Before the year ends, let me write about my last trip of the year which happened in November. I’ve been lazy to write and the end of the year is giving me enough motivation. LOL. The trip happened during the ASEAN Summit holidays and because there was only a month’s notice, I didn’t have enough time to plan for the trip to Caramoan. I have always been curious about the place where the Survivor show filmed, but the long land travel always overwhelmed. That’s why I just chose to avail a package tour from a reputable travel agency for the convenience 🙂
This was another trip with my boyfriend, but we were also accompanied by my good friends at this time. I missed going to the beach with Karla and Rhan. And this was a good opportunity for the friends and the boyfriend to meet and bond. LOL.
McTrail Travel and Tours:
For our trip to Caramoan, we availed the package tour offered by McTrail Travel and Tours. I wanted this to be another DIY trip at first, but I realized that availing a package tour would be much cheaper. I chose Mctrail out of all the travel agencies offering the same package because of the great reviews on their Facebook page. It wasn’t all positive, but the way they responded to the negative feedback gave the impression that they really listen to their guests. They are also not the cheapest BUT the inclusions and the way they took care of us during the trip made the price reasonable.
Booking a trip with them was so easy. I sent a query through their Facebook page and they responded in a timely manner. It’s best to send a message during office hours on a weekday to get immediate replies.
For their tour packages, they base the rates on the number of people sharing the room. As of November 2017, these were their rates and the package inclusions:
3D2N Caramoan Package Rates:
- 3999/head – group of 4 pax (Quad Room)
- 4299/head – group of 3 pax (Triple Room)
- 4499/head – group of 2 pax (Twin Room)
- Roundtrip van transfers (Manila-Caramoan-Manila)
- 2 nights accommodation at Caramoan Town Proper
- Six meals (2 breakfasts, 2 lunch & 2 Dinner)
- 2 Days Long & Short Island hopping w/ roundtrip boat transfer
- Environmental fee & cottage at Cutivas Island
- Sidetrip to Saint Michael Archangel, Mother of Peace Grotto, Deer Farm, CWC & Penafrancia Basilica Minore
- Not included:
- Floating Cottage at Manlawi Sandbar (P200/cottage)
- Entrance Fee at Mother of Peace Grotto (P30/head – optional)
- Snorkeling Gear (P150-200/head)
Overall, I’m happy that I went with McTrail Travel & Tours to Caramoan. Booking with them is so sulit and hassle-free. I just had an issue with the driving but I sent my feedback and they assured me that they will address my concern. I will not hesitate to book with them again 🙂
Manila to Caramoan:
Our transport to Caramoan was a spacious Toyota Grandia for 13 guests, the tour coordinator and the driver. There were 2 pick up points: Eton Centris and SM MOA. The pick up time at Eton Centris was supposed to be at 8 PM, but due to the ASEAN Summit traffic, the van arrived at 9 PM. This was no big deal for us since it gave us time to eat dinner before the long drive. Although we were the first group to arrive in Eton Centris, we had to give up the seats behind the driver because the other guests had children with them. As the youngest group, we were assigned to the last row where it’s guaranteed that we would feel every bump during the drive. Oh well 😦
After the 2nd pick up in SM MOA, the van was still spacious and comfortable for us all. It was a bumpy 12 hour drive from Manila to Caramoan. It was a miracle that I was able to sleep for half of it. My companions were all envious of my ability to sleep through the rollercoaster-like ride. LOL.
There were 3 stopovers throughout the trip and 1 emergency stop because one of the guests puked. I was only awake for the first stop and only vaguely aware of the rest because I was sleeping.
We were pleasantly surprised and satisfied with our accommodations as Caramoan Rockwood Inn. The rooms were simple yet equipped with the basic necessities like the comfy beds, AC, TV and spacious enough bathroom. The only things missing were cabinets or shelves were we could store our things and a hot shower. We just dumped our stuff on the floor and took showers quickly to deal with these 2 things. LOL.
The best feature of Rockwood Inn has got to be the food they fed us all throughout our stay. Everything was delicious with generous servings! Their meals consisted of a vegetable dish, a meat dish and seafood. Their chili buttered crabs are so unforgettable. I devoured 4 of them during this trip alone ❤
The hosts were also very pleasant and took great care of us. One of my companions was allergic to all kinds of seafood and couldn’t eat anything during our last dinner there. We told one of the staff and they bought barbecued chicken just for him.
I would highly recommend this place if you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Caramoan. Continue reading