Catanduanes is an island province of the Philippines located in the Bicol Region of Luzon. The province consists primarily of Catanduanes Island, also called Virac Island, but also includes Panay Island and a few other minor surrounding islets.
The island is a biodiversity hotspot. Its lush rainforest is home to Philippine brown deer, flying foxes, and other endemic bat species, war ...
ty pigs, civets, cobras, giant pythons, monitor lizards, sailfin lizards and other endemic animals. Exotic bird species such as Philippine hornbill, rail, parrot, bittern, egret, pheasant, coot, lapwing, plover, Philippine duck, quail, owl, oriole, kingfisher, swiftlets and many more are also found.
The marine environment of the island is also ecologically rich as its terrestrial zones. Some of its potential marine reserves and diving spots are Mamunglo Island reef in Bato, Macalanhog Island reef in Gigmoto, and several reef spots along the Bato-Baras-Gigmoto-Viga coastlines. Catanduanes reefs harbor many endangered and threatened types of mollusks such as giant Triton, cowries, abalone, cone snails, conches, octopuses, squids, and nautiluses.
Marine mammals are also reported to frequent on its eastern coasts such as species of dolphins and whales which appear in March??"June. Many edible marine algae such as caulerpa, valonia, and turbellaria also grow abundantly on its rough coasts. Wiki
Catanduanes Island or Virac Island News
On the southernmost part of Luzon lies Catanduanes province. The island dubbed as "The Happy Island" is one of the budding tourist spots of the Bicol region. Being surrounded by a body of water, the island became known for its array of water-based attractions such as lagoons, beaches, waterfalls and more.
Visitors to the island province of Catanduanes can enjoy its natural allure and, at the same time, make a meaningful share in nurturing Mother Earth.
This, after the provincial government adopted a unique program that provides tourists the opportunity to plant trees during their stay in the province.
Provincial Tourism Head Carmel Bonifacio-Garcia said the undertaking, called "One Tourist, One Tree," encourages foreign and domestic tourists to plant a tree in areas identified by the provincial government.
She said the program was incepted in 2015 to help promote responsible and sustai ...
As if we were not wowed enough by what we found up north Catanduanes in Pandan, we ventured southeast of the Happy Island to find more amazement in the municipality of Bato. From Virac, it's an 11km ride to the municipality of Bato. A familiar route on my first visit are the numerous waterfalls in the area, including Maribina Falls. But I never knew Carorian Adventure off the coast of Bato was something to rave about. We just got a taste and I'm already thinking when I'll be back here.
A bit of kitesurfing, some riding on two pretty awesome (but tiny ;)) Filipino motorbikes, waive surfing, cruising around the set of Survivor, (Expeditie Robinson) and heaps, no actually tons, of happiness.
The views, waives and ride were spectaculair, and the people true charmers. From Boracay (Isla kite!), to South Luzon, finishing in Catanduanes Island.
We started our 5 day moto trip at Mt Mayon (Legazpi), drove all the way up to lake Buhi, from lake Buhi we went on to Naga and from there to Caramoan (final stop). We drove back to Legazpi in just one day.
Our trip ended at Catand ...
One time you're chilling at your hotel in the city proper, next thing you know you're at the back of a motorbike hopping from one postcard-worthy beach to the next.
This is exactly what I did in Virac, the unassuming capital of Catanduanes province geographically located in the easternmost part of the Bicol Peninsula but separated from the mainland Bicol by Maqueda Channel and the Lagonoy Gulf.
Catanduanes earned the moniker "The Land of the Howling Winds", mainly because it is the first landmass in the Philippines archipelago to kiss the Pacific Ocean, making it directly open to the to ...
An adventure on the prestigious island of Catanduanes where nature flourishes and biodiversity lives freely.