Pure Nature: The Beauty of Palumbanes
by Danny Tariman
My family had been talking about this “newly discovered” adventure-tourist spot off the island province of Catanduanes. We had seen a number of TV programs showing this stunning place where nature is at its best.
Palumbanes is an island off the coast of Caramoran, a northern town of Catanduanes province. It can be reached by a 45-minute boat ride. Caramoran is about 55km from Virac airport, passing though well-paved roads, zigzag at some points. My family drove for about 1hr and 40 minutes — quite slow — as this was the first time we drove this way. We had to take some photos, enjoy the view, while driving.
We were warmly met by the Palumbanes village head upon reaching the jump-off point in Caramoran. There is a safe parking area near the wharf, where we left our car overnight.
Upon reaching the island, we were awed by its pristine cream-colored beach! And crystal-clear sea water! With no other people in the island — except the 4 of us! We were indeed for an awesome, nature adventure trip!
We brought with us a couple of tents for our family, but the good village head offered us a native hut made of bamboo and palm leaves. This added to our nature outdoor experience!
We stayed in this secluded island in Parompong beach — a long stretch of fine cream-colored sand. My family is almost alone! We can play, we can swim, and we can do just about anything without any interference!
Just near the beach is a rich marine garden! My children were able to spot clown fishes playing in its natural habitat — a blanket anemone!
Oh yes, the corals! Our host took us to a nearby deep snorkelling area. My children, of course, take turns doing their free-diving to about 15-18 feet. I and my wife also took a dip into that snorkelling area. We were just awed by its colorful coral formations.
As the day was about to close, we all watched for a spectacular view of the sunset! We were not failed! Golden rays booming out of the clouds, with the sea at its foreground, a perfect shot indeed!
In the night, it was another almost magical experience for my family. We saw a couple of trees along the beach inhabited by fireflies! My 2 children (and me too!) immediately took their mobile phones to take photos, but unfortunately, it didn’t work. My son took out his DSLR camera, but then again, the fireflies can hardly be seen. But the experience was just awesome!
All alone in the beach that evening, we were just gazing the heavenlies. We enjoyed a night of pure nature: just the moon and the stars lighting the beach and the entire surroundings! There was no electricity, and no lamps. In my about 2 decades living in the city, this was the first time I enjoyed the moon and the stars! Really wonderful, what an experience!
Here’s another experience: we cooked our dinner on firewood! Wow, indeed outdoor experience at its best!
We were assisted in this adventure by a passionate promoter of the Catanduanes Island as a tourist destination — Ferdie Ocol Benavidez — who led me to meet our tour guide, and Palumbanes village head, Kap Tiloy Condeno who guided us. Kap Tiloy can be reached through his mobile phone at 0948-4165370.
We left the island the following morning with many good memories to keep. Amazing, awesome, wonderful experience!