Caramoan Islands

Caramoan, Camarines Sur

Caramoan Islands
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Annalyn P.
5.0 Stars
5

I had the chance to visit Caramoan last October 2017 and all I can say is that, it was such an amazing and worth-visiting place! We booked our tour in Astrokidd for 3650 php (with a Bicol side trip).

The islands are very enchanting with its white sand, clear water and beautiful rock formations! Too bad, the waves were too strong that time so we didn't really had the chance to swim. When we tried snorkeling, it was disappointing because we didn't see anything at all. The ocean is too blurry because of the waves and nalunod lang ako 128514. We rented the snorkeling gear ahead of time so obviously it was a waste of money. I just hoped that the gears were on the boat and we can just rent it right there to avoid this kind of circumstances.

The Manlawi Sandbar is too bewitching that we stayed there for a long time capturing its beauty and feeling the freedom in the vast of sands. We rented a kayak to experience more of it and enjoy the calm, shallow beach. We had our served lunch in a floating hut paired with buko that the locals are selling. There are little crabs hiding behind bamboos and that's just so cute! Aside from that, there are little trips like visiting their old church that is very grand with its "red-orange" (okay sorry, I really can't tell what it is lol) color and a mini hiking up to the light house which I can say has the feels of "Batanes". It was very peaceful!

Also, I wanted to share our little "life-threatening" experience we had during our ride back to the centro, ending our tour. Because of the strong waves our boat overheated! My cousin and I were seated at the very end just a few inches away from the machine that keeps on making dark smokes. All of us in the boat were panicked and even the two bangkeros were agitated, trying to save our lives. We all held tightly on the boat and secured ourselves with the life jackets they provided as the strong waves comes after us from side to side and at the back. We all ready ourselves to jump off the boat but thankfully, we all survived! No damage. Well I guess the experience added a little spice on our trip.

All in all, Caramoan is really an amazing and blessed island. With its beauty I believed that our nature really has something great to offer. It was such an amazing experience that I would love others to be familiar.

-A

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Benedict E.
5.0 Stars

Beautiful unspoiled beaches of Caramoan. Though alone, I managed to visit all the major islands for wholeday! With impromptu hiking on spiky stone and karst formation, I was rewarded with beautiful view of the island like here in Matukad island. I saw not just one, but TWO mystical bangus on a nearby lagoon. I would definitely go back with friends next time! ( I was here October 14, 2017)

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Lady J T.
5.0 Stars

Caramoan Islands here we come!!! 10084

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Ikaw NA Ako Q.
5.0 Stars

Not crowded!

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Jovin B.
5.0 Stars

Caramoan Islands another reason to feel proud happy and blessed you live in the Philippines.

To get to the Caramoan Islands we joined a group tour not really knowing how things would turn out. An exhausting van ride had left us hungry and tired. A bed where I could lay down and stretch my legs was the first thing on my mind but one of the catches with joining a tour group is that you must adhere to the schedule. Food was ready for us at our accommodation. They quickly separated the group into respective rooms with consideration of whether you're traveling solo or with others. My wife and I were fortunate enough to get a room just for two, other packs of two stayed in 4 person room.

Our lodging was in the town proper which meant you had to take a 10 minute drive to get to the port where the boats were at. A few minutes later we find ourselves on a boat headed for our island hoping destinations.

Though it was rainy that and sometimes our vision was blocked by fog from the water and rain we could see silhouette of the islands around us. Suddenly the fog dispersed and the rain stopped we were headed towards island paradise as small white beach islands with towering rocky cliffs surrounded as we passed through the water. At this moment you realize all you had to endure to get here was truly worth it.

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Lady L.
5.0 Stars
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Thank God for seat sales! Haha. Was able to score tickets for only Php 1800 (roundtrip). Ahhhh, the perks of being an abanger. 128540

Since the family of my boyfriend lives here, the place and food are free. Yay! Haha.
Island hoping costs around 1,200. And since it's already June, it felt like we were the only ones on the island. Super sulit! 128516

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Kae T.
5.0 Stars
3

Clear waters!!! 128525 I would like to go back to the islands, please!! Too bad we were unable to capture the best views kasi puro selfie.! Hahahh. But my memories of this place is and will always be intact 128513🤘🏻

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Imz B.
4.0 Stars
4

Beautiful Islands to see...

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Pam L.
5.0 Stars
8

The travel time was sooo long but the destination is worth it.
If you're going by land, you can drive or ride a bus from Manila to Bicol and then go on a 2-hour butt-numbing boat ride then another car ride to get to the area where the resorts are. It was SUPER tiring.

It was a bit crowded when we went because it was a long weekend. That was mid-year last year.

Caramoan is gorgeous!! It has virgin beaches, white sand that rivals Boracay's, and rich marine life. We had two days of island hopping, snorkelling and beach bumming. Plus since it was so far from the city, you get a beautiful view of the night sky (yes, that's the Milky Way in the photo!).

I cannot remember the islands that we went to, just Lahus Island because I remember going there twice. 128517

With its beautiful beaches, limestone rock formations and remote location, it's no wonder that Caramoan was picked as the setting for multiple Survivor seasons.

I think everyone should visit Caramoan Island at least once. Good news is they have a handful of resorts here so no need to go camping.

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Mj D.
5.0 Stars

Its a great day, yesterday to celebrate Valentines @ the beach 128077🏼 White fine sand 128525

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BerryFaithy C.
5.0 Stars

From Legazpi City, we had a long drive to Caramoan. It took about 5 hours to get there. We thought we'll give it a try to see the place since we were in Bicol already. We reached Paniman Caramoan around 5 in the afternoon. We rented rooms at Breeze and Waves. The next morning, we took the boat to have an island hopping. We were 8 adults and 2 children in the group. It was a nice morning when we visited 4 islands. There were only few tourists so we enjoyed our stay on the islands. It was like we owned the place. Rock formations were nice. I am not a beach person but I had fun doing an island hopping with family. #loolooexplorerpackgiveaway

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Abbey A.
5.0 Stars

BEAUTIFUL! Land and sea adventure!128076

Worth all the battle scars.

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Carol Ann B.
5.0 Stars

SURREAL!!!! Can't describe it any better.

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Reich T.
5.0 Stars

Captivating Caramoan.

I'll be posting a series of reviews for all of the islands I visited during our Caramoan Roadtrip.  FYI:  the aforementioned trip was ages ago,  this was Caramoan is not yet a household name and yes,  I write from memory.

Back when wanderlust is still unknown to the Layman.  My friends and I usually plan roadtrips twice a year.   One in the summer - for tanlines and one for December.  Or any other month,  depending on schedules and VL approvals.

First trip planned was not for tanlines but for spelunking and smoking weed at Sagada.  Itinerary completed,  reservations done.  A week before the trip,  a colleague sent an email asking yours truly if I am interested to go to Caramoan with them.  First reaction was... Cara...where?

Then i saw the pictures.  My jaw dropped.  This is 30 times better than Boracay.  Envy got in the way.  I made an executive decision.

Sagada can wait,  Caramoan can't.

No itinerary.  Only one day to reserve bus tickets and no place to stay.  Hail Mary Roadtrip.  We got the first two covered,  a little drama on the phone will help you sort the reservation.  Wikipedia and fast internet access and voila!  Itinerary completed.  The bed and breakfast /hostel got sorted the last minute.  No,  we didnt get a hotel or anything that resembles a hotel, we rented a house. 

8 hour trip from Manila to Naga via Isarog Lines.  We picked the first class ticket,   comfortable chairs,  lesser seats hence more leg room and space to recline your seats and a functional comfort room inside.   We always chose the last trip for an early start the next day.  Took a jeepney from Naga to Sabang,  2 hour trip,  we were so eager and forgot to find the van terminal.  By the time we reached Sabang,  we were dust-proof (no more space for incoming dust).  120 minutes boatride to the Island.  Not fun.  The waves are really scary and you have to endure for 120 minutes.  Yes,  the boat was overloaded too.  During the ride,  i had to summon Poseidon so he can protect us from the nasty waves.

The stress,  dust and anxiety vanished when we reached Caramoan.  No, we havent seen the beach yet.  Everyone is relieved, we survived the nasty waves of the Pacific Ocean.  All hail Poseidon!

We went to a local carinderia for late lunch.  One order of Laing is only Php 15.00,  restaurant quality,  best paired with a cup of rice.  A glass of ice cold coke to seal the deal.

Matukad Beach.

Matukad is the first island we visited.  When i first set foot on the island,  i noticed how fine the sad is,  powdery and white as snow.  The water is as clear, like blue topaz.  Warm and inviting. 

After taking a couple of photos,  our guide/savant said that there is a lagoon behind the bigass rock formation and there lies a mystical fish.   I am just a sucker for folklore so we decided to brave the sharp stones and climb the steep vertical-ish wall.  We failed at first,  got nasty cuts on my shin.  The expats we met on the island has no fear,  a couple from Ukraine.  She has modelesque physique and was wearing string bikini climbed the friggin wall.  I said "Magpaatalo ba tayo sa kanya,  hindi naman taga-Pinas yan."  We overcame adversity and saw the lagoon with the mystical fish.  It was a nice experience except for the cuts on my shin.  Sense of pride and nationalism comes in handy when climbing rock formations.

The stay in Matukad was one for the books.  Clear waters,  fine sand,  horsing around with friends.  Impromptu rock climbing,  a lil bit of folklore.  All that whie rocking a
Caramoan tan.

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Martin B.
5.0 Stars

I love this beach!

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Trixia C.
5.0 Stars

Next destination after our spa adventure is, CamSur.

You know how someone will be happy if you go and support them with the things they really love doing. Not just love but part of their system too.

We're done going to Baler, CamSur's next to our list.

This time no land travel for us. We don't wanna waste our time travelling and just driving so we took plane to go here.

Anyway highway, when we arrive CamSur, I can see how happy the chinky. You know the face of a kid who saw icecream toys and whatsoever. 128514

Ohhh, this is so gorg. Srsly!!! Beach, waves and the people you are with are so perf! 128076

If you're just a beginner like me, you can still enjoy. Enjoy now, worry later 128514

Nawala ata effect ng massage sakin. Sumakit ulit katawan ko eh.

More to explore about CamSur. Ciao! Tumakas lang ng review while resting. 128517

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Romer G.
4.0 Stars

Went to Caramoan Islands before Christmas. As expected the waves are quite strong that time of the year.

We visited several islands and spent most of the time in Matukad beach. The beach has a lagoon behind the rock wall. In order to see Tayak Lagoon, you have to climb the rocks without harness. YES, WTHOUT HARNESS. Be sure to wear your slippers/sandals though as some steps are spiky.

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Janet T.
5.0 Stars

I want to do my travels in a do it your own way... It way more fun, meeting and conversing with the locals, making new friends along the way, no time constraints...

After seeing legazpi city , we now head to caramoan.
Be sure to pack something to eat in the way. It will be very loooooong ride. There is no available from of transpo from legazpi to to caramoan, you must first go back to Naga city.

Legazpi city to Naga city- 2 hours land travel
Naga city to Sabang port- 2 hours land travel
Sabang port to Guijalo port- almost 2 hours sea travel.
Guijalo port to caramoan proper.- 20 min local form of transpo.

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DarkstarM D.
5.0 Stars

Of all the islands of Caramoan, Matukad was the best for me! It had a lagoon where you can see a big bangus but before you see it, you have to do rock climbing yeah! I've been here twice but I didn't know this one the first time. It was a breath taking view above! The travel and boat ride plus the climb was all worth it when I saw the islands from that view!

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En N.
4.0 Stars

If you like island hopping & white beaches, this is the place for you. Going there is a little challenging, but it's all worth it!

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