Lying east of Bicol mainland, Catanduanes is an island paradise in the Pacific, covering a total land area of 1,511.5 square meters.
Your visit to this island is more than just exploring its unspoiled beaches or enjoying surfing at Puraran Beach located on the northside. For acqua sport try scuba diving and sports fishing.
Catanduanes offers much more. It is rich in history, blending quaintly with the peaceful jutting mountains all over the island.
Adventures hike the twisting trails of Gigmoto and San Andres and enjoy the cool refreshing waterfalls, the religious visit to the ancient church of Bato and hike to the stone chapel a kilometer away where the first mass was believed to have been celebrated by the Spanish conquerors.
Island life is not as quiet as it seems. The capital town of Virac is irresistible for an oceanfront entertainment and arousing videoke bars. A hotel offers a breathtaking view of the entire island as its penthouse restaurant.
Resorts abound to accommodate leisure-seeking travelers, with a chain of picnic sheds and cottages over a well-manicured landscape, surrounded with lush greeneries.
HOW TO GET THERE
Catanduanes is served by Asian Spirit. This airline flies direct from Manila to and from Virac daily.
Air Conditioned buses (Philtranco and Tawtrasco) travel direct from Manila to Virac daily. Other air-conditioned buses can take you from Manila to the Port of Tabaco where a ferry boat can take you across to Virac, Catanduanes.
Scheduled trips leave the Araneta Center in Cubao and in Pedro Gil St., in Malate, Manila daily.
For the more adventurous tourist and sightseeing travelers, Virac is the best reached throuh the sea.
Two shipping lines – San Pablo Shippin Lines and Star Ferry – set asail from the Port of the Tabaco to Viract/San Andres daily. (Coutesy Wow Bicol)