Friday, May 27, 2011

Windy Province of Catanduanes 1st part

my birthday beachbumming trip
january 28-30, 2011 friday-sunday

objective: to visit the best tourist spots that fits my taste and budget accordingly.
additional tasks: to experience wind-based hobbies on beach

important note (catanduanes):
"Isla de Cobos" was Catanduanes' first adopted name. It was earned as such during the early part of 1573 when Spanish conquistadores came upon several tribes living in the thatched huts called cobos. Catanduanes, is a hispanized term derived from the word tandu, a native beetle and the samdong tree, which were both found in abundance throughout the island. Common reference to "katanduan" or "kasamdongan", meaning a place where the tandu or the samdong tree thrives in abundance, led to the coining the word Catanduanes

bato church

pagasa weather radar station

birthday friday

incidentally, my birthday get-away took placed in this infamous spot across bicol region, curious to know what's with this province, I didn't feel any regrets on my way after I went home sunday afternoon.

we left manila 7am and arriving past 8am in virac airport. we walked outside and rode a tricycle bound to downtown. have our breakfast with spaghetti and 'puto' before proceeding to our itinerary. tourist spots we have visited are as follows in order;

maribina falls

maribina falls
1. bato church - oldest church in virac
2. batalay shrine - an ordinary shrine, not much to see. i just thought it was a tourist spot.
3. radar station - PAGASA weather radar station. off-limits to tourist, unless you have government-issued pass, due there was ongoing contruction.
4. maribina falls - most famous waterfalls in catanduanes
5. puraran beach - located in baras, one of famous surfing spot in the philippines. we went here via jeep bound to gigmoto. What "Cloud Nine" is to Siargao, "Majestic" is to Puraran.

we stayed overnight on majestic resort on it cool nipa hut style cottage by spending only 500 per pax including snacks, dinner and breakfast. i really recommend everyone to stay here, the cheapest beachfront accomodation i have ever experienced, not including the awesome windy state of pacific ocean facing the shores.

puraran beach

puraran beach

puraran beach

puraran beach

puraran beach
majestic resort in puraran beach at php200 per pax

windy province of catanduanes last part


  1. Nice page Sir.
    Ang ganda po talaga ng mga photos nio :)
    Thanks sa info Sir..

  2. andoyzki > If you don't mind, may I know the model of your camera? I really love your shots! :)

  3. Hi! nakakatuwa naman, nakapunta ka na sa Mamangal. napakaganda at napakatahimik na lugar. tamang-tama para sa soul searching. my tito's and tita's lived there. Wish I could visit the mamangal beach soon! -B

  4. great shots! i haven't been to mamangal beach for years! glad that it is still beautiful!


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