5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Catanduanes

Last updated February 21, 2019 | Author: Harrish Tayo

Catanduanes is an island located at the easternmost part of Luzon. It is part of the Bicol region and is listed in the Top 20 largest islands in the Philippines.

It is sometimes called the “Land of the Howling Winds” because of the number of typhoons that the island experiences in a year.

This is due to its geographical position that makes it exposed to the Pacific Ocean. The capital municipality of Catanduanes is Virac, it has one airport and airlines offer 1 flight per day to the province.

Below I listed 5 reasons Why You Should Visit Catanduanes.

Trekking and Hiking

The topography of Catanduanes is mostly composed of mountains that can entice trekkers, height enthusiast and travelers to visit and trek high places in the province.

One of the famous spots in Catanduanes today is the Binurong Point. People who love to take pictures and are active on their social media will definitely love the picturesque view at the summit as it gives a magnificent 360 view of the island. It will only take at least 20 minutes to reach the summit of Binurong Point.

The serene view of the place can definitely heal those with broken hearts.

Surfing

Catanduanes is also home to one of the best surfing spot in the country. Puraran beach which is located in the municipality of Baras, another famous spot in the Island because of its so called “Majestic Waves”. Travelers who are into surfing or maybe wanted to learn how to surf can check this place.

If you’re planning to visit the province these coming months, you can check for the schedule of Catanduanes Reef Break, it is an annual 3 day event held in Puraran for the benefit of the locals. The event is a surf, skate and music festival so if ever you’re into surfing and partying after, then this is the place for you.

If you want to meet new friends from different places or maybe meet your forever, this event might be a good start for your search.

Historical Sites

If you’re not a party aficionado, no need to fret as Catanduanes also have historical and pilgrimage sites that you can visit which were built during the Spanish colonial era.

One of the famous historical sites in the island is the Bato Church, it is built from coral limestone and have withstood countless number of typhoons that have come to Catanduanes.

It is the oldest church in the province and has become a place of pilgrimage for the locals and travelers as well. Catanduanes have lots of old churches in each of the municipality.
This can be an opportunity for you to rejuvenate your faith while you take your mind off of work or stress.

The scenic views around the island are really breathtaking and it will be much more beautiful if viewed at a summit. One of the famous spots in Catanduanes today is the Binurong Point.

People who love to take pictures and are active on their social media will definitely love the picturesque view at the summit as it gives a magnificent 360 view of the island.

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It will only take at least 20 minutes to reach the summit of Binurong Point. The serene view of the place can definitely heal those with broken hearts.

Catanduanes is also home to one of the best surfing spot in the country. Puraran beach which is located in the municipality of Baras, another famous spot in the Island because of its so called “Majestic Waves”.

Travelers who are into surfing or maybe wanted to learn how to surf can check this place. So if ever you’re into surfing and partying after, then this is the place for you.

If you want to meet new friends from different places or maybe meet your forever, this event might be a good start for your search.

If you’re not a party aficionado, no need to fret a Catanduanes also have historical and pilgrimage sites that you can visit which were built during the Spanish colonial era.

One of the famous historical sites in the island is the Bato Church, it is built from coral limestone and have withstood a countless number of typhoons that have come to Catanduanes.

It is the oldest church in the province and has become a place of pilgrimage for the locals and travelers as well. Catanduanes have lots of old churches in each of the municipality.

This can be an opportunityfor you to rejuvenate your faith while you take your mind off of work or stress.

Festivities (Fiesta)

One of the reasons why I love going back to Catanduanes is because of their festivities. Each municipality has a different date on when they celebrate their feasts.

From what I learned in Baras (one of the municipalities in Catanduanes where my Mom lives), feast usually lasts for 2 days and it will comprise of different events like pageants, sports festival, and other activities.

The best part, everyone will serve food from their houses and if you’re a tourist or someone who lives from a different municipality they will invite you into their home to eat.

I have tried this couple of times, the most memorable was when I ate from five different houses in a span of 3 hours.

Even if your heart is empty and you went to Catanduanes to find peace, at least you can be sure that your tummy will not be empty.

Beaches

As I stated above, Catanduanes is an island exposed to the Pacific, and being an island it is surrounded by the sea, you will have lots of beach choices to chill, unwind and be carefree. Twin Rock, Amenia, Puraran are some of the beaches which you can add to your to see list when you visit the island.


Compared to other popular places in the country, the beach places in Catanduanes has very few crowd in it especially in the off peak season, which is good if you want a really calm atmosphere.


You can take selfies, profile picture worthy shots, and background photos for your social media or just something that you can send to your Ex while saying that you’ve moved on already.


I have given you five reasons to see Catanduanes. I hope you can find the time to visit the island as it will be much more beautiful if you see and experience Catanduanes firsthand.

 

Jeff Valle

Just call me "Jeff" - A travel and lifestyle blogger based from the world class tourist destination and famous white sand beach in Aklan (Boracay Island, Philippines). Licence Regional Tourist Guide in the Philippines by (DOT) Department of Tourism Region V1.

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