Binurong Point is one of the newest attractions in Catanduanes. This pastoral cliff is commonly being compared to Batanes for its scenic landscapes and green hills. It is located in Brgy. Guinsaanan, Baras, Catanduanes.
The name Binurong is derived from the process of preserving food by salting and soaking them in vinegar or “buro”. Binurong Point was the usual place to preserve the harvested fish by the local fishermen.
From Virac, it will take an hour to get to Brgy. Guinsaanan proper and an average of 20 – 30 minutes trek from the jump off point are needed to get there. There is a registration fee of Php25/head and tour guide for Php200 for group of 5 – 8.
The best time to visit Binurong Point is before sunrise. You need to start your trek at dawn so you’ll get on top timely for daybreak.
The trail is a combination of flat, uphill and downhill. Some parts can be slippery and muddy. Don’t forget to bring water with you to stay hydrated. You can buy bottled water and snacks in the jump off area.
The path is established and trail signs are in place. There are funny citations along the trail that we found effective especially when you feel exhausted during the trek.
A welcome sign of Binurong Point is your mark before you reach the open surface for its expansive verdant hills and picture-perfect topography. Cows casually feeding on lush grassland greeted us and we were amazed of Binurong’s perfection.
The preserved beauty of Binurong is something you want to witness when you visit Catanduanes.
Surprisingly, our guide told us that there were 4 points of Binurong offering different scenic views. The first stop is the most popular from the four and the usual spot for visitors. You need to go downhill and halt in the edge where the rocks are found for your dramatic standpoint. A nearby spot is between the two cliffs where you stand in the middle and let your travel buddy hit that camera for you!
The next point is just the opposite cliff with almost the same views but with more flat surface for balance.
The third spot is where the mini pool is located. It has a gigantic rock in the middle and fish like tilapia on its water. Walk pass through it then you’ll see sets of rocks facing the ocean.
The last point is where you’ll see the vast ocean from the other side with some rock formations and bushes. From here, the exit point is just less than 5 minutes away.
Remember that Binurong Point is an open area. Expect a direct sun exposure so it is recommended to visit it during first hours in the morning or before sunset. You may bring umbrella with you but be very careful, as the wind current may be strong at times.
Binurong is a place and no doubt we can highly recommend when you’re in Catanduanes. You can check other places nearby like Balacay Point and Puraran Beach (surfing capital of Catanduanes). If you’re looking for some secluded beaches, check out our Palumbanes Island Travel Guide.
How To Get There
By Private Transportation
- Best way to explore Catanduanes is when you have your own private vehicle and going as a group. Some portion of the road may be narrow and bouncy.
- From Virac proper, you need to drive to Catanduanes Circumferential Road heading to Baras.
- Turn right to cross the bridge and continue on Bato-Baras Road.
- Head left when you see Baras Municipal Hall then follow the main road going to Brgy. Guinsaan.
By Public Transportation
- Ride a jeep or van located in the port area of Virac. Trips are not regular. Fare for van may start from Php100 and Php40 for jeep.
- You may also charter tricycle or motorcycle to get you to Binurong jump off point.
Things To Consider
- Best time to trek is before sunrise or early morning and hours before sunset.
- Entrance fee in Binurong Point is Php25/head as of this writing
- Tour guide is required. Fee is Php200 for 5-8 persons.
- Bring enough water for the trek
- Bring umbrella/cap/headwear or anything for cover from the sun
- Wear comfortable attires like dry fit shirt and short or cotton shirts.
- Wear sandals or trekking shoes or slippers comfortable for trekking
- Do not litter. Bring your trash with you.