Mamangal Beach: Pure Nature
by Danny Tariman
One of the best attractions of Virac are its beaches. For the nature lovers, Mamangal Beach is one destination you shouldn’t miss.
This beach is just a few kilometers away from the town proper of Virac. It was just about a 20-minutes drive for us, passing through the Catanduanes State University, go straight, then left to Palta road. You will pass Baranggay (village) Palta – Big, go further straight, then left at a fork road. This leads you to the beach. The road is well-paved concrete. The smooth road ends maybe 500m away to the beach, after which you need to navigate through dirt road.
I like this beach for its natural beauty. No permanent structures in the entire stretch of the beach. Just pure creamy-white sand gradually sloping towards the middle of the sea. It is very safe even for kids to swim around.
The sand is fine and smooth, this is why when I asked my niece Gay to look for me a good beach, she said that if I am for “beach quality”, this is the best beach. True enough, I really liked its sandy beach which has almost flat bed to about 50 meters from the shoreline.
Most of the children with us walked toward the middle during the low tide to explore the seabed. It has great bio-diversity: small fishes, star fishes, lovely seaweeds are everywhere. There are mini-lagoons too, a spot where there are no seaweeds; just soft, creamy sand.
My family toured this place with my cousins and their children. We had a small family reunion. Families from as far as Mindanao and Laguna joined us and families from Virac and Bagamanoc towns in Catanduanes.
It is a lovely natural beach. Given opportunity, we will go back again to this beautiful beach again.