Best Places to Visit in Catanduanes
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Rugged, rustic, riveting. The island province of Catanduanes is all these and more.
The province, being geographically located in the easternmost part of the Bicol region facing the Pacific Ocean, has been called “The Land of the Howling Wind” for a reason – it is, more often than not, the starting point of tropical storms entering the country. Strong winds bring ceaseless, barreling waves to its shores, thus transforming it to majestic beaches perfect for surfing, swimming or sight seeing.
But then again, this island province bordered by water has more to offer. With 11 municipalities of distinct characteristics and charm, Catanduanes is a budding tourist destination in Bicol that gives travelers a genuine encounter with nature and culture. “The Happy Island”, as it is now fondly called, exudes raw and unspoilt beauty evident in the bodies of water and land formations that constitute the island.
If you’re planning to visit Catanduanes soon, which I highly recommend you do, include these destinations in your itinerary.
For sightseeing and nature tripping:
Be stunned by the captivating view of the Pacific horizon dotted by hills and islets.
Maribina, Hicming and Nahulugan Falls
Take a dip into refreshingly clear water coming down from several meters high while being enveloped by lush greenery.
After a 20 to 30-minute easy trek, you can spend hours gazing at the rolling green hills and rugged cliffs of this Batanes look-alike.
For learning about Catanduanes’ history and heritage:
Also known as St. John the Baptist Church, this century-old, Baroque-style church is a charmer full of stories.
True to its name, the church is made from stones or bato.
Museo de Catanduanes
Learn about Catandungan history and legacy through important artifacts and antique materials preserved in this building,
Our Lady of Sorrows Church and Shrine of the Holy Cross
Posing distinct interiors, these churches are frequented by pilgrims for their petitions of healing.
For beach bumming and adrenaline-pumping activities:
The breathtaking long-barrel type surf in Puraran beach is something serious and novice surfers would love. As surfers say, “The waves here are not necessarily bigger, but definitely stronger.”
low tide in Puraran beach revealing groups of rocks and pebbles along the shoreline
Twin Rock Resort
Named after the two iconic rocks on its shoreline, this developed resort attracts locals and tourists with a stunning panoramic view of giant rocks and boulders, floating huts and strong waves.
the plank at Twin Rock resort where people jump into the deep water
The mystery lying within the cave is enough to make you explore inside. An excellent view of Mt. Cagmasoso is standing from a distance.
With a cream-colored sandbar parting the pellucid waters, it won’t take long before you take a dip into this inviting beach swaddled by a relaxing mood.
Places to Stay in Catanduanes
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How to get to Catanduanes:
Take a direct flight from NAIA Terminal 3 to Virac Airport via Cebu Pacific. Flight takes less than an hour and is available every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
By land and water
Ride a bus in Manila bound to Tabaco city, Albay. From the seaport of Tabaco, hop across the sea via a RORO ferry to reach the island of Catanduanes via San Andres or Virac seaport.