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Caramoan, Camarines Sur, The Site of Five Survivor Editions

Updated on October 1, 2012

Photo Gallery of Caramoan Islands

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Here's a short video of this wonderful islands... enjoy...

The French Survivor

One of the Philippines best-kept secret is now unravelled.

What does Fiji, Thailand, Australia, Indonesia, Palau and Philippines in common… these countries already played hosts to different Survivor editions (United States and or other countries). A reality TV show, the “Survivor” whose theme is outwit, outplay and outlast is one of the most anticipated show in many countries. Sixteen (16) contestants/participants culled from thousands of people who auditioned, are placed in an isolated island or to a remote place to slug it out with each other using stealth, intelligence, agility and even strength in reward and immunity challenges. Only one will emerge as a sole Survivor and the winner will bag windfall of awesome prizes (whopping cash rewards and cars), even lucrative movie and advertisement contracts and gain instant worldwide popularity.

Caramoan Islands is consists of splendid islands and islets and boasts off Gotah Island/Beach being one of the most visited. Enticing in its subtlety – wide open powdery-white beaches, exotic islets, thick foliage and crystal clear waters that teems with an underwater paradise, Caramoan, Camarines Sur is indeed an unspoiled, idyllic and breathtaking place to visit. This hidden paradise already played hosts to five Survivor editions, (France, Turkey, Israel, Bulgaria and Serbia). With five Survivor editions done in Caramoan, this makes this town a cut above the other Survivor sites. The breathtaking views provided by Caramoan made it a perfect site for the Survivor edition, a testament of this is the teaser that was released by the Survivor editions in other countries.

The United States is considering shooting its edition here.

This town which was then rustic and dull but became an instant force in tourism scene worldwide; excellent news to local folks since revenues can be generated to the town.

“With all the exposure our town receives, especially from promotional efforts of the provincial government, tourists are coming in numbers,” said, Municipal Tourism Officer Norma Tendenilla, and added, “Increased tourist arrivals have increased the incomes of hotels, restaurants, store owners and tricycle drivers.”

Since there is an overflow of tourists, hotels could not accommodate some of them, as a result some would stay at the tourism office, or would stay at adjacent homes where families would charge roughly $30 for an overnight stay at one room. Tourist could rent the whole house for $100 overnight.

The fishermen are also benefited from the influx of tourist arrivals, since their boats can be rented for island-hopping although they’re required to provide life vest for safety purposes. Tourists usually shells out around $40 to $100 to rent a boat.

With this development that is taking place in Caramoan jobs were already created and more government projects that will further enhance tourism activities and improve existing facilities are being implemented as soon as possible to accommodate the growing tourist arrivals.

More and more tourists are expected flock in to this hidden paradise to seek one of a kind adventure and enjoy life in an unusual yet very unforgettable way.

The growing worldwide fame Caramoan have been receiving since its worldwide exposure given by Survivor, Philippines again added another splendid tourist spot to its already formidable list of world class and a must visit tourist destination.


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      ignugent17 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing the information about this wonderful place.

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      takz 6 years ago

      Welcome 2012 Butanding Season!!!

      Welcome Friends…..

      I would like to invite everyone to come and enjoy our whaleshark experience here in our beloved town Donsol…

      For inquiries about our Butanding etc..Pls email me at and my phone is 63+921-743-5677…

      Sightings are about 3 to 7 sharks…

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      abby 6 years ago

      Luckily I found one of my relatives in Caramoan on my mother's side.She will be our guide to this beautiful island. How I wish I could visit also Pandanan where I started my elem. school up to 3rd grade. It will be fun to see those old folksI know it will be amazing to see also the island of they so-called pitogo.I can't hardly remember how this place looks like.Oh anyway I will be enjoying our stay w/my co-teachers they are so excited to get their hands on the cold water.

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      gemma Corminal Herrera 6 years ago

      My co-teachers are on the way to this place.We are off for summer vaction here in USA so I guess I have to accompany them since this is my hometown. But then I have to find my lost relatives first before I can enjoy the place.Hopefully I can find one before our arrival at tis beautiful place. It's beyond my imagination that thiss place become one of the tourist attraction and pride of Bicolandia...

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      Gener Geminiano 7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Yeah it is thanks for the visit...

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      Genaro Llena galang 7 years ago

      American Survivor will be next here in Caramoan!!! for more info on how to get to Caramoan please visit our fan page " Caramoan Adventures" on fb

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      pinkhawk 8 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

      ..we're planning to go here!...such a fantastic island! :)...salamat po! :)..i'll bookmark this! :)

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      Gener Geminiano 8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      wow thank you for sharing this is useful indeed...

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      Takz 8 years ago

      ok naman ang survivor series... and perhaps tama naman si Gemsong..

      Napunta na ako twice sa Caramoan ok ang place... basta ang dapat gawin ay ingatan talaga ang lugar, sayang at baka magaya sa Bora...

      well maaga pa naman to be alarmed sa Caramoan. pero si Lray marami ng ginawa para maingatan yong beach. nong nandon ako may mga guards sa paligid..guards but not disturbing the tourists..

      ilove Caramoan.. kain kayo kila Allan sa Bed and dine mura at masarap!!

      I like also to invite tourists from around the world to come and visit our Gentle Giants, the Whaleshark or Butanding in our dialect.

      Our Butanding interaction here in Donsol, Sorsogon, Philippines is dubbed as the, “Best Animal Encounter in Asia. I will make sure that everyone who will come and visit will left with a smile and excitement with their adventure here in the Philippines especially here in our town, Donsol, the home of the Whalesharks.

      You can watch some of my videos in the youtube with my Filipino and French guests.

      Type takz78 in youtube

      One can contact me via Email, with a number 63+921-743-5677.

      Come and visit our town, VISIT PHILIPPINES, THE PEARL OF THE ORIENT….

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      Gener Geminiano 8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Hehehe so you are an environmentalist so as to speak well that is good... Thank you very much there my dear friend Gemsong for dropping by... I'm a nature lover yet I watch Survivor since it gives me somewhat know how oon surviving in a place where extremes are present...

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      Madalain Ackley 8 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

      Survivor ruined all the fun spots in the world for me. I actively avoid the show. Sad, huh. But wonderful pictures.