Caramoan Islands is a popular tourist destination in the province of Camarines Sur in the Bicol Region. Popular tourist destinations here includes the Caramoan National Park, the Centro, and Gota Beach. Popular activities include diving, swimming, snorkeling and spelunking. And as the neighboring islands get explored, more and more exciting activities and attractions are being found. For instance, one of the islands features an underground river where tourists can now enter much like what you can do and see in Palawan’s Subterranean River.
The popularity of this almost untouched paradise grew when it was chosen as the location for Survivor France in 2008. It also hosted other international versions of like Survivor Israel, Sweden, Bulgaria and Serbia. It is believed that the island’s remoteness and being wild and far away from the crowd made the place ideal for the Survivor series where it is necessary that contestants don’t see anything other than nature for them to believe that they’re really lost in the wilds. At least three of the islands, including Gota Village Resort, is closed to the public whenever there’s a shooting of Survivor.
The popularity of the islands grew stronger after the place has been featured in the news and local television programs. Local and foreign travelers started to explore the beaches of the peninsula. Add to that is the proximity of the islands in the famed CamSur Watersports Complex which is equally popular for the backpackers and adventurous tourists.
Here’s one of the promotional videos of the provincial government for Caramoan Islands.
How To Get There
The main gateway to Caramoan Islands is through Sabang Port. It’s about 1.5 hours from the Central Business District of Naga City. And to get to Naga City, you can drive from Manila all the way to Naga CBD via South Luzon Expressway for a long but enjoyable road trip. There are also direct fllights from Manila to Pili Airport. Once in Naga City, there are jeepneys and shuttle(van) that goes to Sabang Port. But the easiest way of getting to Caramoan via Naga is by dropping by the CamSur Tourism Office where they organize transport for the tourists.
Here’s another video featuring Caramoan Islands.
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