Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Travel Guide: Caramoan

Gota Village. The most expensive resort in Caramoan

The Place


Caramoan was once an unknown to commercial tourism because of its remote location. However, because of consistent promotions from local and international media, it has now become a well-known and well-visited travel attraction. The French edition of the reality TV show “Survivor” had paved way to Caramoan Islands to its international recognition. Until now, the said place constantly draws a high percentage of visitors every year.


The tropical island beaches of Caramoan offers (1.) crystal clear waters which are perfect for swimming, (2.) colorful and beautiful coral reefs for snorkeling and scuba diving (3.) various charming rock formations, and (4.) beautiful islands. With its impressive exquisiteness and beauty, indeed the place deserves to be known world wide.


How to Get To Caramoan

Caramoan is located in the province of Camarines Sur, in the southern region of Luzon, Philippines (501 km from Manila).

BY LAND

  • Private Transportation

  1. Naga is roughly an 8-hour drive from Metro Manila. It is situated 380 km south of the Philippines’ capital.
  2. From Naga you will pass by the towns of Pili, Ocampo, Tigaon, Goa, San Jose, and Sabang. Continue driving until you reach Sabang port.
  3. There are several parking areas in Sabang Port. Rate is Php100 per day.
  4. From Sabang Port take the boat bound for Guijalo Port, Caramoan. Earliest boat schedule from Sabang to Guijalo is 5:30 AM. The last boat departs around at 12NN or 1PM. Travelling time will be approximately 2 hours.

  • Public Transportation

    1. If you are coming from Manila, you can take a bus bound for Nage from Cubao Bus terminal (near Ali Mall), Pasay Bus Terminals, or Sampaloc Bus Terminal (for Raymund Bus only). Travel time is approximately 9 hours but sometimes it can take to as much as 12 hours. You’ll never know how many unfortunate events you can encounter on the road e.g. flat tires, delays, road fix along Quezon province. I am wondering why LGU of Quezon Province can never finish this project. Their road fix program has been running since I was in grade school until now.
    2. When you reach Naga, you may walk or ride a tricycle to the Sabang Van Terminal just across SM Naga and take a van bound for Sabang Port. Van leaves only when full. Travel time is approximately 2 hours.
    3. From Sabang Port take the boat bound for Guijalo Port, Caramoan. Earliest boat schedule from Sabang to Guijalo is 5:30 AM. The last boat departs around at 12NN or 1PM. Travelling time will be approximately 2 hours.

BY AIR

  1. Take a flight from Manila Domestic Airport to Naga City, the heart of Bicol Region.
  2. From the airport you can either walk or take the pedicab to the highway and then take a jeepney or bus ride to Naga City Terminal.
  3. The fastest way to reach Sabang Port is through a FilCab Van. Travel time takes least 1 and a half hour or less. The terminal is right across SM City Naga.
  4. From Sabang Port take the boat bound for Guijalo Port, Caramoan. Earliest boat schedule from Sabang to Guijalo is 5:30 AM. The last boat departs around at 12NN or 1PM. Travelling time will be approximately 2 hours.

Getting to Caramoan is really time consuming and will test your patience. For the public transportation by land, the total travel time from Manila to Caramoan can take to as much as 16 hours! That’s 32 hours, way and back. That given, make sure to plan ahead in order to maximize your Caramoan trip.

Travel Tips

  • The highlight of a Caramoan trip is the island hopping adventure so it is much safe and fun to visit the place during during dry season especially during summer months (March - May).
  • Bicol Region is a pathway of storms update yourself regarding the weather on the said location before heading to the place.  The Northeast monsoon prevails from October to January and this can cause sea waves and thunderstorms.
  • Book your accommodation ahead so you'll save time looking for one when you get to Guijalo. We didn't find any hotel but they have villas, resorts and affordable homestays, which are located downtown, and far from the beach.

Projected Expenses

Aircon bus bound for Naga - Php600
Van from Naga to Sabang Port -  Php 100.00
Raft to take you to the passenger boat - Php10
Sabang Port to Guijalo Port - Php 120.00
Environmental Fee in Guijalo Port - Php30
Tricycle ride from Guijalo Port to Caramoan Town - Php25 per head
Island Hopping - Php2,500
Accommodation - Php1500 - Php3000

Sample Itinerary

07PM - ETD Manila to Naga
05AM - ETA Naga City
06AM - ETD Naga to Sabang
08AM - ETA Sabang Port. Take breakfast
09AM - ETD Sabang to Guijalo Port
11AM - ETA Guijalo Port. Take lunch
12NN - Caramoan Town Proper (roughly 30 minutes away via tricycle from Guijalo Port)

You can either go on with island hopping or rest and wait until the next day to do all your preferred and prepared activities. If you have enough time try spelunking in Umang Cave.



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  2. Although tourists will spend a lot of money in this tour, i think they would never regret going here because of the beautiful scenery in Caramoan. land transport philippines

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