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

Bicol Day2: Hello Caramoan, Camarines Sur


From CWC, we travelled 2 hours by van to the port…and another 2 hours to the island aboard a ferry. In total we’re 6 hours away from Legaspi airport which means by Sunday most of our day will be spent on the van.

The views consisted mostly of farmlands lying infront of a giant Mt. Isarog. It reminded me of the dream house I had when I was in elementary…house in the corner of a field with a mountain on the back. It took me 27 years to see that it does exist.

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Views to Guijalo Port

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When we reached Guijalo port, we had to take another 30 minute ride  to our accommodation.

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Our home for 2 nights.
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Across the inn.

After lunch we had siesta in preparation for the Caramoan discovery at 12:30 PM.

Island Hopping Day 1 (Half Day)

Covered 4 islands Busdak, Matukad, Lahos and Nilaos.

Each island has its individual charm but the magnificent rock formations were common.

Busdak Island

A quick stop at Busdak island gave us the time to cam whore in the jagged and sharp rock formations. One wrong step and you’re own the way to the emergency room. But that didn’t stop us from climbing the rocks just to get the perfect view. 😀

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Matukad Island

Our guide, Kuya Mike shared that most of the names of the islands were taken from their characteristic. Matukad (means steep) is best known for its lagoon hidden behind a steep rock. We had to climb for a glimpse.

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On the way to the hidden lagoon of the lonely Bangus.

Once there lived a family of Bangus in the lagoon, Mother, Father and babies. The Mother was captured  and eaten by a fisherman who later died of an unknown cause. Now a lone Father Bangus was left in the lagoon because he ate all his babies. My friends were able to see it. I didn’t because the guide says there are snakes in the water. And snakes creep me out.

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The 2 girls below were trying to get a good look at Father Bangus. The guy? Well…I don’t know what he’s up to. Hmmm!
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The rock just above the lagoon. It was a scary climb but worth it.
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The rock where the guy holding the camera has an awesome view. I climbed up there but was too scared to take a picture. Haha!

 

Aside from it’s steep rocks, Matukad island is also known for it’s powder-like fine white sands.

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Enjoying the powder-like sand. I actually rolled over them. Haha!
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Us enjoying the view, the sand and everything about the island. Feeling survivor eh?!

 

Lahos Island

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Lahos in vernacular means “went through”. The 2 rock standing in the island looks like a gate in both sides where you can went through. In between the rocks are fine sands as smooth as sugar. The view in between is perfect for a “Survivor” shot. Kuya Mike says Survivor series had its opening there. Cool. And off we did our own shot too.

Nilaos Island

Since Nilaos island was our last stop, we spent most of our time swimming. It was conveniently situated between large boulders. The coastline was small. Glad we were the only group there. And since I was busy swimming…the pictures were forgotten. Haha! Will grab some pics from my companions soon.

Up next:
Island Hopping Day 2 (Whole day)

Gone to 3 islands (Cotivas, Manlawi, Sabitan Laya) and went up to Holy Rosary Church with almost 600 steps in Tabgon, Caramoan.

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

Summer Time: Where Are You Off To?!


Will you…

1. Pump up your energy at CamSur‘s wake boarding facility?!

Wakeboarding. Source: don-kuneho.blogspot.com
Wakeboarding. Source: don-kuneho.blogspot.com

2. Bask in nature’s beauty by kayaking in Caramaon‘s clear waters?!

Kayaking. Source: www.ck-inn.com
Kayaking. Source: www.ck-inn.com

3. Race with friends by ATV on the lava trails of the famous Mt. Mayon?!

ATV. Source: www.byaherosnapshots.com
ATV. Source: www.byaherosnapshots.com

Why choose 1, 2, or 3…when you can have ALL OF THE ABOVE. Wake boarding, kayaking and ATV-ing are just 3 of the activities you can do when you visit Bicol Region in the Philippines. In less than a week, you’ll be able to experience these adventures…and maybe more. 🙂

More stories when I return from my pre-Summer escapade in Bicol starting this Thursday(March 14) until Monday (March 18)! 

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