Caramoan is composed of beautiful islands located at Camarines Sur, Philippines. It is one of those beaches which is just starting to get popular, primarily, due to being a shooting place of the Survivor series. Its fine white sands, clear waters, beautiful rock formations and caves are just some of its attractions.
There are different travel routes at Caramoan with Naga being the most common starting point. If you are from Manila, you may take the bus or plane to go to Naga. For us, we decided to take the Lagonoy route since we have a relative there. It took us around 30 minutes to travel from Lagonoy to Sabang port via tricycle. And another 2 hours from Sabang port to Caramoan via boat. The boat fee is Php 120.00 per person. Upon arriving to Caramoan, our guide from West Peninsula fetch us with a van.
After a few days of research, we decided to stay at West Peninsula Villas (Map) because it is the most reasonably-priced resort we’ve found on the net. Their package also includes the itinerary with service van and a guide. Our guide from West Penn fetch us after we arrived at the Guijalo port, Caramoan. For a more detailed review of West Penn, please check our review here: West Peninsula Villas: A Review.
We stayed at Caramoan for 3 days and 2 nights. Our itinerary includes stopovers on 7 different islands, 1 cave and to the Our Lady of Peace. However, due to the bad weather on our 1st day, we weren’t able to proceed at Omang Cave as planned. I wasn’t also able to join my family at the Grotto of Our Lady of Peace because I got wounded on my foot on our planned visit day.
Here are the 7 different islands we explored:
1. Matukad Island – This is our 1st island stop. There’s also a lake here but before you see it, you need to climb the steep rocks. You will see the hidden lake from the top of those rocks. According to the locals, once, there are 2 milk fishes living in that lake. One day, a boatman took 1 of the fish to feed his family. But for some reason, he died. Since then, no one ever bothered the remaining milk fish which until now is living in the lake.
2. Lajos Island
3. Cagmalinad Island – You can snorkel a few meters away the Cagmalinad island’s shoreline and see some corals.
4. Sabitang Laya – One of the features of Sabitang Laya is it’s long shoreline. I also saw some occasional jelly fishes while swimming at Sabitang Laya but luckily, they didn’t gave me a sting.
5. Cotivas Island – On our way to Cotivas, we got to see lots of star fishes which makes Cotivas my favorite island at Caramoan. At the shore, you may also rent a nipa hut and order a coconut.
6. Manlawi Island – We ate our packed lunch at a floating nipa here but because the water here is a little hazy and has a fishy smell, I decided not to swim here. I’m thinking that it’s probably because there is a fishery nearby?
7. Bugtong Island – According to our boatman, Bugtong has the clearest water among all the islands. Well, true enough, the water here is crystal clear and shallow. But our guide told me not to wander too far because there’s a part at Bugtong island where the water level suddenly becomes deep. I enjoyed playing with the plants here as I try to replant every floating grasses I see.
At the end of our trip, I felt tired yet fulfilled. It’s feels great to know that Philippines has still lots of wonderful beaches. I hope people will take care of such gift. 🙂