Catanduanes Is the Perfect Escape During Rainy Days in the Metro

The waves are pumping!


( It may be dark and gloomy in Metro Manila as soon as the month of June starts, but in Catanduanes, this means one thing: Surf's up! Aside from pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters, the province also boasts a surf spot where waves are pumping from July to October—Puraran Beach in Baras, the home of the "Majestic." Light drizzle happens during mid-afternoon but the sun is up the rest of the day, and it's as if the weather is upside down this side of the country.




If Siargao has "Cloud Nine" and Zambales has "Magic Left," Catanduanes has the "Majestic" waves that are described as some of the fastest and most hollow right-handed barrels in the world. The term was made popular by Hawaiian photographer Warren Bolster through a 1980s issue of California-based SURFER Magazine and since then, the name just stuck. Waves can reach more than six feet especially when typhoons come in from the Pacific. The best thing about it? You have the lineup all to yourself since not a lot of people go to this side of least, not yet.





Beginning surfers can test their skills on the calmer side of the waters, behind Puraran Beach's amazing rock formations where waves are smaller. Surf instructors are also available from the nearby resorts at P350/hour.



Catanduanes may be called the "Land of the Howling Winds" because of the typhoon that comes in from the Pacific, but that doesn't happen until the month of November sets in. By then, you've already had three whole months of some amazing surf.






Majestic Puraran Beach Resort

Barangay Puraran, Baras, Catanduanes

Contact: 0929-424-3818


Rates start at P700 for two


Majestic Puraran only has a few cottages within its property, ensuring that you have the most peaceful vacation as possible. Rooms have everything you need for an island experience—a bed for two, private bathroom with shower, and an electric fan. Mosquito nets are provided so you can open your windows even at night and just enjoy the sound of the waves lulling you to sleep. You can also pitch a tent (P250/night) at Majestic Puraran's spacious camp site. Don’t miss the delicious buttered lobsters they serve during lunch time (P350 for three pieces).



Puraran Surf Beach Resort

Barangay Puraran, Baras, Catanduanes

Rates start at P450 for two


Puraran Surf Beach Resort has a number of accommodations to choose from for any type of traveler. Backpackers who don't mind sharing a bathroom can rent out the fan rooms (P450/night for two to P900/night for two). Cottages with private bathrooms range from P650/night for two to P1000/night for six. But if you can't really let go of the comforts of an air-conditioned room, you can rent one for P1,200/night for two.




Philippine Airlines flies from Clark to Virac every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Cebu Pacific flies from Manila to Virac every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. From Virac airport, you can ride a tricycle to Virac seaport (P10); then an air-conditioned van (P80, one hour) or jeepney (P40, one hour) to Puraran Beach Resort's welcome arch.


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