MARILIMA BEACH, CATANDUANES: IMPORTANT TRAVEL TIPS

Marilima is close to Virac, the biggest town on the island province of Catanduanes, making this attraction a good getaway because of its beautiful beachscape and rustic ambiance. Marilima’s placid waters, depending on the weather, and quiet atmosphere make for an ideal place to go to outside the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila and the surfer vibe of Puraran.

How to Get There

Nearest Airport: Virac Airport (Catanduanes)

By Air
  1. Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have flights from Manila to Virac, Catanduanes your jump-off point to the beaches of Mamangal.
  2. Once in Virac, you can rent a tricycle for the whole day for around P1000 to visit the attractions near Virac and the surrounding towns such as Mamangal and Marilima Beaches. You can also rent a private car for P2500 to P3000 per day.
By Land
  1. Buy a bus ticket traveling to Legazpi or Tabaco, it costs between P750 to P850 and may take up to 12 hours.
  2. The ferries that depart for Virac leave from Tabaco; the ROROs are P150 to P300 while the fast crafts cost P450.
  3. Once in Virac, you can rent a tricycle for the whole day for around P1000 to visit the attractions near Virac and the surrounding towns such as Mamangal and Marilima Beaches. You can also rent a private car for P2500 to P3000 per day.

 


Entrance Fee and Other Charges

  • Entrance Fee: FREE
  • Camping Fee: Free to minimal fee.
  • Cottage Rental Fee: P300 (open cottage); P100 (wooden table)
  • Tricycle Tour Rate: P1000 (whole day)

Don’t Miss

  • Marilima Beach contrasts with the surfing waves in Puraran. It has serene, mirror-like waters, depending on the weather, and is perfect for bumming on the gold-tinged sand, playing volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, and swimming for an afternoon.
  • After an hour or so, add Batag and Mamangal Beach, and Amenia Resort to your itinerary as part of your beach hopping adventure in this part of the province.

Don’t Forget

  • Before heading to Mamangal Beach, withdraw enough cash in Virac because there are no ATMs in the small towns near those beaches.
  • Bring food and snacks for lunch and/or merienda, if you plan to spend the whole day at the beach.
  • Leave only footprints and memories, not trash.

If You Have More Time and Budget

  • Go to Puraran Beach to ride the waves, visit Maribina Falls, take photos of Bato Church, or go on a day trip to the Caramoan Islands.

Where to Stay

There are decent accommodations within the vicinity, but if you are planning to visit other places in Catanduanes, here are some of the recommended accommodations according to Agoda users (as of August 2017).

Photo was provided by the resort via Agoda.

For more options, search here: Catanduanes Hotels


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