(SPOT.ph) Not a lot of people know that tucked away on the island province of Catanduanes are some of the most pristine rolling hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This means there's no crowd to compete with if you're aiming for a perfect travel photo with no photobombers.
For those who know about this hidden gem, the decision to close Binurong Point indefinitely, made by owners Col. Jose C. Sorreta and family earlier in November, was met with disappointment. Controversy had surrounded the road widening and the cutting of trees within the area to make way for their KONI-equipped motorized vehicles. Now that the dust has settled, the family has announced on November 20 that Binurong Point is opening again on December 5.
The 89,000 square meters of privately owned land provides livelihood for residents of Barangay Guinsaanan, some of whom serve as tour guides. They wake up as early as 4 a.m. to lead travelers through the 30- to 40-minute hike across slippery boulders, muddy paths, tall grass, and rows of lush trees. By the break of dawn, hikers get to see the most beautiful view in Catanduanes: The sun rising from the vast Pacific Ocean, bringing light to the surrounding verdant terrain.
How to get there: 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, Baras. From there you can book a tricycle to take you to Binurong.