Caramoan: Travel Guide to the Tourism Gem of Camarines Sur

Caramoan

About Caramoan

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

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

Caramoan
One of the islands in Paniman Bay.

The place is made famous by the hit global reality show franchise “Survivor” and became a favorite shooting location due to numerous islands with fine white sand, lagoons, caves, limestone cliffs and rocks, and rich marine life that give a 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
Sunset colors in Matukad Island.

How to Get to Caramoan

1. Manila to Caramoan via Naga 

A. Manila to Naga

By plane, Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific fly from Manila to Naga. By bus, 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 with travel time of approximately 8 hours. You may also opt to take the Peñafrancia Tours (P780) and Raymond Bus (Contact No: 02-7339380) that go directly to Sabang Port from Manila, travel time is 9 to 10 hours.

You can book your bus from Manila to Naga or vice versa below:

BOOK YOUR BUS FROM MANILA TO NAGA

B1. Naga to Sabang to Caramoan (Boat)

Catch a jeep, van or bus going to Sabang Port in Naga Central Terminal, fare is around P60-P100 one-way for a travel time of two hours. Sabang Port 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 to Guijalo Port of Caramoan, fare is P120 per passenger. If you miss the last public boat, you can hire a private boat to Guijalo Port. Range varies depending on the size of the boat and your haggling skill but a boat that can accommodate up to 16 persons usually costs 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.

B2. Naga to Caramoan (Bus)

Land trips direct to Caramoan from Naga are available only during good weather. Naga to Caramoan takes five hours by public jeepney or bus, fare is at P230 per passenger, Goa to Caramoan takes four hours at P200 per passenger.

Caramoan
Matukad Island.

2. Manila to Caramoan via Catanduanes 

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.  Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacificc fly directly from Manila to Virac. There are also buses bound for Catanduanes from Manila, you can book your seat below:

BOOK YOUR BUS FROM MANILA TO CATANDUANES

Where to Stay in Caramoan

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.

Top-Rated Hotels in Caramoan

West Peninsula Villas

West Peninsula Villas
Malabog, Caramoan
Starts at 1,500 PHP

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Casita Mia Bed and Breakfast

Casita Mia Bed & Breakfast
Malabog, Caramoan
Starts at 1,500 PHP

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Top-Rated Budget Accommodation in Caramoan

La Casa Roa

La Casa Roa
Malabog, Caramoan
Starts at 750 PHP

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Breeze and Waves Cottages

Breeze and Wave Cottages
Paniman, Caramoan
Starts at 750 PHP

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Here’s the list of hotels, inns and lodges in Caramoan:

  • 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
Caramoan
Sunrise in Paniman Bay.

Activities in Caramoan

  • 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
Caramoan
Matukad Island.

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

Sample Weekend Caramoan Itinerary

Day 0
2100H: Departure in Cubao to Sabang via Penafrancia

Day 1:
0730H: Arrival in Sabang
0730H-0900H: Breakfast in Sabang
0900H-1100H: Sabang to Guijalo, Caramoan via Public boat (P120.00)
1100H-1130H: Guijalo Port to Centro Caramoan
1130H-1330H: Lunch/Buy camping supplies, water, foods
1330H-1400H: Centro to Paniman/Look for boats
1400H-1800H: Island Hopping – Manlawig, Sabitang Laya, Matukad
1800H onwards: Setup camp/Prepare Dinner/Dinner/Rest/Bonfire/Socials/Party

Day 2
0600H: Wake-up Call
0600H-0700H: Breakfast
0700H-0930H: Explore Matukad/Swimming/Beach Bumming/Cliff Climbing/Photo Ops
0930H-1000H: Break camp/Clean-up
1000H-1030H: Matukad to Paniman via Gota
1030H-1130H: Fix-up/Paniman to Cadong
1130H-1400H: At Cadong – Wash-up/Lunch/Rest/Fix-up/Buko Party
1400H-1430H: Cadong to Guijalo Port by jeep
1430H-1630H: Guijalo to Sabang by boat
1630H-1830H: Sabang to SM City Naga
1830H-2100H: Rest/Dinner
2100H: Departure in Naga to Cubao

Day 3
0630AM: Arrival in Cubao

*First published: 16-September-2010. Updated: 11-June-2013; 26-November-2017; 1-Jan-2018; 18-Jul-2019

Comments

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  3. Ganda ng place, gusto kong makapunta jan next time.. keep on blogging

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  6. CARAMOAN TRAVEL AND TOURS SERVICES…
    …is the pioneer and largest travel agency operator based in Caramoan and one of the few companies having beachfront accommodation facilities. Offering the best priced tour packages you may reach them at:

    contact no. : 0920-3039621
    email address : http://www.caramoantours.com

    Enjoy your tour. Godbless!

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    CARAMOAN TRAVEL AND TOURS SERVICES

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  13. 5 hours from naga to caramoan?.. i thought 1-2 hours na lang.. hmmm but with the view and beach, I think it’s gonna be worth it.. thanks for the guide!

    1. Jeffz, the five hours is by land from Naga to Caramoan, the road condition is not good and this route is rarely taken. The common route is by boat from Sabang, boat ride takes around two hours, while the ride from Naga to Sabang takes another two hours.

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  15. very complete guide to caramoan!!!
    thanks 🙂

    1. Thanks JoTan!

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  17. FOR THOSE WHO WANTED TO VISIT CARAMOAN I HOPE YOU’LL FIND THIS HELPFUL!!!

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    MORE PLACES MORE ADVENTURE AT LOWEST PRICE!!!

    AVAIL OUR PROMO PACKAGE
    (pick-up from Guijalo Port)

    2 DAYS 1 NIGHTS minimum of 10 persons and up ——P1,500

    3 DAYS 2 NIGHTS minimum of 10 persons and up——-P2,500

    REGULAR RATE @ 2 DAYS 1 NIGHT(per head)

    7-9 PERSONS——–P 1,850
    4-6 PERSONS——–P 2,200
    3 PERSONS———-p 2,850
    2 PERSONS———-P 3,500
    1 PERSON ———-negotiable

    REGULAR RATE @ 3 DAYS 2 NIGHT(per head)

    7-9 PERSONS——–P 2,850
    4-6 PERSONS——–P 3,200
    3 PERSONS———-P 3,850
    2 PERSONS———-P 5,000
    1 PERSON ———-negotiable

    Set-up such as pick up Manila, Naga City, and CWC-Tour inclusion please contact us !
    These package includes a round trip land transfers, chartered/private island hopping boat, entrance fees, tour guide services, different accommodation set up such as hotels,cabanas, lodging houses, tents at camping set-up, or home-stays which offers more privacy and relaxing place than usual hotel settings, its your choice…

    Take a cruise around the clusters of beautiful paradise islands, enjoy your swimming on its crystal waters, have a sunbathing on its milky white sands, climb the huge stones of pure solid marbles, discover the coral havens and its diversified ecosystem, explore caves with flashy stalagmite and stalactite crystals, catch a glimpse on the scenic views… see how mother nature can truly unwind all your worries and stress, relax your mind, renew your strength, and invigorates your life!!!

    Now get the chance of stepping the shores of Caramoan where amidst of many places around the world it has been the favorite of multiple international survivor films which includes French, Israel, Bulgarians,Serbians, Israel part-II (celebrity edition) and now the Swedes…

    MORE PLACES…MORE ADVENTURE!!!

    Places to be visited may includes Matukad island, Lajos island, Tinago clave, Tayak Lagoon, Minalgos island/cave,Our Lady of Peace at Mt Caglago-Tabgon, Sabitang laya, Bageing, Cotivas island, Lahuy island clusters of beaches, Bulangbugang underground fresh water cave and others. The said places can be optimized subject to the time of arrival, sea tide,levels, weather conditions, and customers preferences.

    Note: The following itinerary may be changed according to customer’s preferred schedule, actual time of arrival, and weather condition (including wind velocities, sea tides/waves, etc).

    Regular itinerary of Travel for 3 Days 2 Nights

    Day 1

    05:30-07:00 Sabang port to Guijalo port
    07:30-08:00 Guijalo port to Caramoan town proper
    08:00-08:30 check-in to accommodation
    08:30-05:30 Lunch / island hopping, swimming, and other adventures
    05:30-06:00 back to accommodation/ rest
    07:00 Dinner

    DAY 2

    06:00-07:00 Breakfast
    07:00-09:00 To statue of Our Lady of Peace (optional)
    09:00-11:30 Island hopping, swimming, and other adventures
    11:30-12:00 Lunch
    12:00-05:00 Island hopping, swimming, and other adventures
    05:00-06:00 back to accommodation
    06:00-07:00 Dinner

    DAY 3

    06:00-06:30 Breakfast
    06:30-07:00 Visit to Caramoan Church (Red bricks, constructed during Spanish Era)
    07:00-08:30 Shopping for souvenir items
    08:30-09:00 To Guijalo port (going home)

    Regular itinerary of Travel for 2 Days 1 Nights

    Day 1

    05:30-07:00 Sabang port to Guijalo port
    07:00-08:00 Guijalo port to Caramoan town proper
    08:00-08:30 check-in to accommodation
    08:30-05:30 Lunch / swimming
    Island hopping activities
    05:30-06:00 back to Accommodation/ rest
    07:00 Dinner

    DAY 2

    06:00-06:30 Breakfast
    06:30-07:00 Visit to Caramoan Church (Red bricks, constructed during Spanish Era)
    07:00-08:30 Shopping for souvenir items
    08:30-09:00 To Guijalo port (going home)

    NOTE: FOODS SERVINGS ARE OPTIONAL. REGULAR RATES FOR 2 DAYS 1 NIGHT AT 3 MEALS IS P300 PER HEAD AND FOR 3 DAYS 2 NIGHTS AT 6 MEALS is P600.

    FOOD MENU

    Foods are subject to change depending on its availability and may be
    replaced with equivalent standard.

    DAY 1

    LUNCH

    rice
    seafood (either sugpo/crab or fish)
    vegetables (Bicol specialties)
    dessert/fresh fruit
    juice

    DINNER

    rice
    Fried Chicken
    vegetables (Bicol specialties)
    dessert/fresh fruits
    juice

    DAY 2

    BREAKFAST
    tapsilog (longsilog/or tocilog)
    hot coffee (or hot chocolate drink)

    LUNCH

    rice
    pork chop
    special Laing (or Bicol express)
    dessert/fresh fruits
    mineral water

    DINNER

    rice
    seafood (either sugpo/crab or fish)
    vegetable (Bicol Specialties)
    dessert/fresh fruits
    juice

    DAY 3

    BREAKFAST

    tapsilog
    coffee (or hot chocolate drink)

    For further details please contact us:

    Barangay Captain EMILIO VICTOR B. AVILA III (TOTEM)
    e-mail address caramoan@gmail.com
    cel no. 0920-3039621

  18. Caramoan owes it’s fame now to Survivor France,sadly because of it’s filming, tourists are deprived of visiting some islands. It seems that the boat rate for island hopping has increased already. Before it’s 1,500 for small boats and 2,500 for bigger boats and you’d get to tour as many islands as you can but now I heard you’d get to tour 3-4 islands only.

    anyway,as always, impressive post Angel! Another comprehensive travel guide. keep ’em coming! 🙂

  19. Nice blog, great post.:)

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