Stunning Caramoan Day 3

Knowing the last boat leaves Guijalo Port at 11:00PM we know it wouldn’t be possible for us to go on another boat trip so instead we took the time to just enjoy the beach right in the resort. It rained again very early in the morning and it cleared out just few minutes after.

Another sumptuous breakfast was served again. After eating loads, we went straight to the beach to swim.

Realizing there’s an opportunity to cliff dive where one of the cottages are built, everyone started jumping.

The water wasn’t too deep and the jump point is just right. Most of us jumped more than twice. It was really cool!

If we only knew it’s possible since day 1, this would’ve been a daily thing. Haha! We really enjoyed it. One of our first.

My best friend also asked me to take a picture of her with this cute little pig.

Time flies when you’re having fun. We are supposed to checkout 9:30AM but some over stayed in the beach enjoying the dive and for some reason we had water scarcity because someone left the faucet open the whole night. Blame it on the Alcohol! Anyway, we managed to leave at around 10:00AM and arrived back in Bikal Port just before half past 10. A jeepney picked us up and brought us to Guijalo Port where we payed Php 5 terminal fee. At the port, some of us bought souvenir shirts before getting on the boat.

The boat left around 11:30AM.

Would you leave this beautiful island?

Almost 2 hour later, we reached Sabang Port. To my surprise, they do have floating walkway now. No need to be carried by the human porters. Amazing! On our way off the boat, it started to rain. We rushed to get cover until we reached the Van/Jeepney Terminal all wet. Haggard! Since there were no more Naga bound van, we took the jeepney and paid for Php 100 each. It took us about an hour to reach Naga.

We went straight to Naga Bus Terminal to secure tickets unfortunately all schedules are fully booked and they are fully booked until 3rd of April. 9 of us were desperate to go home so while trying to think of ways to get a bus to manila, we had late lunch at Mang Inasal in SM Naga. I contacted a friend in Daet and got me 9 tickets to Manila for Php 513 each. Right after eating they took a tricycle going to LCC Mall where they took a van going to Daet for Php 180.

It was already 6:00PM and we’re still in Naga and couldn’t get a bus going to Legaspi. Yes, we wanted to go to Legaspi for 1 day before heading back to Manila. Sampaguita Inn in Legaspi was fully booked and we couldn’t find any other cheap place to stay. We tried asking people in the bus terminal for a cheap place to stay whilst in Naga before heading for Legaspi the following morning. For some reason we all agreed to try to get a bus going back to Manila instead. Luckily, one of the bus leaving 7:45PM has 3 unconfirmed passengers. So we waited and waited and waited. Sure enough, all three of us was able to get the ticket. Yey! And yes we arrived ahead of the 9 who took the Daet-Manila route. 

Breathtaking Caramoan Day 2

On our second day we were welcomed with rain showers. We thought it’s going to be the same all throughout the day but apparently the rain only lasted for about half an hour. Another beautiful sunrise. Thank You! ❤

Around 7:00AM, our breakfast was served. We had Fish Pops, Sauteed Bitter Gourd and Fried Fish. Yummy! Perfect starter of the day before heading to our next Island Hopping Trip.

After breakfast we prepped early only to find out that they are still preparing for our Lunch as we are going to have it in Manlawe Sandbar. Fair enough we decided to just enjoy the sun and wait.

It was time to leave. At around 9:30AM we finally left the resort and went on an hour boat ride going to Manlawe Sandbar. We decided to play cards while in the boat. Haha! It also rained on our way but it was fine.

It was almost half past 10 when we arrived in the floating cottages of Manlawe Sandbar.

The water was waist deep when we arrived but we were told that this eventually turns to a sandbar in the afternoon. Different stuff are sold here. They sell different kinds of shells and  fresh seaweeds. Even emperador light and fruits. Shells range from Php 5 to Php 100 depending on its size. Fresh seaweeds costs Php 20 per pack.

The waist-deep water turned knee-deep and from afar the sand appeared glittering under the heat of the sun. It was beautiful! Manlawe Sandbar is one of the best here in Caramoan.

Enjoying everything so much, we didn’t notice the time until we were called to have lunch in the floating cottage. Floating cottage rental costs Php 200. Another delicious food was served. We had shrimp, string beans and seaweeds. Yum!

After lunch, we went straight to Cutivas Island. The way out from Manlawe going to Cutivas was a challenge for the boatmen because of the shallow water and corals around. There were times when they only used their long bamboo  stick to maneuver the boat. Cutivas Island is mainly used for picnic and it’s advisable to go here during high-tide for you to enjoy and swim around. Starfish are everywhere here. From white to black to orange and gray. Big and small. Not to mention Sea Urchins. Yeah there are loads of them here.

Trying to get the most out of our trip here, seven of us bravely walked our way going to Parola Island. Water wasn’t really deep however Sea Urchins (Black & White) are scattered all over the sea bed.

At first it was fine as we can clearly see them in order to avoid them however as we get closer to Parola Island, water turned murky and it was suddenly chest deep which makes it even harder to avoid the Sea Urchins especially the white one. Local kids helped the girls until we finally reached the shore. It rained for a bit so we decided to rest and eat some snack.

The next challenge, we thought, was how do we go back and make sure no one gets pricked by the sea urchins. Noticing locals walk their way from where we came to where we were, we decided to go the same direction. But before we did, we took a photo of ourselves with the kids who helped us.

Knowing our boat won’t be able to get us because of the shallow water, we started walking and just few meters from the shore the unexpected happened. One of us got pricked by the sea urchin, both her left and right foot got pricked. There were loads of them in here.

We hurriedly carried her back in the shore and called for help from the locals. We were told to immediately put vinegar or calamansi. Locals were kind enough to offer the small boat for us and bring everyone to safety (away from sea urchins) It was in batch of 2 until one of the boatman said that he can bring us all remaining four guys in one go. We thought it was fine until the boat sank far enough away from where sea urchins are found. Wrong move for the boatman but we were really thankful. Now we know how it feels when your boat is sinking. We then started walking back to Cutivas Island. Despite the big number of sea urchins and the thing that just happened everyone still managed to laugh while sipping on a fresh buko juice.

After Cutivas Island, we were suppose to go back to Sabitang Laya but because of what happened, we asked the boatman to just go around so the rest of us can see the other side of the island then went straight back to the resort.

Back at Candiis Island Resort, with the help of the caretaker, they gave us calamansi to aid the sea urchin sting.

While trying to remedy the sting, we had Maruya (fried banana coated in flour) and soda for snack. Calamansi did help a lot! Still a bit early, we decided to hike and went to the highest point of the island to witness the sunset. It only took us roughly 15 minutes to get the peak with a help of a local guide.

On our way down, the dog who joined us captured the creature below

Now we know why there are big holes around.

After tidying up, we were then summoned for the much awaited event. Dinner Time! They served us Bicol Express, Chicken Inasal, Stir-Fried Mixed Veggies and Fried Fish Lumpia. A gastronomic feast indeed!

Day 2 Dinner

After dinner, we then had our socials. They prepared Nachos and cooked their very own salsa. It was really good!

Since we weren’t able to start a bonfire, we opted for a portable burner in order to cook the mallows. Another treat for everyone!

The socials continued until I don’t know what time.

Awesome Caramoan Day 1

Caramoan Peninsula is one of the famous destinations in Camarines Sur because of its majestic and breathtaking island beaches and rock formations. 5 Survivor TV Series started it all few years ago. FranceTurkeyIsraelBulgaria and Serbia had their Survivor editions here in Caramoan. This used to be a quiet town but after its big exposure the town started to flourish. More and more hotels and resorts are being built to accommodate the influx of tourists. It was more than 3 years ago when I first came here and there were very few hotels and most islands were closed because of an ongoing Survivor edition. Most of the visitors back then were Europeans. If you visited Caramoan few years ago you probably have experienced being carried by the human porters to get to the boat during low-tide in Sabang Port. Haha!

The planning started 2 months ago when I finally decided to visit Caramoan again and tagged along 11 friends and new-found friends. We were suppose to take the train (PNR) going to Bicol however it wasn’t operational and as of this writing, Bicol Operations are still suspended. To make it easier, we rented a van for Php 13,600 to get to Sabang Port.   Some of us had few shots of Emperador Light while in the van. Yeah! We arrived in Sabang Port at around 5:30AM.

In Sabang Port, we registered then hopped into the boat. The fare here is just Php 120 and the trip takes about 1.5-2 hours. It was around 8:00AM when we arrived in Guijalo Port where Kuya Jovy assisted us. It was bloody hot and there were loads of people in the port.

Before going out of the port, we paid Php 30 each for the environmental fee then waited for our service just outside the port. It took them almost an hour to pick us up because of a flat tire. When the service finally came, we were then brought to Bikal Port. From the port, it took us another 15-20 minutes boat ride before finally reaching the resort, CANDIIS ISLAND RESORT. A paradise. A beauty.

Upon reaching the island, we immediately had our breakfast. It was Delish!!!

After breakfast, we are supposed to start Island Hopping however everyone decided to do after lunch. An hour or so after, lunch was served. Another gastronomic feast! Yumyum!

It was past 1 in the afternoon when we started island hopping. We passed along Cagbalinad, Tayak, Tinago and Gota nearby Islands before reaching Lahos Island. It was low-tide so it’s quite hard to swim. We decided to just take some photos and chill for a moment. After Lahos we went to Matukad. A decent swimming area is situated on the right side of the island so we stayed there. Some of us climbed up the rock to see the hidden lagoon. We then went to Sabitang Laya. This island was once used in one of the Survivor editions, I remember three years ago when I first came here, I even saw one of the sets used in the show. This island has two sides. Both offers long white sand beach.

It was almost 5:00PM when we decided to leave the island and went back to our resort. To our surprise, one of the rooms we rented are being occupied by another group. We immediately spoke to the caretaker and asked them to fix the situation. They said there was a misunderstanding and due to the big number of guests in the island they can only give us two rooms. To avoid further problems, we agreed to take the 2 adjacent rooms and give the cottage room on top of the rock to other guests. They agreed to give us back an extra cottage the following day. The two rooms we took has restroom so it was fine.

After tidying up, we then had our buffet dinner. It was sinful. The food was great and wow nothing was put to waste. Everyone loved the food. Yum!

After dinner, some decided to sleep early and call it a day however few of us stayed up until midnight drinking.

Just a FYI, electricity in the island is only available from 6:00PM to 10:00PM. They only use generator from 10:00PM to 6:00AM the following day. So if you need to charge your gadgets, do so at this times. Smart Communication is the only mobile operator in the island so if you want to keep in touch with your loved ones and you’re using Globe or Sun, get a Smart SIM in advance.

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