We were not expecting a 13 hour drive from Manila to Camarines Sur to see and experience the splendor of #CaramoanIslands. Normally, an 8 hour drive is the standard travel time had our manong driver navigated the right routes. But arrived safely, just the same. We often took 'breaks' to eat and pee along the way. Each town we've passed by were dotted with food stalls and 7 Eleven convenience stores were never out of sight in near distances. But what gave me the headache was the unpleasant roads. It's like we were in a roller coaster ride to say the least. I guess the government under Gov. Migz Villafuerte ( he is cute, by the way!) should look into the situation considering this will boost the tourism industry all the more giving travelers a pleasant journey to paradise that is #Caramoan. We've arrived around 7 a.m. and basically, our stomachs were ready to island adventures awaiting for us that day but our weary bodies tells us differently. We need a quick rest. Good thing though that our hotel was situated nearby. We took our lunch first ( and a quick freshen-up) before heading to our first itinerary of the day. Lunch consisted of, your guess is as good as mine, seafoods! Yup, we've had shrimps, crabs and more. The, shall I say, crew were pleasantly very accommodating to us, always keeping the momentum alive by attending us with our every need. Thank you! We've set sail to our first island hopping at exactly 1 p.m. ( which was a bit late!) and off we went to white sand islands. Our banca was not that huge enough to carry us 6 ( we were separated with 2 bancas for the two groups ). I was afraid all the time. The not-so-good swimmer in me! HAHAHA. Clearly, it was a different high when we reached the island. There were the sandbars for one. During low tide, sandbars were a hit! Right in the middle of the vast oceans. Got the picture! It was paradise, after all! We've had our lunch in the floating cottage we've rented for Php200. Another seafood galore again! I could see myself retiring in this islands! HAHAHA.
By the way, we've trekked our way up to the lighthouse. It's way up to the hills of the island. But once you've reached the peak. you will be amaze by the wonder of it all. Local children greeted you and all smiles while guiding you the way. I've had a good conversation with them. They're all in their teen years and basically were born and raised in the island. The seas are their way of life, so to speak. Surely, they're good swimmers themselves. So interesting! There were about a hundred families living in the island. Little stores selling little daily needs dotted the island. The children were engaging too telling about their lives in the island. Stories of how they bravely crossed the ocean just to make it on time for school which was situated in the main town. And how they will advanced themselves of what was happening in the fast-paced world and keep abreast with the social platform like FB. Everything they told me was unbelievable! Their resilience is inspiring! By the way, Caramoan, Caramoan is a first-class municipality in the province of Camarines Sur, Bicol Region. It is located at the tip of the Caramoan Peninsula, a rugged place of land extending into the waters of the Maqueda Channel on the north and east and Lagonoy Gulf on the south.
#CaramoanIslands is also home to 'Survivor' show. Part of the island was rented by the producers of the show. Sadly, the island is forbidden from tourists. But you can have photos from the gateway of the island itself where all the actions of the show were filmed. Anyway, on our way home, we swung-by the town's historical places and #CamSur infamous wake boarding site owned by the Villafuertes. Tried their clubhouse bar and order some quick bite before retiring into my seat for a long drive home. Generally, 4 days is not enough in #Caramoan. We've skipped some islands. actually due to the looming storm 'Chedeng'. #Caramoan has more than a hundred islands to offer. Each was blessed with powdery, white sand and friendly beaches, warm locals and abundantly good food. Who am I to complain? Life is good. Vowed to come back and indulge myself once again in this paradise called #Caramoan. Commendable!