The morning after my Visita Iglesia in Albay, I checked out of my inn at Legazpi City and went directly to city terminal across the soon-to-open SM City Legazpi. The van terminal has destinations direct to towns outside Albay like the ones in Sorsogon and Camarines Sur. In my case, the one leading to Pilar, Sorsogon where I need to ride a fastcraft at its port bound to Masbate City.
Our van didn’t get full after an hour, so we’re asked to pay Php100 each instead. After a mere hour, we’re able to get off at Pilar Port, and bought a fastcraft ticket for trip at 12:00 noon.
After a 2-hour ride, we alighted at the Port of Masbate and I walked towards the town center where I saw a heritage house and cathedral uphill. Since I didn’t have any reservation on the island, I researched and went to a budget hostel. Luckily, I was able to get a fan room for 2 nights at Php700. I left my backpack and went on a city tour on foot. It’s my habit to go to local tourism office to get guide maps on my tour and recommendations on food trips, and that’s what I did. I was glad to get a beautiful brochure. Thanks City of Masbate! See my itinerary below:
PORT OF MASBATE
The main gateway to other islands outside Masbate. From the Port of Manila, it will take about 16 to 18 hours. Other sea trips are via Dalahican Port in Lucena, and to Allen, Northern Samar. To the neighboring islands, Masbate City is three hours away by boat from the nearest point in Bicol mainland; two hours from Pilar port via fastcraft; three hours away from the nearest point in Burias; three hours away from the nearest municipality in Ticao Island; five hours from the nearest point in the island of Cebu and five hours from the nearest point in Panay island.
VILLA BAYOT (Zurbito Street)
MASBATE CATHEDRAL (Danao Street)
Masbate Cathedral, formally known as the Cathedral-Parish of Saint Anthony of Padua, is the Roman Catholic church located along Quezon Street in Masbate City, Masbate, Philippines. Founded in 1578 by Spanish missionaries, it is presently the cathedral or seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Masbate.
LAPAY BANTIGUE DANCE STATUE (Quezon Street)
MASBATE CITY HALL (Municipal Road)
COASTAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT INTERPRETATIVE CENTER (CRMIC)
MASBATE PROVINCIAL HOSPITAL (Provincial Health Office Road)
MASBATE SOCIAL CENTER (Ibingay Street)
MASBATE CAPITOL BUILDING (Capitol Road)
RODEO MASBATEÑO GRAND ARENA (Airport Road)
MANGROVETUM (Nursery Boulevard)
BUNTOD SAND BAR AND MARINE SANCTUARY (15 minutes by boat from Brgy. Nursery)
Entralled with the sun, sand and sanctuary of Buntod. It is the first established marine sanctuary of Masbate City where live hard and soft coral covers highlight the majestic underwater sceneries.
Woke up early the next day to get back to Rendezvous Hotel and ride a boat to Buntod Marine Sanctuary. Prior to visit, I already texted Mr. Jojo C Soria, president of SAMAPUSI (09204338512) that I will rent a boat for solo tour (Php500 good for 1-4 persons) and gave me confirmation. From the jump-off point, I walked from shallow bay to my boat and I asked my boatman to fetch me after one-and-a-half hour. I gave also the boat rental payment and the entrance fee of Php20 for the Buntod Sandbar. I explored the area myself with my waterproof bag. Photoshoot starts now!
After a half-day of frolicking on white sand and scorching sun, my boat arrived and took me back to the shore of the hotel. Since it was still low tide, I had no choice but to walk for hundred meters. Unfortunately, my right slipper broke. I walked with muddy feet back to the Nursery boulevard and I rode a tricycle bound to market to buy a new one. There, I bought also a kilo of dried squid as my brother asked me to bring back home.
I spent the rest of the day buying other food products (like carmelado near the port) and especially, foodtrip within the city. I’ll make another post for this.
Going back to reality the next day as my flight bound to Manila was at early morning. I’m thankful that I bragged a promo fare to explore my last province in the Bicol region. Now, I have list of places to explore in Masbate province soon from the guide brochures I got from city and provincial tourism offices. Cheers for more island adventures! (n_n)