Marilima Beach in Virac, Catanduanes is a sight to behold because of its gleaming white sands and the clear blue sea stretching as far as the eye can see. It is a wonderful getaway where you can just sit back or play around to your hearts content all in the midst of nature.
The beach is bordered by coconut trees and the back of the resort leans against a hill, giving it an air simi ...
lar to that of the Chocolate Hills of Bohol. Its shoreline is covered with fine white sand and its pristine azure waters never fail to lure visitors to take a dip. The unspoiled beach is bordered by gleaming white sands, whose clean and natural luster is recommended for picnickers and swimmers or even for spear fishing.
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If an airline company would offer a seat sale today, I wonder how many people would think of going to Virac, Catanduanes. Probably only few.
For two decades the province of Catanduanes has solely been associated with surfing primarily at Puraran Beach in Baras. Known as the "Land of Howling Winds" due to its location that placed it directly along the path of typhoons entering the country from the Pacific, Catanduanes, however, has so much more to offer. It was only in the last 3-5 years that more of the island province's other attractions began seeing the light of the tourism day.
Since 1988 Catanduanes has been known as a surfers haven but not having surfed at any point in our lives we kept the island province out of our bucket list for a long time. Three years ago, however, more of the island provinces attractions beyond surfing spots began to show up on the tourism radar. The beaches were always there, of course, but there were also rolling hills, breathtaking cliffs with majestic coastal views, caves, rock formations and pristine waterfalls. Last week we finally got the chance to visit the Land of Howling Winds.
This is a new version I edited for my Catanduanes trip last August 2016 with my titas and cousin.
Our 5-day backpacking experience in Catanduanes spanned from Aug. 1-5, 2016.
Day 1: Arrival at Virac Airport
We were able to tour most of West Catanduanes in a day.
Overnight in Virac
- Virac Airport
- Sto. Domingo River
- Marilima Beach
- Batag Beach
- Batong Paloway
- Amenia Beach
- Mamangal Beach
- Luyang Cave
Day 2: Going East, to Baras where we will spend the rest of our trip
Tour East Catanduanes (the stops were along the way to Baras)
- Maribina Falls
- Bato ...
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 the ...
After the widely successful remote beach list I posted last year, here's another ten that will surely whet your appetite to travel and discover more of the Philippines.
Most of these beaches haven't been included in other beach lists that you usually find repeated again and again and I'm proud to say that I've personally been to all these.
These are beautiful with white sand ranging from powdery white to cream colored to a mixture of sand, pebbles and other normal sea debris.
Not all of these are readily accessible though. Case in point, Brother Island is private (but possible to visit) ...