Hey, hey! Surf’s up! Catanduanes is not quite as well-known as a surfing destination in the Philippines for the following reasons:
1. Catanduanes, the Land of the Howling Winds because of the frequency of tropical storms, is not easy to get to. Flights from Manila to Virac are few and expensive.
- Cebu Pacific has flights to Virac on Mondays, Wednesdays and the entire weekend
- Sky Jet Airlines recently launched flights to Virac and has flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
If not flying, the only other way to get there is to take the roll on-roll off ferry from the port of Tabaco in the province of Albay, which is 10-12 hours away by bus from Manila, covering 580 km (360 mi). You can cut this land travel short by flying to either Naga City in Camarines Sur or Legazpi City in Albay, to which flights are more than once a day and are also cheaper, and travel by land (less than 2 hours from Naga and less than an hour from Legazpi) to the port of Tabaco.
Several ferry services are in the Port of Tobacco:
- Regina Shipping Lines, has a ferry service from Tobaco Port to the seaport of the town of San Andres in Catanduanes. The voyage takes around two and half hours. From San Andres to Virac you can either jump on a jeepney or take a trike.
- MV Eugenia will take you straight into the seaport of the capital town of Virac and take about three and a half hours.
2. Puraran and the Majestics is not a place for beginner surfers. The waves are, well, majestic, in that they swell at the height of up to 10 feet on a 6 meter long barrel, and are only advisable for intermediate and expert surfers.
“The best known wave on the island is called Majestics, located off a gorgeous beach in the village of Puraran, which is in the middle of nowhere, two and a half hours from the capital of Virac. Majestics is a powerful and fast right hand breaking wave that gets raves from surfers. It can be extremely dangerous… because the reef is actually a shallow ledge. This means that the wave jumps out of the ocean very quickly and instead of rolling like Monaliza, it forms a fast moving bowl, which slams down into the shallow reef below. If you make a mistake on this wave you’ll have one majestically big headache. If not I’m certain you will be very happy.” – Source
3. Surf’s not really up the entire year. I was there in July 2008 and Puraran was as flat as a lake with nary a ripple.
But when the surf’s up, oh boy!
I was going to say, “Check out my blog “here,” only to realize that either that particular blog post disappeared in the crash back in 2011 or I never did blog about it on this site. I do remember blogging about it but maybe it is one of those things that disappeared along with the death of the social network called Multiply. No matter, you can check out my photos from my Flickr set HERE.
This disappearance of my travelogue further prompts me to go back. I had a really good time there with my parents and my mother’s friends.
Catanduanes has been known to hold its annual surfing cup during October, and well, this year is no different!
So if you have the time, the resources, and the adventurous spirit to take yourself to this beautiful island, this time is as good as any.
The national surfing competition is scheduled on October 18 – 20, 2013
The surf is up!
The Majestic Surfing Cup is an annual surfing competition organized by the Local Government Unit of Baras, in partnership with the Provincial Government of Catanduanes and the Catandungan Festival Committee, with the support of the DOT Regional Office 5 and other government agencies and private sectors as sponsors.
1. Men’s Open (Men, 21 years of age and older)
2. Junior Division (Boys, 15 – 20 years of age)
3. Grommet Division (Boys, 14 years of age and below)
If you have any questions or inquiries regarding the competition, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Cecile Dalma – 09216641933, firstname.lastname@example.org
Patricia Maliksi – 09163383328, email@example.com
Aireen Tanael – 09276282251
Majestic Puraran Surfing Competition is in partnership with
Local Government Unit of Baras
Department of Tourism
Province of Catanduanes
Optic Verve Creative Studio
Maui and Sons
You may check out the Facebook event page HERE.
And some equally extremely awesome blogs here:
- Surfing a Secret Spot in Catanduanes
- When In Catanduanes: Surf Majestics (or at least try to)
- Catanduanes: Puraran Beach and its Majestic Surf
- CATANDUANES: PURARAN’s Majestic Wave (From a Non-Surfer’s Point of View)
Here are also some useful travel guides:
- Catanduanes – The Isle of the Eastern Sea — (Wait, wait, those are my photos!)
- Philippine Travel Guide