Unspoilt, undeveloped beach in Catanduanes

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Stunning white sand beach and beautiful waters at Virac's Marilima Beach
Stunning white sand beach and beautiful waters at Virac’s Marilima Beach

When it comes to Catanduanes, that island province off mainland Bicol, I can only count with my fingers the tourist spots that I know. But when I did made a visit last week, I was surprised that, except for one, its beautiful white sand beaches, especially in Virac, the capital town, isn’t even included in the official tourism list!

Except for Twin Rocks Resort, which is heavily developed, there are even more beach strips that are under the radar. One of these is in Barangay Marilima. It’s just there by the road, a wide expanse of beautiful white sand and azure waters. There’s outrigger boat docked under the coconut trees. A little past to the right, is a pristine stream emptying out into the sea.

And what I like about this one? There are less people and it seems only the locals know it.

Transition from white to aquamarine
Transition from white to aquamarine
I just love that wide expanse of sand
I just love that wide expanse of sand

GETTING THERE: Hire a tricycle from Virac’s market to Barangay Marilima and just tell the driver to take you to the beach.

Stan Cabigas helps businesses get qualified leads and more sales via Messenger Chatbots. He's also a photographer, blogger and writer based in Cebu, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London). His personal Photography work has been exhibited in Asia and Europe including Paris, Seoul and around the ASEAN regional capitals. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has been to all 81 Philippines provinces.

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