The Prelude

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On the way to Gota Beach
C and I were scheduled to take the 6.30am boat from the Pili Port (?), an hour and half drive away form the Capitol.  We arrived to find out that we were the only passengers since no one else wanted to get out to sea the day after a typhoon.  So our options were to a) pay P3000 (?) instead of P120 to charter our own boat AND wait for the tide to subside or b) wait for the tide to subside and for other passengers to show up and pay the usual P120.  No brainer, yes?  It must've been about 11.30 by the time other people showed and we finally were on our way.

The boat ride to the port of Caramoan was supposed to only take an hour, but the post typhoon waves were so choppy it took us twice the time to get there.
Gota Beach
  I don't usually get seasick, and neither does C, but by the time we arrived, it was so nausiating everybody on the boat was just about ready to purge, it was aweful. 

From the port, we took a tricycle for a 15 minute drive to Rex Inn.  At the time, it was one of only 2 hostels in Caramoan and both are just as modest as the other (since they're developing the place as the next tourist hot spot, there may me more accommodation choices now).  We got an air-conditioned room with 2 double beds.  Again, very modest and spartan, but decent.  All meals cost P150 per person, nothing fancy, but you don't really have a choice.  There were hardly any tourists back then, so there were no restaurants in town.

We had our lunch and figured it wouldn't be worth renting a boat for less than a half day's use.
Gota Beach
  But we went out anyway just to give ourselves a slice of what to expect the next day.  We hailed a tricycle to take us to Gota Beach, the jump-off point to the islands.  The 15 minute drive was bumpy, but that more than made up for the scenery.  On both sides were lush, virgin mountains so green you could smell it and it smelled like a bright dewy morning.  We spotted a few horses along the way too.  It felt like being on the set of Lost, only we knew exactly where we were, and we wanted to stay for a long time.

At the end of the road was a small hill with a couple of huts on the sides, book-ended by towering limestone cliffs, and over the hill, was the emerald blue waters of Gota Beach.  Stunning.  But unswimmable due to the jellyfish, haha.
Gota Beach
  There were so many of them though, lifeless, victims of the storm.   Over on the left side is a small cave, but we didn't bring any appropriate clothing so we couldn't explore.  Instead, we made our way up some steps and towards the look-out point above it.   

From here you get a different perspective of Gota Beach and the other one beside it, as well as a few islands nearby.  We hung out for a while, took some photos, and waited for the sun to set before making our way back for another bumpy yet breathtaking ride.   

It's been a hell of a rough day, but there's nothing like knowing the beauty that awaits you in the next.


blurbmoi says:
bibo tayo ngayon a;-)
Posted on: Sep 23, 2008
jennethm says:
great place, great pics! :D
Posted on: Feb 19, 2008
lauro says:
active na active tayo ah :D
Posted on: Jan 20, 2008
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On the way to Gota Beach
On the way to Gota Beach
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