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Catanduanes


Situated in the eastern part of Luzon, the island province lies on the Pacific coast and detached from the Bicol peninsula, the isolation is the primary reason why this slice of paradise has remained concealed from the influx of tourists.
The rugged and diverse landscape of the province is a dazzling stretch of tamed powdery sand, lush forests, and rich marine life, making Catanduanes a dream hideaway for those who want to commune with nature in its purest form.
Topping its long list of tourist draws is Puraran Beach in Baras, home of the so called “Majestic waves,” known internationally for its breathtaking, long barrel type of surfs.  Offshore waves are in the best shape from September to November that will surely make for a surfer’s adrenaline rush.
Due to its long coastline, every corner of the province is a virtual beach front, each one with a unique character that will charm the beach bums at heart. These are Amenia in San Andres, Toytoy in Caramoran, Marilima in Suboc in Viga, Balite, Mamangal the iconic Twin Rocks in Virac.  Frolic in their fine, powdery sands and panoramic view of Mayon Volcano’s perfect cone, and couple it with snorkeling, skin diving, and water sports in crystal clear waters for that complete beach experience.
For classy accommodation, there is Kosta Alcantara, Johnny’s Place and Catanduanes Island Resort, which can provide you a relaxing countryside sojourn modest 18-hole golf course for those who want to perfect their swing in the heartland of Mother Nature.
The mountainous terrain and lush vegetation of Catanduanes has gifted the province with a string of enchanting waterfalls, among them Nahulugan, Maribina, Solong and Balongbong whose cascading waters provide relaxing sound and rejuvenate tired muscles.  Meanwhile, spelunkers can explore the mystic caves of Buyo and Vargas Cave in Virac, and the historic Luyang Cave in San Andres where natives were choked to deathe by Moro pirates in the 17th century.
Nearby is the shrine of Batalay, where the first cross was planted in Catanduanes and was built over the grave Agustinian priest Diego de Herrera in 1576. A well, believed to have water with healing powers, can be found here. Another religious site woth seeing is the Shrine of Batong Paluay in San Andres, which contains the image of the Our Lady of Sorrows colorfully imprinted in a piece of stone that has progressively increased in size over the years.

Natural Tourist Destinations

Puraran Beach
Baras

The surfing area 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.

Twin Rocks


Splash in waters of incredible clarity beneath which lie sanctuaries of rich and colorful marine life. Its underwater coral formations offer an added adventure for spear fishing and snorkeling. Scuba diving, either as a fun-filled introduction or a recreational dive, is a very promising activity in this resort.

Kosta Alcantara


Its shoreline is covered with fine white sand and its pristine azure waters never fail to lure visitors to take a dip. It faces the mainland Bicol where one could take a full view of the breath-taking Mayon Volcano. Accommodations are truly classy and elegant.

Amenia Beach Resort

Easily accessible and reasonably priced accommodations make the pristine waters and creamy waved-combed sands of this vacation spot more appealing to the beach-goers. Its clear ambiance is relaxing experience.

Balete Beach

The whole stretch of Balite and Mamangal continues to beguile visitors with its unspoiled beauty an asset which the locals within the area are guarding zealously. The sprawling beach is covered with cool and shady trees and blessed with fine white sands, both in the shorelines and in the swimming area. Provides an alternative area for recreation, fun, relaxation, and picnics

Emmalyn Paradise Resort

It boasts of luxurious and world-class air-condition cottages, an orchidarium, and a spring-fed swimming pool. Its complete line of scuba diving equipment makes it stand out from the rest of the resorts. Luxuriate in the comforts of truly high-end accommodation facilities.

Bosdak Beach Resort

Bask in the glow of deep blue waters stretching like an expanse of warm silk that kisses the velvety sky. Complete with amenities like a swimming pool, restaurant and bar, and hostel accommodations.

Solong Falls

Secluded and relatively unexplored, the waterfalls beckon trekkers for a refreshing dip. Located along lush vegetation that grow under the damp mist of the clouds, creating forests with peaceful and ethereal beauty. It has several cascading waters flowing into natural pools. Cottages are available for picnic goers and adventurers at a minimal entrance fee.

Maribina Falls

Gushing with breath-taking rapids of crystal-clear waters, the cascading falls are located amid rustic surroundings and lush-green vegetation.

Mamangal Beach

Crystalline waters abound with natural and colorful reefs where a big number of species swarm in multi-colored panorama.

Toytoy Beach

Located in Caramoran, the well-developed coral formations underwater makes it ideal for snorkeling and spear fishing.

Nahulugan Falls

The cascading waterfalls is surrounded by a lush of vegetation and forest, unspoiled brims around the site, an ideal place for picnic activities, hiking and mountain climbing. Located in San Pedro, Gigmoto

Subuc Beach

A white beach located in Viga..

Luyang Cave

Feel the cool, damp air as you go inside this mute witness and tomb to the massacred natives who fled from the Moro pirates during the 17th century.

Vargas Cave

Located in Balite, Virac, it has a narrow opening that provides a challenging point of entry and is hidden in the midst of thickets.

Buyo Cave

Located in Buyo, Virac, the cave has beautiful stalactites and stalagmites and is surrounded by small rolling hills.

Balongbong Falls

Located in Bato along the national highway. At the basin is a man-made swimming pool and a pavilion for excursionists.

 

 

Man-made Resorts

Catanduanes Island Resort

Developed by a Japanese group, located in Panay, Panganiban. The beaches are all white and brilliantly clean. Ideal for surfing, skin-diving and sports fishing

Balongbong Mini-Hydro Damsite and Forebay

Developed by First Catanduanes Electric Cooperative (FICELCO), together with National Electrification Administration (NEA) which owned the power turbines being powered by a large waterfalls. Located at Guinobatan, Sipi Sibacungan, Bato, ideal for hiking, camping and botanical field trips.

Radar Station

Located at Buenavista, Bato, this weather radar station has state of the art equipment. From the roof deck, the panoramic view of the surrounding area is simply breathtaking.

Historical

Japanese Tunnel

This is the former radar site of the Japanese Imperial Navy during World War II.

Bato Church

This magnificently situated edifice greets everyone upon entrance to the town of Bato. It is the only remaining structure of its kind in the entire island. Despite the tests of time, wars, and ravages of natural calamities, it was able to retain its old glory of massive structure of mortar and coral stones. It took 53 years, from 1830 to 1883, to build this Church under six different parish administrators

Batalay Shrine

The site of the first cross in Catanduanes, believed to have been constructed over the grave of the shipwrecked Fr. Diego de Herrera of the Augustinian order in 1576, who died in the barangay of Batalay. A well believed to have water with healing powers can be found in this shrine. From the town proper of Bato, it would take only 15 minutes to reach this place

Batong Paluay

The locals relate that the image of the mystical face of Our Lady of Sorrows has been found in a flooded stream near the barangay of Batong Paluay. The image was etched on a piece of stone that has progressively increased in size. At present, one can view the image with bare eyes, unlike before, when one has to use a magnifying lens. Its repository has already been replaced three times to accommodate the increasing size of the miraculous Mother Mary.

Virac Cathedral

The Church of the Immaculate Conception is situated at the heart of the capital town of Virac where one can marvel at the stained glass windows.