Tricycle Toploading & Chocolate Hills at Catanduanes?
On my way to Twin Rock Resort, I shoot a video of myself toploading a tricycle. Observe the rough road and the mountainous terrain that reminds me of Bohol’s renowned Chocolate Hills.
Twin Rock Resort
Ask a local what not to miss in Catanduanes and most of them will point you to Twin Rock Beach Resort at Igang southeast of Virac. Twin Rock Resort is a white beach cove developed into a resort with picnic huts, some water sports (kayaking, snorkeling) and extreme outdoor activities (wall-climbing, zipline & suspended obstacle course).
Tourism Gone Bad
I’m kinda frustrated by the beach, having lived in Palawan for almost a year, I have this benchmark of what a good white beach is- clean, clear and teeming with life. The problem with this beach is that it is full of seagrasses (baryaw) which makes it difficult to swim or snorkle. Seagrasses are itchy and you don’t like to swim with all those. Reminds me of my first encounter with these grasses at the famed Dos Palmas Resort in Palawan- my body was swollen and itchy after I tried snorkeling with the”baryaw.”
I tweeted: “here at twin rock resort just bumming on the beach.good thing rain stopped…me thinks everything is overpriced here at the resort.”
I think it is tourism gone bad because the entrance fee of Php50 is not commensurate of what you will experience in the cove. And every activity that you want to do will mean another shelling of your bucks. I don’t mind paying Php50 but I want to maximize what I paid.
Good thing the sun did shine when I went here, I experienced sunshine for about 2hours, a bit rain-shower and then sun shone again.
Another problem I encountered was that there are no public transportation that will bring you back to town. You have to rent the entire tricycle which is P300, poor me. Good thing, I was able to meet a good doctor when I’m about to leave the resort. I asked him if I could hitch and he gladly comply. Thank you Sir!
I tweeted again: “i was somehow frustrated of twin rock because of the seagrass all over the beach. going back to town, was able to hitchhike. =)”
After all these seeming MISADVENTURES, 4 hours of sunlight during my stay, frustrations, cancellation, and lotsa rain, I’m still encouraging everyone to experience this Battered but Blissful island province called Catanduanes. Try the Majestics at Puraran which is said to be a surfer’s paradise. You can also join the locals at Bato Church and see for yourself how this old structure reflects the resiliency of her people. If you are looking for a post-card kinda thing, you will not find it hear, well maybe at the Twin Rock Resort, but her people is enough to captivate your heart.
I think that what makes the Philippines’ 7,107 islands different from each other- her people, their smiles, their hospitality, their warmth.
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Anyway, here’s the Tariff Rates of Twin Rock Resort:
Monday-Friday: P35 (Adult); P20 (Child)
Weekend, holiday & peak season: P50 (Adult); P35 (Child)
*Is the beach whiter on weekends and holidays? Why the sudden increase?
Tent Pitching fee: P50
Cottages: Starts at P200
Kayak Rental: P100/hour (single); P150/hour (double)
Snorkeling: P400/hour (seriously, this much for a snorkeling gear per hour?)
Nipa house at P1,000; Standard at P1,200; De Luxe at P1,500; Family Room at P2,500. All with complimentary breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned.
Non-AC Room: Closed cottage at P300.
Contact Info: (052)811-3742
Note: Oh by the way, I learned that this resort is own by no less than the governor himself. Which quickly led me to compare it with CWC in Pili, Camsur. CWC is own by the government and not by the governor. Also with Mambukal in Negros Occidental, it is owned by the government. My point being? When you go to Twin Rock, the governor gets richer, the government and the people of Catandunaes doesn’t benefit from it. It is the other way around in CWC and Mambukal. Oh well, that is what they call “tourism.” I’m very disappointed.
UPDATE (May 25, 2011): Having read your comments, I want to ask for sorry because of my bad reasoning. I must agree, the island of Catanduanes is one of the must-visit place I share to people. Maybe I said these negative things because I was frustrated before. My apologies if I had written something bad this is a personal observation and I maybe wrong.
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***Catanduanes (Mis)Adventures is a 6-part series of blog posts of my jaunting in the easternmost part of the Bicol region, happened last January 7-10, 2011. Find out how this “series of misadventures” become a memorable one.
CATANDUANES (MIS)ADVENTURES: Battered But Blissful / A Frustrated Surfer Wannabe / A Cancelled Bike Ride / Bato Church Service / Tourism Gone Bad at Twin Rock Resort / Cheap Accommodations for Backpackers