It was my first time to be here, having staved off attempts and temptations to visit because its not a solo travelers destination, like high costs of renting a boat to apprehensions that I might not be able to enjoy it as beaches and islands tend to be closed whenever Survivor, that popular reality TV show is in town.
But then, a message from Wyne, a friend now with Naga City Tourism, was able to lure me out of my virtual hole. And glad that I did come. Although the trip was quite short, just overnight, it was enough to introduce me to these fabled islands.
I was in awe of seeing the wonderful islands, from lone monoliths jutting up from the sea to lofty karst formations with caves and sheer rock walls. I was swimming in lagoons and coves, with spectacular rock outcrops. Of freshwater lakes and white sandy shores.
At the town, I was able to observe the potential for further exploration of Caramoan’s forests and mountains. The town itself has interesting structures but didn’t take photos much as there were lots of buntings due to the town fiesta. And as for the church? I’ve been wanting to see and photograph it close for quite some time and finally was face to face with it, I was in awe!
Although there was a Survivor episode being filmed, from Holland, and thus, some popular islands were close, we did went to the eastern part where, I was told, is not being frequented by tourists. It was sort of an exploration in itself and with the sheer number of islets and islands dispersed in this peninsula, I will have to come back and explore.