Sabitang Laya Island in Caramoan Islands
Camarines Sur, Philippines — Caramoan Islands has always been my favorite getaway since 2016 when I first visited it with a group of friends.
There’s the hidden lake with the mythical two big milkfish in Matukad Island, the pristine Manlawi sandbar, the remote white sand beach of Cotivas Island, and the rolling hills of Guinahoan Island which reminds me of Batanes, and many others.
Among its seemingly paradise islands, Sabitang Laya Island is by far, one of my favorites. As one of the locations for Survivor, a reality TV show, Sabitang Laya Island undeniably exudes rawness, adventure, and fun.
Caramoan Islands has a number of islands which is fitted for camping. Aside from Matukad Island, which is one of the closest to mainland Caramoan in Brgy. Paniman, Lahos Island is also a good choice. If you have the budget to spend on accommodation, Gota Village in the mainland is a great choice. But if you are into budget traveling and laidback camping under the stars is what you prefer, I personally suggest Matukad or Sabitang Laya for that extra kick of adventure.
The island is usually the last stop after a day tour in Caramoan with its remote location so it is just fitting for campers to prefer staying for a night here for its secluded beaches, rock formations reminiscent of El Nido, and a vast beach camping site.
Sabitang Laya Island, a triangular-shaped island, is blessed by twin beaches, both has long stretches which totals to over two kilometers when combined. This long stretch is a perfect come-on for a morning jog on barefoot.
The beaches are separated by fortress-like rock formations that break that blue beach backdrop. From a distance, it serves as a welcome view for guests and as a picturesque background for group and solo shots (be careful though for those who would dare climbing the rocks as it can be tricky to step on its sharp edges).
A dip in its teal waters cap off an entire day’s tiring island hopping trip. Although there were reports of the deadly box jellyfish in Sabitang Laya Island during certain seasons, swimming (with precaution and guidance from licensed tour guides) can still be a fun and memorable moment.
Here are a few tips on camping at Sabitang Laya Island:
Get an authorized tour guide
We highly suggest booking island tours via authorized tour guides and operators who are trained in dealing with emergencies such as being stung by box jellyfish. For more information on island hopping tours, you may get in touch with Naga Excursions.
Know the season of box jellyfish and take precautionary measures if you are arriving in these seasons. A first aid kit among the group should be a must. To know more about this deadly creature, read here.
Never leave trash
A traveler should always know this. This should be mandatory to all beachgoers and campers, especially in remote islands where trashes will inevitably go to the ocean when left behind.
Camping in a remote island, especially in an island as pristine and raw as Sabitang Laya, is a mixture of fun and responsibility. Enjoy the experience but always be mindful of our actions.