Category: Masbate

Ticao Island, Masbate: Island-Hopping To A Seaside Waterfall

Posted on December 8, 2013

The northernmost town on Ticao Island, Masbate is Monreal, an unassuming coastal settlement with a few early 20th century colonial homes and glorious views of Mt. Mayon and Mt. Bulusan on the Bicol Peninsula at the pier across Ticao Pass. Monreal also serves as a staging point for island-hopping adventures around the northern islets, sandy beaches, rock formations and one of the most amazing waterfalls I’ve ever seen! Passing by some rocky islands with impressive escarpments and shallow caves, weRead More

Ticao Island, Masbate: Bongsalay Mangrove Forest

Posted on December 7, 2013

Avicennia rumphiana, a mangrove species endemic to Southeast Asia In between Masbate Island and the Bicol Peninsula is Ticao Island, which still belongs to Masbate province. It is best known for the Manta Bowl, the top diving destination to see giant manta rays. A little known fact though is that it’s home to another behemoth of the natural world – the century-old miyapi mangrove tree of the Bongsalay Mangrove Forest Reserve in the southern town of Batuan.After arriving at Brgy LagundiRead More

Masbate City: Buntod Sandbar & Marine Sanctuary

Posted on December 6, 2013

Buntod Sandbar and Marine Sanctuary in Masbate City, Masbate Island While the coastal areas in Masbate City on Masbate Island are generally lackluster, an offshore sandbar only less than 30 minutes away by boat provides idyllic respite for beach lovers and snorkelers. The sandbar stretches away from a young mangrove plantation, shifting in size and shape according to the currents. One clear days, the majestic Mayon Volcano on the Bicol Peninsula can be seen peering from far away behind theRead More