Day 3 was supposed to my climax day of the Catanduanes trip I made. I was going to arguably the most beautiful and awe-inspiring natural landmark of the whole island: Point Binurong.
The tricycle rider that was day-tripping me over the island the days before was taking me to the point on a motorcycle. It was about an hour long ride and it was an interesting trip alongside the coastline, and through some local villages in the mountains.
When I arrived I was immediately urged to sign up, and go along with my assigned tour guide towards the Binurong Point, hiking the 30 min trekking trail. There were many souvenir stalls and I felt it was all a little bit overexploited and I also felt rushed. The tour guide was walking ahead of me, and it seemed he was somewhat in a hurry, not allowing me to linger too much around. Guides are assigned by law in many natural touristic attractions and that's OK, but often times I want to explore on my own, and linger around whenever I feel like doing so.
The point itself was quite marvelous. There were three points to visit and admire, and at Point 1 there were a bunch of people already. I've been advised by the internet that the best time to visit Point Binurong is very early in the morning, when the sun comes up. I was actually a little late already (about 9 am), so there was somewhat of a crowd present already.
At Point Binurong itself the guide was somewhat free-letting, especially after I let him know my displease with his hurrying behavior when I told him that I just wanted to relax. Obviously I wanted to be free, take my time to vlog, and take pictures, not to forget admiring the rock formations myself.
As we went down to Point 2 where there was this 'remote' little pool in between some beautiful rock structures, I really got a little bit annoyed. There we loud, screaming people; and from the hill a whole stream of tourists came down nearer to Point 2 with a boombox stereo set. They were playing loud pop rock music. Quite inappropriate.
Point 3 was another nice viewpoint with a very great view over the coastline, and since I had some free space here, I decided to go for a nice long drone flight. It was successful, but I ended up crashing my drone into the grass hills. Luckily the guide saw where it crashed, and located it for me shortly after. I decided to end the vlog there, on a happy note: the people were gone, my drone was fine, as when all was said and done… Point Binurong was a beautiful experience.
Go and leave Virac to Baras to see the Binurong Point at about 4 am, you will avoid most tourists and can enjoy a beautiful sunrise shining over its lush green hills.
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