FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)
1. How do i go to Sabang Port in San Jose, Camarines Sur? How do i get to Caramoan Islands? Here are some information that you need to know.
A. Bus (Araneta Center Cubao)
Option 1: Take a bus bound to Sabang (direct trip), you can find them in Araneta Center in Cubao. (ETT 9hrs-12Hrs, Estimated Fare = Php750 to Php1000)
Option 2: From Cubao, take a bus bound to Naga City, then take a taxi to Sabang. (Estimated Taxi Fare = Php2,000) or take the UV Express Van (direct to Sabang Trips with Estimated Fare = P100) or take the bus bound to Lagonoy then drop at San Jose, follow the rest of Option 3.
Option 3: From Cubao, take a bus bound to Lagonoy then buy a ticket to the town of San Jose. Take a jeepney or tricycle to Sabang Port(Estimated Tricycle Fare Php30 to Php50).
B. Airplane (Cebu Pacific, Air Philippines, Asian Spirit are among the Airlines flying to Naga Airport ETT45mins)
When you arrive at Naga Airport take a taxi from Naga Airport to Sabang (Estimated Fare Php2,000), or take the bus or UV Express vans (van and bus stop is a 3 minute tricycle ride from the airport). Hotel and Resorts shuttle services maybe present in the airport premises. It will be wise to book for one.
Take SLEX (South Luzon Expressway). Follow directions to Bicol, before reaching the town of Pili, Cam. Sur go left to Pili Diversion Road then left again upon reaching the end intersection. Take and follow the roads to San Jose, upon reaching the town of San Jose, turn right to the road in front of the San Jose Parish Church. (ETT 7hrs - 12hrs)
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2. How do I maximize my travel & vacation in Bicol Region?
To maximize you vacation you have to plan ahead of time. Here are some places we recommend for you to see aside from going to Sabang Partido Area and Caramoan Islands. Step inside Bicol Region and experience the most of it from Bicol Express meals, specialized Laing and the Laing-topped pizza.
A. Naga City - take a religious trip to Basilica de Peñafrancia, Peñafrancia Church, Naga Cathedral, and Hot-Spring Resort in Carolina, also Magsaysay Avenue's Night Life Stretch.
B. Cam. Sur Watersports Complex (CWC) - a wakeboarding park located at the Provincial Capitol Complex, Cadlan Pili, Cam. Sur.
C. Albay - Mayon Volcano sightseeing trip in Cagsawa, Mayon Resthouse, Daraga Church, Lignon Hill and Embarcadero de Legazpi. Find some restaurants serving the famous "Chili Flavored Ice Cream"
D. Swim or see the "Butanding", Whale Sharks in Donsol, Sorsogon
E. Atulayan Island and Partido Rivieras (Cam. Sur-Albay Coastal Roads)
F. Tiwi Geothermal Plants and the famous Halo-halo Restaurants of Tiwi, Albay
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The Lagonoy Gulf as viewed from the Patitinan View Deck in the Partido Rivieras near the provincial boundaries of Camarines Sur and Albay. In far left is the Atulayan Island. in the middle are the mountains of Lagonoy & Precentacion. At far right and farthest right are the Caramoan Peninsula and Catanduanes Island.
Some Useful Information About The Sabang Port (ETD's & ETA's)
The Sabang Port, in Sabang, San Jose, Camarines Sur is a few steps away from The Gulf Tide Resort. You can find public boat transport to Caramoan (Guijalo Port) and small and large charter boats to nearby coastal barrios and tourist destinations. The estimated time of travel to Caramoan is 1H30M. If you are a tourist, do not be mistaken or misled. There are several barangays or barrios named Sabang in the entire Philippines. In this page we are referring to "Sabang Partido" as the locals named it.
The Caramoan bound boats schedule are as follows:
1st Trip Boarding at ETD 5:30AM
2nd Trip Boarding at ETD 7:30AM
3rd Trip Boarding at ETD 9:00AM or 11:AM
Last Trip Boarding at ETD 2:00PM
ETD's are sometimes erratic. Once the boat is full of passengers, it will leave, not following the scheduled time of departure. It will be wiser to take the earliest trip for a more comfortable boat ride. The sea is more quiet at early morning, "as the folks say, waves are still sleeping." This will enable you to maximize your time of stay in Caramoan, rather than spending most of your time traveling. A sleep-over in Sabang is recommended to avail of the early boat trips. There's no need to hurry and pick early plane trips from Manila since you can always catch the afternoon flights and arrive in Sabang late in the afternoon.
The following are the Estimated Time of Arrival of large boats from Caramoan:
1st Trip ETA 9:00AM
2nd Trip ETA 11:00AM
3rd Trip ETA 1:00PM
Last Trip ETA 2:00PM
Boat fares to Caramoan will cost you Php120 + Port Fee of Php10.
Note: Caramoan Island Hopping Boat Rentals may cost you Php1,500 to Php2,500 depending on the season. Peak seasons are the Months of March, April and May.