CARAMOAN | Cagbalinad Island
Left Alone In A Limestone Island
Cagbalinad is a small secluded island facing the expensive resort laden Gota Island of Caramoan. This is our second stop for first day island hopping adventure, already my skin is starting to burn but when I'm in a tropical paradise such as this, I can't miss the chance. Our guide Kuya Ramil left us for a good 30 minutes as he was went back to Paniman to get his handmade goggles. We are to have some snorkeling adventure on some deeper waters just few meters away from Lahus Island. He must have realized that I'm very comfortable in the water, I even brought my own snorkeling gear. My next post will be about how he assisted me like a father to a son while snorkeling.
Cagbalinad island is practically a limestone island littered with few enclose small white sand beaches. The surrounding waters are shallow with lots of sea grasses. I was actually scared to venture out beyond the shallow perimeters as I can't tell what sort of creatures maybe lurking and hiding behind the sea grasses, more so that they are thorny, it feels like a reptile touching your skin.
Talk about left alone, kuya Ramil literally left with his boat which is our only transport back to civilization, though his first mate stayed with us, he just spent his time sleeping under the overhanging limestone rocks, so we were left to our own devices. If this is how it feels to be in a survivor reality show, when you are a cast away on an island but all the while you understand that someone is there watching over you.
I spent much of my time basking in the beach on 2 PM sunlight. It was hot, but at the same time relaxing. The white sand feels good and you can hear birds when you listen carefully. It was a nice feeling, one I will certainly long to experience again.
Planning on exploring Caramoan?
Kuya Ramil Cruel is highly recommended especially for budget travellers
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