My adventurous spirit managed to convince and invite a group of friends to go on a road trip adventure last August 2014. Originally, the plan was to go to Ilocos, only to find out that majority of them have been there before. Jaime then suggested that we go to Caramoan instead, and so we did.
And what a fun weekend that was! So without further ado, let me share to you our adventures to the southern tip of Luzon!
A little history first…
Caramoan was first called as Guta de Leche by Dutch travelers frequenting the peninsula, the name dervied from the milk drop stalagmites found among the rocks of Gata Port. Later, the Spaniards called it Caraha — referring to the sea turtles abundant along the beach sores. It was later renamed to what to what is called today as Caramoan in 1687 by Spanish friar Francisco Dela Cruz Y Oropesa.
I found that little snippet of information on the tarpaulin posted outside the souvenir store we went to on our last day. Though it wasn’t explained why the friar changed the name of the place, I have to say that ‘Caramoan’ does sound better than its prevous names.
Also, thanks to the hit American reality television, Survivor, the island became one of the Philippines’ popular travel destination. Unlike Boracay and El Nido, however, Caramoan is incredibly far (literally!) from commercialization. In fact, the place we stayed into was a proof of that. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a no-fuss girl but I will not deny the fact that when you live in Manila, you’re accustomed to little luxuries that majority of provinces don’t have access to. So when we saw our accommodation, especially on our second night, we can’t help but feel a bit taken aback. Luckily, we’re not a high maintenance bunch, so it was all cool.
My blockmates and friends, Pedallion (or Pao) and Jenzo
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One of my closest guy friends since college, JaimeAnd my vibrant green hair having a life of its own, lol! Another blockmate, Emil aka Tanchi
I also invited Cariza and Anna to join us
Spotted: Mermaid on land! :p
Oh, and how can I forget my goofy boyfriend?
Sometimes, when I travel, I don’t keep track of everything. I allow myself to savor the moment; of being in the now. But Anna, who really did her research, shared a very informative post of our trip. So I’ll be asking you to head over there if you want more details. :)
Another thing is that this is the only trip I didn’t know or managed the itinerary. Everything was arranged by another friend, who is a travel agent. She gave us a rate of PHP 5,000/pax, which I thought was pretty expensive for the type of accommodation we received BUT it covered everything we needed — a private van from Manila to Sabang Port, boat transfer to Guijalo Port, Caramoan’s tourism fee, 3D/2N accommodation with meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and island hopping tour.
I highly suggest you, like what I do in most of my travels, is to thoroughly do your research for Caramoan tour packages. A lot of tours ranges from PHP2,500-3,500/pax. Caramoan is unbelievably affordable compared to other beaches in the Philippines. This guy even managed to spend onlyPHP2,580 for a 2D/1N escapade with his friends! Overall, the rate we paid for is expensive but the memories we’ve made during this trip was priceless in epic proportions.