To get to the Caramoan Peninsula, one must take a 2-hour boat ride from the Sabang wharf in the town of San Jose, Camarines Sur. Other than that, you can take a tedious land trip through the mountains – something that can only be done by either a motorcycle or a hardy 4×4.
When going to Caramoan, it is best to go as early as you can. In the two times I have been to Caramoan, we always made it a point to be on the boat before the sun was up.
The barangay of San Jose sees the connection of the river and the sea, so in the mornings, when the tide is high, passengers can board the boats going to Caramoan properly, without getting wet, on the port on the side of the river. In coming back, the water level gets too low for boats to get to the side of the river that passengers disembarking, in order not to get wet, have to be carried on the shoulders of porters to the beach.
The boat ride to Caramoan can get uncomfortable as the seats are just wooden planks without any cushion, and can also get really hot.
The 2-hour ride will take you around the coast to get to the town of Caramoan, on the other side of the mountains.
My parents actually own a house in the town of San Jose that nobody uses and we don’t get to visit much. We used to have a small beach hut too right by the beach, but the government has bought the rights to it for the resort they are building in San Jose for the CWC guests who want to go to the beach but do not want to go as far as Caramoan. There are two nice little islands with white sand beaches that can be accessed from Sabang – Aguirangan Island and Atulayan Island.