Adventure Travel in Caramoan

December 03, 2010 Travel

Active adventurous souls always seek new places for adventure, and adventure always finds us.

"Eagle Creek," one of our clients who pioneered the ‘adventure travel’ category, gathered a few of us for a trip to one of the country's sought-after destinations, Caramoan.

Adventure travel, as defined, means a "vacation or trip to a natural environment or remote location with the specific purpose of active physical participation and exploration of a new experience."

With a loose itinerary and an anything-goes attitude, we packed our bags, boarded a bus in Cubao, and headed to Camsur Watersports Complex, where our adventure began.

Ready for adventure

Adventure #1

Little was known about this group of islands until popular television reality shows chose Caramoan as their location. Succumbing to the theme, we became our own castaways for a few days. Our first task was Adventure #1—our very own adventure race.

Eagle Creek is designed to make travel easier, and that means packing it right with the right stuff.

Some of our castaways were tasked with collecting items from a traveler's checklist scattered around the different islands of Caramoan. Of course, these items were not the real stuff. However, we aided them with prominently displayed Eagle Creek logos.

Our Castaways

From Gota Beach, we embarked on an island-hopping adventure with our castaways racing to collect logos and items from a traveler's checklist. Our first stop was Matukad Island, renowned for its powdery white sand beach, limestone face, and legendary bangus. However, I'll save that story for later.

Adventure #2

After Matukad, our journey led us to Cagbalingad, a place equally breathtaking with its towering limestone formations. The real thrill awaited as we undertook adventure #2 in Caramoan—swimming 1.2 kilometers from Cagbalingad Beach to Honongan Beach.

The swim turned out to be more challenging than anticipated. Yet, that unexpected challenge became an integral part of the adventure.

Adventure #3.

Now, a tale for adventure #3.

Nestled within Matukad Island lies a hidden lagoon, a sanctuary for pairs of bangus (milkfish). Legend tells of a fisherman who speared one of these fish, resulting in a tragic punishment—his two children met an untimely demise.

Our next adventure led us to conquer the 200-meter limestone wall of the island, granting us access to an enchanted lagoon where the resilient bangus thrived. This ascent proved challenging, requiring us to grip the sharp edges of the limestone, leaving us with a few battle scars.

It was truly enchanting. The panoramic view from the summit was breathtaking, offering a perspective on why people are captivated by this place, not just by the legendary bangus but by its unparalleled beauty.

Our glimpse of the lonesome bangus added another layer of fascination to the journey.

Those adventures were just part of our Caramoan experience. We also had a lot of fun at Gota Village, enjoying home-cooked meals, staying in cozy cottages, and sharing invaluable time with newfound friends. The right gear elevated this adventure, the right company made it more enjoyable, and the right organizers transformed it into the perfect adventure trip."

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