Other things to do in Caramoan is to climb this 300-400 steps towards the Mama Mary statue… If Brazil does have the Jesus’ statue which seems to welcome you when you arrive, Caramoan have this Mama Mary statue with her open arms seemingly welcoming visitors with all her heart.
The “grotto” as I call it can be seen when you are in the ‘high seas’ of Caramoan. It’s big and visible to the naked eye! 🙂
Climbing to get to this place is challenging because of the 300-400 steps, but the lush greenery is just gorgeous! Every single step you do makes you wanna pause and take a picture of the beautiful blend of green amid the blue skies
After climbing up this steps you will be shocked on what awaits your arrival…
All the climbing and sweating.. you will arrive to witness this beautiful scenery
This place gives you a birds eye view of the islands of Caramoan.
Look at the flowers! They are all blooming makes you wonder that they really welcomes you to their humble town of Caramoan!
Well, climbing this stairs is worth the visit! Having to see this scenery amid the beautiful green and blue landscape is simply amazing!
This place is a hidden gem unknown to most individuals and has a beauty that will surely captivate you.
This island will also be found in Caramoan, Philippines south of Manila.
This island has a twin beach.. the Sabitang-Laya and Bag-ing beach, both beach has long stretch of fine sand. Although the sand here is not as white as the one in Matukad but the sand texture rivals that of Boracay and Matukad. The sand is really soft to touch and it’s like baby powder! You will love rolling in the sand– just like what I did!
There’s also no lodging houses, hotels or any sign of development near the area.. you will notice that the only litters that you can see are from nature itself… seaweeds and seaweeds alone! Nothing else.. This is nature in its finest!
What makes this a lot more different than the others? It is because of how long the beach is.. Moreover, there are 2 beaches, one in the left and the other from the right. Here is a picture for your reference (take note: I didn’t take this photo below:)
Again, as you can notice in my previous posts, you can always see beautiful limestone formation while you traverses the sea to go to your island of destination.
Another characteristic of this island is on how wonderful the limestone and other rock formations found in this place. You will surely be captivated!
It may not be the whitest sand you can see, but it also has its own fair share of beauty--its sand is powdery as milk!
Again, I have no words to describe the place, and I will let the photos speak for itself. All I can say is Sabitang Laya is definitely a feast for the eyes when you witness its rugged beauty.
That’s all I can say.. No words can tell how much beautiful this place and how lovely the whole Caramoan is! Everything is simply captivating!
Well, to be honest, I’m not a beach goer since I don’t like getting a tan (I’m Asian, so being fair-skinned is considered beautiful). But going to Caramoan hooked me up to beaches. I’m so amazed how beautiful the sea is and how cuddly the sand can be
In my whole life, I’ve never seen a white sand beach, so this will be my first time.
So, now, I’m reviewing one of the islands we visited during our 3 day stay. Matukad Island (in bikolano or the local dialect in caramoan, it is called Going-Up or climb-up) it is called that way since you need to climb up to see the lake and the beautiful scenery there. Unfortunately, we spent our time swimming in this island and did not even try to go up to see the lake since we are scared to get bruises if ever we accidentally fell in the pointy limestone rocks —Sorry, we are so preoccupied in swimming and rolling to its beautiful fine white sand! It’s a pity though, since I also wanna see the lake 😦 Anyway, I’ll promise to myself that I should go back to Caramoan!
The Matukad Island is the 1st island in our 3 day itinerary… But before getting into the island itself, the things to see while traveling to this marvelous Island is a sight to behold!
Limestone formations are lining up bit by bit while we are nearing Matukad Island… The turquoise water makes me wanna jump and swim!!! — fortunately, our tour guide prevented me to do so 🙂 or else I’m not here writing this blog 🙂 I know how to swim but swimming in a very deep water like that??? I might just be tired after paddling my feet for survival–I might just give up! hehe… crazy right???
Upon arriving in the Island, I was just like “So, this is white sand” actually, I’m quite disappointed since I wanna see a literally white sand…. I mean the sand with the same color of a bond paper/coupon bond… But my friends told me that this is what is called as a white sand and that the color of the sand here is whiter than the one in Boracay… so I was like “Oooohhh!”
Although I’m quite disappointed (because I expected to see a coupon-bond white—white sand– Although I keep on telling myself that it’s already a white sand! as seen in the photos! I was really amazed on how fine the sand is… It’s really fine.. It’s like baby powder… actually, I wanna roll and roll there but I was so afraid of crabs or any kind of alien seafood and getting my skin pricked, so I just dipped my feet into the fine white sand and went swimming in the turquoise water…
The place is really beautiful, even though it isn’t a long beach, but the sand, it has the most powdery white sand I’ve ever touch and seen. And as our tour guide said, the sand here is the most powdery of all the islands in Caramoan.
The place was really clean, really out of touch to the messy world of technological advancement, big cities and noise, it is really a rural place where you can relax. And here, you can actually build a tent and stay there for a night (though we haven’t tried it), you just need to ask permission to the baranggay captain (or the official in charge of the town).
There’s no hotel in this island, just a few town people, and you won’t see houses or any establishments near the shore… you can only see the water, the white sand, the trees and the limestones… such a beautiful sight!
Please… I’m telling you now, if you are going to Caramoan, and this island isn’t part of your itinerary, better that you find another tour guide or tour package since missing this in your island-hopping adventure is not a good idea, since this island has the most fine sand and most beautiful beach. It was said to be even finer and beautiful than Boracay itself. 🙂
For our travel last September 3-5, 2012, I booked my Caramoan adventure with a travel agency named Caramoan Haven.
To view itinerary scroll down, you can click the links below to see my posts/reviews about that place.
During the time that I was looking for a place to stay in Caramoan, I suddenly came accross into this agency’s website and I suddenly saw their promo rates, which in effect, deeply enticed me to get their services. At least, I wouldn’t be stressed in finding accommodations, boat, boatman, transfers etc during this vacation. If a vacation would be so stressful, then why call it a vacation? A trip should be stressed free! 🙂
Although honestly, I love being stressed sometimes, I’m such a masochist! hihi. But for this trip, I want it to be stree-free! 🙂
This agency is DTI Registered as stated by their website. Moreover, they only asked for P400 or $9.30 USD per person as reservation fee. We paid P4300.00 each or $100 USD for 3 days 2 nights adventure which include accommodation, tours, tour guide, boat rentals and of course food!
We reserved our trip by depositing the amount in their bank account. I actually don’t know why I trusted them so much that I just deposited the money right away… The proprietor was also shocked since I booked and paid immediately without waiting for him to send the itinerary… Woahh! Thanks be to God that they are indeed a legitimate travel agency, if not, I’ll be killed by my friends! – as in dead meat! 😦
We stayed in one of the good accommodations in Caramoan, The West Peninsula Villas. It is within the Barangay center. I made a review of this place. Click here. The Caramoan Haven booked us there, and I was so happy with the place and their service. 🙂
I was so amazed with this travel agency because I didn’t expect that a van will pick us up in Guijalo port, because usually (as seen in other blogs) the other tour agencies pick you up using a tricycle.
Another surprise.. is when I saw the boat that we are going to use for our island-hopping activity. Since we are just 3 persons traveling together I’m expecting a small boat which can ride only 5 people but in my surprise the boat that we used was really huge! It can accommodate 8-12 people! What a huge boat for only 3 travelers! We even compared a boat we saw which has 9 passengers on it, but it was obviously very small compared to our BOAT! then I mumbled to myself (with a mocking tone)–look at our boat, we have a larger boat than you have.. we are only threeand you are nine! so poor of you! — Sorry, just being childish and proud during that time! 🙂
Our tour guide said that they want their guests to be comfortable and also to be safe, so they got this big boat for our adventure 🙂 it is very nice of them!
Moreover, what made our trip memorable is that our tour guide named Eli was very accommodating and very “very” helpful! He was even our photographer! We gave him our camera and he started taking beautiful and amazing photos! So almost all of my photos was taken by this tour guide/photographer– and all I can say that he knows better than I do when it comes to photography :)He also informed us of everything we need to know. If you are asking if he is a good English speaker, I think he is since he is a College Graduate with the course of Education! 🙂
And also, the proprietor, Gerald was very accommodating.. He was the one who is driving the van in the picture above. He was very hands-on with his business and very kind too..And since we finished our tour during our first day quite early, they suggested that we go swimming in the underground river! Take note, that the underground river is not part of our actual itinerary….
Actually, when I heard underground river, I was like “Really? There’s an underground river?” I was actually thinking of an underground river as big as the one in Puerto Princesa haha! 🙂
Since we are just 3 women traveling together, Gerald even joined us for a dip in the so-called underground river (p.s. don’t expect a big wild underground river just like the one in Palawan!).
Moreover, this travel agency also helped us to see the town during the night. We even ate some traditional food called “Kinalas” it is a noodle soup with some strange thing on it– I dare you to try! If you ever come here then I suggest you to ask them what’s inside.
They even arranged us a masseur. Since we are tired and the hotel doesn’t seem to have a Spa, We asked Eli if where we can get a massage and they said their cousin is a nice masseur… So we booked their cousin’s service after our dinner and she was really great!
AND… I will never forget how sumptuous the meals were! We are like prisoners who will be hanged the next day! We are eating like pigs! We ate, swim, ate, swim, then swim then ate, then sleep then ate, swim and so on…. The food that was included in the package were really A LOT! We didn’t even finish the food served during the dinner so we asked the hotel to reheat and pack it for our 2nd day island hopping. All I can say is that the food served was amazing! It includes yummy seafood like shrimps, crabs, fish and pork!
The Food is only good for 3 persons! and we are females! That’s a lot!
Moreover, I forgot to share to you that this travel agency is run by a family… Gerald and Eli are cousins…. as well as “Santino” and our masseur. They are really…really..really… great people! Actually, when we are with them we felt not like a Guest but we felt like we are part of their family.. We joked to each other, and had fun together… It was really a nice experience!
I just felt the real kind of Filipino Hospitality with them! They are really nice people and easy to talk to… When you are with them, you will realize that you are in good hands!
FOR THIS TOUR AGENCY I RATE THEM 5 STARS!! GOOD JOB!
OUR ITINERARY: Itinerary For 3days & 2nights package: Day 1 (Arrival):
0930 hrs(ETA) Guijalo port (pick-up point) to town proper
1000 hrs Hotel/hometel (West Peninsula Villas) check-in/rest a bit
1100 hrs Lunch/early lunch
1115 hrs To Paniman/Bikal
1140 hrs Proceeding to Islands (Swimming)
1230 hrs Lunch………
1330 hrs Swimming/Island Hopping/Exploration
1630 hrs Proceeding to Bikal Port
1800 hrs Back to Accommodation/Rest/Grooming/Souvenir Shopping
1930 hrs Dinner/Socials
Day 3 (Departure):