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 Giant Bangus‘ Lair
This celebration for our anniversary/estival fete took place last 12-13 April 2009.
For more information (how to get to the place, tour packages, pictures, special concerns, etc.), click this website: www.caramoanislands.com.
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