secluded and astonishing features of the island that only tourists persistent and adventurous enough can enjoy. Unlike the more popular Gota and Hunongan beaches in Caramoan, this cove is concealed from view when you traverse the length of the Caramoan peninsula coastline. However, it is accessible from the sea through a narrow passageway found in the huge limestone karst formations lining the coastline.
The gateway to Tinago is the narrow gap between two limestone mountains. Lots of boatmen find it hard to maneuver the outrigger boat because of the strong current. Since this cover is deserted and no hut and fresh water available, you need to bring everything. Actually, Tinago Cove is a lagoon. It is entirely surrounded by the now-familiar tall limestone cliffs. The water which leads to the narrow passageway among the limestone cliffs was quite rough. However, once you are inside the cove, the waters can be extremely calm. Within Tinago, there are two small sandy beaches where boats can dock. They are ideal for picnics.
Tinago consists of a narrow stretch of fine white sandy beach with limestone rocks around it. You can actually have lunch under the trees, grill fish, be exposed to the sun and enjoy. Let the breathtaking, peaceful beauty of Tinago renew your spirits. It will be a remarkable experience to put up a tent here and stay for the night.
Tourists who will manage to reach Tinago Island can hang out, sunbathe, picnic, swim, and snorkel at the Tinago Cove, the location of a lagoon partially enclosed by limestone cliffs where white-sand beaches are found. There are never many people, so tourists can do all this to their hearts’ content. But there also aren’t any cottages, so unless they will rough it, they ought to leave before nightfall.
Tourists who will arrive at the side of Tinago Island abundant in seaweed and sea grass will have to move to and then dock at the other side. Then they will have to maneuver their boats or rented boats through a narrow passageway between two limestone cliffs to reach Tinago Cove. Many boatmen find it difficult to maneuver their boats through this passageway due to a strong current, according to some of the said tourists. Some of the said tourists have also spotted sea snakes on the island.
To get to Tinago Island, take a taxi from the Naga Airport to the van terminal just across SM City Naga shopping mall. This trip will cost around Php. 350.00. At the terminal, take a van bound for Sabang Port. This trip will take 1.5-hours, and cost around Php. 100.00. The van will leave once it’s full. At Sabang Port, board a ferry to Caramoan. This trip will take 2-hours, and cost Php. 120.00. From the centro, or the town proper, take a tricycle or habal-habal either to Paniman Beach or Bikal Port, where you can rent a motorized boat to get to Tinago Island. This island is located at the back of the Cagbalinad Island. Remember to take a reliable local boatman who doubles as a tour guide with you or with you and your family, friends or companions. Rental of a boat for an entire day of touring usually costs Php. 2,000.00.