As with any journey, who you travel with can be more iportant than the desitnation.
Caramoan started to boom its tourism after local channels featured it alongside with the Survivor taping venue. It's a 9 hours travel from Manila. We opted to go on bus this time instead of the usual van trip. Isarog/Penafrancia bus lines went into mind as they offer deluxe seating a.k.a Lazy boy seats. Booking of tickets in advance is a must. You can try to call their office but going to their main office personally in Cubao would help you get rid of one problem. One way ticket is 1000/head. Unlike other bus lines, here you can also book your ticket back to Manila.
After 10 hours of travel, numb bottoms and excited insides, we were finally at Naga where Kuya Boyet is already waiting for us since 4am. We quickly departed from the terminal and endured/braced ourselves to another 3hour van ride to the hotel, which by the way accordig to our guide was supposed to be a 4-5hrs ride. Imagine ow fast we were going then. Good thing my friends were game for it. Details about the accommodation here
Upon arriving at the hotel, we were served lunch and was allowed to freshen up and get ready for our half day tour of the short islands. Forgive me but my memory fails me on the names of these islands. I'm pretty sure you can Google them. We went to Paniman port where our boat is waiting and off we go to our first island.
Since we are not really fan of crowded places (yes there are lots of people since it was the Labor day weekend), we asked our guide and boatmen to stop us in the middle of the sea to get our fix of swimming. We were able to go to an island but went to the farthest part of it to avoid people.
The rest of the island tour went on like that, us swimming away from the crowd, endless banter in the boat and in the van and unlimited posing for pictures. i can proudly say that we spent more than half of our stay in Caramoan taking pictures, climbing rocks and posing instead of swimming.
NOTE: Water in the islands are not good when there are lots of people. Water tend to be dirty, we know because acne broke out on all of us after the trip.