Masbate – Philippine Island | Travel Buddy Info
As the only city in the province, it serves as the province’s main commercial center and chief seaport. The city is more or less situated at the center of Masbate province and Masbate Island, about 212 aerial miles and 362 nautical miles from Manila.
It is noted for its well-protected seaport, with Ticao Island acting as barrier against the effects of inclement weather from the north-east. Being located at the central part of the Philippine archipelago, the city serves as Bicol Region’s gateway to the Visayas and Mindanao. It is accessible through sea and air transportation.
It also serves as the main commercial center and the chief seaport of the Province of Masbate. It is noted for its well-protected port with Ticao Island acting as barrier against the effect of inclement weather from the northeast. Being located at the central part of the Philippine archipelago, the city serves as Bicol Region’s gateway to Visayas and Mindanao provinces.
It is accessible through sea and air transportation. The City of Masbate is one of the major cities in the Bicol Region.The city domain is bounded on the northeast by Masbate Pass; on the southwest by the municipality of Milagros and on the northwest by a portion of Asid River and the municipalities of Milagros and Baleno.
Masbate is at the crossroads of two island groups: Visayas and Luzon. It is politically part of Bicol Region in Luzon. However, from a bio-geographic and sociolinguistic perspective, Masbate has a stronger affiliation/connection with Visayas.
The city is more or less situated at the center of Masbate province, too, taking the tip of Burias Island as its northern most part and the tip of Esperanza municipality as the southern most part.
How to get there?
By Land: RORO bus at Araneta Center The roro bus (roro bus of Montenegro and Isarog bus line) in Araneta terminal (the old Rustan’s) leaves for Masbate between 1 pm to 6 pm. The bus fare is P1,200.00. Travel time is approximately 11 hours.
By Air: PAL/PAL Express direct flight to Masbate. Fares vary depending on the season, and depending on how early or late you book your flight.
By Air, Land and Ferry: Any flight to Legazpi. Land travel to Pilar, Sorsogon. Ferry at Pilar, Sorsogon.
The green fields of Masbate and its crystal-clear beaches were once a site of a bloody battle when a movement called pulahan or pulahanes burned and sacked the towns of Masbate in the revolution initiated by the Tagalogs.
Top Travel Attraction from Masbate
Buntod Sandbar and Reef Marine Sanctuary
ranked as the Philippines second most resilient coral reef area in terms of broad-scale and local-scale factors (Bucol et.al, 2011). It occupies 20 hectares of core zone and 100 hectares of buffer zone.
From the wharf in Rendezvous Hotel. the boat will take you to the sanctuary for 15 minutes with Bantay Dagat staffs (SAMAPUSI members) as boatmen and guides.
The reef discovery theme of the ecotourism in Buntod Marine Sanctuary would offer quality reef guiding services and sumptuous local meals which are offered by these all male-group.
Animasola is one of the islands in Burias, Masbate. The tiny islet, situated at the northern east side of San Pascual.
Tinalisayan Islet and Sandbar
Tinalisayan, located east off-coast Burias Island, resembles the shape of a snake. The tip of the island is under a sedimentary boulder.
Masbate has long been known as a land of many fascinating natural wonders, which include Catandayagan Falls located in the town of Monreal, Masbate in Ticao Island.
Jintotolo is an island within the Jintotolo Channel, part of the Province of Masbate, Philippines. Its elevation was recorded at around 120 feet (37 m) in 1919. A lighthouse with a tower at 51 feet (16 m) in height exists on Jintotolo island.
Nagarao Island is a tropical island of ten hectares (100000 square meters) is an eco tourism resort that has a white sand beach and is surrounded by coral reefs.