Many people outside of Bicol may probably have not heard about Camarines Sur that much. But for the locals and travel enthusiasts, it is a fast-growing paradise. Camarines Sur (CamSur), the biggest province in Bicol, has a lot to offer, especially when it comes to destinations and fun activities.
Among the countless Camarines Sur tourist spots, here are the top seven hidden paradises that you must not miss when you visit CamSur!
1. Hibiscus Camp Consocep
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Hibiscus Camp Consocep has coined the term “Little Baguio of Camarines Sur” due to its location up the hill of Consocep, just below Mt. Isarog, and also with its very refreshing ambiance. Situated in Tigaon, it is an hour travel from Naga City and 50 minutes to 1 hour travel from Pili, the capital of Camarines Sur.
If you like instagrammable places, then this camp is perfect for you. The wooden cabin on the site is a great place for picnic and photo taking with its aesthetically pleasing ambience. And just outside the cabin, you’ll also enjoy a panoramic view of CamSur, especially the Partido area.
You may also enjoy a fully-refreshed getaway in their 3-layer infinity pool. Let your eyes wander and never miss out on the spectacular view right in front of you while swimming.
2. Ocampo Deer Farm
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Not far away from Hibiscus camp, there is also a place of nature and fauna interaction, specifically deers! Ocampo Deer Farm is located at Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Ocampo, Camarines Sur, also just below Mt. Isarog. It is 55 minutes away from Naga City and almost 44 minutes away from Pili. It is a 5-hectare sanctuary where hundreds of deers are running freely. You may also take a picture with these friendly antlered-creatures and feed them, too. This Camarines Sur tourist spot is the next thing you need to cover on your Instagram and other social media accounts.
3. Panicuason Hot Spring Resort
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Another nature’s gift at the foot of Mt. Isarog is Panicuason Hot Spring Resort. Located at Zone 5 Brgy. Panicuason , this attraction is 37 minutes away from Naga City proper and 43 minutes away from Pili. This hot spring resort has three varied temperature levels you can choose from. It also offers a cold-water pool if you don't prefer the hot waters.
Aside from swimming, there are also other outdoor activities you can try in the resort premises, including zip lining, bike zipline, crossing high-tension rope, wall climbing, and Tarzan swing. Behind the resort, there is a concrete footpath going uphill that you may take if you want a wider view from the mountain.
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4. Malabsay falls
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Also located at Brgy. Panicuason, Malabsay Falls is fast becoming a local favorite destination. It is 38 minutes away from Naga City proper and almost 45 minutes if travelling from Pili. With a towering height of 40 ft., Malabsay falls is scenic and is not yet commercially developed. Aside from swimming in its cool freshwater, trekking is also a great activity here. This Camarines Sur tourist spot allows one to be with nature and seize the ambiance away from the city. See nature’s beauty in its tranquil state when you visit the Malabsay Falls.
5. Caramoan islands
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Caramoan is a municipality located at the far-east end of Camarines Sur. Known for its countless paradise-like islands and beaches with pure white sand, Caramoan islands are surely breath-takers. It takes almost 4 hours from Naga City and 3 hours and 30 minutes from the capital town Pili to reach this captivating place. Caramon is known as the Emerging Paradise of the Pacific. The main activity in Caramoan is island hopping. You can explore the different white and even pink sand beaches like Busdak Beach and Cave, Matukad Beach, Lahos Island, Minalahos Island, Cagbalinad Beach, Sabitang Laya Beach, Manlawi Sandbar, Baging beach, and Cotivas Island. You can also kayak, snorkel, scuba dive, camp, cave, and trek these islands. A day is not enough if you want to see the entirety of these beautiful islands, so make sure that you prepare to stay for a night or two when you visit this piece of paradise.
6. Nalalata Falls
Nalalata falls is another tourist favorite as it offers the beauty of nature and adventure. It is located at Brgy. Lubgan, Bula, Camarines Sur, 40 to 50 minutes away from the province’s capital, Pili, and almost one hour from Naga City. The entrance fee costs Php30 for adults and Php15 or children, while the cottage rental prices range from Php150 to Php300. You can revel in the enchanting view of the large falls or try rappelling. Visiting Nalalata Falls is the perfect blend for your adventure and refreshing get-away.
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7. Camarines Sur Watersports Complex
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If you want to try wakeboarding, then Camarines Sur Watersports Complex, or simply CWC, is just for you! It is located inside the Provincial Capitol complex, Brgy. Cadlan, Pili, Camarines Sur - a conveniently 18 minutes away from Naga City. Watersports such as wakeboarding, wakeskating, and waterskiing are the main activities in this internationally known wakepark. You can also still see the splendour of Mt. Isarog as its background.
Truly, CamSur is
home to hidden paradises waiting to be explored. Aside from its tourist spots, the biggest municipality
of Bicol prides itself of progress evident in the towns of these top
local destinations. Living near Camarines Sur’s tourist spots presents many
advantages, one of
which is the obvious accessibility to these wonders that not many can have, a reprieve
from the usual daily hustle.
A home near these scenic attractions is Lessandra Pili. Located at Brgy. Cadlan, Pili, Camarines Sur, Lessandra Pili gives you a spectacular view of Mt. Isarog and notable access to the favorite vacation destinations of the province. Additionally, it is conveniently located near major thoroughfares, establishments, and other daily necessities.
In your next travel itinerary, include Camarines Sur – it may just become your next favorite travel destination.
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