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Caramoan Islands - The Philippines' Secret Paradise

Caramoan Islands, Camarines SurCaramoan is a small town located at the tip of Caramoan Peninsula, a secluded and untouched part eastern of the province  of Camarines Sur, in the Bicol Region. Bounded by the waters of the Pacific Ocean on the north, Lagonoy Gulf on the south and the Maqueda Channel on the east, Caramoan offers more than 70 kilometers of irregular and breathtaking coastline. It is declared as one of the National Parks of the Philippines and a national tourism zone.

Being isolated from the rest of Camarines Sur and the world, Caramoan's fine white sand beaches, spectacular lagoons, lush vegetation and amazing limestone formations remain unexploited from commercial tourism. For hundred of years since the Spaniards founded a small settlement in the area, only the locals have been enjoying the beauty of Caramoan.

The Caramoan Islands started to get noticed when the 8th season of Koh-Lanta (French edition of the hit reality show Survivor) was shot entirely in Caramoan's Gota Beach in 2008. According to the show's director, Corinne Vaillant, "the powdery sand, the coconuts on Gota beach and the neighboring islets are a 'dream' for the French people. We chose Caramoan because it’s really wild. It’s necessary that contestants don’t see anything other than nature for them to believe that they’re really lost in the wilds."

Since then, Caramoan Islands has become a favorite location for other international editions of Survivor.  Other international franchise of the reality show that used the islands as their primary location include the Serbian Survivor (2 consecutive seasons, 2009 & 2010), Israel Survivor (3 consecutive seasons, 2009, 2010 & 2011), Bulgarian Survivor (4th season, 2009), Robinson 2010 (13th season of the Swedish version, 2010) and Survivor India (2012).

Survivor: Philippines, the 25th and currently airing season of the American version, also filmed at Caramoan in March 2012. It premiered on CBS in September 19, 2012. Its 26th season has started filming, also in Caramoan, on May 2012 and is slated to premiere in February 2013.

Today, tourism is at its all time high in Caramoan. Resort owners are taking advantage of the new found popularity of their area to attract not only local tourists but foreign visitors as well. Some of the popular tourist destinations in the area are the Caramoan National Park, the Centro and numerous coves and islets including Matukad, Lahuy, Lahus, Hunongan, Cotivas, Pitogo, Sabitang Laya, Minalahos, Gota, Tinago and Tayak. Popular activities include diving, swimming, snorkeling, spelunking, rock climbing, kayaking, island hopping, trekking and kite boarding.

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