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Caramoan Getting in & out

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Getting into the Caramoan Peninsula

By Road

Bus/Van/POV to Naga

By Air

Fly Manila-Naga/Pili

Getting to/away from the airport

Take a van or Jeep going to Sabang Partido (1 OR 2+hrs), or a Bus to Lagonoy (getting off at San Jose, 1.5 hrs) then take a boat ride from Sabang port to Caramoan (Guijalo port) for 2-3hrs (120php), These are usually early boats. i.e 5:30, 7:00, 8:00am etc. It is also possible (if you have a large group) to take a fast craft (owned by provincial Governor L Ray Villafuerte) from Nato Port (Sagnay). You need to organise this through Camarines Sur Watersports Complex (1 hr to Gota Beach Resort).


You can take a jeep from Goa Terminal to Caramoan (only safe during dry season) 4 hrs


3. Fly to Virac, Catanduanes. From Virac, take a jeep ride to barangay Cabcab, or barangay codon, or barangay bislig in San Andres town, then hire a out-triggered motorboat to Guijalo, Caramoan. It takes one hour only to cross the maqueda channel. PAL, Cebu Pacific and Zest Air all fly this route.

NB. Check www.typhoon2000.com to make sure a typhoon or storm system is not lurking in the area. All boat rides can be very dangerous in the area during these times.

Day-tripping in the Caramoan Peninsula.  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>

Getting around in the Caramoan Peninsula

By Trike

When you have arrived in Guijalo port (south coast of peninsula), you can take a trike to town proper (approx 100php, 20+mins), or direct to the northern port of Bikal, or Paniman (30 mins, 150php).

By Boat

Most people visit Caramoan to go island hopping to see the unique Rock formations, similar to that of Northern Palawan, to swim and laze on the beaches, or to just be adventurous and get off the beaten path. Hiring a boat from Bikal or Paniman should cost you 1500-2000php for the whole day. It is possible to camp almost anywhere in the area, assuming you ask permission from Barangay captains, you tread lightly, remove your and anyone else's rubbish and generally respect the environment. It is advisable to have the boatman stay with you overnight if you are in a semi-remote area for emergency purposes.

Getting away

Check for typhoons and storms before boarding the boats!  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>

Boats from Guijalo port to Sabang are available early morning then periodically throughout the day. If in doubt plan for an early exit so as not to get stuck, and ask the locals what the current schedule is. Check www.Typhoon2000.com to make sure a typhoon or storm system is not lurking in the area. Boat rides can be very dangerous in the area during these times.

From Guijalo Port

The first boat trip out of Guijalo Port is at 7am, ideally. The boat will leave only if it has enough passengers on it. It may leave earlier than scheduled if the boat fills up quickly or may leave beyond schedule as it waits for passengers. This practice often causes delay in the departure of the boat trips. Later trips are usually scheduled at 9am, 11am, and sometimes also at 2pm. Prices of outrigger boat rides between Guijalo and Sabang ports range from PhP 150 to PhP 250.

From Sabang Port

In Sabang port, vans to Naga City (where the airport is) are queued. Similar to the boat schedules, vans leave for the city at erratic times, depending on the number of passengers. Price for the van is PhP 90 per person. If there are no vans, you can catch a jeepney at the same price, but a bit more uncomfortable.

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