How to Get There
Barangay Sabang in the town of San Jose, Camarines Sur is the common jump-off point to Caramoan Islands. There are public boats that leave every hour from 6AM to 11AM from Sabang going to Guijalo, Caramoan charging P120 per passenger. However if you miss the last public boat, you can hire a private boat en route to Guijalo. Range varies depending on the size of the boat and your haggling skill. A boat that can accommodate up to 16 persons can be rented from P2500-P3000.
When it is low tide in Sabang, the boats couldn't get near the shore, but the porters are there to carry passengers on their backs. They charge P10 per passenger.
Peñafrancia Tours is the only bus line that goes directly to Sabang from Manila. Fare is P780.00, travel time is 9 to 10 hours.
Meanwhile, RSL Bus, Phitranco, Isarog Bus, Amihan Bus, Raymond Bus and Executive Bus have daily trips from Manila (Cubao/Pasay/Alabang) to Naga. Fare varies from P500 to P700 one-way.
Trips direct to Caramoan from Naga are available only during good weather, and catching these trips need some luck as the trips are limited. Naga to Caramoan takes five hours by public jeepney and the fare is at P250 per passenger, while Goa to Caramoan takes four hours at P200 per passenger.
From Naga though, there are jeepneys, vans and buses going to Sabang at Naga Central Terminal, fare is around P60-P100 one-way. Travel time is two hours.
Another alternative, which is unknown to many is to go to Virac, Catanduanes and catch a two hour boat going to Caramoan. This route is easier compared to Naga.
Via Nato Port - RO-RO Boat:
A. You can take Raymund Bus (02) 492-6994, RSL Bus or Peñafrancia tours (02) 913-1528 /480-3050 or Isarog Transit (02) 913-3551 from Manila to Caramaon.(You have to check with the Bus Ticketing office at Cubao, near Ali Mall, about their schedule trip to Caramoan via RO-RO) Some buses final destination is Nato Port Sangay. RO-RO Boat leaves everyday at 06.30 am.
It takes about 2 hours & 10 min. to 2 hours 30 min. depending on wind direction.
B. If you are from Naga, you can take Florencia Bus to Nato Port that leaves Naga Central bus Terminal at 4.30am daily.
RO-RO Fare: Ordinary - P150 + P5 Port Fee
Air con - P200 + P5 Port Fee
1.Take a train ride via Philippine National Railways Manila Tutuban Station to Naga City Station (Reclining Seats: PhP548.00 Sleeper coaches: PhP665.00 ) Starting Time: 6:30 PM. Train ETA- 5:00AM in Naga City Train Station.
2. Take a tricycle or taxi from the Naga Train Station to Sabang Van Terminal, just across SM Naga. At the van terminal, take a van bound for Sabang port. Van leaves only when full. Fare P100. Travel time is about 1.5 hours from Naga to Sabang port.
3. At Sabang port, board a passenger boat as described above.