So I guess I’m already confident and used-to budget travels. Here’s how I pulled off a Php 1223.00 (US$ 26.50) budget during my 3D/2N stay at Camarines Sur.
Before anything else, I would like to let you know that I’m a member of CouchSurfing. It is an online community of travelers, with membership around the globe, who help each other by providing among many others a couch/bed/place to stay for free. Yes, strangers offering a free accommodation anywhere in the world. For more information, visit www.couchcurfing.org
First, I made sure that I have a place to stay while I’m there so I made a couch request to CSers in Camarines Sur. Good thing that one offered a couch. Thanks Theo and Katie! My first night is already covered. So I stayed at Pasacao during my first night.
The next day, I learned that Estan of langyaw.com is in the area. So after some text exchanges I got a nice place in the CWC Cabana. Thanks again Estan.
Second, a runner friend invited me to come along with them as they are also going to CamSur for the Marathon. But of course, I need to chip-in for some gasoline. Well, its cheaper and so I said, I’m in.
Third, I’m not very choosy on what will and where will I eat. So I did save a lot on food because I chose to eat on places that offer the cheapest.
Day 1: Left Laguna before 7:00am and arrived at Naga City about 2:30pm. This was my second time to visit the Bicol region and the “Bituka ng Manok” route and the idyllic towns of Plaridel, Gumaca and Calauag along the shore are amazing to see.
Day 2: I did some snorkeling and light trekking (using my new travel companion- the red hot VFFS) to Daruanak during the first day. Thanks to my host Theo and Katie who invited me to join them on this birthday trip to Daruanak. The place is not that spectacular compared to the majestic rock formations in Coron, Palawan. But wait, the view under the sea was glorious! I saw soft and hard corals, colorful fishes big and small. Indeed the view under the sea is twice more beautiful compared to what we normally see.
Day 3: I woke up 3:00am and readied myself for the Half-Marathon I am running. The route was great- the majestic Mt. Mayon and the rugged Mt. Isarog is a treat to the eyes. Plus the incessant cheering of the town’s folk kept us, runners, going faster and faster to the finish line. I finished the Half-Marathon (21K) with the time of 2 hours and 14 seconds. I made sure that I still have the energy to try wakeboarding– the true reason I wanted to go to CamSur.
So about 4:00pm I wore my board shorts, rash guard, vest and helmet. Off I tried first the knee-board (it’s for beginners) then after half an hour I went to Winch Park (next level after knee-boarding and before doing the ‘real’ wakeboarding) and learn wakeboarding.
That’s it pancit! 3 different adventures in 3 days. It was an epic weekend. Will surely come back to “Ang Maogmang Lugar” (The Happy Place).
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How to get to Naga City, CamSur:
Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines offer direct flights to Naga City from Manila and Cebu (1 hour travel). If traveling by land, take the buses that go to Naga City 24/7, among the many bus companies are Isarog, Penefrancia, Philtranco, Raymund and RSL found in Pasay and Cubao bus terminals. Bus fare is between Php700-900 depending on the bus type. For a complete list on commuting to Naga City view here.
How to get to Daruanak, Pasacao:
There is a van terminal near SM Naga City that will bring you to Pasacao (Php35), from Pasacao town, look for pumpboats that will bring you to Daruanak (P500 good for 6pax). A half-day is enough to explore the island by trekking, snorkeling and swimming.
How to get to CWC from Naga City:
You can go to the Bus Terminal near SM City and look for buses that will pass by CWC (Ph10). Southbound jeepneys are also available along the national road that can bring you to CWC. It would take you 15-20 minutes then take the tricycle or motorcycle going to CWC Complex (Php20).