I chose Catanduanes simple because it is the only province in Bicol Region that I haven’t visited yet. Since this is a solo trip, I opted to stay and roam around Virac, the capital of Catanduanes.
From the airport, I went straight to Rhaj Inn (contact number 09123180857) and secured a place to sleep in. I got a fan room at P375 (no a/c room for now since I will shoulder the expense all by myself).
It was a Sunday so after I settled my things, I went first to Cathedral of Immaculate Conception to attend Mass (was not able to get a picture of the church façade because it is currently under renovation).
Next stop is the Museo de Catanduanes, located in the Old Capitol building. Unfortunately, the museum is close on Sundays (which is quite unusual since most of the museum is open during weekends).
There are plenty of beautiful beaches in Virac but based on blogs that I have read, Marilima beach is the most stunning. So, I went to the tricycle terminal located in front of Virac Town Center (VTC) and ride the public tricycle going to Batag, fare is P30/head and distance is about 13kms to Marilima Beach. True to the blogs that I’ve read, transportation is quite scarce going back to Virac. Bloggers even suggested to rent transportation when touring Virac. Typical tour rate is P500 for half day rental which is costly for a solo traveler. Glad to meet kuya Joe, the driver of the tricycle I rode from Virac. Since I was the last passenger to get off, he volunteered to just wait for me. He even took some of my pictures in the beach 🙂 (you can contact his number 09182209345 for tours). Another truth to the blogs that I’ve read, Marilima is dramatically pristine and unblemished. An unspoiled beach situated just along the highway. But Kuya Joe told me that the place is already sold to someone and they will eventually turn it into a private resort (another raw beauty that will turn into an overrated commercial site).
From Marilima, I went back to Rhaj Inn and took a nap. At night time, I went to VTC to have my dinner and buy some souvenirs. I thought it was just a mall but when I reached the back area, there are food stalls, park and a stage with a huge LED. They call the place VTC Metrowalk and I think this is where locals usually stay to unwind.
Need to end this blog by thanking my travel hubby who, after my several attempts, finally allowed me to do this solo backpacking. Because of this, as a traveler, I feel complete.