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History of Caramoan

Caramoan is an old town founded by a Spanish missionary, Fray Francisco de la Cruz y Oropesa who upon exploring the town's wilderness, found a settlement called Balwarte. History revealed that this place was later turned over to the jurisdiction of Sagrada Mitra in the year 1696. It was during this period when a parish was built dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel whose feast day is celebrated every May 8. There are different versions of how Caramoan obtained its name although it was gathered that it has been officially using its present name since 1619. The town's original name, however, was Gota de Leche, as called by the Dutch merchants, derived from milk-like droplets from the stalagmite found among the rocks in a place called Gota Port. It was later changed into ?Caramoan?, this time labeled by the Spaniards. They acquired this word from ?carahan?, a kind of sea turtle which at that time abounds the shores of the area. Some other tales were attached to the name of this peninsula. Caramoan is one town in the province of Camarines Sur which obviously is endowed with untapped natural resources. There abound numerous mineral deposits like copper, gold, manganese, limestone and marble in varied colors. It also boasts of its long miles of sugary, white beaches that even rival the world's best beaches and would lure foreign and local investors from the tourism industry which would provide a virtual advantage to this town, thus boosting its economic condition. Vigorous research in history revealed that this town is also the place where Francisco Alvarez, the ?most senior and experienced? among Bikolano assemblymen came from. At present, there are plans directed to improve this municipality made by the provincial government through the efforts of Governor Luis Villafuerte. One of this is the proposed establishment of a ferry system between Catanduanes and Camarines Sur through Caramoan and likewise the cementing and asphalting of the Caramoan Peninsula Road

Island Paradise in Caramoan

Caramoan Peninsula is a hilly peninsula, with deep gorges and a rough, rocky terrain. There are approximately 71 kilometers of irregular coastline surrounded by the vast ocean, bay, seas and swamps. The place has a National Park which has caves, limestone formations, white sandy beaches, an islet lake and a subterranean river


Caramoan is situated almost at the heart of the Caramoan peninsula which is at the southeastern tip of Luzon and occupied the lower part of the province, It is bounded on the north by a part of Garchitorena and the Pacific Ocean; on the northeast by the island province of Catanduanes; on the south by Lagonoy Gulf; on the east by the Maqueda Channel; and on the west by the municipality or presentation. The municipality is situated between 123° 50’E latitude and 13° 46’N longitudes.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A lot of island to explore and places and beach to go
  • Cons:Consumes a lot of time, the travel from Manila to Caramoan will take 14 hours
  • Last visit to Caramoan: Mar 2008
  • Intro Updated May 13, 2008
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  • Aug 17, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    If we have a car and we get to Sabang port.. is there a way to bring the car all the way to caramoan? or we have to leave the car behind? thanks

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    Apr 2, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    hello momoy, do you think the fare rates that youve mentioned above is still the same this year 2010?thnx

  • Mar 12, 2010 at 2:48 AM

    hi moymoy, im the organizer of our company outing by april, can you please give me any recommendation where to go in where to stay for 2 days possible nearby beach

  • anliz99's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2010 at 7:48 PM

    Hi Moymoy! Great page! We're planning a trip to Caramoan this March. Is it better to DIY or arrange with a travel agent? If the latter, do you have a recommendation? Thanks!

  • cyndymc's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2009 at 10:12 PM

    Hi, moymoy! Ang galing ng Caramoan Page mo, very informative. Dream ko rin makapunta do'n;-)

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    Sep 22, 2009 at 8:12 PM

    hello moymoydtraveller, We need to get to sabang port at 11am on oct16, is it safe to leave Manila at 9pm on the 15th?

  • smanros's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2009 at 12:22 AM

    I plan to drive my SUV all the way from Manila. Where can I leave or park my SUV in Presentacion or Sabang?

  • f8stop's Profile Photo
    May 21, 2008 at 1:50 AM

    thanks for your comment in my page, moymoy! caramoan is also one of the places i want to visit. thanks for posting helpful tips and photos!


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