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Camarines Sur

Camarines Sur is a province of the Philippines located in the Bicol Region in Luzon. Its capital is Pili and the province borders Camarines Norte and Quezon to the north, and Albay to the south. To the east lies the island province of Catanduanes across Maqueda Channel. Camarines Sur is the largest among the six provinces in the Bicol Region both in terms of population and land area. Its territory encompasses two cities: Naga City, the lone chartered city, is the province’s and the region’s commercial, educational, financial, and cultural center, while Iriga City, a component city, is the center of the Rinconada area. Lake Buhi is where the smallest commercially-harvested fish can be found, the Sinarapan

Natural Tourist Destination

Mt. Isarog

Towering 1,976 meters above sea level and covering 10,112 hectares, it is the haven of indigenous flora and fauna. Most of the rare and exotic orchids, medicinal and flowering plants, wild boars, deer, squirrels, monkeys and untamed rodents are found on the base of the slopes of the mountain. It is now the last Rainforest Mountain in Southern Luzon. Hundreds of waterfalls both known and unknown, are an unforgettable sight to behold. The Protected Area Management Board has identified Malabay Falls (Naga City), Curry (Pili) Consocep (Tigaon), and Hiwacloy (Goat) as tourism areas within the mountain.

Pinaglukaban Island
Brgy. Denrica, Garchitorena

The island offers superb sites for scuba diving. It has white sand and a lagoon.

Tayak Lagoon
Malarad Island, Caramoan

The lagoon is accessible by swimming underneath the rocks on the beach side. Coral gardens are vast and colorful.

Lahuy Island
Caramoan

The island has long stretches of uniquely white fine sand. Barangay Gota has been known as a gold-mining community even before the war. At present only small-scale operation is in existence. At sitio Nipa, a spring 300 meters from the shore provides fresh water source not available elsewhere. A 40-hectare mangrove swamp near Barangay Oring offers a habitat for a marine wildlife.

Isla de Monteverde
Denrica, Garchitorena

The island is covered with virgin forest, inhabited by birds, bats and iguanas. It is bordered by white beaches with clean and clear sea water.

Umang Cave
Caramoan 

Like a deformed cathedral the cave interior is illuminated by natural windows millions of bats flying in circles and petrified hill of guano.

Animasola Island
Balatan

Exotic rock formations and crystal clear water welcome visitors traveling off the coast of Balatan.

La Roca Encantada
Buhi

An enchanting island within the scenic lake of Buhi.

Culapnitan Cave
Libmanan

It contains innumerable stalactites and pillars ranging from massive to extremely delicate

Sabang Beach
San Jose

This resort has sandy white beach and shallow clear placid bathing water which is strongly fitted to the climate in the area.

Lake Bato
Bato

An inland lake where wild ducks habituate, a choice site for bird watching.

Adiangao Cave
Presentacion

Located in Presentacion, the entrance to this cave is on the side of a small hill overlooking the sea.

Rose Islet
Presentacion

The small islet near the town of Presentacion, it has a white sandy beach good for swimming and snorkeling.

Atulayan Island
Caramoan

A cinema-like paradise of an island, you can easily pull your heart down and complete your collection of rare shells and stones. This island is the site of the French-Italian movie “Mutiny in the South Seas”. Its ivory-colored beaches provide the best setting for the movie.

Nato Beach

Its beach is long with clear and gradual sea-depthness

Pasacao Beach
Pasacao

A very popular beach to the landlocked residents of Naga City located in the town of Pasacao

Caramoan Beach
Caramoan

The beach that could match the Miami Beach in Florida.

Aguiringan Island
Caramoan

This small, 1.5-hectare white sand beach made out of powdered corals is a favorite Camarines Sur excursion site.

Bayagin Falls

Located near the Barit River where the movie “OG” was entirely filmed for its natural location.

Lake Buhi

Where the smallest commercial fish (tabios) in the world is found.

 

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Waterfalls

Nalalata Falls
Bula

An impressive gush of water provides a cool mist and spray in the area.

Bolanogan Falls
Barangay Agosais, Lagonoy

An impressive natural phenomenon in the town of Lagonoy, the Bolanogan falls is nature’s treat to anyone who would like to experience a cool water spraying on their cheeks

Magragobdob Falls
Mt. Isarog, Goa

The cool surroundings also offers an encounter with Mt. Isarog as hidden riches such as the mysteries of its woodlands and the shrill cries of various unknown bird species.

Itbog Twin Falls
South Eastern Side of Lake Buhi


One of the major attractions of Buhi town, the sixty foot Itbog Twin Falls is an awesome spectacle of gushing white waters from somewhere on top of Mt. Isarog.

 

 

 

 

Resorts

Pasacao Chain of Resorts

Camarines Sur’s very own version of the Copacabana Beach in Brazil, Pasacao has about 12-kilometers of beaches filled with people on weekends, either to unwind after a busy week of work or to spend pleasure and fun with the whole family. Just a 45-minute ride by car from Naga City, excursionists can choose from isolating themselves to the nearby Daruanak Island, to enjoying the ambience of a floating cottage to basking under the sun while on a leisure cruise on a motorboat.

Gota Beach Resort
Caramoan

A five-hour trip either by bus from Naga City to Sabang, San Jose and by boat to Caramoan or directly by land through the Caramoan Peninsula Road, one will be amply rewarded with beautiful beaches with fine white sand beside majestic limestone and marble mountains as well as a taste of adventure in its exotic islets with coves nearby.

Consocep Resthouse
Brgy. Consocep, Tigaon

Constructed by the DPWH during the 70s, the place offers a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, Partido area and Mt. Iriga.

Parks and Farms

Sipocot

One of the three national parks and home of old trees in the province.

Bamboo Farm
Hanawan, Ocampo

Being developed by the Provincial Government as one of its eco-tourism destination in Camarines Sur, the farm showcases different varieties of bamboo in the country.

Caramoan National Park
Caramoan

Proudly dubbed as The Last Frontier in the Luzon Peninsula..

Tan-awan Park
Bagoladio, Bula

A pilgrim tourist spot, a 35-foot statue of the Queen of the Family. The park gives visitors a breathtaking panoramic view of the provinces of Camarines Sur and Albay. Bamboo and anahaw cottages are built around the shrine, well-maintained landscape for accommodation. The site is essential for religious, tourism and economic concerns.

Deer Farm
Sta. Cruz, Ocampo

Situated about 4 kilometers up in Mt. Isarog, this 5-hectare farm is considered as the Deer Farm of the Philippines. Owned by the Camarines Sur government, it was started late in 1996 with only 60 heads of five species from Australia. Today, the number had increased to over 300 heads. Its goal is to make the province a supplier of deer meat (venison) which is a delicacy to class restaurants while the hides can be used as materials for bags, belts, and other goods while the antlers can be extracted for medicinal value.

 

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Eco-Village

Bird’s Aviary

Provincial Capitol Complex, Cadlan, Pili

A dome-shaped steel structure for exotic birds.

Chicken Farm

Provincial Capitol Complex, Cadlan, Pili

A sanctuary of chicken species from all over the world.

Gazebo

Provincial Capitol Complex, Cadlan, Pili

Climbing tendrils lined the wooden porch of this Gazebo which is located within the Eco-Village. The path leading to this place is dotted with miniature and colorful flowers which one would definitely find as visually intoxicating. The gazebo is also surrounded with ponds filled with varying species of freshwater fishes and shrimps.

Land Marks

Nahulugan Kampana
Brgy. Sta. Maria, Lagonoy

The belfry of the first stone church which serves as the living memory of the past became an added tourist attraction of the municipality. It is approximately 300 meters from the Lagonoy Poblacion and can be reached thru walking or riding motor vehicles or padyaks. Presently the area is categorized as open and grassland area, but half portion is utilized for agricultural purposes. It has an area of more or less one (1) hectare and privately owned by Ontengc family.

PNR Markers Park
Del Gallego

The site where the late Pres. Manuel Luis Quezon had driven a golden nail during the inauguration of the North and South Railroad tracks which connected Manila and Legazpi.

Tigaon Museum
Poblacion, Tigaon  

The Tigaon Museum houses old important documents, achievements, artifacts, and antiques that had captured Tigaon’s Hispanic evolution – from a thriving human settlement toward its historic evolvement into a society of democratic ideology running through the Commonwealth, the war years, and present structure of governance. It showcases achievements of Tigaon sons and daughters – in Bicol politics, rural economics, industry, philosophy and the arts.

Churches

Quipayo Church

Calabanga

Another ancient Church founded by the Franciscan missionaries who came to Camarines Sur in 1578.Originally, the present parishes of Libmanan, Calabanga, Bombon and Siruma were under its jurisdiction. The patroness of Quipayo is Our Lady of the Immaculate Concepcion.

Nabua Ladrillo Church

Nabua

The existence of Nabua as a municipality dates back to as early as 1571 when Fray Alonzo Jimenez, an Augustinian missionary, started his first Church mission in the settlement known before as Lupa. The historical marker found in the Church of Nabua indicates, however, that the town was founded seven years later from the date it was founded by Fr. Jimenez, which means that it was founded also in the year 1578.

St. Joseph (The Worker) Parish Church

Milaor

The Church which stands today was once a big convent and monastery built by Frays Juan Del Sacramento and Jose de la Virgin in 1585. Both edifices were destroyed by fire and again were reconstructed by Fr. Francisco Delos Santos in the year 1740, the same year when it was also burned. This Church was dedicated to St. Joseph and its annual celebration of fiesta is observed every 19th day of May.

Bombon Parish and Leaning Bell Tower

This old Church was constructed by Fray dela Torre and its completion was done by another missionary in the person of Rev. Fr. Jose Ribaya. Noted along with this Church is its leaning bell tower which is said to be likened with the leaning tower of Pisa in Italy . According to one legend, this leaning structure of the belfry made the townspeople want to destroy it. However, the parish priest insisted his parishioners to leave the tower as it is and continued working on it until it was finished

 

 

 

 

Morok Borok Spring Water (resort) (Gatbo)

Located at Gatbo Ocampo Camarines Sur Natural spring water   owned and Managed by Domingo Molina and Family