Travel Guide: Caramoan

In the farthest  coast of Camarines Sur is a paradise hidden in an underdeveloped and rural soil, where white sand beaches, limestone cliffs, islands and islets are common scenery. This is Caramoan!

Caramoan

Caramoan, a peninsular town, is a group of islands and islets scattered in the Pacific Ocean, endowed with nature’s beauty and preserved by its seclusion.

Made famous by the hit global reality show franchise “Survivor”, the group of islands is blessed with numerous islands with fine white sand, lagoons, caves, limestone cliffs and rocks, and rich marine life that give new definition to an island experience. But even before the “Survivor” series, there was already Caramoan – beautifully unspoiled and unexploited.

With its natural beauty and rich history, Caramoan stands proud as a real tourism gem of Bicolandia that holds a promise of a perfect tropical island adventure!

Come south! Cam Sur! Caramoan!

Caramoan

How to Get There

Manila to Caramoan Direct Bus

With the opening of RoRo terminals in Sabang and Guijalo, Raymond Bus now offers direct Manila to Caramoan for only P726.00 inclusive of RoRo ferry. Travel time takes 12-13 hours. If you missed this bus, Peñafrancia Tours (P780.00) and Raymond Bus (Contact No: 02-7339380) go directly to Sabang from Manila, travel time is 9 to 10 hours. (As of November 2012, Raymond Bus Manila to Caramoan is suspended due to repair works on the port. Operation is expected to return before summer of 2013.)

Manila to Caramoan via Naga/Sabang

Barangay Sabang in the town of San Jose, Camarines Sur is the common jump-off point to Caramoan Islands. There are RoRo and trigger boats that leave every hour from 6AM to 11AM from Sabang going to Guijalo, Caramoan. Trigger boats charge P120 per passenger. However if you miss the last public RoRo or boat, you can hire a private boat en route to Guijalo. Range varies depending on the size of the boat and your haggling skill. A boat that can accommodate up to 16 persons can be rented from P2500-P3000.

When it is low tide in Sabang, the boats couldn’t get near the shore, but the porters are there to carry passengers on their backs. They charge P10 per passenger.

From Manila

By Air

AirPhil Express, Cebu Pacific and Zest Air fly from Manila to Naga, from there catch a jeep, van or bus going to Sabang in Naga Central Terminal.

Occasionally though (when the weather is good), there are jeepneys  from Naga going to Caramoan that charge P250 per passenger, travel time is five hours by land on a very rough road.

By Land

Peñafrancia Tours (P780.00) and Raymond Bus (Contact No: 02-7339380) go directly to Sabang from Manila, travel time is 9 to 10 hours.

Meanwhile, RSL Bus, Phitranco, Isarog Bus, Amihan Bus, Raymond Bus and Executive Bus have daily trips from Manila (Cubao/Pasay/Alabang) to Naga, fare varies from P500 to P700 one-way.

From Naga

Land trips direct to Caramoan from Naga are available only during good weather, and catching these trips need some luck as the trips are limited. Naga to Caramoan takes five hours by public jeepney and the fare is at P250 per passenger, while Goa to Caramoan takes four hours at P200 per passenger.

From Naga though, there are jeepneys, vans and buses going to Sabang at Naga Central Terminal, fare is around P60-P100 one-way. Travel time is two hours.

Manila to Caramoan via Virac

Another alternative, which is unknown to many is to go to Virac, Catanduanes and catch a two-hour boat going to Caramoan. This route is easier compared to Naga.

Cebu Pacific and Zest Air fly directly from Manila to Virac. They usually offer cheap tickets during their promo sale.

CaramoanWhere to Stay

The town has a lot of hotels and inns to choose from for those tourists who prefer staying indoor. But for more adventurous type, camping in one of the islands is a cheap and fun way of experiencing Caramoan.

Here are the hotels, inns and lodges in the area:

  • Rex Tourist Inn
    Mobile: +639198821879/+639193089675
  • Villa Juliana Inn
    Mobile: +639212261395/+639294884928/+639076557984
  • La Casa Roa
    Landline: (+6354)8113184
    Email: dollyrperez@gmail.com
  • CMC Villa Caramoan
    Mobile: +639064205644/+639209030226
    Email: cmccaramoan@yahoo.com
  • BC Hometel Tourist Inn
    Mobile: +639274027220/+639218357454
    Email: danfhel@gmail.com
  • Caramoan Kayaks Inn
    Mobile: +639219873157/+639204742637
  • Gota Village Resort
    Landline: (+632)8170831/ (+632)7109086
    Mobile: +639283083969
    Email: gotavillage@gmail.com, infocamsur@gmail.com
  • Caramoan Bed and Dine
    Mobile: +639204768619/+639204768577/+639158268563
  • West Peninsula Villas
    Mobile: +639212642538
    Email: joy_sancarlos@yahoo.com
  • River View Vacation Inn
    Mobile: +639088655322/+639193955743
    Email: riverviewinncaramoan@gmail.com
  • Golden Hub Tourist Inn
    Mobile: +639082626173/+639088948252
  • Wow na Wow Tourist Inn
    Mobile: +639195999673
  • Vista del Mar Caramoan
    Mobile: +639198136766/+639202816362
  • Hunongan Cove
    Mobile:+639283083969
    Email: camsurtourism@gmail.com, gotavillage@gmail.com
  • Breeze & Waves Cottages
    Mobile: +639198319497
  • Residencia de Salvacion Bed and Bath
  • La Playa Camp and Picnic Grounds (Puerto Merced)
    Mobile: +639198136766/+639202816362/+639183420823

CaramoanActivities

  • Island and beach hopping around Caramoan Group: Sabitang Laya, Manlawig Sandbar, Cotivas, Lahuy, Gota, Lahus, Matukad, Pitogo, Minalahos, Hunongan, Tinago, Haponan, Basod
  • Swimming/Snorkeling (be careful of the jellyfish though)
  • Camping – just bring your own camping equipments, enough foods and water supply, there are a lot of islands to choose from (those that aren’t use in Survivor taping)
  • Spelunking in Culapnit Cave
  • Visit St. Michael Parish, an old red-brick church
  • Trek to Mt. Caglago with the 500-steps to the summit and see the 360 degree view of the Caramoan Islands and the gigantic statue of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Mother of Peace
  • Explore Naga, visit Camarines Sur Water Sports Complex and Penafrancia Church
  • Head south and visit the spots of Albay and Sorsogon
  • Head north and explore the islands of Mercedes Group, Calaguas Group and Maculabo or surf in Daet’s Bagasbas Beach

Tips

  • The best time to go there is during dry months (November to May)
  • If you will go camping, be sure to choose an island not being used by the Survivor
  • Survivor rented the island for 25 years starting 2008, meaning, tourists will not be able to explore the island freely up to 2033 if the contract is not extended

Lakwatsero Experience

For the accounts of Lakwatsero’s experience in Caramoan, please click here.

41 Comments on “Travel Guide: Caramoan

  1. we are looking for cheap but comfty accomodation for 3d/2n. we don’t want the package deal because we want to have our own itinerary. any place you can suggest?

    • hi khim
      iam from gialo and currenly working here in BGC-taguig. We have a house in caramoan and were
      letting the tourist stay for a cheap accommodation charge. i also know several banca operators who can assist
      you during your island hoping since you have your own itinerary. Piece of advice… going to caramoan without a travel package/tour is not for fainthearted… unless your local, but if your up for the challenge contact me at 09158994581. i can also give you advices while on the trip about the in’s and out of Camsur.

  2. Can anybody tell me something about the diving possibilities in Caramoan? I would like to dive there but is it worth it? And what about the equipment? Do I have to bring my own gear and is there a filling station for scuba tanks as well?

  3. Hi there, trying to call your globe # to nquire sana, kaibahan na po ba an island hopping sa 1500k package nindo? Thanks

  4. Hi, I am a tour coordinator and a native of Caramoan. I arrange all kinds of tours, from the most expensive to the most conservative. I also send guests to travel agencies and tour operators that you may want to work for your needed tour. If you are interested, you may contact me at 09106534561 and 09155870668 or email me at jraberiso@yahoo.com. My husband who is an american and traveled around the world always wants the best tour and I will give it to you.

  5. CARAMOAN TRAVEL AND TOURS SERVICES

    GET SUPER CHEAP PACKAGE AT P 980 PER HEAD ONLY AND ENJOY CARAMOAN ISLANDS TOUR PACKAGE WITH TRANSPORTATION AND ACCOMMODATION ALREADY. GUARANTEED LOWEST PRICE IN THE INTERNET!!!

    GET EXTREME PACKAGE AS LOW AS P 1,500 PER HEAD ONLY AND YOU CAN ENJOY CARAMOAN ISLANDS SPECIAL TOUR PACKAGE WITH TRANSPORTATION AND ACCOMMODATION + GOTA VILLAGE TOUR… AND + OUR TOP OF THE LINE CRYSTAL CAVE TOUR FOR FREE EXCLUSIVELY ALLOWED FOR OUR CUSTOMERS ONLY!!!

    CONTACT US AT SMART 0929-3362773 | GLOBE 0927-3772190

    PLEASE VISIT OUR HOMEPAGE : http://www.caramoantours.com

    THANK YOU AND GODBLESS YOUR TOUR.

    Reply

  6. CARAMOAN TRAVEL AND TOURS SERVICES…

    GET SUPER CHEAP PACKAGE AT P 980 PER HEAD ONLY AND ENJOY CARAMOAN ISLANDS TOUR PACKAGE WITH TRANSPORTATION AND ACCOMMODATION ALREADY. GUARANTEED LOWEST PRICE IN THE INTERNET!!!

    GET EXTREME PACKAGE AS LOW AS P 1,500 PER HEAD ONLY AND YOU CAN ENJOY CARAMOAN ISLANDS SPECIAL TOUR PACKAGE WITH TRANSPORTATION AND ACCOMMODATION + GOTA VILLAGE TOUR… AND + OUR TOP OF THE LINE CRYSTAL CAVE TOUR FOR FREE EXCLUSIVELY ALLOWED FOR OUR CUSTOMERS ONLY!!!

    CONTACT US AT SMART 0929-3362773 | GLOBE 0927-3772190

    PLEASE VISIT OUR HOMEPAGE : http://www.caramoantours.com

    THANK YOU AND GODBLESS YOUR TOUR.

    Reply

  7. CARAMOAN TRAVEL AND TOURS SERVICES…

    GET SUPER CHEAP PACKAGE AT P 980 PER HEAD ONLY AND ENJOY CARAMOAN ISLANDS TOUR PACKAGE WITH TRANSPORTATION AND ACCOMMODATION ALREADY. GUARANTEED LOWEST PRICE IN THE INTERNET!!!

    GET EXTREME PACKAGE AS LOW AS P 1,500 PER HEAD ONLY AND YOU CAN ENJOY CARAMOAN ISLANDS SPECIAL TOUR PACKAGE WITH TRANSPORTATION AND ACCOMMODATION + GOTA VILLAGE TOUR… AND + OUR TOP OF THE LINE CRYSTAL CAVE TOUR FOR FREE EXCLUSIVELY ALLOWED FOR OUR CUSTOMERS ONLY!!!

    CONTACT US AT SMART 0929-3362773 | GLOBE 0927-3772190

    PLEASE VISIT OUR HOMEPAGE : http://www.caramoantours.com

    THANK YOU AND GODBLESS YOUR TOUR.

    • hi, i just want to travel alone kahit weekdays, is that possible?

      • hi can we join other group. we are two people going for a tour

        • yeh dude lets join you have 3 now, my plans is first week of Feb, just need familiarize the place and take pictures so i can bring my friends there this vacation or soon

    • Hi. were interested to have a tour in Caramoan. Please let us know the details and if there’s a package.

      • Hi, I am a tour coordinator and a native of Caramoan. I arrange all kinds of tours, from the most expensive to the most conservative. I also send guests to travel agencies and tour operators that you may want to work for your needed tour. If you are interested, you may contact me at 09106534561 and 09155870668 or email me at jraberiso@yahoo.com. My husband who is an american and traveled around the world always wants the best tour and I will give it to you.

  8. CARAMOAN TRAVEL AND TOURS SERVICES…

    GET SUPER CHEAP PACKAGE AT P 980 PER HEAD ONLY AND ENJOY CARAMOAN ISLANDS TOUR PACKAGE WITH TRANSPORTATION AND ACCOMMODATION ALREADY. GUARANTEED LOWEST PRICE IN THE INTERNET!!!

    GET EXTREME PACKAGE AS LOW AS P 1,500 PER HEAD ONLY AND YOU CAN ENJOY CARAMOAN ISLANDS SPECIAL TOUR PACKAGE WITH TRANSPORTATION AND ACCOMMODATION + GOTA VILLAGE TOUR… AND + OUR TOP OF THE LINE CRYSTAL CAVE TOUR FOR FREE EXCLUSIVELY ALLOWED FOR OUR CUSTOMERS ONLY!!!

    CONTACT US AT SMART 0929-3362773 | GLOBE 0927-3772190

    PLEASE VISIT OUR HOMEPAGE : http://www.caramoantours.com

    THANK YOU AND GODBLESS YOUR TOUR.

  9. im just trying to find a flight going to virac bakit wala sa zest air?? :) could somebody help me hihi thank you