Caramoan Beach Resorts, Philipines

Caramoan Resorts have really come into their own in recent years. Many of the Philippines lesser known islands received a boost in tourism when Boracay was forced to close in 2018.

Caramoan Islands, Camarines Sur, Philippines

The island is an ideal tropical destination for a beach resort. Its exotic credentials have been highlighted by the series of Survivor reality TV series that have chosen the destination.

 Apart from have been chosen for the American Survivor series it has featured in the series for a whole host of other countries from Sweeden to Isreal.

Now, the  spectacular Caramoan Peninsula, complete with its high limestone cliffs, deep green forests, lagoons, and snow white powder beaches  is beginning to have its moment in the sun as one of the Philippines hottest tourist destinations.

Despite the recent attention though the islands are in comparison to other similar areas of rare natural beauty, otherwise untouched. If you are looking fror brightly colored pristine corals, sparkling clear waters, islets, lagoons and natural rock formations this is a good choice.

Caramoan Resort

Gota Village resort is one of the main places  to stay. This was designated as a tourism destination by the local government and has since picked up more than a few international travel and eco-tourism awards

Caramoan Beach Resorts

Although only emerging as a tourist destination there are already some quality established resorts as well as lots of ultra affordable small resorts which let you explore the paradise which lies at your doorstep.

Caramoan Islands, Camarines Sur, Boat

I landed in Naga City at dawn, the sun painting streaks of gold against the blushing sky. After a quick nap at a small hotel, I hopped onto a bumpy van ride to Sabang Port and onto a banca, a local outrigger boat, for the final leg of the journey. The ocean was glassy, reflecting the pale morning light as we made our way to Caramoan.

Tugawe Cove Caramoan Resort

Tugawe Cove Caramoan Resort: Listed as All-inclusive on some travel sites. 

As a travel writer, my first order of business was to get acquainted with my home for the next week - Tugawe Cove Resort. Nestled in the lush greenery with its own private beach, it was a paradise perfect for those seeking tranquillity and seclusion. I, however, was here for the adventure and local cuisine. For those craving a bustling nightlife, I'd recommend the lively atmosphere of Paniman Beach.

As a travel writer, my first order of business was to get acquainted with my home for the next week - Tugawe Cove Resort. Nestled in the lush greenery with its own private beach, it was a paradise perfect for those seeking tranquillity and seclusion. I, however, was here for the adventure and local cuisine. For those craving a bustling nightlife, I'd recommend the lively atmosphere of Paniman Beach.

My culinary journey began at La Playa, the resort's restaurant. The chef, a jovial man named Manny, offered a tantalizing array of local dishes. The first meal was a dish called "Bicol Express," a spicy coconut milk-based stew made with pork, shrimp paste, and a generous amount of chili peppers. I was unprepared for the heat, but it was a delicious surprise. The heat of the chili and the cool creaminess of the coconut milk danced on my tongue, a playful paradox that left me reaching for seconds.

The subsequent days were a whirl of flavors, colors, and sensory delight. I dined with local families who generously opened their homes, sharing tales of ancestral recipes passed down through generations. There were fish caught fresh from the ocean, cooked on open flames right on the beach, their sweet, delicate flesh an irresistible invitation to the awaiting palate.

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Tugawe Cove Caramoan ResortTugawe Cove Caramoan Resort

At the luxury of the spectrum, Tugawe Cove  is the standout resort. Located right on the alluring beachfront  and takes advantage of its location with  activities well catered. You can go snorkeling, paddle-boarding, or kayaking right from the resort and the cost is included in your tariff (at the time of writing) .

Tugawe Cove Resort Review by Sarah

1. Location: Score: 4/5
Tugawe Cove Resort finds itself nestled in the embrace of Caramoan, offering a serene refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city. With the resort just a short 0.8-mile jaunt away from Patag Bay, it’s a fantastic spot for those who love proximity to pristine beaches. It does have a slight downside in that popular attractions like San Andres Port and Our Lady of Sorrows Church are over 13 miles away. However, if the intent is to disconnect and bask in natural beauty, its seclusion is an absolute boon.

2. Accommodation: Score: 4.5/5
The 45 rooms, equipped with LED televisions, rainfall showerheads, and furnished balconies, are an exercise in contemporary comfort. The blend of modern amenities with local aesthetics gives travelers a taste of luxury with a hint of the rustic. Although it would be noteworthy to mention that rollaway or extra beds are not available, which might pose a constraint for larger travel parties. It seems all the best luxury resorts separate their rooms out to give you maximum privacy and separation from noise from other guests.  This resort is not any exception in that regard. The options include hillside options with air-conditioning, LCD HDTV satellite TV, hot and cold shower and complimentary bottled water.

3. Amenities: Score: 4.2/5
A dip in the outdoor pool, a melody session at karaoke, or a virtual foray in the arcade/game room – Tugawe leaves no stone unturned to ensure that guests remain entertained. The complimentary Wi-Fi is a thoughtful touch for those looking to share their experiences in real-time. The resort’s singular restaurant satiates the culinary cravings, though a more diverse array of dining options would further enhance the experience.

4. Service: Score: 4.7/5
Tugawe’s commitment to personalized service shines brightly with its butler service. The staff, with their swift responsiveness and genuine warmth, often go beyond the call of duty. Their 24-hour front desk service ensures that assistance is just a call away, any hour of the day.

5. Value for Money: Score: 4/5
Given the lush surroundings, comfortable accommodations, and exemplary service, Tugawe Cove Resort offers substantial value for the traveler seeking both luxury and solitude. However, those looking for more urban entertainments and conveniences might feel it a tad overpriced.

Overall Score: 4.3/5

The Tugawe Cove Resort is best suited for travelers seeking a secluded getaway, honeymooners, nature enthusiasts, or anyone wanting a serene escape from urban chaos. Its private beach and breathtaking surroundings make it ideal for those desiring a peaceful and luxurious retreat. However, for tourists who want to be in the thick of local attractions or wish for more dining options, they might consider a resort closer to the town center.

Infinity poolInfinity pool

Infinity pools, and great restaurants help bring you the full luxury resort experience and guest obviously rate this resort highly (otherwise we would not include it on Luxury resort Bliss)

Video: Tugawe Cove Resort Caramoan

As I trekked through the verdant jungle, my local guide, a quick-witted woman named Maria, showed me various plants and roots used in their cooking, making me taste, smell, and touch each one. This was no mere culinary tour but an intimate exploration of a rich and resilient culture told through its food.

However, it was at the local market where Caramoan's vibrant culinary scene truly came to life. From vendors selling their home-grown produce, I got a sense of the close-knit community that breathed life into this tropical haven. The market was alive with chatter, ripe with the aroma of spices and the earthy scent of fresh vegetables, a testament to the island's bounty.

The culinary journey was as much a sensory expedition as it was a heartwarming venture into human connection. I laughed heartily with Manny over shared meals, absorbed Maria's wisdom during our treks, and exchanged stories with the locals at the market. It was a humbling experience, revealing that food, in its essence, is more than just sustenance; it's a medium for love, culture, and shared humanity.

Caramoan is more than just a destination; it’s an adventure for the spirit and the palate, a hidden gem that gives more than it takes. As the banca carried me away from the island, I promised myself I would return, ready for another culinary journey through the rustic charm of Caramoan.

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West Peninsula Villas

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West Peninsula Villas are located in at San Andres, Solnopan,.

This is actually a vacation rental located on an especially nice private beach. But when you experience this establishment it does gove of the vibe of a resort with room service and a coffee bar. 

The rooms offer  air conditioning,  private bathrooms, wireless internet and cable/satellite television.

There is a restaurant on site.

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Gota Village Resort

Arrival at Gota Village Resort: A Tropical Eden

As the boat approached the secluded shores of Caramoan, my heart leaped with anticipation. Gota Village Resort lay nestled between lush green hills and the gentle embrace of the azure sea.

Stepping off the boat, I was greeted by the melodic sound of waves and the warm smiles of the resort's staff. "Welcome to Gota, Sarah!" they chimed.

The resort, with its rustic charm and wooden villas, beckoned travelers seeking an intimate connection with nature. It was a place for adventure seekers, honeymooners, and those desiring an escape from the mundane.

Day 1: The Song of the Sea

The morning began with a gentle sea breeze and a breakfast of sinangag and tapsilog. As I savored the local flavors, a guide named Mark approached me.

"Ready for island hopping, Sarah?" he asked, his eyes sparkling with excitement.

Our day was filled with exploration. The hidden lagoons and secret beaches of Caramoan unraveled before me, each with a story that Mark narrated in a manner filled with humor and local wisdom.

For those craving more luxurious amenities and less adventure, I'd suggest Tugawe Cove Resort nearby. But for me, Gota's charm lay in its simplicity and proximity to raw nature.

Day 2: The Secrets of the Land

The hills of Caramoan called, and I answered with a hike that took me through scenic landscapes and encounters with local flora and fauna.

I stumbled upon a hidden waterfall, where Mark and I shared stories, laughter, and insights into the Caramoan way of life. His anecdotes added a human touch to the majestic surroundings.

"Our ancestors believed these waters to have healing powers," Mark said, his voice filled with reverence.

I dipped my feet, and whether by belief or the sheer beauty of the place, I felt a soothing connection to something profound.

Day 3: A Farewell to Remember

My final night was a celebration of local culture. The resort arranged a feast filled with regional dishes, dances, and songs. I danced with the locals, tasted their culinary masterpieces, and absorbed the rhythm of Caramoan life.

As the night wore on, the guests and staff shared tales, jokes, and dreams under a starlit sky.

Conclusion: Embracing Caramoan's Heart

Gota Village Resort was not merely a place to stay; it was an experience, a gateway into the life, traditions, and natural wonders of Caramoan.

As I waved goodbye to Mark and the friends I had made, I realized that I was leaving with more than photographs and souvenirs. I was leaving with memories, wisdom, and a part of Caramoan's soul etched into my heart.

For those who seek to unravel the mysteries of nature, engage with the culture, and find joy in simple pleasures, Gota Village Resort is a destination that offers a real, human connection. It's an escape that calls to the adventurous and the curious, a call that resonates long after you've returned home.

In the words of Mark, "You came as a guest, Sarah, but you leave as family."

And indeed, I did.

Gota Village Resort is also very well rated by guests and features isolated cabins close to Goto Beach.

More about Goto Beach Resort on TripAdvisor

Video: Gota Village Resort

Attractions of Caramoan

Cliff Attractions Of Caramoan

The TipAdvisor Coramoan travel guide has a good overview of the things to do and attractions.

This idyllic destination has gained popularity over the years, particularly after hosting several editions of the "Survivor" TV series. Here's a list of attractions and things to do in Caramoan:

  1. Island Hopping:Matukad Island: Known for its powdery white sand and cliff offering panoramic views.Lahos Island: With twin beaches separated by a karst hill.Cagbalinad Beach: Perfect for snorkeling due to its rich marine life.Sabitang Laya: A long stretch of white sand beach and location for several "Survivor" editions.
  2. Mount Caglago: Trek to the summit and be rewarded with a panoramic view of the Caramoan islands. You'll also find the 26-foot tall image of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary at the peak.
  3. Manlawi Sandbar: Best visited during low tide when you can witness the full stretch of its sandbar.
  4. Cave Exploration: The Omang Cave is a popular spot, with fascinating stalactite and stalagmite formations.
  5. St. Michael the Archangel Parish: Visit this historic Spanish-era church built in the 17th century.
  6. Caramoan Marine Biodiversity Park: Discover the rich marine life and engage in activities like snorkeling.
  7. Kulapnit Cave: Another exciting cave to explore, but more for the adventurous spirit due to its more challenging path.
  8. Kayaking: Navigate through the mangroves and enjoy the serenity of the surroundings.
  9. Rock Climbing: Several limestone formations in the islands are ideal for rock climbing enthusiasts.
  10. Snorkeling and Diving: The rich marine biodiversity of Caramoan is perfect for underwater explorers. Dive spots like Cotivas and Pitogo islands are favorites among divers.
  11. Local Food: Savor local delicacies, with seafood being a must-try given the coastal nature of Caramoan.
  12. Souvenir Shopping: Buy handicrafts, especially those made from abaca, a type of banana fiber that the region is known for.

When planning a trip to Caramoan, it's wise to check the weather, especially during the rainy season, as it can affect island-hopping activities. Also, given its growing popularity, it's best to plan and book accommodations in advance. Whether you're looking for adventure or relaxation, Caramoan offers a perfect blend of both.

Caramoan Church

At this early stage of development the main attraction of Caramoan is obviously Island hopping. Basically taking boats between the attractions which scatter the islands.

Outdoorsy activities like mountain biking and exploring the limestone cliffs are popular. Hiking, climbing, abseiling too.

Caramoan has a number of packaged boat hopping tours you can do. The first journey visitors try the close in islands including Goto Beach.  There are other tours which venture a little further away to Sabitang.

The Caves also offer some great adventures. Omang Cave in the Caramoan National Park is one of the most popular. 

Gota Beach

Gota Beach is the main attraction. This is the spectacular location of the French Survivor series.

The first time I set foot on Gota Beach, it felt like I had stumbled upon a Survivor set in paradise. The powdery white sands crunched softly beneath my feet, and the turquoise waters invited me in with their gentle waves. Framed by towering limestone cliffs, the beach felt like a secluded paradise. I had heard that the 'Survivor' TV series had filmed here, and it was easy to see why they chose this idyllic location. The beach was clean, with little to no commercial establishments, preserving its natural charm. I spent hours simply soaking in the sun, swimming, and watching the local fishermen go about their day. As the sun set, the sky exploded in hues of orange and pink, creating the perfect backdrop against the silhouette of the cliffs. Gota Beach is a must-visit in Caramoan, and I'll cherish the memories of my time there forever." - Sarah

Getting to the Caramoan Resorts

Caramoan is in the Bicol region of the Philippines and has gained increased popularity over the years, especially after serving as a filming location for several editions of the "Survivor" TV series. Traveling to Caramoan involves multiple modes of transportation, but the journey is well worth it for the pristine beaches and unspoiled nature you'll encounter. Here's a basic guide on how to get to the Caramoan resorts:

  1. By Air:Via Naga: The closest airport to Caramoan is Naga Airport. Major airlines operate flights from Manila to Naga. Upon arriving in Naga, travelers can take a van or bus to Sabang Port.Via Legazpi: Another option is flying to Legazpi Airport. From there, you can take a van to Naga City and then proceed to Sabang Port.
  2. By Land:Travelers can take a bus from Manila to Naga City. From there, take another bus or van to reach Sabang Port.
  3. From Sabang Port to Caramoan:Once you're at Sabang Port, you will need to take a boat ride to reach Caramoan, which usually takes about 1.5 to 2 hours. Boats from Sabang to Caramoan typically leave in the morning. Ensure to check the boat schedules, as they might vary and could be affected by weather conditions.
  4. From Caramoan to the Resorts:Upon arrival in Caramoan, there are tricycles, local motorized bikes with sidecars, available to take you to your chosen resort. Some resorts, like the Tugawe Cove Resort, may offer their transportation or have specific pickup points.
  5. Private Transfers:Some upscale resorts in Caramoan offer direct private transfers from Naga or even Manila. This can be a convenient but often pricier option.


  • Always check the weather forecast before traveling, especially during the rainy season, as boat trips can be canceled due to rough sea conditions.
  • It's advisable to start your journey early in the morning, especially if you're doing land and sea travel in one day, to ensure you reach Caramoan before nightfall.
  • If you're traveling during peak season or holidays, it might be wise to book your accommodations and transportation in advance.

While the journey to Caramoan might seem long, the breathtaking vistas, clear waters, and serene beaches awaiting you at the end make the travel experience all the more rewarding.

 Caramoan Cave

Basically: Coramon is actually accessible by land from Manila and the major cities to the south. Once you make your way to the peninsular township you are then free to explore the different islands by boat. Alteratively you can arrive directly by boat from

 Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific can get you from Manila to Naga.  From Naga. From the central terminal in Naga it is then about two hours overland to Sabang Port which is the gateway to Caramoan.

Or another quite easy way is to  fly to Virac,and take the boat to Caramoan from there.

Best Time to Go to Caramoan

The best time to visit Caramoan largely depends on what you're looking for in your travel experience. However, if you're aiming for the most favorable weather and fewer crowds, here's a general guide:

1. Dry Season (January to May):

  • Advantages:January to May is generally considered the best time to visit Caramoan. This period sees the least amount of rainfall, making it ideal for beach activities, island hopping, and exploring caves without interruption.The months of March to May are particularly popular as they coincide with the Philippine summer, offering sunny skies and clear waters.
  • Drawbacks:As this is peak tourist season, especially during Holy Week (Easter), accommodations might be more expensive, and the popular spots may get crowded.

2. Rainy Season (June to December):

  • Advantages:Fewer tourists mean a more serene and peaceful environment. It's a great time if you prefer a quieter vacation.Resorts and accommodations might offer off-peak rates during these months, making it more budget-friendly.
  • Drawbacks:The rainy season, especially from July to September, can be unpredictable. Heavy rainfalls might restrict certain activities like island hopping.Boat trips can be canceled due to rough sea conditions.There's a higher risk of typhoons from August to October. It's always good to check weather updates before making travel plans during these months.

Other Considerations:

  • Festivals and Events: The Philippines is known for its colorful festivals. While Caramoan might not have as grand festivities as other Philippine cities, the Bicol region does have its share of celebrations. Time your visit with local events for a cultural experience.
  • Personal Preferences: Some travelers love the tranquility the rainy season brings, while others prefer the vibrant vibe of the summer months.

In conclusion, while the dry months of January to May are generally considered the best time to visit Caramoan, each season has its unique charm. It all boils down to what kind of experience you're looking for. If you're aiming for outdoor activities and beach fun, the dry season is optimal. If you're looking for a peaceful getaway with a chance of occasional rains, consider the rainy season. Always check weather forecasts and advisories, especially if traveling during the typhoon-prone months.

Basically: Most travelers stick to the dry season from December to May when the humidity drops and traveling is easier. From September to the end of November the waves get bigger and there are frequent heavy downpours.

Caramoan, Boracay or Palawan

boracay-shores.jpgBoracay Shores

Let's compare Caramoan with two other popular island destinations in the Philippines: Palawan and Boracay. We'll rate them based on five categories: natural beauty, adventure opportunities, accessibility, crowd levels, and overall vibe. Each category will be scored on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest.

1. Natural Beauty:

  • Caramoan: With its pristine beaches, limestone cliffs, and rich underwater marine life, Caramoan offers untouched beauty. Score: 5/5
  • Palawan: Known for its iconic underground river and El Nido's breathtaking lagoons, Palawan boasts unparalleled natural wonders. Score: 5/5
  • Boracay: Famous for its powdery white-sand beaches, especially White Beach, Boracay is a tropical paradise. Score: 4.5/5

2. Adventure Opportunities:

  • Caramoan: Caramoan offers a variety of activities like island hopping, cave exploration, and diving. Score: 4/5
  • Palawan: From exploring the underground river, diving in Tubbataha, to island-hopping in El Nido, Palawan is an adventure lover's dream. Score: 5/5
  • Boracay: While primarily known for its beaches, Boracay also offers activities like kite surfing, parasailing, and cliff diving. Score: 4/5

3. Accessibility:

  • Caramoan: Somewhat more challenging to access compared to other tourist spots due to its remote location. Score: 3/5
  • Palawan: With major airports in Puerto Princesa, Coron, and El Nido, Palawan is relatively accessible. Score: 4.5/5
  • Boracay: Direct flights to nearby Kalibo and Caticlan make Boracay one of the most accessible island destinations. Score: 5/5

4. Crowd Levels:

  • Caramoan: Being less commercialized, Caramoan usually has fewer tourists, making it a serene getaway. Score: 5/5
  • Palawan: Certain areas like El Nido and Coron can get crowded, especially during peak season. Score: 4/5
  • Boracay: Known for its nightlife and attractions, Boracay often attracts large crowds, especially after its reopening. Score: 3/5

5. Overall Vibe:

  • Caramoan: A tranquil, untouched paradise perfect for those looking for a peaceful retreat. Score: 5/5
  • Palawan: A blend of serene spots and bustling tourist areas, with a focus on nature and adventure. Score: 5/5
  • Boracay: A lively island with a mix of relaxation during the day and vibrant nightlife. Score: 4.5/5

Conclusion: While each destination offers its unique charm, Caramoan stands out for travelers seeking a more untouched and peaceful experience. Palawan offers a balanced blend of adventure and natural beauty, and Boracay is the go-to for those looking for a combination of beach relaxation and nightlife. Choose based on the kind of experience you're aiming for!

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Caramoan Resorts, Philippines:

Where is Caramoan located?

Caramoan is located in the province of Camarines Sur in the Bicol region of the Philippines.

How do I get to Caramoan?

You can fly to Naga City or Legazpi City. From there, take a bus or van to Sabang Port and then a boat ride to Caramoan.

Are the resorts in Caramoan beachfront?

Many resorts in Caramoan offer beachfront accommodations, allowing guests to enjoy the pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters.

What activities can I do in Caramoan?

Caramoan offers island hopping, snorkeling, diving, hiking, and exploring the stunning limestone cliffs and caves.

Is it safe to travel to Caramoan

Caramoan is generally considered safe for tourists. However, always check travel advisories and consult locals for up-to-date information.

When is the best time to visit Caramoan?

The best time to visit Caramoan is during the dry season, from March to May. However, the region can be visited year-round.

Are there ATMs in Caramoan

ATMs might be limited in Caramoan, so it's advisable to bring enough cash before heading to the islands.

Can I book resorts online?

Yes, many Caramoan resorts offer online booking. However, always book through reputable platforms or the resort's official website. Answer

Are there budget accommodations available?

Yes, Caramoan offers a range of accommodations, from budget-friendly homestays to more luxurious resorts.

Is Caramoan suitable for family vacations?

Absolutely! Caramoan offers activities and resorts that cater to families and travelers of all ages. Answer

Travel Information for Caramoan:

  • Currency: Philippine Peso (PHP)
  • Language: Filipino and English are widely spoken.
  • Time Zone: Philippine Time (UTC +8)
  • Climate: Caramoan experiences a tropical climate with a dry and wet season.
  • Local Customs: Filipinos are known for their hospitality. It's customary to greet locals with a smile and a "hello" or "hi." When entering someone's home, it's polite to take off your shoes.
  • Tipping: While not mandatory, tipping is appreciated for good service. A standard tip in restaurants is around 10% of the bill if a service charge isn't included.
  • Transportation: Tricycles, jeepneys, and boats are common modes of transportation in and around Caramoan.

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