Baras, and more specifically Puraran, takes you back when these were merely distractions and bonding with nature was the way to truly experience your travel.

Baras is one of the eleven municipalities of Catanduanes. Situated on the eastern edge of the island, it is one of the first recipients of the grand Pacific waves, making it a great spot to ride your surfboard. And though it may be popular among the surfing community, much of the mainstream tourists have yet to discover the beauty of this paradise.

The Puraran Beach is among the highlights of Baras. This intimate beach prides its fine cream-colored sand and seaside rock formations that are totally raw and unspoiled. With the friendly locals, delectable cooking and a very laid back ambiance, this is definitely a place to relax and enjoy life.

My last visit to Catanduanes was one of the best I had — and much of it was because of my stay in Baras. This week, I’m excited to share the beauty of this place.

Puraran beach, Baras, Catanduanes

The majestic Puraran beach

How to Get to Puraran Beach, Baras, Catanduanes

  • By Public Transport – From Virac airport, take a tricycle going to Virac seaport where the transport terminals are located. Ride a van bound to Gigmoto and tell the driver to drop you off at Baras, or more specifically, to your destination.
  • Travel time is 1 hour and fare is P100 per head. Take note that public transportation becomes difficult in Catanduanes later in the day, so it is best to catch them in the morning.

Things to do in Puraran Beach, Baras, Catanduanes

Many travel destinations nowadays incorporates modern entertainments like loud bars and disco, zip lines (and the like) and other establishment you used to only see in malls. Baras, and more specifically Puraran, takes you back when these were merely distractions and bonding with nature was the way to truly experience your travel.

Beach Bumming in Puraran

Life is a beach, so they say. Whoever first thought of this phrase must be in someplace like the Puraran Beach of Baras. Living in this stressful modern age, it is a good reminder of the things that are still good in this life.

Puraran is all about solitude. It is the perfect place to disconnect from the city and find your inner peace.

Unlike the popular beaches, Puraran hardly gets crowded even on its peak season. You can sit all day by the shore, read a book, play cards with you friends and fall in love with the laid-back vibe of Puraran.

Puraran Beach, Baras, Catanduanes

For places to stay in Puraran, check the following resorts :

Surfing in Puraran Beach

Located on the extreme east of Catanduanes, the Puraran Beach of Baras is blessed with swells that draws surfers from all over the country. And lately, it has also been steadily gaining international popularity. With Pacific waves that goes six feet and over during typhoon season, seasoned surfers will definitely find the exhilaration they seek at Puraran.

Beginners should not despair because there is also an area to can practice, learn and enjoy. The resorts provides instructors so just let them know if you need one.

Surfing in Puraran Beach, Baras, Catanduanes

 

Sunrise Watching at Balacay Point

Facing the east, Baras boasts sunrise that would truly melt your heart. With grass hills that bears semblance of Batanes, Balacay point is the perfect vantage point to showcase the beauty of the Puraran cove. View like this makes every morning beautiful in Baras.

Sunrise at Balacay Point, Baras, Catanduanes

Balacay point is under twenty minutes from Puraran beach by tricycle, so make sure to set your alarm early.

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Beach Volleyball with the Locals

What better way to bond with the locals other than a team game of beach volleyball. From surfing instructors, resort crew, to other guests of Puraran, when the sun hits the western part of the horizon, pretty much everybody is ready to play.

Everyone is welcome as long as you’re ready to get dirty. 

Beach Volleyball at Puraran Beach

 

Dine

The Puraran experience is never complete without giving our tummies a treat of the local cuisine. Be it a set meal or shared dishes, you’ll be surprised how affordable seaside dining in Baras could be. Lobsters are as fresh as they can be and are always a favorite among visitors. Make sure to reserve you orders early while they are available for the day.

Lobester at Majestic Puraran Beach Resort, Baras Catanduanes

 

Stargazing

The view during the night can be as beautiful as it is during the day in Puraran. Being far from the bright lights of the big city, you’ll be surprised how many stars there are in the heavens. Feel the evening breeze and sit by the shore as you gaze the magnificent night sky. A good venue to be cheesy with your partner.

Stargazing at Puraran Beach, Baras Catanduanes

 

Read More About Catanduanes!

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5 Comments

ruffy jun Mutia · May 5, 2016 at 12:27 am

Hello Neps,

I’m so thankful i found your write ups about Catanduanes. We will be going there end of this month. Anyway, i’m just wondering, is it possible to go to Balacay point for sunrise and then be at Codon Port by 8:00am?

thank you.

    Neps Franco · May 5, 2016 at 12:47 am

    Hi Ruffy, i’m glad you found my write up useful. I think right now, since its summer and the sunrise is early, it is possible. Just make sure you have already pre-arranged your transport to codon port. If you’re commuting, you can talk to one of the van/fx drivers to reserve you a seat days before. You can also indicate your pickup location. Enjoy! 🙂

      ruffy jun Mutia · May 7, 2016 at 7:00 am

      Thanks Nep. Im finalizing my itinerary right now. 😉

L. Reyes · July 30, 2016 at 4:51 am

Hey Neps,
Good read and thanks for posting. I’ m traveling solo to Baras on a surfing trip next month and wonder if any of the rooms available next to the Majestic has lockers to store my gears like cameras, wallet, etc. Is it a hassle to just go there and get a room or better off to make a reservation? I appreciate any tips in advance. Peace out.

    Neps Franco · July 31, 2016 at 12:45 am

    Hi L. Reyes, if you don’t have plans to spend the night in Puraran, you can ask the resort staff where to safely leave your things. As I’ve mentioned the people there are very friendly and hospitable. Take note that getting around can be difficult in the afternoon, but they can SMS the tricycle driver if you need one.
    If you are staying overnight there, I think it is best to make reservations. Just walking-in can be risky especially during surfing season, and the resort has only few rooms.
    Hope this helps. Have fun!

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