The Philippines - Luzon

Caramoan: “The Secret Paradise”

This post is about our recent trip in Bicolandia. Three provinces in four days and a lot of land travel but definitely packed with unforgettable experiences. As of this writing, I can still feel the pain of the sunburn in my skin. 😥

First stop: Caramoan Island in Camarines Sur

We decided to take a road trip. We left Manila at 8:00 PM and arrived at Caramoan by 9:30 AM the following day. The travel time could be shorter but since we’re a group of 10, we had multiple stop overs to grab some snacks and take a pee.

We booked a house in Airbnb. For PHP 3500 per night,  it has three beds and a bed in the attic, perfect for a group of 10. The downsides are 1) There is only one common bathroom/CR – but the caretaker was kind enough to let us use their own 2) There was power outage from the time we arrived until about 8:00 in the evening – the house has a generator but can only power up the fan and lights. For an additional PHP 3000 per person, full board meals and tours were included.

We started the island hopping tour after freshening up. Caramoan did not disappoint! I know you heard this a lot of times but the water is honestly crystal clear. Fine sands and friendly locals, they are at par with Coron in my opinion.

There were several islands that we visited namely: 1) Lahus Island – one of the snorkeling areas, it’s the perfect spot for pictures. This is where we had our lunch. There were schools of fish and harmless jellyfishes. 2) Matukad Island – has a lagoon that you need to trek first. 3) Cagbanilad – this is one of the snorkeling areas too. 4) Minilahus Island – this is near the island where Survivor is being filmed. We saw a couple of jellyfishes so we decided to head back home.

This pretty much sums our first day in Caramoan:

The following day, we rode another boat for the next leg of our island hopping. After an hour, we reached the island where the lighthouse was built. The scenery looked like a mini Batanes to me. We then went to the sand bar, again crystal clear water! We had our lunch at one of the floating cottages and took another swim after. No matter what direction you turn around, it’s still the same – crystal clear water.

Here’s day two:

Photo credits: Minn Punzalan (my cousin)

To sum it up, Caramoan became my instant favorite. If you ask me, Coron still tops my list and next is Caramoan.

Next stop: Sorsogon!

Until next trip,

– Cha ❤

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