Caramoan Travel Guide

Where is Caramoan?

and how far is it?

By now, you may have already heard of this far flung place called Caramoan, and is intrigued on why a lot of people are interested in going, or have already visited this paradise.

Caramoan is a municipality in Camarines Sur.  As per Wikipedia, it is bounded on the north by the town of Garchitorena and the Philippine Sea of the Pacific Ocean; on the north-east by the island province of Catanduanes; on the south by Lagonoy Gulf; on the east by the Maqueda Channel and on the west by the municipality of Presentacion.

How to get there

OPTION A: Private Vehicle

To make things easier, you can Waze it, or use Google Maps. It is approximately 500 kms from Manila.  That would be around 12 – 14 hours, depending on the stop overs and how fast you drive.

The last leg of the journey would be the more challenging part because you will be zigzagging your way onto maybe three, four, maybe five or more mountains that were connected by slithering roads.  So this what the locals call the “South Road” is not for inexperienced drivers.

This type of journey is perfect for you if you love long and bumpy rides.  But fret not, because the paradise that awaits you is worth it.

 

OPTION B: Plane + Jeep/Taxi/Bus + Bus

Book a flight from Manila to Naga (WNP) Airport – (45 minutes).  Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines have daily flights going to Naga. When you get to the airport, either take a cab (Php 300 or 6USD) or a jeep/bus (PhP 15 or 0.03 USD going to the Naga Bus Terminal (15-25 minutes), and board a bus (4 – 5 hours) going to Caramoan (PhP 220).  The reason why you have to go the bus terminal even though the bus bound to Caramoan passes by the airport main road is so you can have guaranteed seats, and choose which bus line to take – either MRR or Florencia bus.  The last trip for the airconditioned bus is at 4:00PM

 

OPTION C: Plane + Jeep/Taxi + Van + Boat

Book a flight from Manila to Naga (WNP) Airport – (45 minutes).  When you get to the airport, either take a cab (Php 300 or 6USD) or a jeep (PhP 15 or 0.03 USD going to the Naga Van Terminal bound to Sabang (15-25 minutes), and board a van (1.5 hours) going to Sabang (PhP 100 or 2USD).  The van terminal is beside the port, so you wouldn’t get lost.  Board a boat (2 hours) going to Guijalo Port (PhP 120 or 2.25USD).  Please note that the last boat trip is at 11am, and boat trips are subject to weather conditions.

 

OPTION D: Bus from Manila – Caramoan (Direct trip, no transfers)

Book a bus trip (12 – 14 hours) going to Caramoan via Raymond Bus (PhP 800-PhP 1200 or 16USD to 24USD).  Raymond Bus Terminal is along EDSA Cubao, infront of Baliwag bus terminal.  The bus leaves at  2:30 PM.

 

OPTION E: Bus + Bus

Take a bus (8 – 10 hours) from Manila to Naga (PhP 700-PhP 1000 or 14USD to 20USD), and board a bus (4 – 5 hours) going to Caramoan (PhP 220).  The last trip for the airconditioned bus is at 4:00PM.

 

OPTION F: Bus + Van + Boat

Take a bus (8 – 10 hours) from Manila to Naga (PhP 700-PhP 1000 or 14USD to 20USD), and board a bus (4 – 5 hours) going to Caramoan (PhP 220). Hail a tricycle (PhP 8 or 0.16USD) going to the Naga Van Terminal bound to Sabang (3 – 5 minutes), and board a van (1.5 hours) going to Sabang (PhP 100 or 2USD).  The van terminal is beside the port, so you wouldn’t get lost.  Board a boat (2 hours) going to Guijalo Port (PhP 120 or 2.25USD).  Please note that the last boat trip is at 11am, and boat trips are subject to weather conditions.

 

OPTION G: Bus +  Boat

Take a bus (8 – 10 hours) from Manila to Sabang (PhP 700-PhP 1000 or 14USD to 20USD).  The bus terminal is beside the port, so you wouldn’t get lost.  Board a boat (2 hours) going to Guijalo Port (PhP 120 or 2.25USD).  Please note that the last boat trip is at 11am, and boat trips are subject to weather conditions.

 

UPON ARRIVAL IN CARAMOAN

Congratulations!  You have made your way to Caramoan.  But wait, where are the white sand beaches?  The white sand beaches can only be reached by boat, and they are best explored by island hopping.

WHERE TO STAY IN CARAMOAN

There are a number of accommodations in Caramoan – inns, resorts, homestays, bnb’s and hotels, ranging from PhP 500 / 10USD per night, up to PhP 15,000 / 300USD per night.

The accommodations in the Paniman Beach area would be one of your best bets because that is where you will board the boat for island hopping, and the Paniman Beach / Sohoton River is just a stone’s throw away.

ISLAND HOPPING IN CARAMOAN

If you are staying at the town proper, you can take a tricycle (PhP 150 or 3USD) going to Paniman Beach (15 minutes), the jump off point for island hopping.

ISLAND HOPPING BOAT RATES

Short Trip – PhP 1,500

The nearby islands (10 minutes away): Matukad, Lahus, Cagbanilad, Minalagos, Tayak, Napla, Tinago, Busdak

Long Trip – PhP 2,500

The farther islands (about an hour away): Manlawi Sandbar, Ginahuan Lighthouse, Cotivas, Bugtong, Sabitang-Laya, Bag-ing

Round Trip – PhP 4,000

Short Trip and Long Trip combined, usually starting off with the farther islands.

For island hopping boat inquiries, you can contact us at +63 925 397 5073.

WHERE TO EAT IN CARAMOAN

There are a few restaurants and bars in the town proper and in Paniman beach.  But we suggest booking a tour package so that your meals would be prepared beforehand because there would be instances, especially during the peak season that the restaurants don’t entertain walk-in guests because they are busy preparing pre-ordered meals for guests who availed of tour packages.

If you are planning on going island hopping, it is best that you have your picnic lunch with you because there aren’t any restaurants in the islands where you can order meals.

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