PURARAN BEACH, CATANDUANES: IMPORTANT TRAVEL TIPS

Catanduanes is another famous surfing destination; one of the beaches to test your mettle is in Puraran Beach. Puraran Beach is a surfer’s and beach lover’s paradise with its cream-tinged sand, and perfect swells. It has majestic waves that improve your skills as a surfer and an idyllic ambiance perfect for relaxing and a beautiful landscape worthy of your Instagram feed.

How to Get There

Nearest Airport: Virac Airport (Catanduanes)

By Air
  1. Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have flights from Manila to Virac.
  2. Once in Virac, board a bus or jeep bound for Baras (P45). There are also vans plying the Virac to Baras route (P100).
  3. Once in Baras, you can charter a tricycle to take you to Puraran (P150/way). If you find a Gigimoto Bus, board it, as it goes to Puraran and saves you time and money.
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    Alternatively, you can rent a car or van for the entire day for Puraran and other spots for P2500 to P3000.

By Land
  1. If you were unable to book cheap fares from Manila to Virac, you can get on a bus bound for either Tabaco or Legazpi. The ticket price depends on the class of the seat you book; it is between P750 to P850 per way.
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    If you want the trip to be more comfortable, DLTB has buses with CR and Lazy Boy that depart from Ali Mall Cubao and LRT-Buendia traveling to Legazpi for P1100/way.

  3. You’d want to arrive at Tabaco since the ferries bound for Catanduanes depart from there.
  4. The fare from Tabaco varies; ROROs cost P150-P300 per way and the fast craft costs around P450 to Virac.
  5. Once in Virac, board a bus or jeep bound for Baras (P45). There are also vans plying the Virac to Baras route (P100).
  6. Once in Baras, you can charter a tricycle to take you to Puraran (P150/way). If you find a Gigimoto Bus, board it, as it goes to Puraran and saves you time and money.
  7.  
    Alternatively, you can rent a car or van for the entire day for Puraran and other spots for P2500 to P3000.

 


Entrance Fee and Other Charges

  • Entrance Fee: It depends on where you choose to go and stay.
  • Camping Fee: It depends on the resort.
  • Cottage Rental Fee: Rates vary from one resort to another.
  • Surfing Lesson Rate: P350 – P400 (1 hour, including surfboard)
  • Tourist Attraction Fees: Binurong Point (P20 entrance fee, P300-500 motorcycle fare from Puraran); Balacay Point (P150-200 motorcycle taxi fare)

  • Don’t Miss

    • Other than lazing on the beach, swimming and surfing, there are other noteworthy destinations which include Balacay and Binurong Viewpoints.

    Don’t Forget

    • The ideal times for surfing are February to June for beginners and intermediate surfers, while the months of July to October are the best for professional surfers.
    • Do your withdrawing and some food and drinks shopping from Virac because as you move further away from the biggest town, your options will be limited.
    • Bring a rash guard for surfing and protection from sunburn.
    • Leave only footprints and memories, not trash.

    If You Have More Time and Budget

    • Catanduanes has plenty of other attractions to offer such as Luyang Cave, and other beautiful beaches near Virac such as Mamangal, Marilima and Twin Rock just to name a few.
    • You can also go to some of the islands in Caramoan as a day trip or spend the night there.

    Where to Stay

    There are a decent number of resorts at Puraran Beach, 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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