2014 • 03 • 21
Matukad is one of the smaller islands off the coast of the Caramoan peninsula. Like many islands in the area, its beaches and surrounding waters are freckled with towering limestone cliffs. But they are not even its biggest selling point. What many visitors love about Matukad Island is its fine, fine sand that can definitely give Boracay a run for its tourist money.
Material/Type: Sandy beach
Nearest Airport: Naga Airport (Camarines Sur) and Virac Airport (Catanduanes)
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), then 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.)
Alternatively, you may also fly to Virac, Catanduanes. At the airport, hire a tricycle to Codon Port (P300, 1 hour travel time). Boats for Caramoan may be rented here for P2500-P3000.
Cost of Tour: P2000-P3500 per boat
Don’t Miss: Matukad Lagoon, a small lake surrounded by a intriguing mythical tale. There’s a “giant milkfish” swimming around the water, and it is said to have just appeared magically in the lagoon. Legend has it that years ago there used to be two of them here, but a family caught one for dinner. The entire family died because of it. No one touched the fish since. Tourists can see the lagoon and the fish (if you’re lucky) by climbing the sharp cliffs.
Where to stay: Rex Tourist Inn Garden Resort has affordable rooms and tour packages. Contact [email protected] or +63 9153295658 or +63 9198821879.