Only love for an unspoiled paradise on earth – Caramoan Islands, Philippines

Yes there are still some unspoiled beautiful islands on earth. Caramoan Islands are some of them. Here I will tell you why you should travel to the Caramoan Islands as soon as possible:

 1. The word will spread out. Soon you will find these beautiful islands in travel magazines around the globe. At the moment you still can find some isolated islands.

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Greetings from Robinson
Greetings from Robinson, Caramoan Islands

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2. Some people want to build an airport close to these islands. If that happens, the tourist masses will spread over the islands.

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Caramoan Islands

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beautiful beach, Caramoan Islands
beautiful beach

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3. You can find a beautiful spot to sleep on the islands with your tent. (This is not allowed anymore in El Nido since 2014)

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sunset and camping, Caramoan Islands

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4. You can rent a boat for your own for around 25$ a day. The captains will show you some beautiful places. (here you’re not on a boat with masses of tourist like in El Nido) You’ll love island hopping.

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on the boat, Caramoan Islands

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strech of sand
strech of sand, Caramoan Islands

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5. Have you ever seen survivor? (Ok, I’m honest; I didn’t know the TV show survivor before we went to these islands…) Some of these islands are the main location for this TV show.

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typical boat on the philippines, Caramoan Islands
amazing color of the water
amazing color of the water

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When to go?

Best travel time is from late May to early September.

 

How to get to the Caramoan Islands?

From Manila:

Take a bus from the Araneta Bus Terminal, between Times Sq & Gen Romulo Aves, Cubao, Quezon City) to Naga.

From Naga:

Take an air-con minivan to Sabang (around 90P, 1½ – 2 hours). It’s a beautiful scenic drive.  From Sabang there are some boats to Guijalo pier (120P, 2 hours). The last is around 1 PM. From Guijalo you can take a jeepney or tricycle to Caramoan Town or to the Paniman Beach. At the Paniman Beach you can find some boats and they can bring you to the paradise. J  Talk to the friendly people.

From Legazpi:

Take a jeepney along the coast road to Tigaon over Tiwi. In Tigaon you can pick up a jeepney for Sabang.

 

Sleeping:

Take your tent with you and camp on a beach. Talk with the boat drivers and they will find an isolated place for you.

In Paniman you can camp at the beach as well. If you want some more comfort you can find some places close to the beach.

If a isolated ressort is your thing, than have a look at the beautiful cove ressort, that was a tip from our boat driver. They even pick you up at the Guijalo pier with their own boat.  If you want a cheaper place close to the Paniman Beach, than you can go to Breeze and Waves.

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incredible island
incredible island, Caramoan Islands
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view point, Caramoan Islands
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Why you should not buy an around the world ticket?

Don’t buy an around the world ticket. I can’t recommend it. Long before we started our trip around the world in 2010 we discussed whether to buy one or not. But one of our main reasons why we didn’t buy one, is that we wanted to be as flexible as possible.

1. Flexibility

Yes at the beginning we had a route what and which countries we want to visit, but we canceled it in the first two weeks. You don’t know what happens on the road. You will meet so many people and they will tell you stories what you definitely have to see or have to do that it is impossible to plan these things. One of the main reasons for me is flexibility when I’m traveling. I don’t want to plan what I want to do. You will change your plans anyway. I met so many people with a world travel ticket and 90% wouldn’t buy one a second time.

2. One Way Ticket

That’s what we bought and it was one of our best decisions at the beginning of our trip. We bought a one-way ticket to Halifax, Canada from Frankfurt for around 300€. Ha ha, I remember. We didn’t know anything about Halifax in Canada. The only thing we knew was that it is a city on the east coast of Canada. We only had a couchsurfer for the first two days in Halifax. We hadn’t any travel guide for Canada and didn’t know how to get from the airport to the city. So we hitchhiked from the airport to the city. That was our first autostop in our lives and definitely not the last. Again, you have to be flexible, with hitchhiking even more.

3. Costs

Yes, an around the world ticket might seem to be the cheaper option, but I think it could end up to be much more expensive than to buy every ticket individually. You will change your mind on a long trip what you want to see and you will have to change your following flights. Anyway, in Central America and South America, you will be better off by taking a bus than to miss this beautiful landscape. In Asia, you can find very cheap flights without an around the world ticket.

4. Time

An around the world ticket is only valid for one year. One year sounds like a long time, but I’m honest with you it’s almost nothing for a trip around the world. You can spend a year in a country in South America and you’ll not see the whole country. I mean if you go to a trip around the world, I’m sure you don´t want to see only the “highlights”, you want to meet locals and spend some time in a country. This takes time. If you have an around the world ticket you have to worry about the time. After two weeks traveling we forgot which date it is. It’s not important(except if you’re hungry and it’s Sunday and all the supermarkets in Canada are closed and you are almost starving to death…). To live day by day and no need to worry about the time is totally enjoyable.
And there is one more thing. I’m sure you can’t stop traveling after a year if you have still enough money and even if not it is hard to stop.

5. Visa

Don’t worry about to enter a country only with a one-way ticket. We didn’t have any problems with that. Nobody asked us about it. Not even when we entered the USA by bus. But if that’s the only thing that bothers you than I can give you the advice to buy a bus ticket to the next country. So you can prove that you travel further. That should be enough and it’s much cheaper than to buy a flight that you will not take.

6. Change

Yeah, I’m honest with you, you will not come back as the person you were when you started your trip. You will change even if you don’t think so. Don’t plan one year ahead. If you go traveling a long time you are looking for something. Maybe you don’t know it yet, but you will find something. Just let it happen.