Caramoan made the news recently with the ‘Survivor’ series, a popular American TV reality game show, once again being staged there. Actually, Caramoan has been the perennial host of different ‘Survivor’ series, not just from the US but from European countries as well. Having heard much about it, the Holganza brood visited Caramoan and found a lot of interesting things to see and do.
Caramoan lies in the northern shores of Camarines Sur, far removed from the bustling lights of the city. It is roughly 60 miles from the nearest city of Naga, but a large part of the journey is through rough roads. Hence, travel by boat has become the popular option for visitors. We were lucky enough to have been accommodated by the Navy, which was doing its regular patrols in the area. Because it is so secluded, Caramoan has remained wild and unexploited by commercial tourism.
The regular lodging area of choice is the Gota Village. This is also where the “Survivor” staff usually check in when they shoot the series. However, there are also numerous inns and backpacker joints for those who are budget-challenged.
Aside from the ‘Survivor’ set which was a special treat, we went island-hopping and explored the surrounding hills and beaches. Here we learned that there was more to Caramoan than the ‘Survivor’. There’s camping, spelunking, snorkeling, scuba-diving, rock-climbing, trekking, what-else-have-you. It was a great nature trip for us, and we all went home tanned, tired, yet full of wonderful indelible memories. Check it out.