Comprised of several islands, Caramoan promises to give you an island hopping experience like you’ve never done it before. One of the municipalities of Camarines Sur, its geographical isolation from the rest of the province accounts for its unexploited, natural splendor.
Made famous by the international reality television show, Survivor, Caramoan is a place worth enduring for its scenic beauty. It will spoil you with fine, white sand beaches, amazing rock formations and a variety of marine life less the crowd.
There is so much to say about the islands of Caramoan but it pretty much boils to one word – breathtaking. And here are 7 must-visit islands in Caramoan you should not miss.
- Manlawi Island
Manlawi Island boasts of its gorgeous sandbar – probably one of the best sandbars in the country. Two-hour boat ride to reach the place is definitely worth it. During low tide, chest deep waters back off the shore revealing a wide stretch of fine, white sand.
You can opt to lie down the sand while a little submerged with the clear waters. Anywhere you set your sight with, you’ll surely delight with the wonders of nature.
Floating cottages can also be rented for PHP 200.
- Cotivas Island
Just 30 minutes away from Manlawi Island is Cotivas Island. Like Manlawi, you can enjoy Cotivas’ wide stretch of fine sand during low tide. Better yet, swim with its clear waters! You can also choose to have lunch here with cottages for rent for only PHP 50.
- Sabitang Laya Island
Sabitang Laya is one of the popular and favorite islands in Caramoan peninsula. The entire island is triangular in shape and is composed of twin beaches.
The twin beaches are Sabitang Laya beach and Bag-ing beach. Docking off at one side, you can reach the other portion of the twin beaches by just walking a few steps. The island is also suggested as a good camping site for the more adventurous ones.
Anyone will enjoy swimming in its shallow, pristine waters. You’ll also admire its fine white sand and gigantic rock formations.
- Matukad Island
Another Caramoan island boasting of its powdery white sand is Matukad. It is also a famous Caramoan island evident with the flock of tourists in the place.
Climbing its jagged limestone cliffs, you’ll get to see a mysterious, small lagoon. Or suit yourself with the view of the island at a different perspective at the peak of the cliffs.
You can also enjoy a picnic lunch right at the stretch of its white sand.
- Lahos Island
Just across Matukad is Lahos Island. It is composed of fine, off-white sand and is in between two humongous rocks. They say during high tide, the shore is completely submerged in the waters. This is why locals call it lahos – derived from the Filipino word “laho” which means “to vanish”.
- Catanauan Island
Though not as famous as the other Caramoan islands, Catanauan Island can also boast of its fine, off-white sand and clear waters. It is actually one of the shooting locations for the reality television show, Survivor.
- Malarad Island
Malarad Island is where Tayak Lagoon can be found. One option to get to the lagoon is to hike a few kilometers. The path is a bit rough. Surrounding the cold waters of the lagoon are intimidating limestone cliffs. Aside from the lagoon, Tayak beach can also be found in the island.