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.
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.
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.
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.
Balacay point is under twenty minutes from Puraran beach by tricycle, so make sure to set your alarm early.
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.
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.
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.
Read More About Catanduanes!
If you enjoyed reading this, you might want to check the other articles of this Catanduanes Series
- Catanduanes : The Land of the Howling Winds
- Catanduanes : An Alternate Gateway to Caramoan Islands
- Catanduanes : The Cascading Nahulugan Falls, Gigmoto
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