Dear Diary,

As promised, here is the post about the 6 islands that we went to during our Caramoan Island Hopping.

Lahos Island

This was my favorite island out of the 3 that we went to on our first day. There are two beaches on this island. The one where our boat docked was littered with rocks, corals and shells. This is the part where I am happy about the decision of getting me and hubby a pair of aqua shoes each. The other side is hidden because the middle part of the island rises a bit and hides it from view. Once you make your step over to the other side, you’ll get smoother sand here. Although, it’s not powdery, the rocks are much further out. It started to drizzle and so we decided to eat our lunch during this time. We didn’t want to eat in the boat, so we tried to look for a spot to hide from the rain. Hubby found a place by investigating the other side of a small opening from the nearby rock formations. Of course, he was actually getting there the hard way and we found a safer way after he pointed the place out to us. So we camped out there and ate our packed lunch on the sand. We spent around 2 hours here before we decided to move on.

Matukad Island

The island just across Lahos. From afar, we could already see that there were a lot of tourists on this island. After seeing the powdery white sand and the clear waters, I could see why. We were told that there was a lagoon on top of the rocky cliffs but after looking at the climb I decided against going up or letting anyone from the group go up, because there was no safety harness and unless you were in great shape or a mountain climber, I would not recommend it. Although, I have seen the photos on the internet of what the beach looked like from the top, I’d rather be safe than sorry. I’m sure nobody got injured badly climbing it, probably just some bruises and cuts, but I was responsible for my younger cousins and I did not want anything bad happen to them on my watch…

We went around the beach to look for less populated areas and we did find a spot at the other side of the beach. I had to take off my aqua shoes so I could feel the sand between my toes. πŸ™‚

Minalahos Island

Our last island of the day was located across the famous Gota Island. We decided not to go to Gota Island because they had an entrance fee of P300 ($7.50) to use their beach. This is where Survivor often films their show and which is why it’s pretty famous. This is also where Hunongan Cove Resort is located. Gota Beach is free to use if you’re checked in to that resort. So we docked at Minalahos instead. We ate our snack here and just waded in the water near our boat. A bit further out, the beach is full of seaweeds. And I’m not really keen on swimming with all those dark spots under me, freaking out when something slimy brushes my ankle. So I stayed away from that area. At around 5pm, we decided to go home since we were also kind of tired from the long trip and we didn’t want to get stuck in the islands when it gets dark.

Cotivas Island

For our second day, we first went to Cotivas Island. The trip to get here took almost 2 hours so we were really relieved to finally get off the boat. The sun was out today. No signs of the dark clouds that we encountered yesterday. RDS paid for our cottage (P50=$1.25) where we parked our stuff and where some of us decided to stay under for a while. The rest of us headed to the beach. It was low-tide and getting lower. We were at the left side of the island. We had to walk a bit to get to a part where the water was at our hips. After some time, we decided to head back to the cottage so we could eat our lunch.

After lunch time, we wanted to check out the other side of the island where we could see a sand bar from afar. We had to hike through ankle-deep waters to get there, occasionally stopping to get some pictures with the starfish. There are some sea-urchins on this part of the island, so it’s best to look where you’re going.

When we got to the sand bar, we were the only ones there. The others were either in their cottages avoiding the sun or moved on to other islands. But it felt like we owned the place. It’s probably why I have the most pictures taken here…

After some time, we decided to head to the next beach. When we got to the boat, we noticed that the people from the boat were pushing us out to deeper waters. So our boys decided to help push. We could here the boat dragging on the sand. One of the guys unfortunately stepped on a sea-urchin. And if you think you can just pull those spikes out, well they’re really deep inside and you have to coax them out with something acidic like vinegar, calamansi juice or your pee @_@ (that’s what they told me).

Manlawi Island

Our second island had a wider stretch of sand bar. We could see that there was long hike to get to the shore. So we chose to rent one of the floating cottages for P200 ($5.00) and just stay at the deeper end of the island bar. Deeper meaning below-the-knee that is. We greatly appreciated the shade the cottage offered to us. After basking in the sun at our previous island, we just lazily dipped our feet in the water and occasionally got out of the cottage to sit in the water under the shade. We had our snack here that RDS packed for us. One of my cousins even took a nap. We didn’t want to leave our cottage. If only we could get the boat to just drag us all while in the floating cottage, that would just have been perfect… But we had to move on.

Sabitang Laya Island

Our last island. The waters were now waist deep. The sun was slowly setting. After a while, the beach was all ours. The sand was like powdered milk. I wished we could have stayed longer. I wish I could have seen the sunset. But we didn’t want to ride the boat while it was dark and the waves were getting higher. So we had to say goodbye.

Gota Island

Even though we couldn’t go to the island, I was still able to capture it while our boat was maneuvering to Minalahos Island. πŸ™‚

Pictures During the Boat Ride

Since some islands took a long time to get to, we still had a lot of scenery to keep us occupied. πŸ™‚

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