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Virac, Catanduanes – One of the places I call home

Virac is a first class municipality in the province of Catanduanes, Philippines and it is my grandparent’s hometown and one of the places I call home. It is far from the busy city life and closer to island paradise. Catanduanes has been nicknamed “the land of the howling winds.” This is because it faces the Pacific Ocean and is in the path of many storms during the rainy season of July to March. But during the summer months of April to June, it’s picture-perfect!

How to get there?
via Plane – we’re able to get a discounted fare from Cebu Pacific for only 815PHP/head back and forth. You can check Cebu Pacific  for any promos available.

via Land – From Manila (Cubao or Pasay) take a Virac – bound bus (RSL Lines) or a Tabaco City (in Albay) bound bus (in case all Virac-bound buses are fully booked). Travel time is around 10 – 12 hours depending on Manila traffic and how many times your bus would want to have a stop. Once in Tabaco City, proceed to the city port wherein one has several options as to which sea vessels to ride.

February 2016 – We’re only able to stay for 3 days and 2 nights since my friends and I all have work and we’re only allowed to leave for 1 day.

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Welcome to Virac!!

We went straight to our hotel – Marem Pension House before we took our first day tour. The hotel is clean, they have cheap rates and the staff are very friendly. They also offer package tours so why not check them out.
Click here for their facebook page.
Website: www.marem.com.ph

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We rented a motorcycle to tour us around for the whole day. 1500PHP/2days (There are 5 of us)
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My Lolo and Stepfather

Talisoy Beach
• Entrance Fee: 10PHP/head
• There are no hotel/inn near the beach – there’s a small Nipa hut you can rent though.

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Twin Rock Beach Resort
Click here for Facebook page
• It’s a nice resort and it offers a lot of activities such as Zipline, Wall Climbing, Rappeling, Playground for kids and a swimming pool.
• If you want to simply relax and enjoy family bonding this is the resort for you.

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Maribina Falls
• Entrance Fee:
Adults – 20PHP
Kids – 10PHP

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Luyang Cave Park
• Entrance Fee: 50PHP/head
• You can go with your friends or you can ask a tour guide to show you inside (Hire a tour guide, especially if it’s your first time)

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At the end of the cave (right side)

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Fiat Homes & Chapel
• If you want to take pictures especially inside the church, ask permission first.
• Small cave-inspired chapel in Cavinitan. Its ceilings and walls resemble the caves with dramatic lighting directed at the altar. The solitude in the chapel is just what soul-searchers need for peace.

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On our way to Magnesia Beach

Magnesia Beach
• The resort owner didn’t ask for an entrance fee, but asked as to pay 150PHP for the nipa hut we rented.

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Sweet and friendly local dog
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Magnesia Church

Batag Beach
• Entrance Fee: 10PHP
• No hotel/Inns/Nipa Hut
• One of the best beaches I’ve been to in Virac – mix of fresh and salt water. My mom says that it’s a breeding ground for sharks. Didn’t encounter any so far.

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Antipolo Church
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Yes, there’s Jollibee just in case you’re craving for Chicken Joy
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We we had dinner and celebrated my officemate’s birthday

Port Area Pasalubong Goodies!

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We’re not able to go to Bato and Puraran again because we only have 3 days. I’m planning to visit Bato, Puraran and Caramoan by March 2017 (Hopefully!!)

TIPS:
• Food are delicious and cheap, if you love seafoods then you’ll get a load of them.
• If you’re a backpacker you can rent a tricycle to tour you around, you can usually find them near the wet market. Haggling skills!! Usually they’ll ask for 150-200PHP/head.
• You can usually buy lobsters during summer.
• For 3 days 2 nights – We spent 3,000PHP more or less for food, hotel, transpo and pasalubong.

“Mabalos Tabi!” (Salamat po/Thank you!) For reading my blog. Hope you’ll get to visit this wonderful island and bring tons of good memories!

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