Travel: Gota Village @ Caramoan Island

10 November 2010


Travel: Gota Village @ Caramoan Island


I first heard about Caramoan more than a year ago from friends at work. The small town of Caramoan is a beautiful rugged place of land extending into blue-green waters. I just had to see it for myself. Hence, when I was invited to go to CamSur with a group of friends, my first request was to go on a sidetrip to Caramoan Island. Request approved.


Sidetrip. Ahhh let me rephrase. It wasn’t merely a sidetrip. Guests of Caramoan had to go out of their way to go to the island. From Naga, one had to endure an hour-long roadtrip, a 2-hour-long boatride, and an hour-long rough road ride.


I was given the freehand to choose and book the rooms in Caramoan. My first option was Gota Village. Gota Village in Caramoan is a top end resort, owned by the province of Camarines Sur.


Waiting for the 11 AM boat trip.
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Boats cannot go near the water at lowtide. Hence, boatmen and portmen would gladly carry guests on their shoulders to and from the boat.
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Enduring the two-hour long boatride.
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Powdery White Sand
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Glass surface
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Gota Village Facilities
Front Desk
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Gota Village is home to three Survivor Sets
On the way to the Survivor Sets
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Caramoan has been a favorite site for international franchises of Survivor. The place hosted Survivors Serbian versions, Sweden version, Israel versions, Bulgarian version, and French version.

Survivor Serbia Set
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Survivor Sweden Set
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Gota 2 Beach
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What’s left of Survivor France Set
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Up the View Deck
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Beach Beach Beach
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Back to Gota Village
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Leaving Caramoan – a glimpse of Mount Mayon and its perfect cone
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After Caramoan, our next Camarines Sur stop was Camarines Watersports Complex (CWC) to try wakeboarding.


Place: Gota Village
Address: Gota Village, Caramoan Island
Telephone Number: +63.54.477.3172
Budget: PHP 4000 for roundtrip airfare
PHP 700 for van rental from Naga airport to Sabang Port
PHP 120 boat fare
PHP 3000 per room per night
PHP 300 per complete meal
TBA other activities such as trekking, snorkeling, island hopping
Others: Gota Village is only open when it’s Survivor-free. It’ll be open until January 5, 2011.

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