UPDATED: APRIL 20, 2016. ive been to caramoan 3x including the time that I went last 2011.
I traveled to this place last September 2011. It is located in Camarines Sur, south of Manila. It is touted to be as the next Boracay.
If you’ve been to Boracay with its fine white sandy beach then this place also has its own fair share of beaches. And also… the beaches here is also fine, white, and sandy…. less the crowd and all-night partying in Boracay. This place is yet to develop… and the Camarines Sur government promised that this nature’s wonder will not be abused and that they will preserve the place.
Moreover, what makes this place unique is that it also has amazing limestone formations which rivals that of Palawan. So, coming here is like going to Boracay and Palawan at the same time.
The place is not that popular before, until one Survivor TV Show made this place as the setting of their series…
Now, Caramoan is slowly becoming a tourist spot in the country…
How to get here?
- You have two choices either ride the plane (45 minutes) or ride the bus (8-11 hours)
- Plane going to Naga, Camarines Sur costs aroung (P3,000 round trip ticket or $70USD. The plane will land in Pili, Camarines Sur, 30-40 minutes to downtown Naga City. And also, the plane they are using is a small plane, so expect a longer ride (than in legazpi, where they use airbus a319-20).
- So after arriving in pili, there are vans and taxis where you can ride to get where your hotel is located.
- the airport is quite near the Camarines Sur Watersports Complex (CWC) around 15 minutes van or taxi ride.
- Bus going to Naga (P500-900.00 one way, $11-21USD for one way trip). I prefer that you will use the ever so trusted Cagsawa Travel and Tours.
- the whole bus ride is around 8 hours, with one stop for weewee break (lol)
- If you don’t need rest and go directly from manila to Caramoan, just ride a tricycle towards the Naga Van Terminal upon alighting from the Naga Bus Central Terminal and then ride a van towards Sabang. The trip starts as early as 6:00am.
2. Then go to Sabang Port (45 minutes to 1 hour travel)
- Ride the van or jeep going to Sabang Port (P120.00 or $3USD). The van terminal is in front of SM City Naga
- The ride will more or less last for 1 to 2 hours depending on how fast the van is.
3. Then Ride the Ferry going to Caramoan (Guijalo Port)
- The ride will take 2 hours
- The ferry fee (this is a big outrigger boat) is (P120.00 or $3USD)
- The first ferry leaves Sabang Port by 5:30 am and the last ferry leaves by 11:30 am. They have travel schedule every hour during that time frame.
- Ride a bus or shuttle bus in Satellite or Legazpi City Central Terminal going to Naga (180.00 or 4USD). The travel time will be 2 hours
- Then alight to the Naga Terminal and then ride a jeep or van going to Sabang Port (P120 or $3USD).
- please be reminded that the Naga Bus terminal is different from the Naga Van Terminal, so if you ride a bus going to Naga, then you still need to ride a trike or a tricycle to go to the Naga Van Terminal.
- Ride the Ferry
OTHER WAYS TO GO TO CARAMOAN WITHOUT RIDING A BOAT/FERRY
My last time to go to Caramaon was last January 11, 2016, the day right after my 25th birthday. Since we were too tired to wake up at 5am, we decided to travel by land instead.
I will post other details regarding my travel in a separate post. So, here is the other mode:
If you are traveling by group then you can hire a van, and travel by land. The land travel takes around 3 hours from Naga City, and 5 hours from Legazpi City. You can contact your travel agency to arrange for your pick up or you can just go hire a van. The cost is from 2500 to 3000 for pick up (Caramoan Haven) for the whole van which sits 11 persons. And if you wanna hire a van for the whole time (back and forth) until your vacation ends, let’s say 3 days and 2 nights then it might be around 5000 to 7000.00 pesos.
If you are going to take public transport, you can ride a bus going to Caramoan in the Naga Central Bus terminal. Philtranco and other buses travels to and from Caramoan, last trip is 11:30am.
Is traveling by land better: YES. (stay tuned for my next post about my land travel towards Caramoan).