Sunday, February 14, 2010

My Beloved Palumbanes Island

If there are two islands in our country that I feel deeply rooted to, these are Catanduanes and Palumbanes Island. Catanduanes, my own province is where I spent most of my childhood years, while Palumbanes Island is where I spent most of my childhood summer days.

Palumbanes sits at the northern part of Catanduanes, a part of the town of Caramoran. It has a local community where fishing is the main source of living. During the typhoon months, where the sea could be dangerous to small fishing vessels, the villagers opt to backyard farming (they plant rice and camote, and raise poultry).

The island is picture-perfect especially during summer. It has the view of a beautiful sunrise, green-contoured mountains, smiling children, and great off-white sand.

Most of the time, we go there via three-hour boat ride from the town of San Andres. The water is calm during summer (February to May) and extra-ordinarily rowdy during the rainy season. The other way to get there is by a four-hour land trip from Virac to Caramoran. Once you reach Caramoran, you can make arrangements to hire a motorized boat to sail you in a 45-minute ride going to the island.

Despite it's rouge beauty, the island is an underrated tourism destination. There are no nipa huts where travelers can rent and spend a night in. So I suggest you bring your own tent. Water is scarce but there are a few public faucets that can be used. There is also no problem with basic grocery items as there are a lot of sari-sari stores within the community.

I have relatives living in the island so my visits there were well accommodated.

A trip to Palumbanes is never complete without hiking its green mountains, pass by the lonely lighthouse, visit to its neighboring and equally beautiful island Tignob, and a dive in the awesome blue-green water of Bita-og beach.

a view from the summit

Bitaog Beach

The island is very much near Caramoan Peninsula, but unlike its neighbor that is getting high-profile tourism attention, Palumbanes is  way lagging behind. Well, I personally would want to retain the simple pleasures of my trips to that unspoiled island. Somehow, it makes me think twice if I should share this small piece of paradise to the rest of the traveling nomads. I just feel the need to protect it from over-development.

Join our literacy project for the schoolchildren of Palumbanes Elementary School. For more details, check BookSail here. :)


  1. Hi Mam Che,

    Our team are planning to visit palumbanes island for our 5th Project: Akyat-Tulong, A gift giving and outreach program for less fortunate kids of the island province of catanduanes. Been trying to search infos about palumbanes but unfortunately I can find anything about it. May I ask to whom I can contact with or any reliable residence of the island.

    Maraming salamat


  2. Hi Che, ano po an sakayan kan landtrip from Virac to Caramoran? Saka sain po?

    1. Hi Katherine! Sa may Virac market po ang alam kong terminal ng bus going to Caramoran.

  3. Hi Ms Che,

    Me and my friend planning to there this april. Do you have any contact number for boat and accommodation?

    Thank you,

    1. Hi Einna, me and my bf is planning din to go to palumabes din this april? When is your travel date para sabay nalang tayo? Thanks.

    2. hi jenifer, 8-11apr and travel date namin :)

  4. Ahh i see. April 16-18 sana kami. Sayang! Im searching pa pano pumunta and all. :)

    1. hi,

      try to contact ate Letty at: 0928 620 4592 of coco beach

      sa kanya ako nagpaayos ng sundo from airport to island and sa kanila din kami tutuloy :)

  5. Hi! How to get here from Manila?


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