Captivating Caramoan Isles in Camarines Sur
28.08.2010 - 30.08.2010 33 °C
A sidetrip after the conduct of workshop for municipal governments with water utilities at Villa Caceres Hotel in Naga City. A respite worthy of note for three busy people: Madam Alma, Ms Doreen and I.
Caramoan Islands are known for hosting several "Survivor" series, from Italy, Israel, France, Sweden, Bulgaria to Serbia and now the US. During this tour, the Gota Village Resort - the noted sort of hotel accommodation in the area - was closed for another survivor shooting. As the in-charged, I booked the three of us at the so-called Breeze and Waves Cottages located at the Paniman beachfront.
It was a long way to the municipality of Caramoan in the province of Camarines Sur. We took the Van ride from Naga City to Sabang at a cost P120 per head. We then transferred to a boat ferrying us to the Guijalo port for another P120 per pax. We hired a tricycle to carry us to the Breeze and Waves Cottages for P300. The road from the port to Caramoan town proper is concrete, but the barangay road towards the Paniman beach is rough and potholed. All the stresses brought about but the long journey were fully compensated by the wonder and unsullied beauty of the place and its surrounding islets.
There is nothing to expect much of the room accommodation. But fortunately we were ushered to the upper floor of a concrete, new building. The three of us occupied one room costing over a thousand pesos a night. The owner also served as the housekeeper personally tended to our needs, from food to gadgets, like snorkel, to boat rides for island hopping. We arranged everything at the cottage except for the first dinner which we opted to spend at the nearby La Playa Camp and Picnic Grounds.
On our first day, of course we arrived at lunchtime, we took a stroll along the sandy beach. I myself wonder why still plenty of villagers thrive in the remotest place such as this. We came across fishermen hoisting their boats to and from the sea; women washing clothes along the beach, children playing around. On the other hand, since they earn a living from the sea then definitely they have no choice but to live next to it. When we tired, we ordered afternoon snacks at La Playa Camp and spent some time singing the videoke before strolling our way back to the opposite side of the village. This time we passed by the Survivor Workshops, took a pose and went on. We arrived at the stone walls separating the Paniman from the Gota village. We entertained ourselves with picture taking until the dusk fell on us. That night we drunk ourselves with brandy to sleep.
Rising early to catch our scheduled island hopping, we gathered all our snorkelling gadgets, packed snacks and lunch, eye shades and sunblock lotions, and settled on the boat. We hopped on 8 islets, 2 of which are the famous venues for Survivor tribal council. These are the Naglahos and Matukad. We intended to do snorkeling at the islet fronting the high-end resort called Hunongan Resort, just to have a peek of its grandoisity. Rocks forming littlest isles added to the wonderment of the surroundings. It is such God's wonderful creation!
The 2 nights-3 days trip was a complete getaway, absolutely business-free, yet a definite respite at a very affordable value of roughly P2,000 a person. We were all happy to have experienced the world class adventure of a very captivating Caramoan Islands.