We left at 8 in the morning from CBD to Sabang Port. Because there was no bus or jeepney avalable, we decided to take the van. Settie and I hated it. I hated it more because I ended up vomiting my guts out. No, it wasn't even a long trip. It was a 1-1/2 hour ride. The driver was forced to open the van's windows because of the stench. I'm not proud of it. I have a very poor stomach when it comes to traveling. The fare was P90.00 per head.
We arrived in Sabang Port at about 9:30 in the morning. We then had to ride on the boat to go to Guijalo Port. The fare was P120. There was a low pressure area at that time, so the day was gloomy. Erbe was nagging me to get inside because he was afraid I'd catch cold from the rain. Settie and I, however, took off our skirts and decided to brave the rain. It was a 2-hour ride. We were so excited, so the 2 hours felt like forever.
We arrived at the Guijalo Port at 12:30 in the afternoon. We then had to take a jeepeney to Caramoan (Centro). The fare was P20.00 per head, and the ride took about 30 to 45 minutes. We spent the time ribbing Bonn (Set's brother) over his HUGE luggage.
Because I already checked online where to stay, we had the driver dropped us at Villa Juliana. I was the only one who bothered to check for accommodations online, so nobody questioned my choice of inn. Villa Juliana is actually the cheapest place in Caramoan (Centro). We got a huge room good for six - we were six all in all - and we got the room for P750.oo, so we had to pay p125 each for the room. There were only three beds, so we had to share. The inn is clean, comfortable and airy, so if you are on a tight budget, it will definitely do. The room is clean. It has a television and an air condition unit.
Mr. Rogelio Reyes, the proprietor of Villa Juliana, is everything that you will read online. He's helpful, solicitious and kind. He got us our tricycle driver, Marcelino San Pablo (0918-585-4864), who serve as our chauffer. :)
If you are planning to go to Caramaon, you should look for this driver. He is very helpful. He will also act as your semi-tour guide. We had our lunch in Lutong Bahay, a turo-turo. The food is cheap, but I'd recommend the restaurant, adjoining the Bed and Breakfast, in front of Lutong Bahay. The food is better. The restaurant and bathroom is clean and relaxing.
After we had our lunch, Mr. Marcelino drove us to Bikal where we will hire a boat to bring us to the islands. Sussette was pissed off with the rates. We couldn't get a boat for lower than P1,000. Finally, we agreed on P1,300 from P1,500. Sette felt that it was a rip off because we only had 3 hours or so to kill. The day was dark and rainy. We could have let it spoiled our fun, but we didn't. It ruined some of the views though.
When visiting the islands, you have to choose whether to go East or West. It'll cost you P2,500 to visit both sides. The East offers Gota Beach, Matukad Beach, Lahos Beach and the island that I can't pronounce the name. The other side offers islands, lagoons, caves and that big statue (okay, I'm not really good at this...I'd be better though if I'm getting paid for writing this.)
Our first stop was the Matukad Beach, a really, really gorgeous place. One of the best islands in Caramoan. We were lucky because the show Survivor from Serbia had already finished shooting for the day, so we were able to go to the island.
Lahos Beach is equally beautiful. There was no one around, so we had the entire beach for ourselves. We stayed here for about 20 minutes, and then we decided to go to the next island.
It was at this juncture that the boat's engine stopped for about 5 minutes. When the engine started again, the boat's driver, Tony, took us to Gota Beach. We weren't able to land or look around because it was prohibited with the Survivor Serbia staying there.
Bonn and Set were able to climb up without any trouble.
I was scared shit.
Erbe didn't want to climb up, but since his wife was clambering up, he decided to do the same. I kept thinking, "If I fall here, I'd die. If Erbe falls, he'd die. Paige would have dead stupid parents!"
The three of us (Erbe, Tinay and I) decided to climb back down. The huge bangus is not worth the risk. Tinay and I figured - and even argued with the boatmen who were urging us to continue - that we would just look for a huge bangus in the supermarket.
Anyway, we climbed down and settled on enjoying the waters of Matukad. We stayed here for about an hour. And we decided to go home at 5:00 in the afternoon.
We reached Caramoan (Centro) at about 6 in the evening. We took our bath. The hotel management opened another room, so we could use the bathroom. And then we looked for food.
After dinner, Settie, Erbe, Bonn and Tinay spent the night drinking beers and playing Tong-its. While I and Ate Let drank our respective San Mig Light bottles and hit the sack.
...to be continued...