When I visited Caramoan for the first time I searched Facebook before the trip to see what will I be expecting of the islands in terms of its landscape. As I reached it I came to see and feel that most of the islands I laid on were all karst. The overall landscape of these islands were like coral reefs out of water.

Deep crevices, sponge-like textures of the limestone and smoothed bases with fine, creamy sand form the barrier against the continuous waves of sea water that naturally erodes or defaces these walls. It was an amazing karst topography made by Mother Nature through time.


Matukad Island, Caramoan. Hidden part of the island that reveals a tiny cove only during low tide.

This particular karst wall amazed me. I did touched its sponge-like holes. Some of it were smooth, some were sharp and rough. These walls have huge rugged boulders shaped like bricks cemented on top of the other while a portion have these long and triangular mold, like a tip of a spear.

I am still full in awe to seeing how these islands have been created and it took time, really a long, long time to evolve into a beautiful and unique landscape that it is now. I hope and pray that people—tourists, locals—and so with our provincial government will continue to protect, conserve and save these gift of nature.

As tourism boosts on this once unheard of quaint coastal town, I am taking this platform to shout out to you my readers that when you get the chance to visit Caramoan, please bring trash bags with you when you are going island hopping. Encourage your family, friends and co-tourist not to litter. Also, do not be tempted to leave your initials on these walls. These walls are irreplaceable. Keep vandals to our notes and personal freedom walls. What happened with the leave no trace but footprints?

It is easy to discover and visit hidden paradises that have been built, formed by the elements—sun, wind, water and heat—with the help too of natural calamities like storms and earthquakes but all these have happened within centuries and millennium fold. With our co-existence to these natural wonders each one of us is expected to become stewards of these creation.

We need to remind ourselves that we live, thrive and depend for sustenance on parts of these beautiful landscape so it is mutually sound to take care of them, even in our own little good habits.



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