Jan 20, 2018

How to get to Caramoan Islands in Camarines Sur

 How to get to Caramoan Islands in Camarines Sur

Nestled in the eastern part of  Camarines Sur are the islands of Caramoan which slowly become one of the prime destinations in the country because of its pristine white powdery sand beaches, jaw- dropping islands, unspoiled underwater ecosystem, crystal clear water and amazing people. Caramoan gain a global fame when the Survivor franchise debut its presence on April 2012( Survivor Philippines and 2013 ( Survivor Caramoan). The third season of the Serbian version of Survivor was also in Caramoan and another Survivor franchise were also filming when we got there.There are two ways to get to Caramoan Islands from Naga City.

From Manila via Night bus via Fuentabella Highway

Take an 8 hour bus ride from Araneta / Cubao bus station or Pasay Bus Terminal to Naga City. Fare is around Php 700 - 1000 depending on the bus company and class. First bus is at 8:30 am and the last bus is at 9:00 pm. You will arrive at Bicol Central Station between 4:00 am to 6:00 am then you have to catch the 6:30am bus ( Florencia, MRR or Raymond) bound for Caramoan. Fare is around Php 200-300 and the travel time is 4 hours. Once you arrive in Caramoan, take a trike going to your hotel or guesthouse. 

From Naga City

From downtown Naga, hail a trike and tell the driver that you need to go to the Van Terminal or East Bound Terminal near St. Joseph School at the back of "SM City Naga". Take an aircon van to Sabang Port. Fare is around Php 150.00 and  travel time is 1 hour and 15 minutes. Once you are in Sabang Port, take the boat that goes to Guijalo Port in Caramoan. Boat fare is around Php 120.00 and the travel time is 1 hour and 45 minutes. Once you arrive in Caramoan, take a trike going to your hotel or guesthouse.

Please do take note that the last ferry boat going in and out of Caramoan is 11:00 am. Leave Naga City before 9:00 am to catch the last ferry. 

During our trip we take the boat option going to Caramoan and took a Florencio bus going back to Naga City. Last bus from Caramoan to Naga City is around 5:30 pm.

Alighting Passengers for Sabang
Wayback, the passengers have to be carry out on a persons back to avoid getting wet. Worry no more, the locals build a make-shift bridge with floaters to stay you dry for a minimal fee.
Eating Carenderia type food in Sabang
If you're a little bit early and haven't taken your breakfast yet, there is a Carenderia ( Food stall)  nearby where you can eat. 

Enroute to Guijalo Port Caramoan
Inside the crowded boat

Captain of the boat with landscape backdrop
Beautiful landscape at  San Miguel Bay
Port of Guijalo
Guijalo Port ,Caramoan
Most locals prefer taking the boat because they feel more comfortable and relax rather than taking the bus. We took a Florencia bus from Caramoan to Naga and doze off by drinking Bonamine because  I can't bear the winding roads and sharp turns. Sometimes we have to trust the locals because they know the best, but taking the bus was the only option at that time and we have to take it.


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