Life’s a Beach! – Caramoan Islands

Because we didn’t have a fixed itinerary, I asked Flaj what would be a good place to spend a couple of days at.  She was still in law school then and had to be in class and prepare for her exams so Tin and I had to be on our own for a while.  She suggested Caramoan Islands, which, according to her, is more beautiful than Boracay.  Hmmm… we have to go there.

Flaj’s family drove us to Sabang Port where we could ride the ferry to Caramoan Islands.

On our way to Caramoan

It took about two and a half hours.  And, I wanted to pee thirty minutes into the trip.  Talk about torture! But, it was fine because the view was breathtaking.

On our way to Caramoan

After settling in at Rex Tourist Inn, where we were brought by the lady we met at the boat, Tin and I went for a walk around the town. We visited the Church of St. Michael the Archangel and said a prayer.

Caramoan Church

Caramoan Church

Caramoan Church

Caramoan Church

The following day, we headed to the port, where we could find boats that would bring us to the different islands of Caramoan.

Bangka

Bangka

Bahay

I loved the boat ride and having had the opportunity to witness the beauty of the surrounding hills and waters.

Caramoan Islands

Caramoan Islands

Caramoan Islands

Caramoan Islands

Caramoan Islands

It was as if we were the only ones visiting that time.  The islands were deserted…

Caramoan Islands

Caramoan Islands

Caramoan Islands

Caramoan Islands

Caramoan Islands

Except for these three other ladies.

Caramoan Islands

Tin enjoyed taking shots while I enjoyed the waters of Caramoan.

Caramoan Islands

Caramoan Islands

Take a dip

Pitch

I would have to agree with Flaj – Caramoan is better than Boracay, especially if you, like me, enjoy peace and tranquility and photography.  I hope that it would be able to keep its beaches pristine.  No to commercialization, please. :-)

Caramoan Islands

Take a dip

The following day, we set off to go back to Naga.

Caramoan Waters

Fisherman

Caramoan Waters

Flaj told me that getting to the land from the boat would be, in itself, an adventure.  I didn’t believe what she was talking about until I had to experience it myself.  Porters had to carry us so we wouldn’t get wet!  Haha!

Kakargahin ng Kargador

Kakargahin ng Kargador

Kinarga ng Kargador

We waited for a while before Flaj and her family picked us up.  We rested that evening and just had a couple of drinks.  We had to recuperate because, in a couple of days, we’re up for a long drive back to Manila.

Waiting



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16 thoughts on “Life’s a Beach! – Caramoan Islands

    1. Thank you! Most of the pictures on this post were taken by my friend, actually. I just requested her permission to use the photos on my blog as I didn’t have a functioning camera back then. Good thing, she said yes! I’ll let her know you appreciate the shots she took. :)

    1. Thank you!!! These were actually taken by my friend, ‘cos I didn’t have a working camera back then. I just requested if I could use them on my blog and, fortunately, she said yes! I’ll let her know that you appreciate the photos she’s taken. :-)

      And, I agree, the Philippines has a lot to offer. I consider our tourist spots the tip of the iceberg. And, what’s beyond that is what I intend to discover and share here. :)

      I love your photos, btw!

      1. thank you very much. alongside with my photo-blog site are also some tourist destinations here in my place, Negros. thanks for appreciating and for liking my photos. have a nice day :)

        1. I saw the pictures! Negros is part of my to-visit list. :) And, your posts would definitely help me prioritize where to go, when I finally make concrete plans for it. :)

          1. wow! great to know that…surely, there are lots of places to go here and have a great time visiting them in here. I’ll try posting also more photos about our province and tourist destinations here as well.

            have a nice day :)

    1. Hello there!

      Yep, the place was really beautiful! And, I’m glad you liked the short write-up. :-)

      Looking forward to more of your posts,
      Monica

    1. Hi Rex!

      Sorry I don’t have photos of the inn. I still wasn’t keen on taking photos of the room at the time of the visit, which was a few years back. :) But, it’s passable – not extravagant but passable. They also had hot and cold water in the shower. So, that was a plus for us. :) In any case, here are some photos of the inn from fellow travelers. Got them from TripAdvisor: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g1563542-d1563516-Reviews-Rex_Tourist_Inn-Caramoan_Camarines_Sur_Province_Bicol_Region_Luzon.html

      Sorry for the lack of capacity in providing the info you need. But, please feel free to let me know if I can be of help in another way. :)

      Happy and safe travels to you!

      Monica

    1. Hi Nina,

      If I’m not mistaken, we paid for Php 1,500 for two. But, this was a few years back so I’m not sure how much the current rates are. I can ask my friend who’ve been there more recently and then I’ll get back to you. :)

      Thanks,
      Monica

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