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Things to Do in Camarines Sur: Must-do’s for All Visitors

Excited to explore the things to do in Camarines Sur? Located in the Bicol region of Luzon, Camarines Sur has always been a go-to destination for both locals and foreigners alike. With its numerous beaches, forests and more – you’re never going to run out of things to do or places to go. Check out our recommended activities:

1. Trek to Nalalata Falls

Nalalalata Falls

Not a lot has been said about Nalalata Falls, which probably makes it one of the most underrated Camarines tourist spots. Even then, it shouldn’t take away from the fact that after a quick 15-minute trek, visitors are greeted with a gorgeous waterfall that has cool and turquoise waters.

While a fairly quick trek, it’s best that you go with a guide – especially if you plan on rappelling.

From the forest’s entrance, it’s a 15-minute walk to the basin of the waterfall, another 10 minutes up the waterfall – to which the jump-off point for rappelling is 50 feet high.

  • Location: Lugban, Bula, Camarines Sur
  • Operation Hours: Dependent on available tour
  • Fees: PHP 650 inclusive of round trip transportation, entrance fee, cottage, guide, rappelling activity and equipment.
  • What You Need to Know: Expect to get wet! Hence, make sure you bring extra clothes, foot wear (if needed), a plastic bag and some snacks in case you get hungry.

2. Enjoy the Lahos Island

Lahos Island Caramoan

Lahos Island has two white sand beaches, one of which is enclosed between jagged, limestone formations. While popularly known as one of the sites where reality TV series, “Survivor” shot some of its scenes, it is also known for its abundance of coral snakes.

Also abundant are natural minerals such as iron and manganese, which is why it was formerly a popular mining destination. Nowadays, it is part of a protected area and the Caramoan National Park.

  • Location: Caramoan, Camarines Sur
  • Operation Hours: Boat rides are hourly from 7AM to 11AM
  • Fees: Boat tours range from PHP 2,500 to PHP 3,000 (depending on its size)
  • What You Need to Know: While coral snakes are not necessarily considered a threat, as they tend to avoid people, locals refer to them as “walo-walo” as it apparently takes either eight seconds, eight minutes or eight years for a someone to die after being bitten. This is all folklore of course, but it doesn’t hurt to keep your distance.

3. Check milk fish at Matukad Island

Matukad Island

Considered one of the smaller islands in Caramoan, Matukad island is not only known for its powdery, white sand but also for its myth about its giant milkfish.

Legend has it that there used to be two of them, until one was caught and eaten by a family – shortly after, they all died. Since then, no one’s gone eaten, let alone gone fishing in the area.

  • Location: Caramoan, Camarines Sur
  • Operation Hours: Boat rides are hourly from 7AM to 11AM
  • Fees: Boat tours range from PHP 2,500 to PHP 3,000 (depending on its size)
  • What You Need to Know: There is an abundance of milkfish in this area – and they are best viewed atop the jagged rock formations. So if you’re really up for it, then be careful when you make the climb. Make sure that you are wearing the proper foot wear and protective clothing to protect from cuts and scrapes.

4. Pray at the Our Lady of Peace Grotto

If you are a devotee, then you won’t be swayed by the over 500 steps you’ll have to climb to make it up to the “Our Lady of Peace” grotto atop Caglago Mountain.

The current 26-foot image of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the second statue after the first was severely damaged by a typhoon in 1998 and a lightning strike in 1999.

  • Location: Caglago Mountain, Barangay Tabgon, Caramoan, Camarines Sur
  • What You Need to Know: The image is of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the biggest in the country and is lit up at night to guide fishermen back to Tagbon. Also, the image has been compared to that of the image of Jesus in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

5. Explore Mt. Isarog National Park

Mount Isarog

Just 30 minutes away from Naga City, the Mt. Isarog National Park is perfect for nature lovers, the national park is home to Malabsay Falls, Nabuntulan Falls and the “Secret Falls” – which entails a longer trek to get to.

You can also visit the Sulat Pool and the Panicuason Hot Springs if you need to cool down.

  • Location: Panicuason, Naga City, Camarines Sur
  • Fees: PHP 10 entrance fee
  • What You Need to Know: If you love the outdoors, then you’d be happy to know that you can go trekking, biking, and bird watching. You can also take a dip in the parks numerous hot springs or you can simply enjoy the stunning view that the park has to offer.

6. Enjoy at CamSur Watersports Complex

CamSur Watersports Complex

Perfect for water babies and thrill seekers, the CamSur Watersports Comlex is the country’s first world-class water sports complex.

It’s become the go-to for beginners and professionals alike for wake boarding, kneeboarding, water skiing, wake skating and more.

The water complex also entails several obstacle courses, offers free use of basic water equipment and safety instruction from resident instructors.

  • Location: Provincial Capitol Complex Cadlan, Pili, Camarines Sur
  • Operation Hours: 8AM to 6PM (Monday to Thursday) and 8AM to 9PM (Friday to Sunday)
  • Fees: Click here for all rates
  • What You Need to Know: If you find yourself exhausted after a long day, then you can check into one of their many accommodations which can cater to any kind of traveler. There is also a Clubhouse, volleyball area and pool for guests who’d rather kick back vs grind it out with the water sports.

7. Leaning Belfry of Bombon Parish

Another thing on our list of things to do in Camarines Sur is visit the Bombon Parish. No ones know much about the church except that it was first built by a missionary named Fray dela Torre, and was finished by Rev. Fr. Jose Ribaya.

Stories go on to say that the belfry had begun to lean during its construction, which made locals want to tear it down. However, the parish priest insisted that they complete its construction – hence, the Bombon belfry being compared to the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

  • Location: Municipality of Bombon, Camarines Sur

Ready to head out and accomplish all these things to do in Camarines Sur? Make sure you book your flight and hotel with Traveloka!

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