friendly people, nice rock formation, nice beach for swimming
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Shrine of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary can be found in Brgy. Tabgon (which is not an island but a mainland). This can be reach via boat or via tricycle. An old woman living in this town had a dream about having a 'grotto' in their barangay. She consulted this with the priest and the priest consulted the government. But instead of building a...more
Cotivas is just few minutes away from Manlawi. The island is owned by a private local that is why you need to pay Php 50 for the entrance and another Php 50 for cottage rental. The island has wide strech of white sand beach, the other part is a rocky shore and the island is blessed by green surroundings. :) There are cute dogs here too!more
Bigg’s Diner is one of the famous eating places in the Bicol Region.Before heading to Sabang Port, we had our first stop from Naga Airport to Bigg's Diner for lunch.One of our friends who keep on coming back here recommended this place for us. It serves American, Persian and local food. the ambience is great with bright colorful lights and polite...more
Where we ate our lunch when we extended our stay for another day.Walking distance from REX Tourist Inn. The place is a bit small but the interior decoration fits the local environment. I can tell base on the guest book that lots of foreigners ate at Caramoan Bed and Dine. They will make you sign their guest book after you ate. I like their...more
If star gazing is not possible then try to sing.No fine bars or disco houses but if you want to have an nightlife then try Mariana( few meters walk from Rex) and Leonardo. These are typical videoke houses on a small town no comfortable chairs or fine tables but it is okay if you want few bottle of beer and if you really wanted to sing.more
To be honest, there’s not much of a nightlife in Caramoan except the videoke bars. And I describe videoke bars as LOUD AND OBNOXIOUS not to the people who are waiting in line to sing their tunes at the bar, but its damn LOUD AND OBNOXIOUS to people who live nearby. So to find a videoke bar, just walk around Centro and find the LOUDEST AND MOST...more
An alternative to tricycle ride from Guijalo Port to Centro: Single motorcycle (pronounced "singgol" by the locals) or "Habal-habal" for P20/pax or P100 special trip. Skilled drivers easily avoid the potholes so this is a faster mode of transportation. The "singgol/habal-habal" can carry up to 3-4 passengers.We met a tour guide who is also an agile...more
3rd: Travel by WaterAfter the air and water transportation, finally we got to the Sabang Port.You really need to travel as early as possible so you can be able to arrive in Sabang Port before the last ferry departs at 2pm. Adult fare costs 120php. It’ll be also advisable if you take the ferry ride in the morning because the locals say that big...more
There are 2 souvenir shops located in the Centro Of Caramoan. It will only take about 10mins to walk from Barangay Ile to Centro. The 1st store has its name- Island Wonders while the other shop adjacent to it doesn't have a name so I'll just call it "No Name" store. I really don't have any historical background of Caramoan but when we visited this...more
Caramoan Islands is part of the Bicol Region which is a pathway of storms. Since Caramoan islands is more on adventure island hopping, the best time to come here is during the dry season (February-May) making it safer and more enjoyable to cherish the wonders of nature. Check weather conditions first before taking the trip.more
Mr. Neheil "Calet" Plopinio is the first Caramoan local we met. Our first meeting was accidental. Hubby and I were at Plaza Rizal in Naga City when it started to shower. We couldn't take pictures so we decided to have lunch. I approached a man walking through the Plaza and asked for directions on how to go to a restaurant that we've read about in...more
I met an old man in Kabutonan Island busy making a 'banka". He is known to be much sought by those who like "bankas" made the traditional (handcrafted) way. I didn't dare go near him as I noticed he was so focused on his work, even working past lunch time. When I saw he had stopped working, I attempted to interview him and asked permission to have...more
Our trip to Caramoan was actually a bad weather. A typhoon is coming. My travel buddies said, "Rain or shine" and because everything was already laid down so we continued our trip. We were allowed to sail the sea because no typhoon signal was raised yet but the journey was like road to hell and made me sick. It was a roller coaster ride for 2...more
What your tourist guide or hotel/resort won't tell you, the locals can tell you. I wanted to know how rough the waters can get during the rainy season. The boatmen said they still ferry many tourists to the islands during the rainy season. But I was told by a local whom I have befriended that we must avoid going there for vacation during the months...more
The last REGULAR trip from Guijalo Port to Sabang Port is 11 AM. Beyond that, you'll have to hire a boat.
Unique Suggestions: In case you miss the last trip, and you have no choice but to rent a boat, know the prevailing price. Ask the hotel staff to refer you to a boatman/contact. I was told the price range is from P2,500 to 3,000 for a boat with maximum capacity of 10 pax. Some boatmen would quote you P4,000 to 5,000 especially if you look "helpless" and too eager to go.
Fun Alternatives: If you've run out of sufficient cash, befriend other tourists and share the cost of a boat.
Backpack, beltbag, 1 dry gear bag big enough to accommodate your backpack, 1 small dry gear bag for your valuables (mobile phone, cash, credit card, ID) light cotton t-shirts/blouses, light cargo pants/shorts, swimwear, windbreaker, all weather sandals, aqua shoes maintenance medicines (e.g., for hypertension, diabetes, asthma), first aid...more
Please bring very light and thin long sleeves and pajama pants especially if you’re camping out or staying at an accommodation where there are abundant mangrove trees nearby coz there are insects that have very itchy bites like mosquitoes. They call it Nik-nik OR Nok-nok or Sand Flies in English. Unfortunately, Off Lotions or any type of insect...more
The bad weather hindered us from doing some more Island Hopping activity so Rex brought us to a secluded beach that did not require riding a banca so we walked a long way for it. It is better than to do nothing, it was something new. The place is okay, a little pocket of beach that will be reach after having a long trek starting from Guijalo port....more
Treacherous as the climb may be, it is worth the risk getting to the top to see the lagoon. If you're lucky, you'll see a two feet long Bangus (milkfish) that swim in the water in the middle of nowhere. The locals say that it's the Guardian of the Lagoon.Urban legend say, there used to be two of them. One was caught and was eaten. The curse, they...more
Our boatmen brought us to a place they call Kabutonan. You can see Catanduanes clearly from the beach. I thought it was part of an inland town, but they said it is an island. This island is not normally included in the island hopping tour, but Mardy (our boatman-guide) usually brings his guests there for a treat of fresh "buko" (young coconut) and...more
Based on the blog reviews I've read before our trip to Caramoan, what usually lingers most in the memories of tourists about Matukad are the superfine white sand and awesome limestone cliffs, the exotic plants and the lagoon which you will only see if you climb the ledge of the cliff... But for me, what will forever remain in my memory bank of unforgettable moments is my first rock climbing experience and the reward of such a difficult feat reaching the top of Matukad cliff: the panoramic view of the sea and other islands.
I had my first rock climbing experience while hubby was busy with his photography. With lots of encouragement and assurance from our boatman-guide, Mardy, I dared go up the ledge of the razor-sharp limestone formation which was 50 feet high.
At the top, I finally saw the much talked about lagoon which was (for me at least) a sorely disappointing sight. I imagined a blue lagoon with paradise-like surrounding, but as you will see from my photo, it was far from it. (So much for the hype from advertisers!) I'm a very transparent person, so perhaps our boatman-guide saw in my face that I wasn't that ecstatic seeing the lagoon. Supporting me with his hand, he told me to carefully turn around. It was very difficult to move about in that small space on top of the ledge with really sharp edges to hold or lean on or sit on.
When I finally got settled on a safe position, I gasped as I lifted my head. The seascape was awesome! The morning rays of the sun colored the clouds and brightened the sky, giving a silvery glint to the waters and scattered islets.
Looking down at Matukad Island's white beach... I suddenly remembered hubby! I knew if he didn't see me around, he would conclude that I went up and he would worry about my safety. But I was the one who got worried because I knew he would have a difficult time going up, considering his body built. I was also worried that he might have bruises because of the sharp edges of the rock formation, and the climb would be risky for a diabetic like him. Before I could instruct our boatman-guide to go down and tell hubby not to climb because it was risky for him, hubby was already trying to climb. A combination of his worry for me and his machismo (telling him if I could do it, he could also do it) motivated him to go up. Our 2 boatmen helped him get started on the climb.
Soon, he was already with me. We both laughed at our adventure. Who would think that at our age and state of health, we would dare go rock climbing? After getting settled on top, we atempted to take some shots... He was my hesitant model holding the VT Flag.
The clouds suddenly turned dark; we knew it was going to rain so we hurriedly but carefully went down. Going down looked simple, but in reality, it was tricky and more difficult.
Equipment: Protective gloves could be helpful to prevent scratches when holding the sharp edges of the limestone ledge
Visit the islands of Lahuy, matukad, Bichara, Pitogo, Minalahos, Cotivas, Hunungan and also Patag belen Water falls. Climb the Our lady of the Holy rosary grotto at Tabgon. My best memory about this place is the walk towards Lipata and around the town of Caramoan. Plus the pillow fight that gave me a black eye. My friend's cellphone was inside the...more
There are just so many islands to visit in Caramoan. The are is simply huge! As such, it's best to sit-down with your boatman/tourguide before you venture off into the water.my suggestion: get a list of islands you'll visit know the time it takes to travel to-and-fro know what makes that island differentso you can budget your time well with your...more