Travel Guide To Santa Ana, Cagayan

Unknown to many tourists, Cagayan provides a never ending adventure, offering several natural attractions. It is known as a paradise for spelunking, trekking, island hopping and game fishing. Cagayan is also blessed with untouched and unexploited white beaches. And, Santa Ana is known having these beautiful beaches.

Santa Ana, Cagayan, Philippines

Santa Ana, the north-easternmost part of Luzon, is a second class municipality in Cagayan. This town houses the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and the Naval Base Camilo Osias, also known as the Naval Operating Base San Vicente. Santa Ana has been on the spotlight featuring the beautiful Palaui Island, my favorite destination to date. 

Palaui Island earned the 10th spot in the CNN's World's 100 Best Beaches in 2013. This island is the filming location for Survivor: Blood vs Water and Survivor: Cagayan. Amazing, right?

Palaui Island, Santa Ana, Cagayan, Philippines

Politically, Santa Ana is subdivided into 16 barangays with a total population of almost 33,000 people based on the 2015 census. Fishing is the most common livelihood here. In fact, Santa Ana is dubbed as the Fishing Game Hub here in the Philippines as it hosted international decathlons, where athletes run through the rugged terrain of Punta Verde to Cape Engano then dipped in the crystal water of the Philippine Sea. 

Sinago Cove, Santa Ana, Cagayan, Philippines


To get here from Metro Manila, ride a Victory Liner bus heading to Tuguegarao City. Victory Liner terminals are located in Kamias, Quezon City; Sampaloc, Manila; and Caloocan. Other bus companies operating to Cagayan includes GV Florida and Five Star. Fare is around Php 700 and the travel time from Manila to Tuguegarao City is approximately eight to ten hours. 

From Tuguegarao City, ride a tricycle heading to the van terminal. Fare is around Php 10. Then, ride a van heading to Santa Ana. Fare is around Php 180 and the travel time is approximately four hours. 

In case you missed it, there are direct trips from Espana, Manila to Santa Ana, Cagayan via Florida bus. Daily trip schedules are at 12:30 PM and 3 PM only. Travel time is around 13 hours.

Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines has daily flights to Tuguegarao City. Regular fare starts at Php 3,000 to Php 4,000 and it varies from time to time.

Nangaramoan Beach, Santa Ana, Cagayan


Cagayan has a wide expanse of fine sand beaches along its coastal towns and in the islands of Palaui, Fuga, and Calayan. I intended not to include Palaui Island on this travel guide to highlight the places that can be traveled by land. Yes, you can just hire a tricycle to bring you to these places. Awesome, right?

Here are some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in Santa Ana.

  • Just like Boracay, Anguib Beach is known having creamery, white fine sands and crystal clear waters. This beach resort has a few of pine trees making it different from usual coconut trees. Anguib is being dubbed as the Boracay of the North. The sandbar is long enough for barefoot walking. I'm sure you'll love it here coz Anguib is like Boracay 20 years ago. 
  • Entrance Fee: Php 100 per person.
  • You can bring your tents or book an overnight stay to their hotel.
  • You can include Anguib Beach to your Palaui Island day tour. Yes, you can customize your day tour here.
  • For more information, you may contact 0906 666 6980 and ask for their tour packages and room rates.

Me welcoming you to Anguib Beach!

  • As of this writing, Nangaramoan Beach is temporarily closed.
  • I've been to Nangaramoan Beach for a couple of times now and I support the local government unit of Santa Ana for shutting down the beach for rehabilitation. The rehabilitation will allow operators to put up sanitation facilities and to observe building construction and environmental laws.
  • Of course, there shouldn't be a closure if these laws were properly implemented. However, I commend the LGU-Santa Ana for doing it right now before it's too late. We don't want Nangaramoan Beach to suffer several environmental issues in the future.
  • Nangaramoan, fronting the Pacific Ocean, is one of the most beautiful beaches here in the Philippines. This beach resort is just few minutes away from Anguib Beach.

Instant frame here in Nangaramoan Beach!

  • Just like Anguib Beach, Puzurubo Beach is one of the most visited places in Santa Ana, offering beautiful rock formations, white sands and crystal clear waters.

Puzurubo Beach, Santa Ana, Cagayan

  • Finally, the long wait is over! The Boacag Falls and Natural Park is now open to public. It is noted that this tourist destination was temporarily closed to public for rehabilitation few years ago.
  • Boacag Falls and Natural Park, located in Santa Clara, is 15.7 kilometers away from Santa Ana downtown.
  • Entrance Fee: Php 20 per person
  • Parking Fee: Php 10
  • Please pay the required fees. These are intended for the maintenance, protection and future development of the park.
  • Garbage in, garbage out policy is strictly implemented. Please don't litter. Place your trash on designated bins.
  • Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints. Bringing out corals, rocks, sand, plants and the like is strictly prohibited. Souvenir items and other products are available in stores at the entrance.
Boacag Falls and Natural Park in Santa Clara, Santa Ana, Cagayan

Aside from these beautiful beaches, Santa Ana has so much to offer, including the Dumasag River, the famous 642-kilometer marker, and to an unknown waterfall in Rapuli.

  • If you're into geography, for sure, you'll take a selfie at the 642-kilometer marker located here in Santa Ana. This marker lies at the San Vicente Port, and is considered the last kilometer marker towards the north of the Philippine map.
  • It is noted that the Rizal Monument in Rizal Park, Manila is designated as kilometer zero for road distances on the island of Luzon and the rest of the Philippines. Awesome, right?

The famous 642-kilometer mark in Santa Ana, Cagayan

  • The Dumasag River, located in Rapuli, is becoming a favorite destination in Santa Ana especially during summer. The water here is super cold and the views are stunningly beautiful.
  • We always pass by the river every time we conduct an outreach program in Rapuli, helping an Aeta Community through Together We Share.
Dumasag River, Rapuli, Santa Ana, Cagayan

  • Last year, when I've traveled solo in Santa Ana, I met a new friend and we unexpectedly discovered an unknown waterfall near the Aeta Community in Rapuli.
  • No one knows the name of this waterfall... so, I'm calling it as the Noel On The Road Falls. Just kidding!☺

Noel On The Road Falls? Why not!


Sinago Cove, Santa Ana, Cagayan, Philippines


As what I've mentioned earlier, you can reach all the places I've mentioned above by land. You can hire a tricycle and head to these places right away. I highly recommend to stay a night or two in downtown Santa Ana before exploring the beautiful Palaui Island.

I highly recommend these tour guides coz they're simply the best. Many of my readers who have visited Palaui Island and Santa Ana have rated these tour guides as excellent. 

  • RONALD CABUTIN; 0916 158 2259
  • DANNY CABUTIN; 0935 894 4860
  • NANDING CABUTIN; 0947 634 0986; 0935 996 6744
Nangaramoan Beach at night. Beautiful, right?


Just in case you arrive late in San Vicente Port and unfortunately missed the last boat heading to Palaui Island, consider staying to a beach resort near the port and enjoy a day or two before exploring the beautiful Palaui Island.

Jorelynda White Beach Resort, located in San Vicente, is such a good place for family fun and team building. I absolutely love staying here as it offers several fun things to do: from walking barefoot to swimming to playing volleyball. The resort has three buildings and a restaurant, making it as the perfect location for a beach wedding, conferences, baptismal, team building and other occasions.

Luckily, I've got a copy of their room rates including their restaurant menu. You better save this post for future reference. And yes, you can mention my name and ask for a discount. I'm just kidding!☺

The first building is dedicated for solo backpackers as it has a double deck with electric fan. A group of four can share the room and split the rate of Php 1,500 per night. Very affordable, right?

For a group of five, you can share the second building which has an air-conditioned room for Php 2,700 and a basic room with electric fan for Php 2,400 only. The third building can accommodate at least eight people. For the air-conditioned room, rate is Php 3,000 and basic room, Php 2,700 per night.

Also, Jorelynda White Beach Resort is offering a package deal for companies conducting their team building in the North. For a minimum of 15 persons, the package deal is up for grab for only Php 1,100 per person. The package includes an overnight accommodation with three set of meals and two snacks; and a boat transfer. Lobsters, crabs, shrimps and local delicacies will be served during meal time. Life's a beach!

For inquiries and reservations, you may contact: 0915 516 1584; 0927 823 7977.

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