Bicol’s endless list of breathtaking beaches is inexhaustible. The region’s deep roots in volcanic activity have not only yielded fertile, agricultural plains and astounding volcano vistas – it has also helped shape some of the most unspoiled beaches and fascinating land formations over time. Discover the region’s most coveted island destinations through the Triple C island adventure, which takes you on a carefully curated tour of the islands in and around Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, and Catanduanes.

Binurong Point, Baras, Catanduanes. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

The majestic cliffs of Binurong Point. The “happy island” of Catanduanes is home to these volcanic cliffs that punctuate the province’s rocky coastline. The combination of jagged rock formations and carpet of grassland have earned the island some comparison to Batanes, but with a charm all its own.

Calaguas Islands, Camarines Norte. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

The gleaming beaches of Calaguas Islands. Camarines Norte’s Calaguas Group of Islands is hailed as having some of the region’s best beaches. Subdivided into smaller islands Tinaga Island, Guintinua Island, and Maculabo Island, it is best known for the Mahabang Buhangin Beach in Tinaga Island – a powder-fine white sand coastline with waters that stretch out like a natural infinity pool opening out to the sea.

Kite surfing in Daet, Camarines Norte. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Daet’s surfing beaches. Camarines Norte has some seriously underrated surf spots. The beaches of the municipality of Daet, such as Bagasbas Beach, is known for its tasty waves and vibrant boardsports culture, which ranges from surfing, kite-surfing, bodyboarding, skimboarding and more. 

Tres Karas de Cristo (Talisoy Beach), Catanduanes. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Tres Karas de Cristo (Talisoy Beach). The allure of Talisoy Beach in Virac, Catanduanes lies in its fascinating rock formations, with two prominent angles showing what appears to be a resemblance of the face of Jesus Christ, profile facing the Lagonoy Bay.

Caramoan Island, Camarines Sur. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Caramoan Island’s dreamy beaches. Nicknamed as the “Emerging Paradise of the Pacific”, Caramoan Island’s pink-tinged white sands and clear waters in various shades of blue have received international recognition partly due to having appeared in different editions of the Survivor reality series, but also mostly because of its sheer beauty that encapsulates what a tropical beach paradise looks like.

Sabitang Laya Island, Camarines Sur. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Sabitang Laya Island. Like Caramoan, Sabitang Laya is marked by similarly astounding rock formations and clear seas. But Sabitang Laya also has a distinctly triangular shape – one that can be appreciated from both a drone’s perspective, and on the ground, as its shape yields twin beaches with long coastlines perfect for soaking up the sun in.

Discover more destinations to see, experience, and savor in the Bicol region. Visit these links to map out your next journey across the Philippines. 

  1. Eating Through Region 5: A Taste of Bicol’s Distinctive Cuisine
  2. A Bicol and Central Visayas Travel Bucket List for Cyclists
  3. Take A Quick Escape To Bicol Your Next Travel Adventure Destination

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