Provinces

Camarines Sur Province

Written by Patrick

ABOUT

Camarines Sur is a province located in the Bicol Region in Luzon of the Philippines. Its capital is Pili. Camarines Sur is popular as home to the world’s smallest fish, the sinarapan. It is also famous for its beaches, splendid attractions, colorful festivals, old churches, and of course, Mt. Isarog.

LOCATION

Camarines Sur

Coordinates: 13°40′N 123°20′E

FAST FACTS

The following are a few useful and interesting details about this province.

Province:
Camarines Sur
Location:
13°40′N 123°20′E | View Map
Year Founded:
1919
Capital:
Pili
Area:
5,497.03 km2 (2,122.42 sq mi)
Population:
1,952,544
Density:
360/km2 (920/sq mi)
Division:
Luzon
Region:
V
Cities & Towns:
1
Demonym(s):
Camarinense
Elevation:
(Mount Isarog) 2,012 m (6,601 ft)
Time Zone:
PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code:
4400–4436
Area code:
+63 -(054)-XXX-XXXX
Electricity:
Standard voltage is 220V.
Plug commonly used is Type A but Types B and C are used as well.
Bring A to B adapter(s).
Currency:
Philippine Peso (PHP)
Exchange Rate:
Approximately 1 USD = 50 PHP | click for exact exchange rate
Income Class:
Third Class
Religion(s):
93% Roman Catholic
Language(s):
Central Bikol, Rinconada Bikol, Albay Bikol, Tagalog, English
Known For:
Sinarapan, Mt. Isarog.
Major Industries:
Jewelry craft, gifts/toys/housewares, pineapple and coconut industry
Climate:
Tropical
Best Time to Visit:
March-May
Clothing:
Casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.
Airport(s):
Naga City Airport
Seaport(s):
Port of Pasacao, Sabang Port, Talisay Port
Bus Terminal(s):
COMING SOON

CLIMATE

The climate in this province is like most of the rest of the country, is very tropical. It is dry from March to May and wet the rest of the year Annual average rainfall is 2,565 millimetres (101 in). Camarines Sur has an average temperature of 27.0 °C (80.6 °F) and a relative humidity of 25.8%. Based from Aera Tranquilo

While the summer months of March-May are the best time to go, this is also the worst time to visit with so many people going to Camarines Sur.

The most appropriate clothing in this province is casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.

CITIES & TOWNS

The Camarines Sur province is divided into 35 Municipalities, 2 Cities:

  • Baao
  • Balatan
  • Bato
  • Bombon
  • Buhi
  • Bula
  • Cabusao
  • Calabanga
  • Camaligan
  • Canaman
  • Caramoan
  • Del Gallego
  • Gainza
  • Garchitorena
  • Goa
  • Iriga
  • Lagonoy
  • Libmanan
  • Lupi
  • Milaor
  • Minalabac
  • Nabua
  • Naga
  • Ocampo
  • Pamplona
  • Pasacao
  • Pili
  • Presentacion
  • Ragay
  • Sagñay
  • San Fernando
  • San Jose
  • Sipocot
  • Siruma
  • Tigaon
  • Tinambac
 

ISLANDS

  • Bagacay
  • Bag-ing
  • Bani
  • Basot
  • Basul Island
  • Batibagan
  • Cagbanilad
  • Catanhawan
  • Haponan
  • Lahos
  • Lahuy
  • Lamit
  • Matukad
  • Minalahos
  • Moroupuro Island
  • Pitogo
  • Quinabungan
  • Quinalasag
  • Sabitang-Laya
  • Sibauan
  • Tara Island
 

POINTS OF INTEREST

The following is a list of points of interest relating to the Camarines Sur province: 

  • Aguirangan Island
  • Atulayan Island
  • Basilica of Our Lady of Penafrancia
  • Bolanogan Falls
  • Consocep Falls
  • Daruanak Island
  • Emerald Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes
  • Guinahoan Lighthouse
  • Hi-Way 411 Resort
  • Inorogan Chapel
  • Lago Del Ray
  • Lahos Island
  • Malabsay Falls
  • Matukad Island
  • Mt Isarog National Park
  • Museo del Seminario Conciliar de Nueva Caceres
  • Naga Ecological Park
  • Nalalata Falls
  • Ocampo Deer Farm
  • Our Lady of Peace Grotto
  • Panicuason Hot Spring Resort
  • Pasacao Beach
  • Plaza Quince Martires
  • Porta Mariae
  • Robinsons Place Naga
  • San Francisco Church
  • Sonrisa Farm
  • St Anthony of Padua Church
  • St John The Evangelist Metropolitan Cathedral
  • University of Nueva Caceres Museum
 

FESTIVALS

The following is a list of festivals celebrated in Camarines Sur throughout the year:

  • Harana Festival “Karantahan nin Pagranga” (February 11-15) – San Jose
  • Karanowan Festival (February 15) – Bato
  • Baybayon Festival (April 26-28) – Sagñay
  • Samhod Festival (May) – Lagonoy

FAQs

The following are the most frequently asked questions about the Camarines Sur province.

Where in the Philippines is Camarines Sur located?
Camarines Sur is located on the southern part of Luzon.

Is Camarines Sur a city or province?
Camarines Sur is a province.

What is the Capital of Camarines Sur?
The capital of Camarines Sur is Pili.

What is Camarines Sur famous or known for?
Camarines Sur is famous or known for sinarapan (world’s smallest fish), Mt. Isarog, and Caramoan.

How do I get to Camarines Sur?
There are several ways to get to Camarines Sur, the most common being from Manila:

  • Bus | 10 hours | $12-$40
  • Drive | 6 hours | $32-$48
  • Plane | 45 minutes | $54-$100

RESOURCE: Best Online Transportation Resource for the Philippines

How many islands are in Camarines Sur?
There are 22 islands in the Camarines Sur province.

How Safe is Traveling in Camarines Sur?
Camarines Sur is generally very safe for locals and tourists.

Is the climate the same as the rest of the Philippines?
The climate in Camarines Sur is considered tropical. It is similar other provinces in the Philippines.

READ MORE: Climate & Weather in the Philippines

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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