Pitogo Bay

Enjoying the shallow waters at Pitogo Bay’s edge

Weathered dock, karst hill, an outrigger boat and emerald waters

Weathered dock, karst hill, an outrigger boat and emerald waters

It must have been high tide as the only patch of white sand at our lunch stop along Pitogo Bay somewhere in the southeastern part of Caramoan was partially submerged. But it didn’t stop me from taking off my shirt, placed my wallet and mobile phones inside my bag and plunge into the water. It was cool, refreshing, and I was having a great time.

We just came from Tinago Cove and was enroute to a cove at the bay hemmed in by karst hills covered with vegetation. There was a weather beaten dock, a dilapidated fisherman’s shed and really great water that we didn’t really mind if there wasn’t a wider stretch of white sand. After docking, I hastily photographed what needed to be photographed, including a short trip to the edge of the fresh water lake in the interior which was just a few meters away. With that done, a hurriedly swam under the shed.

The water was just gorgeous. It was cool and refreshing, especially where the shed cast a shadow into the sea. A few feet to my left are interesting rock formations, sharp and rough. But I was just there, enjoying the water with an occasional swim underwater. Because of the pristine water, you can see what’s below and that was how we found our spider conch shell, saang, bigger than usual which we took for our lunch later.

After lunch of slices of fish fresh from the grill, we packed up, revved the motor of the outrigger boat and headed to our next island destination.

Getting close to our destination where we had our lunch

Getting close to our destination where we had our lunch

Shallow emerald waters of the bay hemmed in by coralline mountains

Shallow emerald waters of the bay hemmed in by coralline mountains

Small lakes within karst hills

Small lake within karst hills

A large spider conch we found near the shed while we were swimming is grilled together with slices of fish. Lunch!

A large spider conch we found near the shed while we were swimming is grilled together with slices of fish. Lunch!

A fisherman's shed

A fisherman’s shed

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

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.

I’m open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

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    January 15, 2015 @ 9:57

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