Matnog, Sorsogon lies at the southernmost part of the island of Luzon. It is a jump-off point of ferries going to Northern Samar and Eastern Visayas. But aside from being the entry point of Visayas region, it is also home for Calintaan island.
Subic beach is located in Calintaan island. It has pinkish powdery sand similar to the sand of Sta. Cruz island in Zamboanga. The pulverized red corals mixed with white sand gives the shore its pinkish color.
The water is so cold and clear. Though it can get pretty deep suddenly so be sure to bring floaters or life vest for kids and non-swimmers.
You have to charter an outrigger boat to take you to the island. Calintaan is just 30-40 minutes away from Matnog’s port. You can go there on a day trip or stay overnight.
It is true that Philippines’ is blessed with beautiful scenery and we have the best beaches. If you’re planning to explore the southernmost part of Luzon, this blog might help you plan your itinerary and budget.
How to get there:
By private car:
Since we travel in a group, we decided to hire a van from Manila to Sorsogon. Travel time is 16hours. You may contact Ms. Margie thru her mobile number +639169356289.
By bus(from Manila):
Take a bus bound for Matnog from Cubao near Ali mall or Alabang located at Starmall. The bus usually leaves at 4 pm to 6 pm. Fare is around Php 700 to Php 1000.
You may also take a bus going to Samar, Tacloban or Davao. It will stop at Matnog port before boarding the ferry. Or else, take a bus bound for Sorsogon or Legazpi.
By bus(from Legazpi):
At Legazpi bus terminal, look for a bus going to Bulan. Tell the conductor that you are getting off at Trece, the intersection between Bulan and Matnog. From Trece, wait for a jeep bound for Matnog.
By jeepney(from Sorsogon):
From Sorsogon Integrated terminal, ride a jeep bound for Matnog.
The fastest way from Manila to Matnog is via plane ride. The nearest airport in Sorsogon is Legazpi airport.
From the airport, take a tricycle to Daraga-Matnog bus terminal. Take a bus going to Matnog. Travel time is roughly four hours.
Upon reaching Matnog, head to tourism office right across the Municipal hall.
The tourist registration and environmental fee must be paid. The registration fee is Php 50 for locals, Php 40 for seniors and Php 300 for foreigners. Kids below 10 years old are free. The environmental fee is Php 20 fixed rate for locals and foreigners and Php 16 for seniors. Always ask for a receipt.
They can also assign a boat to your group which saves you the hassle of haggling. If you need assistance, you may contact Kagawad Eddie thru his mobile number +639261404577.
Where to stay:
If you’re planning to stay overnight at Calintaan island, you may contact Sir Jun of Vito’s beach resort(+639184135561). They have tents and cottages for rent. Tent’s rental fee vary from Php 250 to Php 450 depending on the size.
The resort’s staff are accommodating and nice.
You can also bring your own tent. Tent pitching is free of charge but you need to pay for an open cottage.
The cottage rate includes free use of electricity and cooking area. They also have common restrooms that are clean and with enough supply of water.
Where to eat:
You can cook your food or ask the caretaker to do it for you with a fee. Just make sure to bring everything you need before boarding the boat. There’s a store in the island but supplies are limited. There are also fishermen selling fresh seafoods in the island.
You may want to buy all the supplies you need in the market near the tourism office.
Things to do:
For kids and non-swimmers, you can borrow life vest from your boatman.
2. Beach bumming
3. Island hopping
We were unable to explore the cave due to high tide and strong current of water. But during low tide, you can get inside by swimming. There is also a lagoon inside the cave.
Tikling island is privately owned. You can go there on a day-trip for free. Overnight is not allowed in the island. The sands are also pinkish in color same as the sands of Subic daco.
4. Fish feeding
We dropped by at Juag’s lagoon to check the fish sanctuary before heading to Subic beach. At first, I didn’t expect anything when the boatman mentioned the place. I thought it’s just an ordinary fishpen.
But I was amazed when we rode the bamboo raft which will bring us to the main site. I started to see huge and different kinds of fishes.
It is a privately owned and maintained by Geneblazo family. The place boast different kinds of fishes, sea turtles, giant clams and lobster. Though everything inside the sanctuary are not for commercial use, the family decided to open the place to public to raise awareness to protect and conserve aquatic life. They didn’t ask for an entrance fee but please give them donations for the maintenance of the place.
6. Sunrise/Sunset watching
Sunrise or sunset can add a dramatic effect on your self-reflection.
7. Enjoy a simple rural life
There are faucets in the resort but I wanted to try how the locals are living.
There’s a lot of coconut trees on the island. If you wanted to try some, tell the caretaker to get one for you for only Php 25.
Since we traveled in a large group, I can’t give you the exact expenses. You may just reach the persons I’ve mention here for inquiries. In our case, our total damage per person was Php 2900 for three days and two nights.
Things to bring:
- Lamp (Battery operated)
- Power bank
- Foods and drinks
- Emergency kit
- Trash bag
“Kill nothing but time, leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures, keep nothing but memories”