Caramoan Peninsula: Island Hopping Day 1

November 20, 2013

ISLAND HOPPING DAY 1

Stunning limestone formations like huge charcoals floating in the ocean.
To kick-start the first set of tour, we rode a tricycle with our tour guide just for a few minutes, down to the seashore where our boat is waiting (again, all fare transfers are included in the package). As Caramoan welcomed us, the astonishing view of its various limestone formations took off our 14-hour journey exhaustion. Everything seems to be perfect as we cruised; hues of white, blue and green filled our eyes.

Nature wonders took our stress away.
















MATUKAD ISLAND

The moment I saw Matukad Island's white sand, it took my breath away; the minute I stepped in its pristine waters, it washed away my tiredness; and as I stroll and savor its seascape, I fell in love with it! This is my top favorite island. (a love-at-first-sight feeling). The other side/opposite shore of the beach is facing Catanduanes.


LAHUS ISLAND

 Lahus Island has the most white and powdery sand. It’s like an island spilled with white ash all-over!
Kuya Otep, our tour guide, said its name Lahus - is derived from the Tagalog word "laho", which means "disappears". Its white shore submerges during high tide and reappears when the tide is low.
Our boat, anchored by the shore.

Jellyfish, spotted!
The triple threat.

MINALAGOS ISLAND


Minalahos Island has a white beach which nestles beside a huge limestone formation. 

BULANG - BUGANG UNDERWATER CAVE

Photos: (Left) the entrance into the cave and (right) view at the opening at the other end of the cave.
Bulang-bugang Underwater cave is like a small tunnel at the bottom of a huge limestone formation. The water passes through its opening and goes out at the opposite side of the cave. Only one person at a time can pass through and the rocks are sharp. Be careful in spelunking, it’s slippery and the water blows in and out of the cave because of the water waves.


GOTA VILLAGE

The signature cone hill of the islet.
Gota Village/island has the most expensive beachfront resort in Caramoan, as anyone could stay on the island closest to nature. We passed through it on our way back to the lodge but we’re prohibited to board. It is privately owned and people who wish to board on its shore should pay at the resort.

The dramatic sunset signals the end of our trip.


We decided to have our dinner in a canteen beside Rex Tourist Inn, named Lutong Bahay. The place is homey, wider and best of all – no waiting time. The cashier also agreed with me to serve us packed lunch for our tour the next day. -end of day 1 tour-

*Some of the photos were taken by my friends - +Michael Fatalla and +Sharon Marbhelene Galon 

SEE NEXT: ISLAND HOPPING DAY 2                       ALSO: HOW TO GO TO CARAMOAN

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