The Awesome Island called CATANDUANES

Rabu, 04 Mei 2016
          Last February 2016,  I ventured on my 2nd solo travel and this time I went to an awesome island of Catanduanes. Catanduanes is a "not so famous tourist destination", only a few would actually know and would want to go to here, not unless of course if you are a surfer or have been here before. It was by chance that I got to go to this place, I just went to Cebu Pacific's website and selected a random destination and booked it. That's it.. I'm going to Virac, Catanduanes. Without much plan I went there anyways and man, I fell inlove with the place. It's more than a surfing mecca...they have.. get ready for this... CHEAP... YES CHEAP.... LOBSTERS <3 YES. LOBSTERS.

Stoked in Catanduanes <3

Yep we Fresh! :P

          Below is my itinerary and sort of guide in this beautiful island of Catanduanes. Please click on the active links to check out the per day activities and reviews. Please note that there are not time stamps, this is because I've got all the time in my hands just chillaxin' my way thru Catanduanes. Tara! Pinas Muna! Join me in my Catanduanes Adventure!



Catanduanes is an island province in the Philippines located in the Bicol Region of Luzon.
It is the 12th largest Island in the Philippines.
Its capital is Virac and the province lies to the east of Camarines Sur across Maqueda Channel.
-Wikipedia


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Day 1
Manila to Virac via Cebu Pacific
Airport Airport to Baras Van Terminal
Van to Puraran Beach Resort
Check in Puraran Surf Camp
Brunch
Chill by the beach
Dinner at Majestic Beach Resort

Day 2
Sunrise at Balacay Point
Breakfast at Puraran Surf Camp
Trekking to Binurong Point
Lunch at Majestics
Check out Puraran Surf Camp
Catanduanes Tour
     Nahulugan Falls
     PAG ASA Weather Radar Station
     Bato Church
     Bato River
     Maribina Falls
Check in Marem Pension House
Dinner at Kemji Garden Resort

Day 3
Mamangal Beach
Twin Rock Beach / Igang Beach
Lunch at Twin Rock Beach
Check out the local market for pasalubong
Go back to Marem Pension House to wash up
Dinner at Sea Breeze

Day 4
Check out Marem Pension House
Virac Airport bound for Manila



Expenses Breakdown:

Day 1
                                      Manila to Virac via Cebu Pacific
Php 70.00          Airport Airport to Baras Van Terminal (Tryc)
Php 100.00        Van to Puraran Beach Resort
Php 400.00        Check in Puraran Surf Camp
Php 155.00         Brunch
                                        Php 125 Cornsilog with Coffee
                                        Php 30 Mineral Water
                                     Chill by the beach
Php 325.00         Lobster dinner at Majestic Beach Resort
Php 1,050.00  

Day 2
Php 200.00        Sunrise at Balacay Point (tryc ride)
Php 165.00         Breakfast at Puraran Surf Camp 
                                 Php 125 Tapsilog with Coffee
                                        Php 40 Noodles in a cup ^_^ v - Heavy breakfast eh! :P
Php 400.00        Trekking to Binurong Point (habal - habal / motorbike ride)
Php 300/2           Guide Fee - I shared the fee with a fellow solo traveler ^_^ yey!
Php 350.00         Lobster lunch at Majestic Beach Resort  + Coke :)
                                     Check out Puraran Surf Camp
Php 150/2            Tryc going to Baras
Php 600/2            Hired a tryc for tour - I shared the fee with a fellow solo traveler ^_^ yey!
                                              Catanduanes Tour
                                              Nahulugan Falls
                                              PAG ASA Weather Radar Station
                                              Bato Church
                                              Bato River
Php 10.00                      Maribina Falls
Php 850.00         Check in Marem Pension House
                                         (2 days accommodation which I shared with a fellow solo traveler)
Php 575/2           Dinner at Kemji Garden Resort 
Php 2,787.50





Day 3
Php 550/2           Hired a tryc to take us to Mamangal Beach and Twin Rock Beach for the day
Php 10.00            Mamangal Beach
Php 50.00           Twin Rock Beach / Igang Beach
Php 380/2           Lunch at Twin Rock Beach
                                        Php 30    Cali Shandy
Php 20/pax         Tryc from Twin Rock Beach to the local market
Php 1000              Pasalubong hunting and snacks
Php 40.00           Tryc from market back to Marem Pension House
Php 20.00           Tryc from Marem Pension House to Sea Breeze Restaurant
Php 500/2           Dinner at Sea Breeze
Php 20.00           Tryc from Sea Breeze Restaurant to Marem Pension House
Php 1,875

Day 4
                                     Check out Marem Pension House
Php 50.00           Marem Pension House van service to airport
Php 100.00        Airport terminal fee  (Virac Airport bound for Manila)
Php 150.00


Total : 5862.50


          This is more or less what you would be spending when you follow my itinerary, It would really be a lot cheaper if you have someone with you to share the tryc with. I highly recommend this place its also solo backpacker friendly. One tip though, The habal habal and tryc drivers doesn't give out a fixed price for their services so even before you go somewhere ask first how much they will be charging you so that you could stay within a budget. If you have more time go to Gigmoto, there's a lot to see in that place too, for sure I'll be coming back for that and ofcourse..the lobsters ^_^.  The place is beautiful, the people were really nice and friendly. Best of luck and enjoy! :)

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