Guinahoan Island: for the love of rolling hills
Here’s a secret (that is obviously not anymore, I mean omg, May, stop revealing too much about yourself): my most favorite part of island hopping are not the beaches, but even a little chance of hiking or trekking. I honestly get bored easily, so even during my “chill” vacays I still look for quick activities like a short trek to small mountains or hills.
I stayed in Caramoan for 3 days with the What To Eat Ph team – 2 days island hopping and 1 day restaurant reviews. After Las Casas, this was (if I’m not mistaken) my second out of town trip with WTE family and it was great that we finally got to explore a part of where my (biological) family came from – Bicol!
Our first day may sound super tiring, but it was actually the “better” day because of the rush, excitement, and urge to really get the most of what we could reach within the day. And believe it or not, we hopped 8 island hopping spots that day!
For this particular post, I talked/wrote about my third favorite island among those eight. (Seriously super excited to write about my first and second!) This island is our first stop for the day. I didn’t expect we would be doing a trek ever in this trip, but thank God for creating small mountains and hills on His islands.
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As the farthest island from the port, Guinahoan Island is most often the first destination in Caramoan island hopping tours. They call it one of the twins of Batanes’ rolling hills in Bicol which features the most obvious and closest resemblance. You will be guided by small hoomans that are more than wiling to share more interesting info about the island. They are good photographers, too! It is an easy 10-15 minute trek to the top, that will surely make you say “wooooooow!” Yeah, that long kind of “wow”, honestly.
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The top of the hill offers a picturesque view of a beach, part of the Pacific Ocean. This side of the island have big waves, hence tourist boats cannot dock. My tiny guide mentioned it was a home to sea tortoise before, but they were transferred to a sanctuary somewhere on another island to take care of them better (which hopefully is true!).
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At the top of a hill is a lone modern lighthouse to which you can trek for a few minutes to have your photo sessions. The top of the hill is a scenic location for you to be with nature and enjoy the winds coming from the pacific ocean and see the islands scattered around the Caramoan.
Traversing the hill to your north down below is Liwan Beach. A golden sand beach facing the Pacific Ocean to which you can do your usual beach bumming and meditation as only a few people gets to this beach as it is only accessible via trek to the hills. Small boats could not go around to the north side of the Guinahuan Island towards Liwan Beach as the waves are always strong.
- Give yourself a favor and bring at least a liter of water, especially if you’re trekking after sunrise.
- A small bag of trail mix is good too!
- Wear comfy and (Instagrammable) clothes. Or just comfy, because who cares, right?
- Wear sunblock. Many think wearing sunblock is for “maaarte” but this is mainly to protect your skin from the harsh heat of the sun.