Experience the scintillating beaches and breathtaking views that Catanduanes offers. A Joyful heart will indeed be a takeaway
after going to the next big tourist attraction.
The sprawling beach is covered with cool and shady trees; blessed with fine white sands, both in the shoreline and in the swimming area. It has a narrow opening that provides a challenging point of entry and is hidden in the midst of thickets.
Crystalline waters abound with natural and colorful reefs where a big number of species swarm in multi-colored panorama.
The unspoiled beach is bordered by gleaming white sand. It faces the mainland Bicol where one could take a full view of the breathtaking silhouette of Mayon Volcano and its neighbor, Bulusan Volcano, from a distance. At sunset, soft clouds which sometimes drape the volcanoes evoke the fragility of a Japanese etching. At low tide, the sand is laid bare for miles as the water recedes; you have to walk quite far out to swim, At high tide, however, the waves completely cover the shores
A 5 minute ride from Twin rock beach resort Situated within a cove. Its shoreline is covered with fine white sand and its pristine azure waters never fail to lure visitors to take a dip.
Twin Rock Beach Resort
Igang Beach otherwise called Twin Rock Beach located southwest of Catanduanes; it is one of the best known and developed resorts in the island. The shoreline has cream and fine sand set on a fine with relaxing. The resort owes its name to the stunning rock formation simply seaward. Without a doubt, the sticking elements of this resort are the islets and rock developments bulging out only a couple meters off the shore.
With three-tiered basin of waterfalls with thick foliage serving as its canopy, can be reached by walking at around 500 meters
Immaculate Conception Cathedral
Are awes by the amazing ceiling design of Marvel at the stained glass windows of the church of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral built during the Spanish era. Its ceiling will bring you in the churches of Vatican. This cathedral has been super imposed over the old parish church.
The beach is bordered by coconut trees and the back of the resort leans against the hill, giving it an air somewhat of the Chocolate Hills of Bohol. Its shoreline is covered with fine white sand and its pristine azure waters never falls to lure to visitor to take dip. The unspoiled beach is bordered by gleaming white sands. Its clean and natural luster is recommended for picnickers and swimmers or even for spear fishing.
Virac boasts of several fine golden sand beaches, mostly raw and virginal.
Sto. Domingo River
The longest and biggest river in the province with clear and refreshing waters. Catanduanes is predominantly rolling hemmed by hills and mountains and crossed by rivers and creeks.
Museo de Catanduanes
Provides a glimpse and deeper appreciation of the historical development of the province; culture and heritage center
The beach is white and seen from afar the panorama is simply superb. The whole stretch of Soboc Cove continues to beguile visitors with its unspoiled beauty- an asset which the locals within the area are guarding zealously.
Oco Kantil Resort
A fresh and green water surrounded by many coconut tree found in Oco, Viga.
Mount Magsumuso is located within the jurisdiction of Viga town; it is one of the most prominent mountains in the north having a cellular tower at its perch. Lording at the height of 451 meters or 1,480 feet (using digital map) above sea level, it is viewable as far as Bakak beach in Bagamanoc. Below is the digital image of the mountain.
San Miguel, Catanduanes
The hills of Catanduanes contain many sights for the naturally-inclined. Located 100 meters over sea level, the Solong Falls Nature Park in San Miguel preserves Catanduanes’ native flora. A tastefully conceived park along the breadth of the Solong River channel amidst the surrounding thick forest of giant ferns, trees and a host of indigenous flora is proposed for immediate construction. It has several cascading waters flowing into natural pools. Located along lush vegetation that grows under the damp mist of the clouds, creating forests with peaceful and ethereal beauty.
Luyang Cave Park
San Andres, Catanduanes
The cave below the San Andres - Virac Highway reveals interesting episode in the history of this town. The historic cave served as a hiding place for locals during the Moro Raid in the early years of the 18th century. Luyang Cave boasts of massive stalactites and stalagmites, and other rock formations. And hanging from the ceilings and walls of the cave are countless bats that inhabit the whole length of the cave.
Our Lady of Sorrows Shrine
San Andres Catanduanes
In the early 1970’s the venerated image of Our Lady of Sorrows, Nuestra Señora de Dolores of Batong Paloway was formalized as the second patron saint of the town next to St. Andrew the Apostle. A chapel was built to house the miraculous stone icon and as a place of devotion for believers. A mass is being heard every Friday afternoon as devotees flock the chapel regularly to pray the rosary and novena. Every Lenten Week celebration people from different places flock the place as part of their Visita Iglesia.
San Andres, Catanduanes
Mt. Cagmasoso is one of the highest mountain peaks in the province. The endless panorama of beaches, mountains, hills, rivers and creeks can be seen on top of this mountain. Surrounded by thick forests, cascading waterfalls, hills, mountains and countryside views. The shores of Maqueda Chanel can be seen at the southern part. The heavily forested areas are classified as watersheds and protected from illegal loggers by the government. Popular for nature lovers and mountain hikers, view at the top of the mountain is simply spectacular.
Pasa Tiempo Resort
San Andres Catanduanes
Gleaming white sandy beach, not as white as the other beaches but it boasts of clean and clear waters. It faces the mainland Bicol where one could take a full view of the breath-taking Mayon Volcano. Reeling with the textures of the sun, sea, and sun, one can easily lose oneself and be drifted away while leisurely walking along the stretch of its powdery-white sands and dabbling in its undeniably
San Andres, Catanduanes
Boasts of white round-stones instead of sand. The shore always attract photographers who are enamored by the multi-colored stones and boulders, the limestone cave at the background and the blue sea lapping at the rocky beach.
San Andres, Catanduanes
Reeling with the textures of sun, sea, and sand, one can easily lose oneself and be drifted away while leisurely walking along the stretch of its powdery-white sands and dabbling in its undeniably tamed waters. The entire stretch of the shoreline beckons visitors to take a dip in its pristine waters and wave-combed sands
Tuwad- Tuwadan Lagoon
Let the Pandan sea reveal a treasure hidden in plain sight, and work your way up and down a sloppy terrain and be awed at last over crystal clear waters over stone formations.
An amazing tidal pool.
St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish Church
The Pandan Church was built in 1874. The roof was completely razed by fire in a great conflagration of the town in 1920. This was repaired within the next five years. The roof was again blown completely in 1940 by the strongest typhoon that has ever passed Catanduanes. It took many years to repair it again; this was destroyed by typhoon Jean in 1947. Complete repair was done near the end of 1953.
Devoid in the noise of the city and manmade structures and marvel at the exhilarating Hiyop Point which offers a view of the rolling terrain and the vast ocean. Indulge in peace that the site offers, with just the sun and the sky for company Ride a carabao as you sing” The Hills are Alive” on your way up.
An awesome wonder, its waters beautifully cascade on three tiers, creating spectacular sprays. It is surrounded by lush vegetation and forest. The water is clear and cold owing to the huge trees that filter the sunlight which partly illuminate the place. Large nest ferns sit on the branches of these trees throwing in some shadows, giving the whole area a mystic touch. Every now and then winged seeds would fall twirling around into the water.
Dororian Falls / Ba-haw Falls
Partially developed by the local government of Gigmoto. It has natural cascading waters and unspoiled wildlife and forest. There are picnic areas and sheds for swimmers and visitors. The resort was partially developed by local government. It has cascading waterfalls and unspoiled vegetation where interesting wildlife abounds. There are picnics areas and sheds for swimmers and visitor. Dororian falls and rapids are ideal places for retreats and excursions during summer months. The cascading waterfall is surrounded by a lush vegetation and forest. Unspoiled wildlife brims around the site. And ideal place for picnic activities, hiking and mountain climbing.
Palumbanes Island, also known locally as “Parompong,” was once a well kept secret. Located in the northern part of my home province, Catanduanes, it has, for years, remained hidden from the Internet’s omniscient eye, and has retained much of its peace and quiet.
Over an hour of boat ride from the municipality of Caramoran reveals the untouched Palumbanes Island that offers a quality island getaway experience that is far from the city clutter.
3 Island in Palumbanes
Bitaog Beach is unspoiled beach without any commercial establishments which make it perfect for those who just want to enjoy the beauty of nature. It is located in the northern part of the province, about 45-minutes boat ride from Caramoran, a white sand beach famous in Palumbanes Island.
Previously owned by Ciriaco Loresto's family (lolo Cacoy. White sand beaches and lots of sea and sun! 5 hours away from Caramoran where you would take the boat to the island.
The pride of the municipality of Caramoran, this beach with beautiful gardens of coral formations underwater makes it very suitable for snorkeling and spear fishing.
Named after Barangays Marinawa and Binanhuan in the municipality of Bato, Maribina Falls is the most popular and widely publicized among the numerous waterfalls in Catanduanes. Gushing with breath-taking rapids of crystal-clear waters, the cascading three layer falls are located amid rustic surroundings and lush-green vegetation. Maribina falls is suited in the town of Bato; it is one of the most famous and most available waterfalls in the island. The falls is about 5-6 meters high with radiant spouting rapids of perfectly clear waters.
Nagngangang Buaya Point
This is one of the significant locations in the island province of Catanduanes believed to be the site where Galleon Espiritu Santo was shipwrecked, boarded by Spanish missionaries. The reef is located at the southeastern coast 30 minutes ride away from Bato town proper. From a distance the reef looks like a “crocodile with its mouth wide open ready to devour its prey,” translated in Bicol dialect – “nagngangang buaya.” Also found in the heart of this islet is a small beach area with the finest white sand you can ever find comparable to the washed-sugar grain.
Bote Light House
Get astonished by the pacific view the Bote lighthouse offers. It is also appropriate place for amateur or beginner and climber that do not run out of things to offer as it caters a relieving experience after the climb.
Rugged terrain is suitable for mountaineering and trekking. Enjoy a top view experience and witness the towns of Virac and Bato.
Shrine of Batalay
The Holy Cross of Batalay is located on top of a hill overlooking the panoramic view of the Cadanguit River and Cabugao Bay. The site where the first cross in Catanduanes was buried over the burial place of Augustinian priest Fray Diego de Herrera in 1576 that died in Barangay Batalay. A spring of crystalline water emerged at the grave of the martyr friar which the native regarded as a miracle. Many testified and believed that this water can cure sickness. From then on pilgrims placed it on the pained parts of the body, others brought with them oil and many came with empty bottles to be filled with the miraculous water from the spring. Today, an unfinished shrine stands on the priest’s final resting place, housing the original cross, encased in narra hardwood to protect the cross from further destruction. It is on the altar of the Holy Cross of Batalay Chapel where it is venerated throughout the year. On April 21, 1973 on the occasion of the fourth Centennial Celebration of the death of Fray Diego de Herrera, a decree was signed, declaring the Holy Cross of Batalay a Diocesan Shrine with the right to hold a Liturgical celebration on the last Friday of April of every year.
Located in Brgy. Bote Municipality of Bato, it beckons travelers for a true- blue adventure with its sugary- white sand. It is a perfect take- off for an island hopping adventure in the surrounding isles, different rock formations, mini caves and rock circles fit for the eyes. The beach is a perfect take-off point for an island hopping adventure. Nearby islets are Mamonglo Point, Nagngangang Buaya Point, Tubig Manok and Ipit-ipit Point, all facing the Pacific Ocean. Beach lovers will surely be astonished with the scenery surrounding the area. From this beach you can have a breathtaking view of Nagngangang Buaya Point.
The main island of Catanduanes is divided into 18 river basins. Bato River is the biggest and longest, following a course that gently meanders from the interiors of the municipalities of Caramoran and Gigmoto and along the entire length of the municipality of San Miguel then widens perceptibly as it approaches the municipality of Bato before draining into Cabugao Bay. Bato River separates the municipality of Bato into two, the East and the West. It is approximately 200 meters wide which could be traversed during low tide. On rainy days this blue green river sometimes turns into raging mocha. Its serene beauty welcomes everyone who visits the town and waiting to be developed as an eco-tourism site.
The rustic town of Bato serves as the de facto heritage center of the province with its Spanish-era religious sites: a picturesque Catholic church, circa 1883, made up of mortar and coral stones. The church is of interest not only as an example of mid-colonization Filipino-Spanish architecture, but as a historical landmark. It was built under the polo system of forced labor for a total of 53 years. Started in 1830 and finished in 1883. Bato Church has withstood wars, calamities and the ravages of time to become the only remaining structure of its genre in the entire island and the second-largest church in Bicol region. Today, the monumental church with unique architectural design dignifies the town. In its tower still hangs the legendary bell that once served as a warning device for incoming Japanese guerillas during the second world war. Seen from the other side of the river the old church looks majestic and imposing. Proudly the church stands as the oldest in the province and a tourist attraction.
PAGASA Weather Radar Station
This weather radar station has state of the art equipment, one of the three Doppler radar stations in the country. From the roof deck, the panoramic view of the surrounding area is simply breathtaking. A climb up inside the PAG-ASA observatory tower will take you to the radar dish awash in orange glow from the translucent skylight.
Blessed with fine white sand and azure, clear waters, secluded and relatively unexplored, a diamond in the rough waiting to be polished
Below were the 3 destinations included in the 6 stops islet hopping the cliff jumping, Poseidon’s Rock, and Patag Islet.
A must explore islet where cascading flat rock formations honed by nature resides. A beautiful place/ scenery worth the visit
Batalay Mangrove Eco- Park
A mangrove is a type of forest growing along tidal mudflats and along shallow coastal areas extending inland along rivers, streams and their tributaries where the water is generally brackish. The ecological values of mangroves as shoreline sentinels, pollution sink, wildlife refuge, bird’s sanctuaries and as “nurseries of the sea” being the source of fish stocks for our coastal waters cannot be ignored nor out weighted by its economic importance as source of firewood, poles, charcoal and tannin.
Clean and white, Puraran is invigorating to those who want to bask in the glory of sea, sand, and sky. This is the most famous beach in Catanduanes and listed as one of the top surfing locations in the world. Like most beaches in the province, it hasn’t been developed so it’s basically small makeshift huts, sand and amazing waves. The surfing area also boasts of a magnificent view of mountains and coves. Photo enthusiasts could get a perfect view of the sunrise in this area. For holiday seekers, this is a place for total relaxation, communing with nature, and simply, rejuvenation and serenity.
Binurong is also a Bicol word meaning “Healed”
Binurong Point is one of the newest attractions the island of Catanduanes can offer. Binurong Point is located in Brgy. Guinsaanan, Baras, Catanduanes. A Batanes/ Ireland hills and cliffs look and feel. Trekking to Binurong Point is easy unlike going to Bote Light House in Bato. To better experience it, the best time to go to Binurong Point is at dawn so you can see the sun rising up while it shines to the grass and sea around the area.
Balacay Point is one of the tourist spots that are frequently visited by tourists and travelers in Catanduanes.
Balacay Point also known as Benticayan point is located in Brgy. Benticayan in the town of Baras. These places for a pictorial so don’t forget to bring your camera to take shots here. The perfect time to visit Balacay Point is at sunrise or sunset. Has become one of the “hottest” places to visit in Catanduanes which is just an hour and a half drive away from Virac. Reaching the top of the hills has become easier nowadays too. Motorbikes, 4 wheels and even bicycles can easily reach the peak. If you prefer to trek, it will take you 10-15 minutes to reach the top and start enjoying the vastness of the mighty Pacific Ocean and breath in it’s cool, fresh and salty air.
Our Lady of Peñafrancia Grotto
The Grotto of Our Lady of Peñafrancia at a vantage point of the Putsan-Danao boundary was constructed. The grotto has now become a place for prayers, serving as a pilgrimage site for local devotees of the “Ina” who are unable to visit the Peñafrancia shrine in Naga City.
LORAN (US Long Range Aid to Navigation) Ruins
LORAN stands for Long Range Aid to Navigation, a former American naval base built around the early 1950s as an outpost to monitor movements in the Pacific Ocean. Abandoned in 1972, the camp was then used by local coastguards in 1980 and was again abandoned. The former US Coast Guard facility station is no longer operational, but for the locals who used to be civilian employees, for them it is a continuing saga. They would tell stories about seaplanes delivering food supplies and mails, abundant supply of corned beef, men unafraid of rough seas and radar.
Ilihan Point Fertility Island
Ilihan Point commonly known as “Boto ni Kurakog” to locals, is a phallic landmass located at the bay of Bagamanoc. “Boto ni Kurakog”, literally translated as “Kurakog’s Penis.” The landmark is a column of earth and loose rock that rises five meters above the sea and resembles the male sex organ, with a healthy shrub growing on top of it. Town officials are promoting daily boat rides to the landmark, for which a tourist hears the story of how the monument came to be and gets the chance to offer a chicken egg at the supposedly enchanted phallic symbol. Known as Fertility Island.
Located at the Municipality of Bagamanoc, Paday Falls boasts of a tall drop surrounded by a canopy of lush greens and sight to behold.
Panay Island is radiant and enticing. There are several rock pinnacles jutting up from the sandy bottom. Crevices, tunnels and caves characterize the massive underwater rock formations. Amazing walls, drop-offs and overhangs are amazing where hundreds of glass fishes hover in the safety of these tunnels.
St. James the Greater Parish Church
This church, in 1720-25 has never been substantially rebuilt. It succumbed to the earthquake of January 11, 1928 its east wall was ripped beyond repair and ugly cracks were opened in several places. The end and side walls were torn apart at the northeast corner leaving an eight-inch opening from top to bottom. As stronger earthquake may send the wall a crumbling and the church goers including the priest scamper in panic out of the church as the slightest tremor.
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