8 Amazing Things to do in Caramoan, Camarines Sur, Philippines
Discover 8 amazing things to do in Caramoan, Bicol. Caramoan is at the tip of Camarines Sur, which in on Luzon Island in the Philippines. Caramoan is a quiet “one street” town which for me was a very nice change from the bustle of Naga City.
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Things to do in Caramoan
I thought Caramoan was only going to be good as an island hopping base, but then I went exploring on a motorbike for a day. So I guess this post isn’t about what to do in Caramoan. It is more about what to do in and around Caramoan.
1. Walk Through Town
The first item on this list knocks off all the activities in Caramoan that are actually in the town of Caramoan. I guess I could have given them a number each but decided to bunch them together.
From a general walk through town on a weekday I did not see any other tourists. But there are lots of touristy shops there so I imagine it gets busy on weekends and during the holiday seasons.
There is a market next to where the bus drops you off which is worth a look.
And at least the river is clean (ish), unlike the one in Naga.
There is also this church and grounds where the young folk like to hang out and practice dancing… I’m guessing rehearsing something for school.
2. Bulang Bugang
About a forty minute walk out of town is a place called Bulang Bugang. It is a little watering hole with a cave you can swim through. Once you get off the main road it is a nice walk through a Barangay. For me, it was a definite highlight of these 8 Caramoan activities
3. Our Lady of Holy Rosary
Instead of doing a Caramoan Island Hopping Tour I decided to hire a motorbike for the day. I got one for 500php from the Sights and Sand Tourist Inn, where I was staying.
The first place I went was to Tabgon to climb the “Our Lady of Rosary” stairs. The owner of the Sights and Sand Tourist Inn recommended it to me. It’s a good climb (good meaning you will sweat) and you get an awesome view from the top.
After Tabgon I went to Bikal, which is one of the “jump-off” places for island hopping. It is only about 5km north of Caramoan.
5. Paniman Beach
A couple of kilometers east of Bikal is Paniman beach. It is another place you can set off for an island hopping tour but also looks like a nice (quiet) place to stay. I counted about ten or so accommodation options, most of them along the beach-front.
5km south of Caramoan is Guijalo where you can catch a boat to Sabang Beach (San Jose). It is also another point for island hopping.
7. Island Hopping
I never did this so I can’t give advice on what to do in the Caramoan islands, but I did inquire about it in Guijalo. For 1500php you can get a boat for a day. It holds eight people. You will visit three islands.
Other options include renting a kayak or getting a package deal through a tour company.
8. Gota Beach
The last and also my top pick on this list of things to do in Caramoan is Gota Beach. I only went to it because I noticed it on my GPS. I’m glad I did.
For anyone not in the Philippines your journey to get to Gota Beach would go something like this:
Plane, overnight bus (or another plane), van, boat, tricycle, motorcycle, walk.
A bit of a mission, but worth it. It is AMAZINGLY picturesque!
Accommodation in Caramoan
The Caramoan accommodation I chose to stay at was the Sights and Sands hotel. It is on the edge of town and was fine. There isn’t much on the booking sites, but there’s plenty of options if you walk around.
Getting To Caramoan
First get to Manilla. A plane is your best bet unless you are on Luzon Island. Once in Manila get to Naga. You can do this by bus (overnight or during the day) or by plane.
From Naga, you can take a bus, which is what I did. It cost 220php and took 4 hours. The scenery was awesome, especially in the second half of the journey. There is no toilet on the bus, but they do stop at some bus stations along the way.
They also make a stop in Sta Maria, Presentacion at a small eatery called Sharon Store. It has a toilet inside and you can buy refreshments. They stop there for about 20 minutes. This happened on the way there and on the way back.
You could also take a Banga (boat) from Sabang Port to Guijalo and then a tricycle from Guijalo to Caramoan. This costs about 60php. I could have done this on the way back but I try to avoid boats since I get seasick. Although the windy mountain road on the bus may have been worse. Also, the bus leaves all day whilst the boat stops at 13:00 pm (or 11:00 am) depending on which way you are going.
To get to Sabang from Naga you can catch a direct minivan. You can also catch a bus heading to Caramoan or Lagonoy and get off at San Jose. From San Jose catch a jeepney (or whatever) to Sabang Port which costs 15php.
I was not happy to stay in Sabang so I went to Goa by jeepney which cost 20php. Then I left there too and went back to Naga.
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