Exploring Catanduanes: My Favorite of the Philippines’ 7,107 Islands

I am a child of two proud Catanduangons. My father and mother live just two barangays away from each other. I’ve already visited their hometowns but that was way back 2005. This year I was able to have a vacation there with mama. I took the opportunity to explore the island with the limited time we have.

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Catanduanes is called the Land of the Howling Winds because it is located in the typhoon belt area. Residents are resilient against strong typhoons including signal no. 4 storms. In recent years, tourism helped in putting the island back on the map for travelers seeking for adventures places. Aside from the Binurong Point, which has comparable Batanes-like grandeur, there are other wonderful places to see in Catanduanes.

Tampad Beach

Tampad Beach is located in Brgy. Talisoy. The pristine blue-green waters left me awestruck. Its light brown fine sand accentuated its magnificence. Travelers usually visit here because of the rock formation of Christ’s face seen by the naked eyes. Rent a cottage here to enjoy your stay and locals charge a low entrance fee for the maintenance of the place.

 

Twin Rock Resort

Twin Rock Resort in Brgy. Igang offers amenities and activities for a fun-filled vacation. Choose from their cottages and rooms for your accommodation. Their staff is courteous and nice. Enjoy swimming in the beach and pool, canyoneering in the 32ft deep from a wooden springboard, playing beach volleyball, trying the zipline and zipbike, and so much more!

 

Putusan Path

From Twin Rock to Tampad Beach, you can either travel by vehicle or take a walk through the mountain. The longer way is a concrete road while the shorter way is the Putusan Path. It’s a 15-20 minute walk that is not accessible by motorcycles or bikes. Walking here scared me a bit because snakes might just appear out of nowhere but at the same time, it was a good nature trekking adventure.

 

Antipolo Beach

Antipolo Beach is found in Brgy. Antipolo Del Sur, Virac. The pier of Virac can be seen from the distance. The waves are strong and the wide horizon is a great sight to behold. It’s best to take pictures there during sunrise or sunset. We were lucky we even saw fishermen coming back from the sea after they caught a huge blue marlin!

 

Maribina Falls

Maribina Falls is in Bato and formerly called as Marinawa Falls. It is easily raechable. The road leading there is inclined because the falls is on the mountain. The beautiful falls has three layers of flowing cold water. The rock formations highlighted the wonder of the entire place. Listen too to the loud cricket sounds and chirpings of birds.

 

Virac Town Center

If you want to visit the mall, bond with kids in a playground, or hang out in the nightlife , Virac Town Center has got you covered. Popular fastfood chains are here and other restaurants serving local delicacies. After the sunset, sing along with a live band serenading the audience. This is for everyone who miss the city life while staying in Catanduanes.

 

Church Ruins in Igang (Formerly Igang Church)

This church ruin is found in Brgy. Igang near Twin Rock Resort. According to my mama, the church was destroyed in a massive flood in the 1970s. A new church was built as a replacement and the ruins remained there.

 

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Catanduanes is an underrated adventure getaway for me. I hope more travelers and tourists will personally experience what I saw too. Visit the land of the howling winds soon and collect wonderful memories!

 

 

Rosella Jane “RJ” T. Vargas is a Christian by faith. She graduated from PUP-Manila with a degree in AB English. She is a freelance writer and an aspiring public speaker. 

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