Finally, I have visited the Caramoan Peninsula!

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Atop Pitogo Island where you can view one of the scenic spots of Caramoan
Atop Pitogo Island where you can view one of the scenic spots of Caramoan

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.

READ: An interesting hidden cove in the Caramoan islands

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!

READ: The beautiful brick church of Caramoan

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.

Caves, lofty karst rock formations...
Caves, lofty karst rock formations…
Tinago Cove is stunning!
Tinago Cove is stunning!
A resort in one of the islands
A resort in one of the islands
Rice fields with forested karst mountain formations in the background
Rice fields with forested karst mountain formations in the background
A lone islet, picturesque
A lone islet, picturesque
Beautiful rock formations dot the Caramoan Peninsula
Beautiful rock formations dot the Caramoan Peninsula
Outrigger boats waiting for tourists for island hopping
Outrigger boats waiting for tourists for island hopping
Visitors arriving at the Caramoan wharf aboard motorized outrigger boats
Visitors arriving at the Caramoan wharf aboard motorized outrigger boats
The beautiful brick church of Caramoan

Thanx to Naga City Tourism, Naga Excursions and Jojo Villareal for this trip.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.

He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces.

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