Bicol Day3: More of Caramoan Islands


There are about 50 islands discovered out of more or less a hundred. Most of the discoveries were from the staffs of different “Survivor” reality franchise that had its home in the islands.

Cotivas Island

For this day, we covered 3 islands and a mountain. The day started in Bikal port. After a long boat ride we reached what we thought as sandbar. It’s not…just Cotivas island where we had a little taste of the great Pacific Ocean.

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Unlike the islands visited the other day, this one didn’t have a rock view. We’re there for its cream colored sand and clear waters. We enjoyed doing jump shots. Despite the quick stop, most took the chance to dip in the blue green water. I wish I did.

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Busy doing my stuff in the sand while the others are swimming.
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Enjoying the water!

Manlawi Sandbar

It’s almost 11 am when we left Cotivas.  Next, Kuya Mike took us to the real sandbar in “Manlawi” island where we had our lunch in floating cottages.

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Floating cottages on the background.
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Cottages up-close!
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Souvenir shells sold for Php 10 or Php 20.
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Our cottage!

Manlawi’s sandbar was huge, but smaller than that of Bais’ and can be completely submerge in water unlike Camiguin’s White Island. It was high tide when we arrived so we had the chance to enjoy the knee deep water. We were not allowed to linger because we need to catch the high tide to be able to take the short cut to “Sabitang Laya” island.

We were not able to catch the high tide as planned. Our journey to the next island was therefore compromised.

Sabitang Laya

“Sabitang Laya” took forever. My butt started to get numbed of seating. Glad I’m not one of those people who can’t sleep on a boat. It made the journey bearable.

And finally, Sabitan Laya, our last island destination – the 7th wonder. We were given an hour to enjoy the island. But due to tide issues, the stay was extended. Lucky! We were able to camwhore at rock formations again. This time less jagged and sharp compared to that of Busdak’s.

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When we left the island, we save our energy for the feared 587 steps to heaven.

And heaven it is. Despite shaky knees, short breath, and what was left of our energy, we were still able to reach the top and enjoy a magnificent view of some of Caramoan’s islands. Truly worth the climb.

After cooling down, we decided that it’s time to go thinking of the perils of night boat ride. We were back at Rex’s by 6:30 PM. Dinner was served 30 minutes after. And off we retired for the night…dreaming of the adventures we had. And sadly…bye, bye paradise the next day.

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Up next: Bicol Day 4 & 5: Mt. Mayon Adventures

Bicol Posts:
Day 1 Hello Legaspi City, Albay
Bucketlist: Wakeboarding at CWC Facility!
Day 2 Hello Caramoan, Camarines Sur
Day 3 More of Caramoan Islands
Day 4 Travel from Caramoan to Mayon Accommodation
Bucketlist: ATV Ride in Mayon
Migo’s Jumping Shots
Day 5 Mayon Encounter
Day 6 Flight Home

A Word A Week Photo Challenge – Action


I’m a reluctant photographer because I’m still confused whether I want to be the one in or behind a beautiful photograph. But ever since the boyfie had this signature craze pose in every places we went and mountains we climbed, I just had to get better.

These jump shots were taken from our last trip in Bicol Philippines. I still can’t get the perfect angle in all pictures though. But I’m determined to be. 

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Cagsawa Ruins in Legazpi City, Albay.
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CWC Wakeboarding Complex in Camarines Sur.
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Matukad Island, Caramoan, Camarines Sur.
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Cotivas Island, Caramoan, Camarines Sur.
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Lava Ground from the eruption of Mt. Mayon, Legazpi, Albay.
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Lignon Hill, Legazpi, Albay

Jump shots are tricky. Even if I did it countless of times already, I still can’t get the hang of it. The boyfie is also very strict so I just had to take the shot he would approve. Sometimes, it would take up to 5 jumps. 😦 Anyhoo, I’m happy to be learning things. And though I still don’t own the camera I’m using now, I’m considering to have one. Cheers to photography!

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The bottom picture was the first shot. We decided it was cool to have a series shot so the other 2 were done. Taken at Cotivas Island in Caramoan, Camarines Sur.

PS: This is my first post from Sue’s “A Word A Week Photo Challenge”. I have this monthly goal…for the month of March, I aimed to improve my travel blog. Along with that goal, I promise to grab everything in the blogger web that would help me get better.

This is a good starting month for me. I’m thankful to all the new friends I’ve known as seen in my Community widget. I was still not able to know and connect to all of them yet but one day, I will.

Hang in there friends. 🙂 Thank you for all the inspirations. It gives me the energy to blog more…but this time…BETTER!

Bicol Posts:
Day 1 Hello Legaspi City, Albay
Bucketlist: Wakeboarding at CWC Facility!
Day 2 Hello Caramoan, Camarines Sur
Day 3 More of Caramoan Islands
Day 4 Travel from Caramoan to Mayon Accommodation
Bucketlist: ATV Ride in Mayon
Migo’s Jumping Shots
Day 5 Mayon Encounter
Day 6 Flight Home

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