Planning to bring your car to Albay and Caramoan for a road trip with your family or friends. Then check out our sample itinerary with travel expenses to help you plan well your road trip!
Travel Period: May 5-7, 2017
Caramoan Island was actually our main destination. But since I needed to go to DFA Legazpi to renew my passport, we decided to have a sidetrip to Cagsawa Ruins in Daraga, Albay to see the majestic view of Mayon Volcano.
Travel Map: Manila to Daraga
Travel Map: Daraga to Caramoan
Travel Map: Brgy Paniman, Caramoan to Naga
Sample Itinerary: 3D2N Manila to Albay and Caramoan
01:am: ETD Rosario, Pasig
11:am: ETA Albay
2:00pm: DFA Legazpi, Pacific Mall ( to renew my passport)
4:00pm: Finished processing my passport
5:00pm: ETA Cagsawa Ruins
7:00pm: Dinner at Colonial Grill
9:00pm: Stopover (Just took a nap)
11:00pm: ETD Albay
4:00am: ETA Bryg. Paniman in Caramoan / Checked-in
8:00am: Start of Island Hopping
Islands to Explore
- Matukad Island
- Minalahos Island
- Lahos Island
- Manlawi Sandbar
- Cotivas Island
- Guinahuan Island (We skipped visiting this island)
6:00pm: End of Island Hopping
7:00pm: Dinner at Breeze and Waves Restaurant
8:00pm: Lights off (Took a nap)
4:00am: ETA Naga
6:00am: Breakfast (Carinderia along the way)
10:00am: Stopover at Atimonan Zigzag Park
11:30am: Lunch at Jollibee Candelaria, Quezon
4:00pm: ETA Rosario, Pasig
Travel Expenses: (Food is not included)
- Gas: Pasig> Albay > Caramoan > Naga > Pasig (1100km) = Php 3,500 (good for 4 pax)
- Toll Gate Fee – SLEX: Php 600 (two-way)
- Entrance Fee: Cagsawa Rusins = Php 80= good for 4 pax (Php 20 each)
- Snorkling Gear: Php 150 each
- Caramoan Island Hopping: Php 4000 per boat (whole day) = good for 4 pax
- Budget Hotel in Caramoan: Php 1500 per night (1 night only) = good for 4 pax
Essential Road Trip Tips:
- Take time to pray before you leave.
- Make sure your vehicle is in prime condition. Have your mechanic check your car a day or a week before you leave for a long road trip.
- Be sure also to get enough sleep and eat a meal before your road trip.
- It’s best to share the driving responsibilities with your friend or family. This will help you to keep an eye with each other while driving and allow you to take a nap without losing time. In our case, me and my friend, Jay, were the drivers and my other two friends were helping us navigating the Waze App. (2 drivers and 2 Waze app navigators)
- As soon as you hit a quarter of a tank, start looking for a gas station to fill up.
- Note: The price of gasoline is cheaper in Quezon Province compared to Manila.
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