And I’m back!
It’s been awhile since my last entry here at WP. But let me assure you that you’ll enjoy the following posts I have. Hehe…
On September 8, me and my besie went to Bicol for a vacation getaway. We’ve already planned the trip nung July pa and the fare cost less than 2k (roundtrip) for each of us. Not bad, eh? I was so excited that I browsed and browsed for possible hotels and inns that we can stay for 3 nights. And guess what? Excluding the fare and terminal fee, we only spent around Php7,000-8,000 individually. Kasama na jan yung tour, lodging, food, and pasalubong.
This post will be more about our itineraries and breakdown of what we spent. Okay, here we go!
We left Manila at around 9:30 am and it took 50 minutes to arrive in Naga Airport. May bonus pala yung pagpunta namin sa CamSur. Kasabay namin sina Sir Chief aka Papa Chen at Papa Coco Martin sa plane. But because we were too shy to go near them, we were unable to take a picture with them. We were already overjoyed just seeing a glimpse of them. Kilig!
From the airport, I recommend riding a trike or sikad (bicycle cab) instead of getting a cab. The sikad only cost P20 each from the airport to the highway. From there, ride a jeep (I think the fare was P16 each) going to Naga City. That’ll be a 30-minute ride.
Since we’re heading to Caramoan and di namin maaabutan yung last trip papunta roon, we opted to eat lunch (i have a food section for that!) at SM Naga and took the van (P100) going to Sabang Port around 1pm. Note that the travel time from Naga City to Sabang Port is 2-3 hours, so it’d be better if you have your mp3, ipod, iPad, and other gadgets with you if you don’t want to sleep while traveling.
Here’s a wonderful part of our trip! We got to walk approx. 1km before reaching Sabang Port since the Penafrancia procession is being held and the van is unable to drive through it. It was only 3:30pm and we were walking under the scorching heat! Well, we just made fun out of it and thought it’s adventure time! Some of the folks there shouted “What’s up yo?” Akala nila siguro foreigners kami. Hehe.
Alas, we reached Sabang Port at around 4pm. We were so exhausted and full of sweat! The room at Southern Horizon Hotel only cost P900, which is already good for two persons. Air-conditioned, cable tv, and private CR. So, super sulit na siya for that price. 🙂 I recommend buying food at Naga City before going to Sabang since wala masyadong mapagbibilhan pagdating dun.
We woke around 5:30am and was almost left by the first trip going to Caramoan. The first trip is at 7am and the last one is at 1pm. On the way to Caramoan, you’ll see Mayon Volcano from afar. We only saw its peak since it was mostly covered by clouds. Fare for the kari (pump boat) is only P120, since 2003. It was supposedly P150 already but folks there asked the boatmen not to increase the fare. We arrived about 8am at Caramoan and were greeted by Kuya Galog with my name on a signboard. We first ate breakfast, which by the way was very sumptuous, and took a bath kasi di na kami naligo nung umalis kami sa Sabang. Hehe…
Island Hopping! Now, dahil ngayon ko lang pinagpatuloy ang post na ito, I forgot the order of islands we went to and only remember 4 of those. Matukad, Lahos, and Cagbanilad. Ayan na lang yung natatandaan ko. We ate our yummylicious lunch at Lahos Island. Since we still have lots of spare time, we decided to visit Gota Beach, where I think the tribal counseling for Survivors took place. The entrance fee as it was lean season was only P100. Kapag summer, nasa P300 ang entrance fee. Natapos kami sa island hopping namin at about 5pm.
Another bonggang meal was waiting for us when we went back at Residencia de Salvacion. It was super duper delicious! As in! You can check the foods we ate at this link. After dinner, nag-karaoke pa kami ng best friend ko. Since dalawa lang kami na naka-lodge at that time, todo-max na kantahan ang ginawa namin. Hehe…
Thanks Kuya Galog, Ate Gina, Sonny Boy, and Ate Belen for welcoming us and making our stay at Residencia de Salvacion super sulit!
We woke up and guess what I noticed with my skin? Sunburn! Ayan kasi, nag-lotion lang ako instead of using sunblock. 😀 Since we have to catch the 11am trip back to Sabang, di na kami nakapunta sa highest peak ng Caramoan. Sabi kasi nila, maganda yung view doon. You get to see the whole of Caramoan and its islands/islets. We just passed by the town’s oldest church and after that, we went to the market to buy souvenir t-shirts. Our 2D/1N stay at RDS was only P3,700. Pretty affordable, di ba?
Nakabalik kami ng Naga at around 3:30 and checked in at CBD Plaza Hotel. The Deluxe Twin Room only cost us P1,300 and breakfast was already included. Our itinerary that afternoon was to go to Panicuason Hot Spring Resort. It was already 5pm when we went there and we were told that the last jeepney trip back to Naga City was 4:30pm. Uh-oh! Good thing that there was a motorcycle service available. The entrance fee at the Hot Spring Resort was, I think, P200. (Sorry, this is the downside of late posting. Forgetting small details of your trip). Hindi lang pala hot spring but meron ring cold spring. Kaso grabe yung lamig, di ko kayang mag-stay ng matagal! Hahaha… Lalo na’t umuulan nung hapon na ‘yun. The motorcycle driver fetched us at 7pm and brought us back to Naga City. We gave him P500 although he only charged us P300. Nasa 10pm na yata ng makarating kami sa CBD and buti na lang naabutan pa naming bukas yung souvenir shop. They were about to close for the day! We bought key chains, bags, and pili nuts for pasalubong.
Uwian time! CBD Hotel also offers a free shuttle service to the airport. Just inform the receptionist a night before your scheduled flight para ma-prepare nila yung van. We sadly bid goodbye to the place as we felt it was only a short vacation. Gusto pa naming mag-stay ng matagal-tagal but we have to go back to work.
We really loved our vacation getaway and will go there again if we’re able to get another low fare. Nature tripping is more fun than any other trips!
You may click this link to view the pictures we took on our CamSur travel. Enjoy!