CARNAZA ISLAND : Something Spectacular Happens in The Island as Time Passes
You may have seen videos and pictures of this island being shared a number of times on social media accounts. You saw how beautiful the beaches here are, how pristine the place… how secluded this island is. And you may have also noted what a perfect getaway for tropical destination this island is, etc., etc., etc. And then you may have read blogs about it and you may now have the idea how to get there, etc., etc., etc.
But what I’m going to showcase about Carnaza Island are not just its physical beauties but also our experiences which made this island escapade interesting and different from my earlier escapades. This account reveals why this escapade is one of my unforgettable trips ever. New treasures were found, additional keepings to my wanderlust chest.
So here’s the time story!
3 : 00 AM – My friends and I planned to meet up in North Bus Terminal to be able to have an early schedule to go to Daanbantayan but due to unavoidable circumstances, we were able to depart at 5 : 00 AM.
We rode a bus with the name “Maya via Kawit” on the sign board and told the conductor that we would disembark at Tapilon. The estimated travel time in the bus was 4-5 hours.
11 : 00 AM – It was almost midday when we arrived at Tapilon. From Tapilon, we would proceed to Carnaza. The usual trip going to Carnaza is between 9 : 00 AM to 12 : 00 noon.
This was the scenery when we got to Tapilon. I should not have posted this so as not to be lengthy but this scene caught my eyes and I just couldn’t resist the desire to share.
Fresh Catch. I saw this couple counting their freshly harvested sack of sea shells called Saang. When I say freshly it means that the shells were still “alive and kicking”. And while looking at them, I silently murmured of having some, haha!
Second. Waiting for the boat to depart took us more than an hour. We just watched the busy men loading and unloading sacks of cargoes. I was amazed by the cargoes loaded in the boat. That was why there was no exact time for the boat to depart because they have to unload and load a lot of cargoes.
Third. These sacks contained blocks of ice because as what I have known, there’s a limited supply of electricity in the island making the preservation of food by freezing difficult. To keep their food fresh and cool they use these blocks of ice. There were almost 15 sacks of ice and it was such a heavy cargo to be carried in a boat. I was just amazed by the sight.
2 : 00 PM – With the perfect weather, finally we reached Carnaza. It took as more than an hour to reach the place and as the boat docked at the shore, we could clearly see the turquoise clear water of Carnaza, where a lot of kids were swimming in it. Oh, how I envy those kids!
2 : 30 PM – We went to Kaelina’s Cove which was just a few treks away from the docking place. Upon arriving at the place, I was stunned with the view. Though there were just a few trees, there was abundant grass where we could squat on. The shore side had very fine white sand with a single parked boat. Beautiful rock formation that served as boundary of the cove, and the turquoise sea water were really admirable.
We were the only people in that place and it seemed that we owned the island. So peaceful and serene, this place is definitely a paradise. Here’s a video of me just freely running around because I was in bliss to be in this place.
Video credits to Kevin de Arca
3 : 00 PM – It’s time to hit the water. Of course, one reason why I wanted to be in this island was to swim in the water of Carnaza.
See, how rich Carnaza’s marine environment is! Can you spot the sea grapes or locally called lato? They are abundant here. We gathered some and ate them directly. They were savory. Honestly, it was my first time to see lato in abundance. Again, I was amazed. I just have simple joys in life and seeing and eating freshly harvested lato made me happy.
Here are photos of my friends and me swimming and taking snaps, capturing different angles of the beauty of Carnaza.
Obviously I’m enjoying the beach in Carnaza Island.
There were locals fishing just near the shore, so just imagine the rich marine biodiversity of this island.
4 : 30 PM – As Mr. Sun lay down to embrace the horizon and before darkness enveloped the earth, he made sure he bade farewell by spreading lovely darling pink hues in the firmament. What a beautiful sight!
5 : 30PM – As always, wherever I go, witnessing sunsets must not be missed. This specific time of the day is euphoria. This photo is from James one of my companions in this adventure.
6 00 PM – And as time ticked before night blanketed the scene, the pink hues on the sky were reflected on the sand and the sea and its surroundings looked like a pink beach! It was such a beautiful sight. How I wish I could prolong the time just to watch this scene!
6 : 45 PM – Then the sun was finally out and it was already pitch black. When that final tinge of light finally settled into the black sky, I was under a tree watching the setting sun. As I looked up, I noticed some moving lights and thought they were stars. I realized they were fireflies dancing and moving in harmony with the melody of nature as the sun bade farewell.
7 : 00 PM – While some of my friends were cooking food for dinner, others were singing and strumming the guitar, others were taking snaps of the stars, the rest of the group and I were hanging around with the locals , a father and his 3 kids specifically, who happened to kind of catch fish and shrimps and other sea food just in the vicinity where we camped. What amazed me was that the kids just used their bare hands to catch those shrimps. You should watch my video to see it for yourself.
This video is the summary of our first day in Carnaza Island.
7 : 15 PM At this specific time of the night, something enchanting happened. This photo is just for reference. Actually, it did not really look like this. It was just that every time we stepped on the water near the shore, sparkling blue lights came flashing in; if we stood still, the lights would be gone. So we stepped on the water again, the lights emerged and then disappeared. They might be bioluminescent planktons I guess. This was one of the unforgettable moments I spent here in Carnaza Island. It reminded me of the movie Life of Pi. After about 5 minutes of that enthralling experience, the tide became so low and the sparkling planktons vanished.
This video is just for reference only on how the sea glows because of the bioluminescent plankton 👉
Video credits to Wonder World
10 : 00 PM Until then we got used to the darkness of the night coated with sparkling gems stuck in the sky. We just enjoyed the moment and the company while relishing our dinner. Later on we had games and music and the sounds of laughter could be heard in the night.
10 30 PM – I was so dead tired that I slept outside the tent assured that the weather was perfect. I could sense the cloudless sky with million stars on it, the waves gently kissing the shore , nature singing its lullaby and the snoring sound of my friends, hahaha. Then my thoughts turned blank and I fell into deep slumber.
4 : 00 AM – I gradually opened my eyes and looked at the sky right away. I was astonished to see clearly with my naked eyes the cosmos, the Milky Way. It was another spectacular moment of my life because I could not see this every day. I was truly grateful for this chance.
5 : 30 AM – On this early morning, the sun had not shown its full radiance but it was already showing its darling hues. Isn’t the simplicity of this island life amazing? So simple, yet a lot of beauty is everywhere.
6 : 00 AM – We had a slight trek in the island to have greater view of Carnaza. True enough this place is a paradise. This part of the island is where the fishermen dock their boats and sell their freshly caught fishes and other sea foods.
10 : 00 AM – The time flew so fast, we would now leave Carnaza. We had breakfast, took a last dip in the waters, captured final snaps of the island and the group, of course. And then we went off to another island, La Manok, only after the boat man sailed us around Carnaza Island to see more of its spectacular scenery.
So that’s it. That’s my Carnaza Story. I know there are lots of stories and travel blogs now about Carnaza. But this is my story, my experience. This is my travel adventure and this is how I chase potatoes. Haha Charot Lang. Anyway I’m just grateful for this experience.
*I would like to say thank you to my all my friends who joined this beach and camping adventure especially to AJ (www. wanderingsoulscamper.com) who planned everything for this trip, haha! 😛
How to Get To Carnaza Island
Ride a bus at North Bus Terminal bound for Daanbantayan ( Maya Via Kawit) and disembark at Tapilon. As much as possible travel early because most boats going to Carnaza will travel around 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon unless you will settle for the pakyaw system to go there.
Tips and Tricks on your Trip
Always check the weather before you proceed to this venture because my story happened on a very fine day. If the weather is not on your side, you might not enjoy your trip and you might encounter treacherous waves in going to Carnaza Island.
Be early to maximize your trip as much as possible. Go to North Bus Terminal as early as 3 : 00 AM. Ride a bus bound for Daanbantayan or ride a bus with a sign board of Maya Via Kawit. The travel time of the bus ride is estimated to be 4-5 hours. You should go there early because most boats going to Carnaza will travel around 9 : 00 AM to 12 :00 noon unless you will settle for the pakyaw system to go there.
Please be guided that going to Carnaza is on Tapilon port while Maya port is for Malapascua Island.
WHEN IN TAPILON, DAANBANTAYAN
You can take your lunch at Tapilon, as there are carenderias there. There are stores, too, where you can buy some important stuffs before going to Carnaza.
OPTIONS, IF YOU OPT TO STAY OVERNIGHT
✅Bring tent and camp at Kaelinas Cove.
✅Book in the only resort in Carnaza
- Php 200.00 – Entrance fee in Carnaza Eco Park
- Php 100.00-150.00 – Tent rental
- Php 200.00– Woodtent rental
- Php100.00 or more – Island Tour
✅Ask some locals who offer room in the island. The price depends on your negotiation. (Php 300.00 per head) Check the comments below. There’s Airbnb in the island.
BRING FOOD AND WATER
Don’t rely too much in their sari sari store or carenderia. It’s better to bring food and water or if you want to cook there, bring your cook set with you. Some locals sell fresh seafoods there.
Network or signals are limited. Just enjoy your disconnection, please!
Since Carnaza is rich with marine resources, just bring along your snorkelling gears for there are no gears for rent in Carnaza.
Since there’s not much shade in the area of Kaelinas Cove, bring sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun hottest rays. I use Sevensense sunblock spray because it’s non-sticky and white pigment free.
There is only limited electrical supply so bring power bank, additional batteries and flashlights.
Bring extra money for emergency purposes.
GOING BACK TO THE MAINLAND
Boats are available at 7 : 00 AM if you want to go back to Tapilon.
If you want more Island hopping tour, look for a local who owns a boat who may tour you to La Manok Island and Gato Island. We negotiated this in the amount of Php 4,000.00
LEAVE NO TRACE
Always bear in mind the “leave no trace” policy. PLEASE LANG! I repeat leave no trace.
Possible Travel Expenses to Prepare:
Php 180.00 – Bus fare from North Bus to Tapilon (non-airconditionned, bus Php 212.00 for airconditionned bus)
Php 150.00 – Boat fare from Tapilon to Carnaza Isalnd
Php 150.00 – Boat fare from Carnaza Island to Tapilon
Php 180.00 – Bus fare from Tapilon to North Bus terminal (non-airconditionned bus, Php 212.00 for airconditionned bus)
TOTAL – Php 660.00
How about you? Have you experienced something spectacular with the passing of time? Tell me about your story. I would love to hear from you? Please connect thru my FB page and Instagram. Join me in my adventure and misadventure. Let’s chase those potatoes.
Those naughty potatoes roll so fast that I could hardly catch up with them in CARNAZA ISLAND. I wonder what place will they be venturing next. So stay tuned for my next chasing potatoes adventure.
Thanks for visiting. 🙂
48 thoughts on “CARNAZA ISLAND (Updated 2019) : Something Spectacular Happens in The Island as Time Passes”
Wow! We also saw the milky way when we went there but we didn’t see blue lights on the seashore. Could it be a reflection of the stars?
My favorite place in Carnaza is Kailina beach. It’s so serene and untouched.
Hi! Nice writeup. Thanks for the info. Just want to ask if you have any contact # for an island hopping boat rental on the island. Thank you.
Nice photos, thank you for this guide! 🙂
Hi, you can avail our transport and accommodation in the island. We offer online booking for convenience particulary on accommodation. Kang Elena is just walking distance from our house.
Gly, thank you for this thread. Ga plano me ron this feb. Mayta Ok ang panahon. Hehe 🙂
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Maypa mo, ganahan ko mubalik didto pud hehe 😀
hi there! asa mo ga stay?
Hello, gatent ra mi sa Kaelinas Cove 🙂
ahm guys did you know what is the history of the carnaza island?
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The bus and boat tickets to Carnaza Island are very reasonably priced! You must see so many beautiful sites on this journey. Your pictures of the Island are like postcards, beautiful.
Good day po. Are there boats that will leave from Carnaza Island to Tapilon Port at 5pm?
As fas as I know, the boats from Carnaza will depart at 7am only going to Tapilon unless you will do pakyaw system. 😊😊
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That is a fun way to document your time going to Carnaza Island. You really woke up early the next day or you just woke up briefly at 4am? I like the well laid out guide at the end giving you the ins and outs of visiting Carnaza Island. Camping at Kaelinas Cove seems like a cool choice.
Ive never heard of this place until now. Yay to new discovery! ❤
Ang ganda ganda naman!!! Gusto ko din makapunta diyan huhu. Tapos ang galing ng shots. Kakatuwa naman. Lahat ng shots maganda. Land, sky o water galing na galing ako 😍😍😍
I like the way you’ve written it with timeline! The water is pristine and the place is like paradise! I really hope to visit Philippines sometime in life. The whole country is so beautiful!
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Carnaza Island is also on my list of places to visit in the Philippines. Reading about the wonderful and diverse experiences that you had here motivates me to visit Carnaza even more. Love the photo of the sunrise!
Love the underwater pics. The water looks clean for an offbeat location. Looks like a place I would love to spend my holidays.
Honestly, I have never heard about Carnaza Island. Actually never been to any tropical island. But that fascinating colors make wanna go there asap 🙂 Thanks for your beautiful post.
Such amazing colors of the sky as it changes from day to night…and you even got a starry ending. What could be more perfect than that? I remember more than a few similar experiences when we have spent hours waiting for the sunset and drunk in those spectacular sky shows. Lovely post.
You might be surprise but I haven’t heard about Carnaza Island before! But when I look at your photos I really wanna book my flight and go there right now! Looks so beautiful! especially the sunset! The seaside also looks stunning!
Exquisite photos of a tropical paradise. But I had no idea where this island was located! After I Googled Carnaza Island I discovered it was in The Philippines. Might be an idea to give readers from other countries the name of the country where you’re blogging about.
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Ohhhh. Thank you so much Kathy. I didn’t think about that, haha I’ll put the name of the country in my blog now. ☺☺☺
I can’t believe I’d never heard of Carnaza Island, but its firmly in my sights now! It feels like such a buzzing, atmospheric place, and the colour of the waters is just so divine. Thanks for teaching me something new!
Grabe ang ganda ng corals! Akalain mong meron pa pala ganyan sa cavite?
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Hindi ito sa Cavite 😂
To be honest, I know nothing about Carnaza Island and its location until I read this post. Since I haven’t visited Cebu yet, I think I have to include this in my list of things to see in wonderful Cebu. The place looks peaceful and I was amazed on the abundance of marine life in this island. I would love to skindive and explore its fascinating and colorful seafloor. I will use this post as my reference for future travels. Thanks!
I’m surprised that I’ve never heard about Carnaza Island before. It’s so breathtakingly beautiful. I like how you have described every detail so well with the timing. The sunrise, sunsets, view of stars, blue waters, pink beach and those bioluminescent planktons are so amazing and make me want to visit here soon!
Such a beautiful island, all the beaches and those colours of sunsets are almost unbelievable! I would love to visit Philippines one day!
I’ve never heard of Carnaza Island, although I have started to research visiting the Philipines, it looks well worth a visit and it’s now been added to my list. Thanks for an interesting and useful post.
The beaches at Carnaza island are so pristine. I guess at the end, once you reached there, it was all worth the long trip that you did to reach there. The sunrise pictures are particularly mesmerizing.
How do you take the under-water photos? I love them since they show such a beautiful perspective of half the world inside the water and the half outside. Maybe if you found a rock to keep your camera on I’d love to see if you can do a water and night sky shot (long exposure). That would be fantastic.
Actually, I have never heard of Carnaza and I’m not sure which cave am I living in :)))
Your story is very long, nevertheless I loved the beginning, especially about the cargoes and the ice; gives us a glimpse of how the locals live, which is not something that we see on most blogs where bloggers just like to talk about their own experiences.
I have experience the luminescent planktons in Palawan and so I know exactly what you feel. To this day it remains to be one of the most surreal moments in my life. I hope to visit Carnaza soon.
Carnaza island looks like a great place. The sparkling planktons look great! Thanks for a simplified travel guide. I loved reading the post! Would love to visit it sometime!
Gosh this looks like heaven! I love island travelling. Your pics take me right there, nice info, great post thank you!
I wanna go back on this Island. Truly, this is an Island that would give you satisfaction of owning an innate beauty of an Island. I love all what it has to offer, the beaches are stunning, the sunset is really beautiful. I was really enjoying during our visit here and I know that there are more to see here, and hopefully we can go back. Thank you so much for joining us during this trip Gly. I’m happy that you make APAS with us.
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Actually I feel sad that you had to leave this place in a day.I am a huge fan of of sunsets and sunrises and I would have loved to spend several days here just to watch them.What does the caption ‘beer mo diha’ mean ?Is it will you give me beer ?
Sounds like you had such a amazing adventure! Can’t believe I’ve never heard of this place before hehe, needs to be added to my Philippines Bucket List! 😀
Carnaza is amazingly beautiful. I am so mesmerized by the sunrise, bio-diversity, various hues of sunsets, the stars, milky way , fireflies and sparkling planktons. So many experiences in one place – amazing 🙂
These are beautiful pictures. I quite loved your image with the under water scene partially and the image of the beach beside it, apart from the last strands of a pinkish sunset. Its a good guide for outsiders to know the costs involved. very useful posts, and thanks for letting us know about the place
The first video that you posted was slickly made, however, it is very short. I need to learn how to make videos, can you teach me? The stars in the sky have come out very well, I thought there is an image of a galaxy too. The waters are indeed turquoise blue and inviting. Just wow.
The island offers spectacular sights. I would love to go to this place. You are indeed lucky to see the bioluminescent planktons… I went to Maldives to see them but it was a failed adventure haha I guess I need to try my luck at Carnaza Island! Thanks for sharing! BTW I followed you on instagram –> @thegirlwiththemujihat
nice pictures!!!! ❤
Nice shots, especially the sunset, night, and sunrise photos.
Wonderful shots as always, Gly. 😀 You’ve given the island its due justice.
Best regards, Ace and Demi
Ugh! Makes me miss the island more. I can’t forget how we acted like kids while we were stomping like wild horses on the sand as it glows. Hahaha. Definitely an island worth visiting again. Oh and I can’t forget the sunset. Such a lovely scene to witness.
Grabe buhay na buhay yung coral reef