We opted for a land travel at night so we can spare ourselves from the agony of waiting to get to Bicol. At 6am the next day, our feet held the grounds of the province. As we went off the bus, I roamed my eyes around the neighborhood and i thought it was bland at 1st. Aside: "I feel like I didn't just come from a 12 hour ride. This is much like a Laguna (my province) ambiance, though it was a little more rural than where I grew up." Nevertheless, the scent of the salty ocean and burnt leaves in the morning, plus the cluck of chicken pets, old women with walis tingting as the thing's ends draw lines against the earth made the place quite distinctive from what I felt. Wait though till we get to those islands!
Agitated by the then weather in the metro, which was mostly raining and there's a typhoon pestering the North Eastern part of the Philippines, we thought of offering eggs to Sta. Clara thinking that by doing so, the weather would not jeopardize the trip. Luckily, we were welcomed by a weather reminiscent of summer. Yey!
We spent two days in Caramoan for a series of island hopping and lodged at West Peninsula Villas situated at San Andres, Solnopan, Caramoan, Camarines Sur. Since Caramoan once became a set of the international reality TV show franchised SURVIVOR, it was reported that the staff of the show's Filipino version was happily accommodated by West Pen. Hmmmmm... Feeling the Survivor vibe huh.
|From L: Kashogi, Kim, Ram, Con, Mie, Pren|
Our two day stay at the hotel was quite silent since it was only us and another three men that booked an accommodation that time. We were followed by about some 25 guests on the night of our 2nd day but they left early in the morning the following day.
Air conditioned, Hot and Cold Shower,
3 beds (which can be shared by 2 people per bed), Cable TV
The room was pleasant. Our wash room was spacious. We had enough room for our things/clothes with the help of the cabinets and hangers. Plus the outside of our room had a receiving area.
|Pool area inside West Pen|
Open Dining Area with mini refreshment bar (ODA)
A quick tour around West Pen:
The accommodation we paid for, by the way, is inclusive of the tour/island hopping for two days. You'll be provided with a West Pen owned boat and van for transfers from Bikal Port to West Pen and vice versa. Our tour guide, who was a former employee of the hotel, was very proactive and assisted us all the way through. I recommend you find him in case you want a good customer service.
|Our tour guide, Mark Peter Breis. He uses Mac as nickname.|
Wasn't able to get his number or FB acct. but you can ask for him at West Pen.
1st & 3rd image: Man made bridge
Lajos Island (LJ)
Matukad Island (MI)
There's a Bukohan station in this island. A few men with a sack of
buko ready for the tourists. Buko at 25php apiece.
There's more that happened behind this image as they tried molding
a sexy body below my head. *Bloopers*
The finer sand in this island. This would definitely compete with Bora's
Cagbanilad Island (CI)
Definitely a treat after the whole day's agenda! I was asking for vinegar to match it with this BBQ but they've none. They offered me this Atsara as sauce. Oh boy, suka suddenly ranked at 2nd best!
Note: This place is not really part of the island hopping adventure. It served as another port. Our service van fetched us here then went back to West Pen after relaxing for like an hour.
Where the sand bar is, which only shows up during low tide.
Maycon and The Kids
The skeleton type Nipa Huts
Sabitang Laya (SL)
That's all folks! Hope we didn't bore you with the pictures. We have way too many shots, it was really hard to choose which among them are worth posting. Meanwhile, above's the result of the hard time I had while discerning which images should come out here. hihi. ♥