2014 • 03 • 20
Like many islands off the coast of the Caramoan Peninsula in Camarines Sur, Cotivas Island is uninhabited, fostering a deserted tropical paradise atmosphere. It is no surprise that it has been chosen as one of the shooting locations for Survivor: Philippines and Survivor: Caramoan (Fans vs Favorites). Wooden structures used as set and props for the reality show remain on the beach, amid the coconut trees that line its shoreline.
Cotivas lies in between the bigger islands of Lahuy and Basot. The island is a popular lunch stop for tourists. Small huts now stand, providing a resting place for beach bums who can spend all day playing — castaway style — in its sapphire waters.
Material: Sand and shingle beach
Nearest Airports: Naga and Virac
How to get there: From Manila, fly to the city of Naga (40 minutes). From Naga, take a jeep or van to Sabang Port (P100, 1.5 hours). Board a passenger boat to Guijalo Port (P120, 2 hours). A boat departs every hour from 7am-11am. Ride a jeep or motorbike to Caramoan Sentro where you can ride a tricycle to Bikal Port. Here, you will find boats for island hopping (P2000-P3500, depending on boat size. Regular size boats can accommodate up to 10 pax.)
Alternatively, in Manila, you may board a Raymond or Penafrancia bus straight to Sabang Port. Follow the steps above to get to Caramoan.
Don’t miss: One of the best parts of the island is its sandy tip. Explore both sides of the island. If it’s low tide, you’ll get to enjoy the sandbar, too!
If you have more time: Visit other nearby islands including Lahos, Matukad, and Sabitang Laya.
Where to stay: Rex Tourist Inn Garden Resort offers affordable island hopping packages. Contact them by emailing [email protected] or calling +63 9153295658 or +63 9198821879.