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Caramoan (or also known as the Caramoan Peninsula) is a group of islands isolated from the rest of the Camarines Sur, Philippines. It is the perfect island hopping get-away where you can do a lot of adventures like snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, limestone cliff / rock climbing, caving or just wading and swimming thru its fine white sand beaches.
Caramoan is unknown to commercial tourism because of its remoteness. You’ll first experience a bumpy ride and at least 1.5 hours boating from Sabang beach before you can reach it. Thus, its natural beauty was hidden and only few adventurers go there to experience what this place has to offer. Although in recent years, Caramoan was already being visited by some foreign and locals, it was still not as jammed-packed as the Boracay Island, until “Koh-Lanta Caramoan 2008”, a French version of the reality show “Survivor”, had Caramoan Islands particularly the Gota Beach as their shooting location. That was an opportunity that led to its recognition as a Philippine island destination that actually and constantly draws a high percentage of visitors every year until today.
Not only because “Koh-Lanta Caramoan” was shoot there which made it a worthy target for a vacation, it is primarily because of its tropical island beaches, crystal clear ocean waters perfect for swimming trips, vigorous coral reefs for snorkeling and scuba diving, picturesque rock formations and simply for its distinct quiet charm. Righteously, it deserves to be acknowledged not only in the Philippines but by the rest of the world.
It is an 8 hour drive from Manila to Sabang Port – South of Manila. From Sabang Port, you’ll need to take a commercial boat bound to Guijalo, Caramoan Port which usually takes about 2 hours. Note: that boats from Guijalo to Sabang port only travel until 11 in the morning.
It is a 45-minute flight from Manila Domestic Airport to Naga City, the heart of Bicol Region. From Naga City, you’ll also need to travel to Sabang Port which is approximately 1.5-2hours drive and ride the commercial boat to Guijalo, Caramoan Port.
When to Go
Caramoan Islands is more on island hopping adventure which means crossing an island to another island thru a boat. It will be much safe and fun going there during dry season especially the summer months. Since the Bicol Region is a pathway of storms, northeast monsoon prevails from October to January causing dangerous sea waves so still the best and safest time to go there is from February to early June.
Also, the best time to go to Caramoan Islands is when there is no on-going shooting for “Survivor”. Some of the best islands are usually close to public whenever there is one although you can still island hop in some islands that is open.