The new season of Survivor premieres this Wednesday, September 19th. This is the 25th season of the reality TV game show that first premiered in the United States on May 31, 2000. This season takes place on the enchanting Caramoan Islands in the Philippines.
The next season of the show started filming there as well this year and is set to premiere in February 2013. The Islands have been the location of several of the Survivor shows from other countries as well, including Serbia, Israel, Bulgaria, Sweden, France, and India.
Travel To Caramoan
Although Caramoan may have its challenges for the Survivor contestants, it’s one of the last true tropical island paradises left nearly untouched. The group of islands offer white sand beaches, limestone cliffs, caves, and lagoons. The marine life in the area is still rich and plentiful.
Camping is popular with travelers to the islands, however there are a variety of hotels available as well. The Gota Village Resort is shown in the photo above. If you plan on camping, be sure to check with the locals first. The islands currently used by Survivor are off limits to guests and they will for the foreseeable future. The TV franchise has rented them for 25 years, from 2008 until 2033.
The best time to visit is during the dry, cooler months of November through May. Flights are available from Manila to nearby Naga, where you can then get a bus, van, or jeep. Certain modes of transportation may not be available during bad weather – another good reason to go during the dry season.
Beyond camping, other activities and sightseeing opportunities include cave exploration (spelunking), island hopping, snorkeling, swimming, and hiking up Mount Caglago’s 500 steps for a spectacular view on the islands.
When traveling to Caramoan, please remember that there are very few places left on Earth that are relatively untouched and not yet spoiled. Don’t litter, don’t abuse the wildlife and plant life, and help keep this tropical island paradise beautiful for future generations.