Whatever your pleasure, Camarines Sur is sure to have something to satisfy you. A province of immense beauty, gifted with a host of nature’s marvels, CamSur, as it is commonly called among the locals, is the largest among the six provinces that belong to the Bicol Region in the Philippine Islands. The province is hilly and mountainous with a flat central area known as the Bicol plains. These flat lands are circumscribed by mountain ranges but there are three lakes that can be found in the province, namely: Bato, Buhi and Baao. Rivers, streams and creeks traverse the area and form the natural irrigation system of the flat lands which is used largely for agriculture. Mangroves and nipa swamps abound in its coastal areas.
A visit to Camarines Sur is not complete without visiting its natural wonders, foremost of which are its mountains. Mt. Isarog towers at 1,976 meters above sea level and is a natural haven for the province’s indigenous flora and fauna. Rare orchids, medicinal plants, exotic flowers, squirrels, rodents and a host of other animals can be found in this majestic mountain. If you are planning to take care of rodents you can find cages here. It is now dubbed as the Last Rainforest in Southern Luzon. Waterfalls abound in the area and the Protected Area Management Board has identified Malaybay Falls, Curry, Consocep, and Hiwacloy as major tourism sites.
Another mountain worth the trek is Mt. Asog, towering at 1,120 meters and overlooking Lake Buhi. Asog is said to be a dormant volcano and beckons to the avid mountaineers. Discover the sunken crater all abloom with pine trees that is three hectares big. It is also home to the indigenous Agta tribe whose culture and traditions have remained intact despite the advances in technology that surrounds them.
Go island hopping in Camarines Sur and explore the special places in these special islands. Lahuy is a popular tourist destination with its long stretch of white sand beaches. Barangay Gota found on the island is famous because it used to be a mining site for gold. Today, small mining operations for gold are still found in the small barangay. A mangrove swamp in Barangay Oring which is 40 hectares big is home to a vast number of marine wildlife that should not be missed. After Lahuy, drop by Animasola Island and be enthralled by the rock formations and enjoy the crystal clear waters surrounding it. Isla de Monteverda is a virgin forest where birds, bats and iguanas abound. Like Lahuy, it is also bounded by white beaches and crystal clear waters. Pinaglukaban Island is the jump-off point for the best diving sites in the province. It, too, is blessed with white sandy beaches and a captivating lagoon where travelers can swim and relax. And naturally, a visit to Camarines Sur is not complete without visiting Caramoan which was the subject of a former post.
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