Yay, I’m finally done sorting through the photos and drafting some of my articles! Haha! Sadly it took me longer than expected to publish my first post. I didn’t feel well for the past few days so I wasn’t able to attend to my blog right after work. Anyway, here is part one of our family’s 5-day vacation 🙂 ..and this is quite a lengthy one 😀
June 7 was an exciting day for me! Aside from the fact that it was a Friday, I was really looking forward to our 9-hr road trip to Bicol. Seating for 9 hours straight in a car may not be really comfortable but our family enjoys long drives and going around the country in our car. So as soon as the end of work hours hit, I rushed home as we left at 7:30pm to arrive our first destination in Bicol before 5am so as to catch the departure of the first boat.
And our first destination was Caramoan! If you’re a fan of the reality series Survivor, this place would be familiar to you. Survivor US was the last one to use the islands. To get there, we left our vehicle in Sabang Port where boats will take you to Guijalo Port. Each boat can accommodate about 50 persons and a ride will cost Php 120/person. It takes about an hour and 45 mins. to reach Guijalo Port.
The sun was starting to rise.
Mt. Mayon could be seen from our boat.
Off to Tugawe Cove!
From Guijalo Port, we waited for Tugawe Cove’s boat shuttle to take us to their place. Tugawe Cove Resort is one of the many resorts in Caramoan but I think this is one of the best ones 🙂 But unfortunately, the shuttle got very delayed which kind of irritated us since we took the 5 o’clock boat from Sabang Port to reach their resort the earliest possible time. They however made up for it by giving us free lunch 🙂 Their servings were BIG!! Haha! Or it might have been big for us since our family’s on some sort of diet LOL 😛
Clockwise: Cream of…err, um I forgot — soup, tuna steak, rice, sauteed bitter-melon and fried chicken
Anyway, I like the way they constructed the resort. They didn’t cut down majority of the trees in their area for them to put up the cabanas/cabins. In fact, when their boat shuttle slowed down when we were nearing the resort, I was sort of surprised that all I saw were trees and a few beach beds! I wondered where the resort was haha! And when we got down from the boat, I could even hear birds chirping! I instantly loved this place hahaha 🙂
The beach front
A refreshing glass of melon juice for the guests. Yum!
The cabanas by the lagoon.
Our room 😀
My parents with the infinity pool and view of the islands as their backdrop 😛
After our extremely filling lunch, we headed out to go island-hopping! We went to the islands Survivor used in their shows.
In Lahus island
Matukad in Bicol means steep 🙂
My brother rock-climbing to see the enchanted lagoon where a gigantic milkfish lives.
Click this photo and you’ll see the fish near the tip of the rock in the lower half of this photo hehe 🙂
This was how high we were :)) it was kinda scary
Tinago means hidden.
My dad tried fishing 🙂
After going to the different islands, we wanted to do some snorkeling. However, when my dad jumped into the water he immediately saw a sea snake which obviously scared all of us! Hahahaha! So we just went back to the resort and snorkeled in the are where we saw anemones, small fishes and LOTS of starfish.
Then we decided to have a swim in their infinity pool. As we were climbing up to the pool, it started raining and we got really cold. Good thing the pool’s water was warm — thanks to the Jacuzzis! Haha! We then ate kinunot and fried milkfish for early dinner. We actually bought them in Guijalo Port and was suppose to eat them during our island hopping but because of the delay we got free lunch. Of course, we didn’t want to waste food so we ate them before washing up and going to the restaurant. Kinunot is shredded stingray or shark meat cooked in coconut milk with malunggay leaves.
However, after we were all done taking a shower, the four of us felt so exhausted from our 9-hr road trip (my dad had no sleep at all!) and all the island hopping and swimming… and so by 8pm (a VERY early bedtime for me LOL), we were all sleeping soundly haha 🙂
Come 6 o’clock the next morning, I felt very refreshed 🙂 and I soon headed out to the restaurant to take photos of the resort’s surroundings.
You may go to the lighthouse. Just ask your personal butler to take you there 🙂
It went to our cabana! Haha
By 10am, it was time to say goodbye to this place. Tugawe Cove is a recommendable resort. Their staff are friendly and very helpful (each cabana had their own butlers); the amenities are good. The view is breathtaking! I really wouldn’t mind going back to this peaceful place 🙂
Jeepney. A commuter’s ride.
Tricycle. Another commuter’s ride but this one is for short distances only 🙂