I’m more than proud that tourism in Catanduanes is slowly booming. I didn’t grow up there, I didn’t live there long enough to say I am from there, but I super love the place. Catanduanes is really very homey not because my parents were from there, but because it feels homey.
However, as happy as I could be, I also am worried. You know what happens to an island when discovered and visited by irresponsible guests.
Twin Rock Beach Resort is probably the most well-known resort in Catanduanes that if you are a tourist, it’s impossible no one would recommend it.
The resort was beautiful, hence the fame. Unfortunately, we didn’t enjoy the beach. (This is also a reminder that I do honest reviews!) We dipped for like 5 minutes just because Mnemo was excited for her first “swimming at seas” experience, but after a few snaps for her journal, we literally ran to the shore.
Considering the peak season, we already expected the crowd during our visit. However, we didn’t expect that kind of crowd. The resort literally became less attractive where random groups of people were just hanging out and eating and throwing their trash everywhere.
I’m not blaming the resort. I mean, they actually won an award in the past. I blame the people, the guests who are not sensitive enough to mind good travel etiquette. How could you just leave your garbage on the shore? I really don’t get you, guys.
We arrived the resort in the afternoon and had our lunch there. In fairness, the food was fine. We enjoyed every dish we ordered and even the mango shake was great. The staff was nice, too, and Mnemo liked the girl who served our food. I mean, thank God, we had good vibes when ate!
Generally, the resort was great. Since we came during the low tide, I understand the shore was full of sea weeds and other sea stuff (but seriously, people, throw your garbage in the trash can!). But the view was amazing, the service was great, and most definitely the rooms were unexpectedly good. So yep, I’d still recommend visiting Twin Rock. Just be a responsible traveler, can you?
Twin Rock Beach Resort
Igang Catanduanes, Virac, Philippines
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We got a closed cottage at 600php per night with 1 double sized bed, fan ventilated. No private wash room, so we needed to line up to the common bathroom and shower. Anyway, we just stayed there for few hours.
Aside from closed cottages, they also offer the following: click bullet items to expand.
The resort’s beach entrance fee was 50php/head for adults and 35php/head for children from 3-10 years of age. They also have separate fee for the swimming pool open until 10pm for 75php/head for adults and 50php/head for children.
To be honest, not just about Twin Rock Beach Resort, people really have to practice being more responsible while traveling. Not just because it is disgusting, but also embarrassing – for the foreigners, for the locals, our friends, our families and sady for our children. Let us not make it a habit to just say “trabaho yan ng mga empleyado dyan” and start being a role model to everyone. Gaano ba kahirap magtapon ng basura sa tamang basurahan?
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