This tiny province is draped by glimmering cerulean waters and towering mountains. Unfortunately, most of the mountains have turned “red” due to mining. Despite its tarnished image, there is still tons of charm left to it, waiting to be unraveled.
Wander around the streets of modest villages and see for yourself the remnants of the Spanish era. Hike up to the church on top of the hill for some tranquil atmosphere or hire a habal-habal (single-engine motorcycle) and discover the rest of the island. Marvel at the emerald and golden rice farms by the road side, and the majestic view of the bay. Catch some fishermen tending their nets, or kids picking shells by the shore. Climb up the eccentric house-like fish pens, and get a souvenir photo!
Ask permission to see the castle-like house of the Ecleo family (picture-taking is allowed outside the house, near the gate only) in San Jose town and be mesmerized by the panoramic view of the islands below.
Check out also the controversial Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association (PBMA) Shrine, which is marked by a giant crown.
Climb Mt. Redondo and explore the Natural Bonsai Forest, one of the few natural bonsai jungles in the Philippines.
Plunge into the placid water of Lake Bababu draped by massive granite walls and verdant mountains. Take a refreshing dip in Esperanza Spring. Or jump into in the turquoise waters of Ouano Lagoon.
Hire an outrigger boat for island hopping and discover the mountainside plummeting into emerald shores.
Pack your snorkeling gears and visit Pangabangan Island. Sundayo Beach is another underwater wonder known for its rock formations. The Basilisa Coast is bursting with varied shapes of rock formations. The Kisses Islet located in Libjo has tiny charming limestone formations in the middle of the sea. Campijagit Point on the other hand, is a surfer’s paradise.