Friday, November 19, 2010

Caramoan Island

Caramoan is a 2nd class municipality on the Caramoan Peninsula, in the province of Camarines Sur, Bicol Region, Philippines. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 40,810 people.

History & Geography

The name Caramoan has been officially adapted since 192.619, the year it was founded by a Spanish missionary friar, Francisco de la Cruz Y Oropesa. Fr. Oropesa penetrated the thick virgin forest of the Caramoan Peninsula and founded a small settlement in a place called Baluarte. This settlement was subsequently turned over to the administration of the Holy Bishopric in 1696.
The small town of Caramoan is located at the tip of Caramoan Peninsula, a rugged place of land extending into the waters of the Maqueda Channel on the North and East and Lagonoy Gulf on the South.
Prior to the arrival of the Spaniards, it was determined that the place was once called Guta de Leche, which was given by Dutch traders who operated a gold mine in Lahuy Island and who frequented the area to trade with the natives. The name was perhaps derived from the milkdrop stalagmites found among the rocks of Guta Port. Upon the arrival of the Spaniards, the place came to be called "Carahan" for the sea turtle, which was at that time to be found in great number along the shores of the Peninsula.
Caramoan is one of the thirty-five municipalities of the Province of Camarines Sur and is situated at the heart of the Caramoan Peninsula at the southernmost tip of Luzon. It occupies the lower eastern portion of the Province of Camarines Sur. It is bounded on the north by the town of Garchitorena and the Pacific Ocean; on the northeast by the island province of Catanduanes; on the south by Lagonoy Gulf; on the east by the Maqueda Channel and on the west by the municipality of Presentacion.
The municipality is situated between east longitude 1 and 13o46" north latitude. It covers approximately 27,741 square kilometers with approximately 71 kilometers of irregular coastline surrounded by the vast ocean, bay, seas and swamps. It is approximately 501 kilometers away from Metro Manila; 95 kilometers from the municipality of Pili, where the seat of the provincial government and the Pili Domestic Airport are located; and 110 kilometers away from Naga City, the heart of Bicol.


The Caramoan Peninsula has gained tourism popularity in recent years. 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. Caramoan is one of the National Parks of the Philippines.
Popular tourist destinations are the Caramoan National Park, the Centro, and Gota Beach, and popular activities include diving, swimming, snorkeling and spelunking.

Survivor Favorite

Caramoan has been a favorite site for international franchises of Survivor. The place has hosted the Serbian version in two consecutive years. It has also hosted the Israel version of Survivor for three consecutive seasons. Bulgarian Survivor also filmed their fourth season there in 2009.
The 8th season of Koh-Lanta (French edition of Survivor), was also shot entirely in Caramoan. TV director Corinne Vaillant, stated that "the powdery sand, the coconuts on Gota beach and the neighboring islets are a 'dream' for the French people. We chose Caramoan because it’s really wild. It’s necessary that contestants don’t see anything other than nature for them to believe that they’re really lost in the wilds.”



Caramoan can also be reached via the southern Luzon expressway to CBD(Central Business District) in Naga City . There are also direct flights from Manila to Pili Airport, the Air Philippines and Cebu Pacific fly regularly from the Manila domestic airports to Pili airport. The best, easiest and most comfortable way to reach the Gota Village Resort is to let the office in CWC or Camsur Tourism Office organize the transport transfers.

Fast Craft Schedule
CamSur Daily Express (M/V LRAY)

Travel Time

10:00 am
1 hour
Nato Port, Sagnay Camarines Sur
11:00 am
Guijalo Port, Caramoan, Camarines Sur
01:30 pm
1 hour
Nato Port, Sagnay Camarines Sur
02:30 pm
Guijalo Port, Caramoan, Camarines Sur
Fare: php350 One way only
Fare: php700 Round Trip
*subject to change without prior notice.
By Boat: (Outrigger Pumpboat)
Travel Time
From Sabang Port Regular boat trip with 1 hour and 45 minutes boat rides daily from 7am to 12nn and vice versa
2 hours
From Guijalo Port 1st Trip: 7am
Last Trip 11ams
2 hours

Jeepney (Rental) one way
30 mins

35 mins
Php 600
Boat Rental @ Gota Village Resort

Basic Rental
Ratio/Per Person
Seating Capacity
Half-day (5 hours)
1-day (8 hours)
Php 1,700
PhP300 adult - child half
PhP150 adult - child half
15 persons
B: (Small)
Half-day (5 hours)
1-day (8 hours)
Php 1,200
Php 1,200
PhP300adult - child half
PhP150adult - child half
8 persons
Succeeding Hour (Addition Fuel)
Half Day

Pickup Service (gota) Round trip transfers
Other Travel Info (how to get to there):

By Land (BUS)
Travel Time
From CWC CWC shuttle (transpo rates for land transfer by car, van or coaster are available upon request).

Bus (Naga-Sabang)

Travel Time

(Van)@ CBD Look for Naga-Nato Port, Sagnay route or Sabang Port, San Jose
1 hour
From Naga Jeepney (Naga-Sabang) 1 hour Php65

Other Facilities/services
Active Beach
Restaurant and Bar
View Deck
Parking Area
Uniformed Security
Other Services Rental Price
Gota SHUTTLE (Pickup Service) Caramoan town - Php 300
Guijalo Port - Php 500
Snorkel Set Half day - Php 150
Succeeding Hour - Php 150

Kasko (limited Only to Gota Area) tradional small bangka 2 hours - Php 200
Succeeding Hour - Php 150

Helmet w/ headlamp 4 hours - Php 150
Rock climbing Equipment 2 hours
Entrance Fee:
Php 150 – Resident of Caramoan
Php 300 – Resident Outside Caramoan

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