What to do before going to Caramoan Islands

1. Plan your trip

We all know that the Bicol region is oftentimes threatened with heavy rain showers and typhoons as it faces the Pacific Ocean. It is also the common entry point of major typhoons that hit the country year round. So it is therefore important to carefully plan your trip and make sure that the month of your travel is typhoon-free.

We went to the Caramoan Islands on the long weekend of June 12th and it would be great to have a Plan B for your trip in case the weather won’t permit the travel to the islands.

2. Watch out for Holidays

In our case, we planned to go to the Caramoan Islands just in time for the long weekend that was associated with the June 12th holiday.

Make sure you plan your trip where a national holiday falls on a Friday or Monday so that you won’t have to worry about being out of the office for a long time. This may not be applicable to those whose rest days fall on a weekday. But with your creativity, I bet everything is possible. Another downside to traveling on those long weekends brought about by the holidays is the crowd that you’ll be in. If you want to own the island to yourselves, travel on off peak seasons. But if you don’t mind the crowd, by all means, go go go!

3. Watch out for promo airfares

Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and Zest Air offers promo fares on certain times. The trip we booked was via Cebu-Manila-Cebu and we only paid P792 for a roundtrip fare via PAL. On some dates, the airfare would even be cheaper. Also watch out for direct flights going to Naga or Legaspi if you don’t want to endure an 8-hour bus ride going to Naga from Manila. I was supposed to book a P492 fare from Legaspi to Manila but didn’t go for it since the weather in the Bicol Region is very unpredictable. Besides, the trip to Legaspi is a 2-3hrs drive from Naga too.

If you decide to take the bus, be sure to book for the bus in advance and not while on your way to Naga (in advance means booking 6 hours or more). You need to go to Ali Mall in Cubao where all the buses leaving for the Bicol Region are located. Buses leave at early mornings and around 8-9pm. There are buses that have comfort rooms and reclining chairs. So if you plan to travel in comfort, you can choose to ride one but if money is an issue, you can ride ordinary buses, anyway there are scheduled stop overs along the way for those who needed to use the bathroom. Suggested buses are the Peñafrancia Bus and the Isarog Bus Lines. We travelled via Isarog since Peñafrancia is more expensive.

4. Research on what to do in Naga and the Caramoan Islands

It really pays to be prepared. In case the bad weather will not permit a boat ride from Sabang Port to the Caramoan Peninsula, you can always go back to Naga and spend the whole time in the CamSur Watersports Complex. More widely known as CWC, this watersports area has a lot to offer while keeping your adrenalins pumped. Honestly, my CamSur tour was already complete just by going to CWC. The Caramoan Island tour was just an added bonus.

5. Research on what to expect in Caramoan

Before you go to the Caramoan Peninsula, it is best to check out information on where to live while in Caramoan, where to eat, what to ride, how much to pay, and all those other stuff. That way, you will know if you are being scammed or not.

6. Book, File and Fly!

Lastly, book that flight, bus or whatever. File for your leave from work and wait for the much awaited date to come. I’m positive and it’s guaranteed that you will really enjoy the trip, even if it’s just in CWC!

To those who have no problems with work schedules, money and other stuff, the trip to CWC and the Caramoan Islands is highly recommended.

Comments

  1. Hi!

    I am Brgy. Capt. Emilio Victor B. Avila III of Tawog,the town proper of Caramoan. I am the owner of “Caramoan Travel and Tours Services”… the original and only legitimate travel agency in Caramoan (others are hotel operators but then operating as travel agency which is illegal). I am looking for tour agents who could market our packages through the internet.

    Our usual tour-package for 3 days 2 night minimum of 10 persons is P 2,500 only. While for 2 days 1 night is 1,500 only.
    So it is competitive. I am giving commission of P500/head for 3days 2nights and P250/head for 2 days night. Down payment shall be deposited directly on your bank-account by the clients, the rest shall be paid here in Caramoan.

    If you are interested on my proposal and/or just avail our services please email me at caramoan@gmail.com or call me at 0920-3039621.

    Thanks

  2. Hi,

    For those who want to spend vacation in CARAMOAN we offer the following packages:

    AVAIL OUR PROMO PACKAGE!!!
    (pick-up from Guijalo Port)

    2 Days 1 night mInimum of 10 persons and up ———— P1,500

    3 DAYS 2 NIGHTS minimum of 10 persons and up———— P2,500

    REGULAR RATE @ 2 DAYS 1 NIGHTS

    7-9 PERSONS——–P 1,850
    3-6 PERSONS——–P 2,200
    2 PERSONS———-P 2,500
    1 PERSON ———-negotiable

    REGULAR RATE @ 3 DAYS 2 NIGHT(per head)

    7-9 PERSONS——–P 2,850
    3-6 PERSONS——–P 3,200
    2 PERSONS———-P 4,300
    1 PERSON ———-negotiable

    This package includes land transfers, private island hopping boat, tour guide services,entrance fees to locations,and accomodation (hotel.cabanas, or homestays).

    For further details please contact us:

    Barangay Captain EMILIO VICTOR B. AVILA III

    Caramoan Travel And Tours Services DTI permit no.00068685
    44 Rea St., Tawog, Caramoan Camarines Sur
    cel no. 0920-3039621
    E-mail address caramoan@gmail.com
    Website http://www.caramoantravel.blogspot.com

    Note: Rates may be subject to changes without prior notice.

  3. we will be going to caramoan this weekend nov 29-dec 2..so excited!!!

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