Often battered and in the front-line of incoming storms, Catanduanes has often been out of the radar of most travelers in the Philippines. But this island province, unbeknown to many, holds a lot of natural wonders and activities that would keep adventure travelers occupied. Staying there for 4 days and 3 nights led us to discover wonderful beaches, nice waterfalls and old churches. Here’s a handy summary of the trip.
Route: Catanduanes is fairly a large island. While the whole distance can be covered in a couple of days or less, the rough road conditions once out of Virac and Bato can increase the travel time. We only had time to visit the east side to south western side of Catanduanes. Coming from Manila we headed to Puraran. From Puraran we went back to Virac as base then explored the southern parts which are Igang and Lictin.
- Transit: Manila to Puraran Beach Baras Catanduanes
- The Puraran Beach and its Majestic Surf
- Meeting the Colorful People of Puraran
- Fly back to Manila
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Budget: The total cost of the trip 4days and 3 night’s trip in Catanduanes is roughly P6000. The P2000 goes for the round-trip air fare via Cebu Pacific. The remaining P4000 covered the terminal tax, transportation fare, food and accommodations. It is possible to still bring this down as we tried some restaurant food and mid-range accommodations but there are cheaper alternatives.
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