The rugged and diverse landscape of the province is a dazzling stretch of tamed powdery sand, lush forests, and a rich marine life, making Catanduanes a dream hideaway for those who want to commune with nature in its purest form.
Here's a list of must visit places in Catanduanes province.
Clean and peach-colored beach, Puraran is invigorating to those who want to bask in the glory of the sea, sand and sky. This is the most famous beach in Catanduanes and placed the province in the surfing map of the world, listed as one of the top surfing locations. It also boasts of a magnificent view of mountains and coves. The place, apart from excluding modern comforts, also means less urban chaos and more peace and serenity.
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
The magnificently situated edifice stands proudly by the scenic Bato River and greets everyone upon entrance to the town of Bato. It is the only remaining structure of its kind in the entire island. The church is of interest not only as a mid-colonization Filipino-Spanish architecture, but as a historical landmark. It was built under the polo system of forced labor for a total of 53 years under six different parish administrators. Started in 1830 and finished in 1883, Bato Church has withstood wars, calamities and ravages of time. This massive structure of mortar and coral stones was able to retain its old glory.
Holy Cross of Batalay Shrine
The shrine is the site where the first Catholic Cross was planted in Catanduanes and was built over the burial place of Augustinian priest Fray Diego de Herrera in 1576 who died in Batalay, Bato. Legend says that a spring water sprouted near the cross, believed to have healing powers. It is a common belief that the cross presently enshrined in the Batalay Chapel is still the original cross planted more than 420 years ago. Batalay has been the center of annual religious pilgrimages from people of different places. The Holy Cross of Batalay is a Diocesan shrine with the right to hold a liturgical celebration on the last Friday of April every year.
Our Lady of Sorrows Shrine
Batong Paloway, San Andres
The thumbnail sized river stone bearing the mystical face of the Virgin Mary found in a river bank is believed to have grown in size over the years. At present, one can view the image with the bare eyes unlike before, when one had to use a magnifying lens. The image has drawn many devotees throughout the years and a mass is being heard every Friday afternoon as devotees flock the chapel regularly to pray the rosary and novenas. Every Lenten week celebration people on Holy Thursday walk from Virac and as far as Batalay, Bato ona penitentiary pilgrimage to visit and pray to the Lady of Sorrows.
Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral
Located at the heart of the capital town of Virac, the cathedral that has been super-imposed over the old parish church is adorned with stained glass windows and a roof dome is being added on top of the altar.
Museo de Catanduanes
3/F Old Capitol Building
Santa Elena, Virac
Experience a glimpse of the historical development of the province in its own one and only culture and heritage center, a showcase of CAtanduanes history and rich repository of its genetic culture.
Luyang Cave Park
Lictin, San Andres
Feel the cool damp air inside this mute witness to and tomb of the massacre natives who fled from the Moro pirates during the 17th century. To appease their troubled souls, a mini grotto and altar was built inside in memory of this massacre. A “Requiem Mass” is said on April 28 of every year. The adventurer could revel in the sight of the corridors of majestic and colossal stalactites and stalagmites pillars and rock formations. Hanging from the ceilings and waalls of the cave are countless bats who reigns the whole length of the cave. From a distance is Mt. Cagmasosco, one of the highest mountain peaks in the province.
PAG-ASA WEATHER RADAR STATION
The latest state of the art Doppler radar station that sits on top of a mountain is expected to mitigate the impact of devastating typhoons in the country as the state weather agency. PAG-ASA, predicts incoming typhoons. It will also provide accurate weather forecasts from PAG-ASA and thus creating a system that will better warn the officials of the national and local disaster risk reduction and management offices and the people, about possible typhoons and readier than ever to respond to these threats and help the people recover from potential damages.
AMENIA BEACH RESORT
Palawig, San Andres
Reeling with the textures of the sun, sea and sand, one can easily lose oneself and be drifted away while leisurely walking along the stretch of its powdery-white sands and dabbling in its undeniably tamed waters. A place to enjoy the vantage view of the beautiful sunset and where one could take a full view of the breathtaking perfect silhouette of Mayon Volcano and its neighbor, Bulusan Volcano, in the distance.
PASA TIEMPO BEACH RESORT
Yocti, San Andres
The place boasts of gleaming cream sand best for picnics and swimming. Its underwater coral formations offer an added adventure for spear fishing and snorkeling. Scuba diving, either as a fun-filled introduction or a recreational dive, is a very promising activity in this resort.
TWIN ROCK BEACH RESORT
Where the aquamarine vastness is punctuated by two rocks jutting out of the Pacific Ocean, where the underwater coral formations are ideal for snorkeling, this resort is one of the best in the entire islan. It’s mysteriously comforting calm and safe refuge to visiting tourists, whether foreign or domestic, are warm assurances of a wholesome and relaxing experience. Experience the adrenaline rush with its own zip-line, a 40 foot climbing wall, a wipeout like obstacle course, canopy walk and ATV rides. The resort also offers diving packages.
The sprawling beach is covered with cool and shady trees and blessed with fine creamy sand, both in the shorelines and in the swimming area. The clear water is ideal for snorkeling and spear fishing because of the well-developed coral formations. The beach is an ideal place for family and office outings and weekend picnics.
Panay Island, Bagamanoc
At the tip of Panay Island, in the barangay of Quigaray in the municipality of Bagamanoc, is the famous LORAN Beach. LORAN stands for Long Range Aid to Navigation, a former American naval base built around the early 1950s as an outpost to monitor movements in the Pacific Ocean. Abandoned in 1972, the camp was then used by local coastguards in 1980 and was again abandoned. The beach is a short walk from the drop off point, reachable by banca 30 to 40 minutes from the shoreline of the town of Bagamanoc. It has white sand that lead to a stairway up a hill where the structures are located. From atop, the marvelous view of the Pacific’s turquoise waters crashing against the shoreline is more than enough to compensate for the long journey.
Maribina Falls is the most popular and widely publicized among the numerous waterfalls in Catanduanes. Gushing with breath-taking rapids of crystal-clear waters, the cascading three-layer falls is located amid rustic surroundings and lush green vegetation. There are ideal picnic grounds near the waterfalls and sheds are available for day visitors.
San Pedro, Gigmoto
The cascades of this falls boast of a tall drop where its waters beautifully cascade on three tiers, creating spectacular sprays where bathers can soothe their tired muscles. It is surrounded by lush vegetation and forest where locals have made place into a natural picnic ground.