Camarines Norte’s top tourist draws
In support of the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) “Visit the Philippines Again” campaign for 2016, the province of Camarines Norte is rolling off a grassroots-based promotion to draw tourists.
Camarines Norte Gov. Edgardo Tallado says the province offers exciting destinations filled with culture, adventure, nature scenes and a mouth-watering cuisine for a complete getaway experience.
Tinaga, one of the major islands in the Calaguas Group of Islands, is known for its mile-long powdery sand and crystalline waters.
Also worth checking out are the fine beaches on Cam Norte’s Pacific seaboard—San Jose Beach (Talisay), Pulang Daga (Paracale), Cayucyucan (Mercedes), Mangcamagong (Basud) and Calalanay (Panganiban).
In Mercedes town is Siete Pecados, consisting of the islands of Quinapaguian, Canton, Canimog, Apuao Grande, Apuao Pequeña, Caringo and Malasugui, each with a distinct feature. Agile beach lovers can paddle around the islands aboard a kayak, while at the town’s Baybay Beach, one can ride the waves aboard a kayak.
Bagasbas Beach in Daet is ideal for surfing greenhorns because of its sandy bottom and consistent waves the whole year round. It is recognized as one of the world’s popular surfing destinations. Bagasbas is also a great place for kiteboarding—which combines surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding and wakeboarding with flying a kite.
Cam Norte is gifted with enchanting cascades with tall drops—the 70-foot-tall Colasi waterfalls in Mercedes, Nacali Falls in San Lorenzo Ruiz, and San Felipe Twin Falls in Basud. In Labo, three waterfalls stand out—Malatap, Binuang and Maligaya Falls. Mananap Falls in San Vicente is ideal because of its short hike, refreshing sights and cool waters.
Tucked in the bosom of Mt. Cadig in Labo town, Cadig Cave is for those who want to try spelunking. Composed of several dark compartments of stalactites and stalagmites, this cave offers moderate difficulty in trekking and exploration.
Also in Labo are the caves of Mambuaya and Pintong Gubat.
A must-see historic spot is the First Rizal Monument in Daet, a white stone obelisk built in 1898, the first to be constructed in honor of National Hero Dr. José Rizal, antedating the one in Luneta by 13 years.
Across the park is the Daet Heritage Center, the former municipal hall, which serves as the town’s museum and sociocivic center.
Bulawan Museum at the Provincial Capitol Complex showcases Cam Norte’s noble heroes, archaeological finds and a portrait by national artist Fernando Amorsolo.
Bicol’s 400-year-old religious heritage is best represented by Nuestra Señora de Candelaria Church in Paracale, founded by Franciscan missionaries in 1581 and which became a parish in 1611. Other historic churches are St. John the Baptist in Daet, the St. Peter the Apostle in Vinzons, and Capalonga Church, home of the Black Nazarene.
Based on statistics from the DOT Bicol regional office, Camarines Norte had 211,013 tourist arrivals in 2014.
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