Saturday, August 15, 2015

Tips and Itinerary: Albay + Naga + Caramoan Escapade




ALBAY


Albay is a province under the Bicol region and is the home of the nearly perfect cone of Mayon Volcano. The active volcano is the symbol mostly associated with the province and is visible to anywhere in Albay. 

Legazpi, the province capital is the gateway to Bicolandia. It can be reached by an hour flight from Manila to Legazpi Airport or a 10-12 hour bus ride from Cubao or Pasay. 

                     
Mayon Volcano as seen from Daraga Church in Albay
                

NAGA

The independent component city of Naga can be found in the province of Camarines Sur. Naga City is called as the Queen City and Heart of Bicol because of its central location. It is also called as the Pilgrim City and the home of the largest Marian pilgrimage in Asia, the Our Lady of Peñfrancia - the patroness of Bicol. 

Naga is an eight-hour bus ride from Cubao or an hour flight from Manila via Naga Airport. The city is also a two hour ride from Daraga or Legazpi in Albay. 


National Shrine of Our Lady of Peñafrancia


CARAMOAN 

Caramoan is a first class municipality of Camarines Sur and is located at the tip of the Caramon Peninsula. The island became the site for several editions of the reality TV show Survivor (US, Serbia, Israel, Bulgaria, Sweden, France and India). This hidden paradise is composed of white sand beaches, limestone cliffs, lagoons, caves and rich marine life. 

Sabang Port, the common jump-off point to Caramoan island is a two hour land travel from Naga City. From Sabang, you have to ride a Hari boat for two hours to reach Guijalo port, Caramoan Centro is a 30-minute tricycle ride from the said port. 


Caramoan Island


TRAVEL ITINERARY

DAY 1
07:20 AM - Estimated Time of Departure from Manila (NAIA Terminal 3)
08:20 AM - Estimated Time of Arrival to Legazpi Airport in Albay
09:00 AM - Start of Albay Countryside Tour
                    Ligñon Hill
                    Cagsawa Ruins Park
                    Hoyop-hoyopan Cave
                    Lunch at a Local Restaurant in Camalig
                    Daraga Church
03:00 PM - Estimated Time of Departure from Daraga 
05:00 PM - Estimated Time of Arrival to Naga
05:30 PM - Check in at the Sunny View Hotel/Sampaguita Tourist Inn
06:00 PM - Start of Naga Church Hopping
                   National Shrine of Our Lady of Peñafrancia
                   Basilica of the Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia
                   San Francisco Parish Church
                   Naga Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
                   Porta Mariae
07:30 PM - Dinner at Bigg's Dinner Inn 
08:30 PM - Ice Cream Dessert at First Colonial Grill
09:30 PM - Back to Hotel and Lights Off

DAY 2
04:00 AM - Early Morning Wake Up Time
05:30 AM - Estimated Time of Departure from Naga
07:30 AM - Estimated Time of Arrival to Sabang Port
08:00 AM - Estimated Time of Departure from Sabang
10:00 AM - Estimated Time of Arrival to Guijalo Port
10:30 AM - Estimated Time of Arrival to Rex Tourist Inn Caramoan Gardens
11:00 AM - Welcome Lunch at Rex Tourist Inn
12:30 AM - Start of Day1 Caramoan Island Hopping Tour
                    Lajos Island
                    Matukad Island
                    Minalahos Island
                    Gota Village
05:00 PM - End of Island Hopping Tour, Swimming at the Pool
07:30 PM - Dinner
10:00 PM - Lights Off

DAY 3
06:00 AM - Wake Up Call
07:00 AM - Breakfast
08:00 AM - Start of Day2 Caramoan Island Hopping Tour
                    Bag-Ing Island
                    Manlawi Sandbar
                    Lunch at the Floating Cottage at Manlawi
                    Cotivas Island
                    Tabgon - Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Grotto
05:00 PM - End of Island Hopping Tour, Swimming at the Pool
07:30 PM - Dinner
10:00 PM - Lights Off

DAY 4
05:00 AM - Wake Up Call
06:00 AM - Early Breakfast
07:00 AM - Souvenir Shopping
07:30 AM - Visit at St. Michael de Archangel Parish
08:00 AM - Estimated Time of Departure from Guijalo Port
10:00 AM - Estimated Time of Arrival to Sabang Port
12:00 NN - Estimated Time of Arrival to Naga
12:30 PM - Check in at Naga Crown Hotel
01:00 PM - Lunch at Naga Garden Restaurant
02:00 PM - Wakeboarding at CWC
06:00 PM - Pasalubong Shopping at J. Emmanuel Pastries
08:00 PM - Dinner at Bob Marlin's
10:00 PM - Lights Off

DAY 5
05:00 AM - Wake Up Call
06:00 AM - Breakfast at the Hotel
08:00 AM - Estimated Time of Departure from Naga
10:00 AM - Estimated Time of Arrival to Legazpi Airport in Albay
01:00 PM - Estimated Time of Departure from Legazpi, Albay
02:00 PM - Estimated Time of Arrival to Manila (NAIA3)


EXPENSES GUIDE

Albay Countryside Tour Van Rental
          Php 2,000.00 - Lignon Hill, Cagsawa Ruins, Hoyop-hoyopan Cave and                                       Daraga Church
          Php 3,500.00 - Lignon Hill, Cagsawa Ruins, Hoyop-hoyopan Cave                                             Daraga Church and Mayon Skyline

Lignon Hill Entrance Fee - Php 20.00
Lignon Hill Zip Line - Php 250.00
Cagsawa Ruins Entrance Fee - Php 10.00
Hoyop-hoyopan Entrance and Guide Fee - Php 50.00
ATV Ride to Mayon -  Php 1,800.00 to Php 4,500.00

Daraga to Naga (vice versa) via UV Express - Php 130.00
Legazpi to Naga (vice versa) via UV Express - Php 140.00
Tricycle Ride at Naga - Php 8.00

Naga to Sabang (vice versa) via UV Express - Php 100.00
Sabang Port Boat Transfer - Php 10.00
Sabang Port to Guijalo Port (vice versa) via Hari Boat - Php 120.00

Caramoan Environmental Fee - Php 30.00
Manlawi Sandbar Floating Cottage Rental - Php 200.00
Cotivas Island Boat Parking Fee - Php 50.00
Cotivas Island Cottage - Php 50.00
Tabgon Grotto Entrance Fee - Php 30.00
Tabgon Grotto Tour Guide - Any Amount
Guijalo Port Exit Fee - Php 5.00

Caramoan All In Fee - Php 3,500.00 at Rex Tourist Inn (Caramoan Gardens)
          Meals (2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch and 2 Dinner)
          2 Nights Accommodation (Air-con Room Good for 4)
          2 Days Island Hopping
          Port Transfer


OTHER IMPORTANT NOTES

Tabgon Grotto Tour Guide - Manong Adam
Rex Tourist Inn Inquiry and Reservation - Ms. Glenda 0939-204-3692
Caramoan Tour Guide (Rex Tourist Inn) - Kuya Budoy
Albay Countryside Tour - Kuya Del 0939-959-9808