Most people head to Virac, Catanduanes to see the picture-perfect lagoons and intense ultramarine waters of Caramoan. But for a more laid-back day on the island province, head to Puraran, a generous stretch of beach with golden sand, and during peak surfing season, barrel waves that reach a height of up to 30 feet. Puraran is often near empty, except during the peak surfing season of September to October. Local public transport such as jeepneys can take you to Puraran from Virac. From the main road, you will have to walk a long way downhill to reach the beach, but once it comes into view you'd feel like you've stumbled upon a special secret. Accommodation here is basic, mostly thatched huts off the beach. At night time, the sky comes alive with the light of the moon and endless stars — and Puraran’s beachfront just happens to be the best seat in the house.
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Cebu Pacific Air flies four times a week to Virac, Catanduanes, from Manila. From Virac, head to the port where Baras-bound public jeepneys await to bring you to Puraran. Fare is P45 (about US$1). Ask the driver to drop you off at Puraran. Alternatively, you could also hire a van. Vans for hire can also be found at the Virac port, and cost about P3500. Puraran Surf Camp has basic thatched roof cottages from P600 a night for one person.
Story and photos by Amanda Lago