The islands of Caramoan used to be Bicolandia’s little secret. While not totally unheard of among Bicolanos, it was a destination others deemed unworthy of a long, rough ride. After the French franchise of the popular television reality series Survivor discovered the islands’ unique appeal, Caramoan is now considered one of the region’s strongest crowd drawers.
People obviously go here for its pristine beaches and intriguing limestone formations. But aside from snorkeling and sunbathing, here’s one thing visitors should not miss while island-hopping: look for that mysterious milkfish which locals believe guards Matukad Island.
Tucked behind Matukad Island’s steep rock cliff is an enchanted lagoon said to be the sanctuary of a lone, bigger-than-ordinary milkfish which only shows itself to people of good character. How the milkfish survives and why there is no single leaf floating in the lagoon when it is surrounded by lush greenery continue to baffle the locals. There’s an interesting story behind this mystical milkfish which one should discover while making his way to where the lagoon is.
- Photograph taken in March 2012 with a Canon 550d.
- Where do you go from here, Caramoan? (ameramor.com)