Catanduanes Twinrock Beach Resort

Igang, Capilihan Igang, Virac, Luzon 4800 Philippines
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The_Pale_Ridah wrote a review Jan 2010
Gladesville, Australia1,996 contribution1,937 helpful vote
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Located about 15kms from Virac near the village of Igang is the Twin Rocks Beach Resort built in amongst a pretty little rocky cove. The resort probably owes its name to the karst rock formations just off shore that make a nice focal point for visitors & beach goers. Apparently the resort is partly owned by the Govenor, which may explain why such a mid-scale resort can survive in the middle of rural farmland & small-town barangays.

The resort has a number of rooms & cottages which are pretty cheap, our 3 person room costing under 1000 Peso which is peanuts, non-aircon rooms with cold water are even less. Our setup had all the usual amenities with cable channels on the 51 cm TV, hot water, mini-fridge & air con.

All in all the small resort is fine as a very cheap destination to sleep on the beach & laze around, but the only place to eat is the resort resturant which to be perfectly straighforward was pretty crap. When there is nowhere else to go, we all eat in silence.

It is often said that if filipinos are not found drinking San Miguel, voting crooks & thieves into office or at church, they can surely be found singing karaoke. The resort has a gazebo facing the sea with a heavy duty setup.

The resort charges 10 Peso for day visitors & 30 for pool use for non-guests. It seems a popular place for locals & families on weekends but not over-crowded. It is approx 1 hour from San Andreas ferry port.
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Date of stay: August 2009
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Raymond W wrote a review Aug 2009
Townsville, Australia4,565 contributions4,588 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Catanduanes is a rainy, lush island in the Western Pacific Ocean, a couple of hours off the coast of Luzon, The Philippines' main island. Until now, it has a very low profile with Western tourists, or even most Filipinos. However, the island has great scenery and it is bound to better known one day.

Twinrock Beach Resort is the best known and developed resort on the Southern coast of the island, and can be recommended to anyone looking for an affordable beach resort on the island. It is set on a very attractive cove with a couple of dramatic rock formations offshore. There is a white sand beach, though it is too shallow for swimming at low tide. Nonetheless it is a relaxing spot and a reasonable getaway. People looking for peace and quiet should note, however, that it gets very crowded with locals on the weekends. Midweek it is a very peaceful retreat. The rooms are good value at around $25 US for a spacious double with hot water. Cheaper rooms can be had for as little as $10, which means this should appeal to even the most cash-strapped backpacker. It is situated around 10 km out of Virac, the biggest city on the island. The trip out passes through some idyllic countryside. The biggest drawback for this hotel was the quality of the food, which was fairly basic and designed to appeal more to locals on a day trip.
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Date of stay: July 2009
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Zapant wrote a review Oct 2016
Huddersfield, United Kingdom123 contributions52 helpful votes
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed here with my family for 3 nights.
So many things to address. But before that I would like to say virac is a beautiful place. Clean and love the scenery.
The resorts, set up, layout and the beach was really beautiful. Specially the beach (clean) and the floating huts. The garden of the resorts was well laid out. Picture perfect. BUT there's loads of but;
The first room I stayed I'm disappointed. I love the idea of nipa hut chalet, the outside look it was gorgeous! but inside very disappointing. Very basic no tv just bed and toilet really bad. You have to collect the water and put it on the Pale. Shower not working and no hot water. Pretty much province life. So I have to complain and ask for an upgrade room, because I have little one that needs a proper toilet with proper shower and hot water. So I have to chose the most expensive one. But the expensive one was pretty much the same. At first the tv not working for 1-2 days then shower is pretty much rubbish hot water not working properly so we end up using the pale of water again instead of the shower. But at least we have the hot water after I complain.
The restaurant is beautiful and the food is really good but I need to tell the waitress to tell the cook not too salty. Anyway the 2nd time order food still salty.
The swimming pool is beautiful set up aside from the steps from the slides needs to repair its not safe for children at all.
I like the resorts it has potential for international tourist but as I see right now it's only good for local.
Love the karaoke ideas, swimming pool and floating nipa hut and some other activities but need to upgrade the room especially the toilets and repair the swimming pool steps to avoid injury to children.
During our stay we have dilemma on signal and Internet. No internet during our stay so, to contact outside world especially when your not a holder of local phone. To keep in touch family abroad was impossible we feel like we're cast away in the island that no contact whatsoever it's hard specially when y have a small child who having a paddy.
And the reception can't really help you.
Overall stay was good and bad.
So when you stay here don't expect too much. This resort pretty much basic.
But it's really beautiful and only 20 mins by tricycle if u want to go in the village of virac.
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Date of stay: September 2016Trip type: Traveled with family
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seabedpebbles wrote a review Oct 2014
120 contributions56 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Overall, there is no value in dropping by this place. Not worth the price, it is isolated and not the good kind. It is dull, not good customer treatment. If u arrive late in Catanduanes, better stay in the town proper of Virac to have better food selection. And then head straight to Puraran first thing in the morning.
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Date of stay: October 2014Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Chickencarrie wrote a review Nov 2014
Quezon City, Philippines11 contributions15 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Affordable and reasonable price, beach front but rocky, nice diving spot, soft bed, with hot and cold water, with aircon. Friendly staff. With free hotel-airport transfer. Yummy food!

Went to mamangal beach, best beach, best sand, best view of mayon, but the accomodation has no mattress, will have to sleep on a bamboo bed. Puraran beach is also good, just farther from the airport. If you want to relax, this is the best place to stay at night. I recommend, go on a day trip early in the morning to mamangal beach, surf at puraran beach in the afternoon, then stay at twin rock resort overnight.

I suggest you ask them for the best van/ jeep rental for trips around catanduanes. Never again will we contact Mr. Salvador Tayam, who took adantage of us. Van has no aircon, break pads burned, even asked for extra charge and meal charge during our trip. We just got his number over the internet.
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Date of stay: November 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: Check the room first before getting one. Some dining chairs and door knobs are defective, which...
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jheffyoy wrote a review Mar 2018
Eastvale, California5 contributions8 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Pros:
- Free complimentary filipino breakfast for 2 persons. You can upgrade to american breakfast with an additional 50 php only per person
- Amazing view of the famous Twin Rock (not really seen from our room despite that being the most expensive room)
- Guard do not check what you bring inside (no corkage if you bring in your liquor or outside food)
- This place is for BACKPACKERS and ON BUDGET. If you are looking for private and quiet place like me-- this is not for you!

Cons:
- No complimentary wifi available in rooms. Wifi is only available in the front desk area. If you need internet, sorry but the signal is terrible therefore you need to hang out by the gate or front desk area.
- Other that wifi, the mobile signal is also terrible.
- There is no phone in the room. You have to call their mobile number to reach the front desk, housekeeping needs, and room service. If you are hungry in the middle of the night, you have to go to the restaurant to place your order if you have an international phone like me.
- Locks in the window are not secured.
- This place allows day excursions to use pool with small fee (admission fee and pool use fee per person)
- Families are bringing pop tents and are putting them in front of other people's guest rooms. Our next door guests have pop tents (to accommodate the number of people they have).
- People putting up tables in front of our guest room without asking us if that's okay. These people were drinking and talking so loud at night and even took our room's balcony furniture for their use (NO PRIVACY!!!)
- Pop tents are everywhere in this resort. People sleep there instead of paying for rooms. The common area to walk around in the resort were filled with pop tents for these people.
- Some guests are grilling and cooking food in their balcony.
- Resort shuttle worth 950 php did not pick us up from the San Andres Port. They told us to take tricycle to Virac so they can pick us up( what's the point of getting a shuttle if they can't pick us up) Tricycle from port to resort only costs 350 php.
- Rooms are dirty and infested with bugs. Bathroom has bugs crawling in the ceiling. Room service do not come in to your room unless someone is inside the room (Housekeepers do not carry keys therefore they have to wait for you to open the room for them).
- Refrigerator can be of use. Just make sure you plug them first.
- Lots of staff on training (they were all wearing white shirts and real staff wore yellow shirts) so if you have questions they do not know the answer because they're just on their on-the-job training.
- Pool is dirty. It was cloudy and makes you itchy. The pool was a hit to kids not staying overnight in this place. At night, you can see the oily surface of the pool.
- Poop were seen on the beach from stray dogs roving around the resort.
- The place is not maintained well. There are trash everywhere. I recommend trash cans in every corner of this place. Guests throws their litter everywhere.
- If you are using the zipline or zip bike, you have to find staff to assist you. They are not found in their post. You have to wait and ask around to be assisted in this activity.
- Kayak is only available in the morning due to tide.
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Date of stay: March 2018
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Go to Virac for a better hotel and come here for a day tour unless you like a crowded place.
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sehr11 wrote a review Dec 2014
Mandaluyong, Philippines14 contributions28 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you want serene, close to nature vacation, I highly recommend The Twin Rocks Resort. It has bungalow types good for two
persons or hotel type acommodation. Nice view of the ocean. Its a cove so waves are not big. I will come back and stay in this resort for a few days. It has a zipline and mountain climbing facilities. Will definitely come back and stay here and go to Caramoan islands. Cant say much of the food and service though as it was just a short visit.
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Date of stay: December 2014Trip type: Traveled with friends
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herleiness wrote a review Mar 2012
Belleville,NJ90 contributions90 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This place was recommended by our family who recently stayed there. She also planned everything for us. We were picked up by the airport by the resort. The place is 25 minutes away from Virac Airport. Enjoy the scenery, it was breathtaking. We were welcomed and was given choices to check which family room we like. We were with another 4 adults. We chose the Theia room because it was the biggest of them all. The unit has two rooms, a dining table, fridge and utensils to eat. The living room has a flat screen tv, faux couch which stink and a coffee table. Toiletrries were generous and was in sachets. The toiltet has a bidet and hot water which is a plus. AC was available as well.

Food is ok and has the beach resort price. When we arrived, it was low tide and seaweeds were everywhere. They have activities such as the zipline and the kayaking but no one was there to use it. We enjoyed the shallow part of the water though. Sands were rocky but we made the best of it.

The only problem we have with the room are the cockroaches. I should have known because it smelled like "baygon" when we entered but wasnt that bothered because I havent smelled it a long time. However, when we smacked to death a flying cockroach, I guess the management knows that it is a difficulty. We had two. One for each night we stayed.

If you rent the van, it is 5,000 pesos a day and it will bring you to the different parts of Virac. Not bad. We enjoyed the tour.
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Date of stay: February 2012
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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FlowerVirginia wrote a review Nov 2019
Texas103 contributions22 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Just returned from Catanduanes. I was there with family the end of October.

The resort: I thought the place is well maintained. We booked the Regina suite (2 BR with one shared bath, kitchenette and living room). My main purpose was to check out the diving in Catanduanes. The rest of the family were there for some fun.

Dining: we mostly dined at the resort restaurant as it was rainy. I thought the food was good -breakfast, lunch and dinner. We mail ate ;the loccal food. My only pet peeve is the coffee. I prefer brewed coffee but, I noticed that, in the provinces, they mainly use those pre-packaged coffee mix (which, to me, hardly tasted like coffee at all).

Front desk and staffs: No complaints there. They are all very helpful and accommodating.

Internet: As in all the province I'd been to, connections can be sporadic specially when it is rainy. There is WIF at the registration area and in the rooms or grounds. Again, it can be sporadic. We found that signal is better on the balcony of our room. However, there are times when signal is good even in the bedrooms. It may all depend on how many users and the weather conditions there.

The diving: I did 4 dives with Dave of Catan Divers. They were reef dives; none or very mild current if at all.
We did not dive the reefs at Twin Rocks due to poor visibility at the time. We took the banca and went out to 4 different dive sites. All dives were done early in the morning timing the tide. Dave picked me up at the resort at 0600 and we are on the boat by 0700. The dive boat can carry 2 divers without problem, but will be too crowded with more divers. Dave said he uses two dive boats if there are 4 or more divers. Donning BCD is in water. One puts on the weight belt, slide into the water and Dave and his crew assisted with the BCD/tank.

Reef and marine life: There were some schooling fish, occasional spade fish, emperor angelfish, moorish idols, etc, Not in abundance but they were present in all the dives... I noticed coral spawning during the day dives (we did not do night dives). This was cool and something new to me. One particular dive site is so extensive and pristine, reminding me of Melissa's Garden at Raja Ampat. Tucked in among the reef is a huge anemone housing hundreds of clownfish. Dave christened this dive site "Nemo City" appropriately. Ask Dave to take you there, if you ever dive in Catanduanes. Overall, I would say the diving is good if you just want to do a weekend of diving. Dave continues to explore the area for more dive sites. He thinks there are mantas and is on a quest to find them. He'd seen dolphins, sharks, and seahorses on his dives.

The dive op: Dave is reliable, knowledgeable and well organized. One dives with air (he has an air compressor); No nitrox. He'll prepare breakfast and lunch and take them on the boat. Lunch consisted of pasta, or rice, with an entree and dessert. Dave prepared these himself. He also provided the drinking water as well as soda beverages. Just let him know your preferences.

Water temp: I was there end of October. Water was nice and warm. I wore a 3mm wetsuit and rash guard inside.

PM me if there are questions about diving at Catanduanes. Dave's contact info is info@catandivers.com

I hope to be able to go back and dive some more with Dave.
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Date of stay: October 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Lorie H wrote a review Nov 2017
1 contribution2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The place is good but I don't recommend this place to visit to the people visiting catanduanes, the people behind this resort need to be properly trained first, very poor customer service. We did not enjoy our stay. So if you don't want to waste your money don't go here. #HonestReview
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Date of stay: October 2017Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Answer from Me-ann M
103 contributions22 helpful votes
You can take the tricycle going to the resort. You may also check with the resort if they can arrange a pick up. I think they would be happy to do that. Only Smart has signal, so make sure to bring Smart network SIM if you wish to stay connected during your stay. I belive the rooms don't have fridge. Hope this helps. 😊
Answer from Zapant
Huddersfield, United Kingdom123 contributions52 helpful votes
I think the cottage is about 900 peso a night pretty basic no hot water, no tv and when you shower you have to scoop the water with the pail provided. If you want the deluxe you have to pay 1700-800 peso a night the difference is just the tv and not working sometimes! But the place are amazing.
hbsoulsurfer asked a question Mar 2016
Catanduanes5 contributions3 helpful votes
Contact information for twin rocks?
Answer from Emy C
Tagaytay, Philippines74 contributions6 helpful votes
Cellphone of the resort: 09477118201
jheffyoy wrote a tip Mar 2018
Eastvale, California5 contributions8 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Go to Virac for a better hotel and come here for a day tour unless you like a crowded place."
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JamesJosephGalvez wrote a tip Jan 2016
Baguio, Philippines92 contributions40 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Grab a Smart number as Globe network is dead in this resort."
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Chickencarrie wrote a tip Nov 2014
Quezon City, Philippines11 contributions15 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Check the room first before getting one. Some dining chairs and door knobs are defective, which can be easily replaced 😄"
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NEr V wrote a tip Apr 2014
Cleveland, Ohio150 contributions42 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"deluxe rooms are great for three people, suite room is highly recommendable (costs more though), deluxe 1 has a 1 queen bed ( did not like the vibes in this room), rock cottages are nce for two people, closer to the nature."
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Jim28Manila wrote a tip May 2013
Manila, Philippines563 contributions126 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for a room farther from the pool area. it's a lot quieter."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Catanduanes Twinrock Beach Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Catanduanes Twinrock Beach Resort?
Nearby attractions include Mamangal Beach (7.7 km), Igang Beach (0.08 km), and Virac Town Center (6.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Catanduanes Twinrock Beach Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Catanduanes Twinrock Beach Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Catanduanes Twinrock Beach Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Catanduanes Twinrock Beach Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sea Breeze Restaurant, Jollibee, and Jolibee.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Catanduanes Twinrock Beach Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Catanduanes Twinrock Beach Resort?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Catanduanes Twinrock Beach Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Filipino.