Camarines Sur hides precious gems and one of them is Caramoan. For most people, this place is rather unheard of until it became the location of the 26th season of Survivor – The Survivor Caramoan.

How to get there

You can go to Caramoan, Camarines Sur either by land or air. Book a plane ticket from Manila Airport to Naga or visit one of the bus terminals in Araneta Center Cubao, in Quezon City with their fleets bound for Naga.

My friends and I took the Deluxe bus from Cubao to Naga. Took us around 9 hours to get there. Great to travel by night and wake up to your destination the day after. Cool beans.

Here’s a numbered list to make the instruction easier:

  1. From Araneta Center, Cubao, take a bus bound for Naga.
  2. From Naga bus terminal, take an aircon van (Filcab) to Sabang Port.  Fare usually costs PhP100. Travel time is around 1 hour and 30 mins or less.
  3. From Sapang Port,  take a boat that goes to Guijalo Port. Fare costs 120 pesos at the time of writing. Travel time takes around 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  4. From Guijalo Port, take a tricycle going to your hotel.

Here are some of the pics I took during the trip. You need lots of sunscreen here as the sun can be scorching hot in the afternoon. The people of Caramoan are one of the nicest people in the planet in my opinion. Everyone addresses you with “po” or “opo” even if they are way older than you. They are just so polite! The food is great and it’s inexpensive. You’ll love it here!

Caramoan, Camarines Sur

Caramoan, Camarines Sur

Caramoan, Camarines Sur

Caramoan, Camarines Sur

Caramoan, Camarines Sur

Plain white sand! :)

Caramoan, Camarines Sur

Caramoan, Camarines Sur

Caramoan, Camarines Sur

So many islands!

Caramoan, Camarines Sur

Yes, this is how you have your picture taken in one of the islands. LOL

Caramoan, Camarines Sur

Caramoan, Camarines Sur

Caramoan, Camarines Sur

With one of our local guides.

Caramoan, Camarines Sur

We visited the location of the Survivor Caramoan.

Caramoan, Camarines Sur

Caramoan, Camarines Sur

Caramoan, Camarines Sur

Amazing corals! :) Fun!

Caramoan, Camarines Sur

Caramoan, Camarines Sur

Atop of Our Lady of Peace Grotto. Witness the breathtaking view of the entire Caramoan from here. The 500 steps is just worth it!

Caramoan, Camarines Sur

Caramoan, Camarines Sur

Lovely, isn’t? I’ll be back!

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The province of Bohol is a group of islands located in the Central Visayas Region close to other major and economically important islands of the Philippines such as Cebu and Leyte. When people hear Bohol there conjures images of the famous Chocolate Hills and tarsiers, dubbed to be the world’s smallest primate and lives endemically in the island. I’ve got a few pictures taken in the island as well as some activities my friend Baye and I did while in there.

Chocolate Hills, Bohol

The Chocolate Hills

Chocolate Hills are a perfect example of karst topography made up of marine limestones dissolved and weathered for millions of years. Officials estimate that there are between 1,268 and 1,776 mounds in Bohol. Because the “mountains” are practically made out of hard sedimentary rocks, trees won’t grow on top of them. Only grass would grow so that when it gets really hot the grass would dry up and become brown thus the “chocolate” appearance.

Chocolate Hills, Bohol with a guy in the background, jules mariano

Chocolate Hills, Bohol with a lady in the background, beverly maniago

jumpshot in chocolate hills bohol beverly maniago

I gave in to my friend’s request to have my jumpshot taken! This is like “a must” to do when you visit the Chocolate Hills. Everyone’s doing it so I practically closed my eyes (you won’t see it since I wore shades to hide away the shame LOL) and jumped!

jumpshot of a guy in chocolate hills bohol jules mariano

jumpshot in chocolate hills beverly maniago and jules mariano

top shot chocolate hills

jules mariano at chocolate hills

ATV adventure rides are fun. They’ll take you to the communities where the Chocolate Hills are and get to see them real close. You’ll enjoy how much people appreciate you when you pass by especially the kids waving their hands goodbye as you pass by with your ATV. :) It’s heartwarming.

ATV adventure ride at chocolate hills bohol

ATV adventure ride in chocolate hills bohol

Danao Activities

Danao is far from Tagbilaran City, around 2 and half hour ride if you’ll take a van or 3 hours or more if by bus. Travel time may change soon as they finish the construction process of the road. The Danao Adventure Park is a great place to spend your time with your friends and family. Fun water activities await you as well as mountaineering, trekking, ziplines, plunge, and other outdoor adventure activities that you’ll definitely enjoy.

How to Get There

If you’re in Tagbilaran City, ride a tricycle and ask the driver to take you to the Dao Terminal. Take a van or a bus going to Danao. You should alight at the end terminal. From there, take a habal-habal and tell the driver to take you to the EAT Danao or the adventure park. Habal-habal is practically a motorcycle modified for purpose of transporting commuters in areas not covered by public utility vehicles like jeepneys. It’s fun. There’s nothing like it outside the Philippines. ;)

The Plunge is one crazy activity you shouldn’t miss but this isn’t for the faint of heart as jumping as high as 230 meters could scare the he** out of you. Seriously! I would advice you to take the chance to try it as it leaves a footprint in your head! haha!

the plunge in danao bohol jules mariano

the plunge in danao bohol jules mariano

It was raining when we visited the Tarsier conservation center so I didn’t get really good pictures of tarsiers but I can say that they are really cute and adorable. I’m not really a fan of animal farms or zoos as I’m against animal cruelty and any form of incarceration or petting so part of me didn’t really enjoy that activity. To think research shows that tarsiers kill themselves if they get too much social exposure from humans.

I’ll surely be back in Bohol soon and see other places I haven’t visited. I’ll definitely post more pictures and info when I did.

You will only live once, make it wonderful. :)

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