Caramoan Islands: The Next “Boracay Island”

During the year 2009, the islands of Caramoan were still isolated from the rest of Camarines Sur and the Philippines until year 2010 came when the word Caramoan is no longer different from “Bieber”. The place that was once unexploited from commercial tourism as the Philippine’s Secret Paradise–the very reason why it was also chosen as venue for five Survivor Editions–is now considered The Next Boracay Island.

Caramoan gave island hopping a new meaning where one can enjoy its beauty in many ways. Caramoan offers great ocean adventures for kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving to experience the diverse marine life; trek and search for the enigmatic lagoon, rock climb the limestone cliffs; and explore the caves. In addition, it also gives a different visual for stargazing at night because of the absence of electricity on the area. One can see the stars like you can see the mighty sun during daytime.

On the other hand, talking about my notes pertaining to this trip, the first on the list is the brook in one of the four islands we “hopped” on. I’m talking about the only island whose name is pasted in my memory card because of the supposed giant bangus (milk fish) that lives in it, Matukad. Folklore says that the fish is sacrosanct because anybody who catches or kills it will induce bad luck. Second, I used two cameras: my sister-in-law’s Samsung S630 and my camera phone. Third, the verdant hills that refreshed my mind on how truly beautiful the word GREEN is and how it motivates me to continue being an eco-warrior. Fourth, the white sand teeming on the surface of each island. The last is the small but terrible bangka that was lucky enough to avoid the sharp teeth of the fast flowing tides on our way back to the shores. But what made this summer getaway most unforgettable is WE celebrated our first year anniversary at this very place.

By nature, my wife and I are natural wanderers. It was only after she gave birth to our first child that she limited her travels. More so when she realized how important it is to be a full-time mother to our two-year old son, Bradford Ezekiel. And, after recuperating from that malady a year ago, she is no longer allowed to do strenuous physical activities. Those are the reasons why I can hardly take her to my adventures (particularly on the shoulders of the giants) outdoors. So much of that, the most important thing is we were on this trip together for our anniversary, which prodded us both to commemorate our anniversary outdoors since then. Needless to say, we had a GOOD time!

Although the pictures I shared on this post cover only some of those great offers mentioned earlier, I can guarantee you that getting here is an experience of a lifetime.

The Verdant Hills

White Sands

The Giant Bangus‘ Lair

Rock Climbing

Crystal Clear Waters

The Small But Terrible Boat that Transported Us from One Island to Another

This celebration for our anniversary/estival fete took place last 12-13 April  2009.

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15 Comments Add yours

  1. marien says:

    amazing documentation, as usual. been following your blog since i learned you’re that friendster friend capable of playing with words i haven’t heard before. hi cyril! good times for you both 🙂


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Thanks, Marien! I’ve heard much about you from Cyril and I’m glad that someone like you took time to comment on this blog post. It’s an honor because I am a silent fan of your blog. I remember how your blog on friendster inspired me to do write better. By the way, because of the pictures you posted on facebook, I learned that you have an equally intelligent son (like the mom, of course). Cyril couldn’t believe you’re already married, so I needed to show the pictures as proof. God bless you and your wonderful family.


      My wife wanted to say “hi” to you, so, hi!



  2. Gian Ramos says:

    Very nice photos!


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Thanks for the compliment, Gian! Your post about your Boracay Adventure is awesome. I just read it …


  3. rommel says:

    Seen a great blog entry of this location from another blog. And now, you solidify it more and more. I’d be thinking of your blog when I decide my next destination on my next visit to Philippines.


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Go pack your bag/s now then. Hehe … That’s a wonderful and peaceful place, Rommel, I assure you.


  4. The composition of your photos in this album are awesome, Sony.
    Ano camerang gamit mo? 🙂


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Our late Samsung S630 and my iPhone (2G).


  5. aRVee says:

    Wow, this is an experience of a lifetime indeed especially so that you were with your wife and that you were celebrating your anniversary at this very beautiful island of Caramoan. I’ve seen this featured on TV years ago.

    Lucky you to have ever explored this wonderful place… 🙂


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      It’s still kind of virgin that time. I wonder what it looks now that it is well known, if you know what I mean.


  6. rommel says:

    Hi Sony. As I said before, seen an entry about this place and when I saw yours, it completely solidifies my consideration of going to this place. This is my target this April. I’ll scan for more of your travel to see if I can still squeeze one more for my very very short time of visit there.

    Anywho, thanks for the share and giving me ideas.


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      I am more than happy to be of help, bro, even just to a degree.


  7. Ajay Kumar says:

    nice photos.. very beautiful


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