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Top 3 Best Beaches in Bicol

Matungkad Island in Caramoan

WHEN ONE MENTIONS BICOL, the first thing that comes to mind is the perfect cone shape of Mayon Volcano. But aside from Mayon, the region is also well-known for its beautiful islands and beaches. Though Palawan and Boracay are the top beach island not only in the Philippines but also in the whole world, Bicol has a lot to offer when it comes to white shorelines and pristine turquoise waters.

Mayon Volcano in Bicol

The famous Mayon Volcano in Bicol.

Even if it’s rainy season, you can still enjoy beach island vacations under the pouring rain. Here is the list of what we think as the top three best beach islands in Region V you may wanna visit:

1. Caramoan Peninsula

Matungkad Island in Caramoan

Matukad Island is one of the several islands that comprise the peninsula. The convergence of navy blue and blue-green seawater and the impressive rock formations covered with unspoiled forest is something to die for. That is if you’re a super lover of unexploited environment.

It’s not surprising that Caramoan Peninsula got included in the list. Located at the lower and eastern part of Camarines Sur, the whole world knows about it when it was used as location for the American TV reality show Survivor. Also known as Caramoan Islands, there are actually 12 islands namely Lahuy, Matukad, Pitogo, Sabitang Laya, Minalahos, Lahus, Hunongan, Gota, Tinago, Catanhawan, Cotivas and Tayak. The Caramoan peninsula alone is enough to satisfy your thirst for that tranquility and awesome beauty only a beach island can provide. Each of the 12 islands has its own beauty to boast of.

Gota Island in Caramoan

Gota Island in Caramoan

Who wouldn’t love the small town feel of this beach island? No one will surely get tired of waking up every morning if this is the view in the window.

Sabitang Laya Island

Sabitang Laya Island

In photo is one of the stunning limestone formations in the island of Sabitang Laya. Matukad, Gota and Sabitang Laya are undeniably gorgeous islands. Just imagine what’s in store for you if you also visit the rest of the peninsula’s islands.

2. Calaguas Islands

Calaguas: Tinaga Island where Mahabang Buhangin Beach is located.

Calaguas: Tinaga Island where Mahabang Buhangin Beach is located.

Traditional huts at Mahabang Buhangin Beach.

Traditional huts at Mahabang Buhangin Beach.

Located in Camarines Norte, Calaguas is a group of islands that includes Guintinua, Tinaga and Maculabo. It also gifted with long white shoreline and grassy hills that is perfect for that relaxed beach bumming experience. To go to Calaguas, you can do it yourself or choose from one of the many travel tours that offer tourists with different types of travel package. For example, there is a travel tour that offers an overnight package for P12,000.00. It includes accommodation, boat fee and back-and-forth air fare.

Boat in Calaguas Island, Bicol

Calaguas Island Boats

Boats owned by the locals in Tinaga are primarily used for transportation and fishing. These are also available for rent if you want to do your own island hopping.

Island hopping is one of the activities you can enjoy in Calaguas. Again, you can avail of the many offered tour packages or do it on your own. You can hire a boat from the locals and have a great solitary moment while feasting your eyes on the scenic views of the beach islands.

3. Catanduanes Island

Catanduanes Island in Bicol

Cantanduanes Island, also known as Virac Island, is dubbed as the hidden paradise of Bicol. Up to this day, the island remains untouched and unexploited.

Catanduanes Island, Bicol

Catanduanes is also the name of the province, which is a big island located in the east of Camarines Sur. Catanduanes Island has grassy hills that offer a breathtaking view of the sea. It is also home to big waves, which is what surfers are looking for. One of the beaches that is increasingly gaining popularity is Puraran Beach.

Puraran Beach has big waves that attract both professional and amateur surfers.

Puraran Beach has big waves that attract both professional and amateur surfers.

In recent years, surfing competitions were held in Catanduanes for obvious reasons. This has resulted to the establishment of surfing camps in the island. Filipino and foreign surfers now include the island in their list of best surfing spots.

Drew Arellano and his TV travel program “Byahe ni Drew” featured Puraran Beach and all the natural and organic things it can offer.

Drew Arellano and his TV travel program “Byahe ni Drew” featured Puraran Beach and all the natural and organic things it can offer.

Seafood in Catanduanes
After long hours of playing with the waves, a great way to regain energy is to spoil yourself with fresh seafood, refreshing young coconut water, and local delicacies. Those large and juicy lobsters are just a treat to your taste buds.

As it seems, Bicol has a long list of gorgeous and unexploited island beaches. It doesn’t just offer individual beaches but several groups of island beaches that await your visit. Is this list enough to make Bicol your next destination?

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By profession, the author is a Financial Consultant and Certified Estate Planner in the Philippines. An award-winning journalist-blogger, Ely is also passionate about spreading financial literacy among Filipinos and is managing a team of around a hundred financial consultants/advisors. A brand ambassador for known brands in the Philippines, Ely writes about travel and lifestyle when not meeting clients to discuss about solidifying their financial portfolios. Follow him on Twitter & Instagram @elysplanet. Check out as well.

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