Finding Happiness in Catanduanes (Part 3) - Binurong Point

I woke up to the sound of my mobile phone--it was already 4:00 am and I had to get up in 30 minutes. We were told that sunrise can be viewed perfectly from Binurong Point, our first destination for the day. Still tired from the previous day's activities in Palumbanes Islands, Tuwad Tuwadan Lagoon, and Cagnipa Rolling Hills, it was way tempting to go back to sleep. Heck, no. My heart told me otherwise. Half awake, I got up and prepared for our tour.

While chasing sunrise
We were fetched from the hotel at past 6:00 am, and while the sun is already up and there's no more sunrise to catch, we were still as excited for our second day on the Happy Island. We drove to Brgy. Guinsaanan in the town of Baras via private car. Should you wish to go, you can hire a tricycle or habal-habal that can bring you to the jump-off of Binurong Point. During the short drive, I was mentally preparing myself for the trek ahead. Our guide said it's an easy 45-minute hike. Knowing me, no trek is easy. For me, all treks are the same--all heart-thumping; all stressful. But I was determined. I couldn't let this chance pass. Inhale. Exhale.

We registered at the jump off point and listened to a short briefing given by our lady guide. Yes, baby. Lady guide. This is it. Point of no return. She can do it; why can't I? Yeah right. Push.

A rocky start

Thank you, Ate! You're the best!
We started our ascent on a rocky terrain, almost flat but just uncomfortable especially when you are not wearing proper trekking sandals at the very least (I was wearing aqua shoes, sorry!). Then goes the gradual ascent through paved slopes. Determined to see what's awaiting ahead, I continued to walk up, up, and up. Finally! We arrived! Imagine my joy when I realized that the trek was over. Finally over!!! The reward: a priceless view. The rolling hills, crashing waves, and infinite seas... I fell in love. The hills are definitely alive! I was so glad I did not turn my back. With trembling knees, I agreed to go all the way to the edge even if my fear of heights had started to put butterflies in my tummy.

Only a slice of this heavenly spot
Binurong Point opened its doors to tourists just a year ago, and the reception was undeniably fantastic. In fact, it was in the Top 10 Top Google Searches (Vacation Destinations-Local) in 2016.

Binurong Point has three spots that you can enjoy. I was able to go to points one and two, while point three seemed too challenging for me, so I would have to save it for another time.

What can you see in Binurong Point? Here, let the photos speak:

The waves

That's Shiela with a red umbrella

The hills fill my heart with the sound of music
My heart wants to sing every song it hears

Para sa emo moments

Seeing these spectacular views made me realize how fortunate I am to be living in a country that possesses such magnificent natural wonders. True, we are a third world country; the MRT breaks down every so often; we see poverty and hunger in every corner; we don't have fjords or bullet trains, or Disneyland, or snow. But at the end of the day, our country has many not-so-hidden treasures to brag about; something that we, Filipinos should be thankful for and be proud of. And if I may add, trekking Binurong Point is the best experience I've had in Catanduanes.

Up next: More of our second day in the Happy Island!

Meanwhile, have a look at this short video that gives a sneak peek of the Happy Island. The video can also be viewed on HD (720p or 1080p). Enjoy!

Dios mabalos Ms. Carmel Garcia, Shiela Idanan, Marjorie Avila, and  Allan Sarmiento 
for making our trip to Catanduanes an enjoyable one!!! Happiness on the Happy Island indeed!
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