Remembering Caramoan

When it was still largely unknown to local tourists, the Caramoan peninsula was featured in the 2004 edition of an international travel guide book. It was described as a rugged, pristine and beautiful landscape only accessible by boat. Caramoan burst into the scene in 2008 when the French version of the TV series Survivor featured the place. It soon began attracting local and international visitors.

The Bicol Region in Our Thoughts

Within a span of 18 days, three powerful typhoons – one of them the strongest in the world in 2020 and among the strongest in recorded history – struck the major island of Luzon in the Philippines. Hard hit were the provinces of the Bicol region

Puraran Beach for Non-Surfers

When locals in Baras, Catanduanes welcomed Australian surfer Peter Sutton to their isolated cove in 1984, they had no idea that his visit would help place Puraran Beach and Catanduanes on the tourist map. Sutton was lured by the perfect barrel waves brought off by swells from the Pacific breaking on Puraran’s offshore reef (later... Continue Reading →

Beach-Hopping at Virac, Catanduanes

Since 1988 Catanduanes has been known as a surfer’s haven but not having surfed at any point in our lives we kept the island province out of our bucket list for a long time. Three years ago, however, more of the island province’s attractions beyond surfing spots began to show up on the tourism radar.... Continue Reading →

The Twins of Subic Beach

Matnog, Sorsogon is a sleepy little port town that serves as a jump-off point for ferries going to Northern Samar and other destinations in the Eastern Visayas. Arriving at the unassuming town late one afternoon we realized just how remote and underdeveloped the place is. There were very few tourist accommodations and no fancy cafes... Continue Reading →

A Quiet Afternoon at Tikling Island

After a full morning of swimming with the colorful fishes at the Juag Lagoon marine sanctuary and enjoying the scenic view of Calintaan Island’s twin Subic Beaches, we were getting hungry and looking forward to lunch back in town. There was one remaining destination on this (half) day of island-hopping, however. After no more than... Continue Reading →

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