The Philippines is composed of more than 7,000 islands. All of them are extraordinarily tropical. Some of them are simply pure and beautiful while most of these islands are awesomely attractive. One of them is known as a jewel of an islet located offshore. It is called the Gota Village Resort in Caramoan Peninsula. In reality, the entire peninsula of Caramoan is a virtual tourism Eden. It is filled with marine life, exotic islets, diving spots of diversified corals, pristine beaches, underground cave and rivers, lagoons, freshwater pools and rock formations. Due to these natural and unique features of Caramoan, it has become a favorite location site of the producers of the highly rated reality TV series “Survivor”.
With Gota Village Resort as the main project of the provincial government of Caramoan, it was chosen by Top Resa Paris, the largest travel and tourism forum in Europe as the best tourism destination in the world in 2008. It was also during that year that Nature magazine chose CamSur as the best eco-tourism site of the world.
Furthermore, CamSur was known as a top player in this part of the world by Conde Nast Travellers Survey for Asian Islands Destinations. Other names included in the short list of fabulous islands and beaches in the Philippines are Pagudpud/Banguin in Ilocos Norte, El Nido in Palawan, Siargao Islands in Surigao del Norte, Boracay in Aklan, Great Sta. Cruz Island in Zamboanga, Bantayan Island in Cebu, Palaui Island in Cagayan Valley, Samal in Davao and Panglao in Bohol.
The Municipality of Caramoan
Caramoan is a 1st class type of municipality. It belongs to the province of Camarines Sur in Bicol region located in the Philippines. It is found at the tip of the Caramoan Peninsula which happens to be a rugged place of land. On the north and east, it extends into the waters of the Maqueda Channel while on the south to the Lagonoy Gulf. Based on the 2010 census, it consists of 44,945 people. On the north, its boundary is Garchitorena town and the Philippine Sea of the Pacific Ocean. Caramoan’s boundary in the northeast is the island province of Catanduanes. On the west, it is bounded by the Presentacion municipality, on the south by Lagonoy Gulf and on the east by the Maqueda Channel.
The municipality comprises of approximately 277.41 square kilometers or 107.11 square miles. About 71 kilometers or 44 miles of its irregular coastline is surrounded by vast swamps, bay, ocean and seas. It is about 500 kilometers or 310 miles from Metro Manila and 95 kilometers or 59 miles from Pili municipality. It is where the office of the provincial government as well as the Naga Domestic Airport are located. Caramoan is located 110 kilometers or 68 miles east from Naga City which is called the heart of Bicol.
The secret paradise of the Philippines is no other than Caramoan. One of the well known tourism spots in the country today is the Caramoan Peninsula. It can be hard driving around the Caramoan Peninsula because of its terrain plus this peninsula is filled with hills. Not a lot of people have heard or know where Caramoan really is. Caramoan is sometimes neglected by tourists who prefer to go to nearby Boracay. If you are in search of a paradise you can enjoy without too much crowd sharing it then Caramoan is the place. Caramoan Resorts became popular only recently when it became the venue for the French Survivor show. The location for Israel’s Survivor hit TV show was also Caramoan. The true natural beauty of Caramoan Islands is what made it popular for shooting TV shows, etc. Caramoan Islands is an almost untouched and wild type of paradise. The white sandy beaches of the many islands of Caramoan are really worth your visit. Caramoan Islands are surrounded with limestone cliffs apart from their beautiful white sand and crystal clear water. Going around Caramoan Islands entails you to ride the small boats with outboard motors. Paniman is where the island hopping experience begins. There are caramoan tour package which can cater to your requirements should you want to visit Caramoan.
Gota beach is by far the most popular Caramoan beach. The location chosen for the French Survivor was Gota beach. From the Caramoan town you can head to Gota beach using public transportation. Beach and Cave Cabanas hostel in Caramoan is perfect for the budget watcher tourists to stay in. Ask for which islands in Caramoan that allows camping on the beach. If you plan to camp out at Caramoan beaches, take note that it can get a bit cold at night so wear proper outfit. Arriving at caramoan is really an accomplishment because it requires time and effort to get there. Going from Sabang to the port of Guijalo will take 2 or 3 hours on a boat. You start the island hoping from Paniman to Caramoan’s Bikal. The Caramoan boat has a boat schedule but you may wait awhile for it to leave as it only leaves when it’s full. You may want to visit Caramoan, an island paradise in the Philippines when you visit the country. You should visit Caramoan now when it is still not as popular as other great beaches.