Caramoan Peninsula Revisited: Matukad Island, Tugawe Cove and Honungan Cove

Matukad Island of Caramoan Peninsula
Matukad Island of Caramoan Peninsula

I had fond memories of Caramoan Peninsula early in my years of travel. Low limestone islands, captivating azure waters, a few caves and pristine white beach on several islands of the peninsula. That was more than a decade ago. Before the popular reality show Survivor decided shoot here and placed the islands on the world wide spotlight. It was only recent that I had a chance to go back and see how popularity have changed the place. I may have not visited all the places I had been before but this day tour sojourn was enough to satisfy my curiosity.

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Camarines Sur’s secluded paradise islands

Matukad Island Beach

Matukad Island’s pink-white powder fine beach, Caramoan Peninsula, Camarines Sur

It’s been one long journey to and fro, but to be able to see this gem of place was worthy enough for a holy week adventure. Caramoan Peninsula has the qualities of El Nido, my friend who was able to visit the place says, but on a smaller scale. It has numerous stretches of white sand beaches and a couple of them that can rival that of Boracay’s, less the annoying crowd and establishments, and it has caves and an underground river that can compare to Cagayan but on a smaller scale as well. Combined though this is one eco-adventure destination worth a visit.

Still there are some concerns I noticed within the place that could easily destroy it’s hidden charm, like the rampant dynamite fishing that we ourselves witnessed and a “Tourist Trap” lodging that I would go into detail later.

Lastly, I think I won’t travel that long a distance for now. Or better yet I won’t travel by land during holy week because of the traffic! On what should have been a 12 hours journey by land and sea was stretched to 15 hours! Arggh!