The Caramoan Peninsula gained tourism popularity over the past few years. It’s popularity rose after Caramoan was featured in the news and in local as well as international television programs. Both local and foreign travelers started to explore the beaches of Caramoan Peninsula. Caramoan is designated as one of the National Parks of the Philippines.
The Popular tourist destinations in Caramoan are the Caramoan National Park, the Centro, and Gota Beach. Popular activities in Caramoan include diving, swimming, snorkeling and spelunking. Birdwatching and Firefly watching is also gaining popularity.
Caramoan has been a favorite destination for the international franchises of Survivor. The place has hosted the Serbian version for two consecutive seasons. The Islands of Caramoan also hosted the Israel version of Survivor for two previous seasons. Israel has also planned to film their fifth season again in Caramoan this year 2011. Bulgarian Survivor also filmed their fourth season there in May to July 2009. Robinson 2010, the twelfth season of the Swedish version of the franchise, was also filmed in Caramoan from May to June 2010.
The 8th season of Koh-Lanta (French edition of Survivor), was also shot entirely in Caramoan. TV director Corinne Vaillant, stated that “the powdery sand, the coconuts on Gota beach and the neighboring islets are a ‘dream’ for the French people. We chose Caramoan because it’s really wild. It’s necessary that contestants don’t see anything other than nature for them to believe that they’re really lost in the wilds
Going To Caramoan
Options are: 1. Bus/Van/POV to Naga 2. Fly Manila-Naga/Pili
Then: take a van or Jeep going to Sabang Partido (1 OR 2+hrs), or a Bus to Lagonoy (getting off at San Jose, 1.5+hrs) then take a boat ride from Sabang port to Caramoan (Guijalo port) for 2-3hrs (120php), These are usually early boats. i.e 5:30, 7:00, 8:00am etc. It is also possible (if you have a large group) to take a fast craft (owned by provincial Governor L Ray Villafuerte) from Nato Port (Sagnay). You need to organise this through Camarines Sur Watersports Complex (1+ hr to Gota Beach Resort).
Alternatively: You can take a jeep from Goa Terminal to Caramoan (only safe during dry season) 4+hrs
OR: 3. Fly to Virac, Catanduanes. From Virac, take a jeep ride to barangay Cabcab, or barangay codon, or barangay bislig in San Andres town, then hire a out-triggered motorboat to Guijalo, Caramoan. It takes one hour only to cross the maqueda channel. PAL, Cebu Pacific and Zest Air all fly this route.
NB. Check www.typhoon2000.com to make sure a typhoon or storm system is not lurking in the area. All boat rides can be very dangerous in the area during these times.
Top ten Caramoan destinations, these are must see:
- Lahuy Island
- Lahus Island
- Cotivas Island
- Sabitang Laya Island
- Gota beach (mainland)
- Hunognan Cove (mainland)
- Matukad Island
- Minalahos Island
- Pitogo Island
- Tinago Island