White sand beaches plus some peace and quiet time away from busy city life and commercialism. Caramoan Islands is my ideal beach much like Palawan. Caramoan Islands is popularly known as the location of numerous international Survivor sets. Reaching Caramoan can be exhausting. From Naga, it involves 2 hours of travel by land and more than 3 hours by RORO (Roll in Roll out) boat. I easily get nauseous when riding boats so I really tried to sleep the entire RORO trip. Once we reached our resort, Gota Village, all my exhaustion went away. We were greeted by a series of pinewood houses surrounded by mountains. Gota Village was originally made for the production team of previous Survivor seasons but eventually they opened it to guests of Caramoan island. Definitely one of the highlights of my trip was staying at this resort. Plus, the food was really good prepared by the locals who were managing the resort. One night was not enough to enjoy and explore Caramoan, so we decided to extend another night to be able to see more of the place and do some island hopping.
One of the challenges for me during this assignment was the bad weather. It was raining almost the whole day and I still have to shoot. So whenever there were short intervals of some sunlight, I waste no time to shoot. And since it is not ideal for landscapes at this kind of weather, I opted to shoot more of the locals and portraits. Hopefully, the next time I visit the place I would be welcomed by bright sunny weather and blue skies.
sidenote: I normally really have a hard time waking up really early. But here, I can wake up 5am, shoot, enjoy the cool breeze of the mountains, and feel revitalized.