To keep my “shop less, travel more” resolution (resolutions are different from goals apparently), I have successfully explored Sagada-Benguet-Baguio in January, and with my teammates, had an early taste of summer in Baler last February.
My third out-of-town trip this year was with my office travel buddies, with whom I discovered a hidden gem in Camarines Norte last year when we visited Calaguas island. They sent an email late January and asked if I wanted to join them in yet another exciting vacation, this time, in Caramoan, Camarines Sur. Being the “kaladkarin” that I am, I filed my leaves, packed my bags, and prepared for a four-day escapade. Of course my travel buddy Cindy tagged along; we agreed last year that we’ll go to Caramoan if we ever get the chance.
Caramoan is located at the tip of the Caramoan Peninsula, and is (to my surprise) a first-class municipality in Camarines Sur. I have observed that some roads have yet to be paved, yet the schools, establishments, and even most homes are already made of concrete. The boost in tourism may have stemmed from Caramoan being chosen as the location of several editions of the reality show Survivor. In fact, our tour guide said that some islands will be closed to the public after the Holy Week to give way to another Survivor production.
During our four-day stay, we were able to go to nine islands and see for ourselves what the paradise island was all about. Each island was teeming with beauty, what with the white/pink sand as fine as baby powder, the pristine waters where we could swim all day, the lush trees, and even the jagged cliffs and rocks that we climbed. Caramoan made me hold my breath in amazement many times; it was sensory overload in a positive way.
Sorry for this picture-heavy post, but I can’t help sharing with you what I’ve seen and experienced. 🙂
Island-hopping Day 1: Lajos – Matukad – Cagbalinad
Island-hopping Day 2: Our Lady of Peace Grotto and Chapel – Sabitang Laya – Tayak – Tinago
Island-hopping Day 3: Lighthouse with a view of Liwan beach – Manlawi Sandbar – Cotivas – Gota Village
We stayed there for four days, but I still had to drag myself from the bed on our last day. I didn’t want to leave because I know there’s a lot more to discover in Caramoan.
I will be writing a separate post on our itinerary, as well as the accommodations and our expenses. Watch out!