Caramoan | Camping by the Ocean

Caramoan
Caramoan became popular in the world when few of the Survivor franchise had their challenges on some of its islands. This beauty is situated in the far side of Camarines Sur, almost twelve hours form Manila via land. But the stress you’ll feel because its half day travel will be replaced with enjoyment – thanks to the beauty of Caramoan. Here’s our story:

Best White Sand Beach
We met at Crossing and traveled almost twelve hours just to witness the world renounced Caramoan group of islands in Bicol region. Arrived in Brgy. Paniman at around 10:40 AM. Bought and packed our supplies at the market nearby. Had a break. And at around 12:30 PM we left Brgy. Paniman’s mainland and proceeded to the first islet in Caramoan named Minalahos Island.

Minalahos Island Caramoan
We arrived at Minalahos Island, our first destination, at around 12:46 PM. This islet is small and has limited space for visitors but the rock formation are gorgeous. The plants and hanging on the rocks also added a beautiful landscape. Had our photo shoot on the rock formation for thirty minutes and proceeded to our next destination. More photos, click here: Minalahos Island.

Resorts in Caramoan
Some of the islands in Caramoan are privately own, developing them to gorgeous resorts. These private resorts are surrounded by luscious greens and with the stretch of fine white sand beach – considered as a relaxing paradise.

Caramoan
We arrived at Matukad Island (second destination) around 1:40 PM. This island is special among other islands in Caramoan because of its long stretch of fine white sand, crystalline water, surrounded by greeneries and the wind is cool and fresh. Instead of renting an air-conditioned room at Brgy. Paniman, we camped by the beach of Matukad. Of course, that’s me posing with the stretch of beautiful fine white sand beach and rock formation on the background. More photos, click here: Matukad Island.

Best Yema Cake
 We were all tired because of exhausting travel from Manila to Caramoan but we didn’t forget our socials that night, with the triple Birthday celebration. No candle on top of the yema cake? No worries, our artistic minds can do something. Ooopps! While they were chatting about anything under the sun, the moon and the stars, I already left and rested.

Matukad Island Caramoan
 We woke up at around 5 AM, the dark skies started fading and turned into golden, and then blue. Prepared our breakfast and setting our minds for our next adventures on the islands of Caramoan. After breakfast, while we still own the island, we ascent  to the steep, sharp boulders to see the famous “bangus” in the lagoon.

Mystical Creature in Caramoan
 At Matukad's lagoon, there’s a huge bangus living in the water. According to Ato, our resident historian “kuno,” this bangus is considered as mystical creature. According to him, there were two bangus living in the lagoon but someone caught it and that person died. Stories scattered in the area. We only stayed on top of the rock for thirty minutes then descent and broke camp for our next destination – Lahos Island.

Lahos Island Caramoan
 Our next destination (third) was Lahos island (photo above). This island is one of the prominent among the Caramoan islands because of its amazing rock formation, fine white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. Dried sea weeds scattered in the area because of the typhoon Marce. It was already tiring so we went back to the mainland for our lunch. More photos, click here: Lahos Island.

Best Seafood Delicacy
 After Lahos Island, with our backpack loaded on the boat, we headed back to the mainland for our breakfast/lunch. Went to the market and bought fresh sea foods. Foods were prepared by our tour guide/bangkero. He’s such a great cook. After eating, rested for thirty minutes and proceeded to our next destination – Manlawi Sandbar. Delicacies in Bicol? Click here Best Bicolano Delicacies.

Manlawi Sandbar Caramoan
 Manlawi Sandbar (fourth destination) is one of the “must visit” in Caramoan. This sandbar has an amazing shape, sometimes forming a heart, that captures the heart of the visitors. However, visiting Manlawi sandbar is very crucial because it literally disappears during the high tide. Our bangkero knows the accurate time (12NN), so we experienced its goodness for few minutes. More photos, click here: Manlawi Sandbar.

Cotivas Island Caramoan
 Next was Cotivas Island (fifth destination). This island is just beside the island with the light house owned by the rich and prominent people in country. Cotivas also has fine white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and is surrounded by other islets. According to friends, this is similar to Kalanggaman Island.

Sabitang Laya Caramoan
 Our last destination was Sabitang Laya Island (sixth destination). Same as the other islets, Sabitang Laya has a crystal clear waters, amazing rock formation but has a longer stretch of fine white sand. We stayed there for thirty minutes and headed back to the mainland. More photos, click here: Sabitang Laya.

Caramoan Island
 Here we are! Chasing the islands of Caramoan, Camarines Sur.

How to Get to Caramoan? We chartered a Toyota Hiace Van. Met at Crossing. Left Metro Manila at 9:30 PM and arrived at Brgy. Paniman around 10:40AM the next day. Our travel time was almost twelve hours, which includes rests and slow moving traffic due to road repairs in some parts of Quezon and Camarines Sur.