SAGÑAY, Camarines Sur – If you find Caramoan too far and tiresome to travel while bringing along the family, try Atulayan Island.
Within an “arm’s reach”, so near, Atulayan Island is only 60 minutes drive from Legazpi City Airport in Albay Province, or 35 minutes by car from Pili/Naga City Airport in Camarines Sur, or 9 hours drive from Manila.
Atulayan Island at Sagñay, Camarines Sur, is very much nearer than Caramoan, saving you shorter precious hours in travel time when rushing back again to Manila.
From Legazpi City, the most favored route is the zigzag mountain road via Tiwi, Albay to Sagñay, Camarines Sur where you can enjoy the picturesque, panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Tourists say the mountain road is similar to the French Reviera, zigzagging with the cliff side dropping deep into the sea.
Getting off at Barangay Nato in Sagñay, from here, Atulayan Island is only 15 minutes by boat where you and the family can enjoy, as soon as possible, frolicking in the crystal clear water, the white beach of corrals, still virgin barely untouched, undiscovered, and shielded from the noisy, maddening “Boracay crowd”.
Arriving at Nato, tourism coordinator Ms. Mary Grace S. Chavez will arrange for your boat ride to Atulayan while your van gets a secured parking space at the Nato Wharf. For inquiries, the Nato tourism office can be reached by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Atulayan beach is cool, breezy, with crystal clear water, and the waves gentle and tamed. The place is family-friendly and eco-friendly, a better alternative if you find Caramoan too far to reach. [Rebecca Sabella-Natividad]