Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Hello, Caramoan!

I feel really lucky to live in a country where there are a lot of beautiful beaches.  Sometimes it is difficult to decide where to go since there are over 7,000 islands to choose from, but Caramoan has always been on the list especially after it was featured many times on the Survivor series.  According to wiki, the countries that filmed here include the US (2 seasons), Serbia (2 seasons), Israel (3 seasons), Bulgaria (4 seasons), Sweden, France and India.
Survivor US. Photo from
Getting There

From Metro Manila, the easiest and fastest way to get to Caramoan is via plane to Naga, Bicol or Virac, Catanduanes.  Then take a van or jeep to the port going to the islands.  Our resort had a 9am boat schedule so the best option for us was to take the night bus to make sure that we got there on time.  We booked the lazy boy seats since it was an 8 hour trip!  Thankfully the ride was very pleasant - the bus had wifi, less than 20 passengers and only 1 stop since there is a toilet on board.  We arrived at the Naga Bus terminal at around 6am.  I was a bit worried that we would have a difficult time looking for the vans going to the port but after asking around we found out that the van terminal was just nearby (around 5 mins walk from the bus depot).  Yay!  I also felt happy that I did not hire the hotel's private car (P1,500) since the fare on the public van was just p100/person :D  The trip to the port takes around 1.5 hours.
Talisay port. Very quiet and empty!

The van stops at Sabang port and from here you can take the ferry boat to the islands.  Sabang is a small and busy port with lots of tourists, porters and boatmen.  It is good that I asked where the boat going to Tugawe Cove was because as it turns out Erman and I were at the wrong port!  The van driver was kind enough to drop us at correct place - Talisay Port.

Are we there yet?

After 2 hours of waiting at Talisay port we were finally on the boat and on our way to Caramoan!  The boat ride going there takes around 2.5 hours (or longer depending on weather).  The water was calm that day and we hardly noticed the time since there was so much to see!

Beautiful Mt. Mayon in the background!
And finally we were at Tugawe cove!
So near!
Getting ready to dock
So beautiful!  Definitely worth the 12+ hour trip to get there :D  More on the beach and the resort on my next post.

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