After a few months of having to stay indoors due to strict protocols caused by the mutated strains of COVID-19, people are again allowed to travel outside their homes—albeit with restrictions still. 

Parts of the country are starting to see a drop in infections. And due to this, attractions and destinations are starting to open up to tourists once more. 

If you’re one of those who can travel, we bet that you’re already planning your next holiday move. After all, who doesn’t want to get some fresh air and see some nice views after being holed up for so long? 

If that’s the case with you, a place we can recommend you explore is Masbate. Considered one of the oldest settlements in the region, it offers a lot to tourists, particularly when it comes to experiences. 

It’s a 14-hour drive if you’re from Metro Manila, one that you’ll be willing to take once you get to know it better. And that’s what we’re here for! 

Scroll down below to see what exactly you’re missing out on!

  • Go Island Hopping in Ticao 

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Out of all the things Masbate is known for, its beaches would be at the top of the list. After all, it’s strategically located between the Bicol Region and the Visayas group of islands. 

As such, one of the first things you should do when visiting is to go island hopping, especially in Ticao. Here’s what waiting for you: 

Buntod Beach Marine Sanctuary and Sandbar

Photo by Rob Tiu via @rob_tiu / Instagram

Well-known for its natural appeal – its white-sand beaches, unique sandbar, and mystical rock formations – Buntod beach Marine Sanctuary is definitely something you shouldn’t dare to miss. 

Catandayagan Falls

Photo by Lorenz Narbs via Unsplash

Located in San Jacinto, the western side of Ticao Island, Catandayagan Falls is a sight you that will certainly make an indelible impression on you.  

Borobangcaso Islet and Rock Formation

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Considered one of the most popular attractions in Masbate, Borobangcaso Islet will leave you in awe of its natural appeal, which is complemented by mystical rock formations seemingly erected by some unknown force. 

  • Tour the SESE Brahmans Ranch

Photo from SESE Brahmans’ Official Facebook Page

Photo from SESE Brahmans’ Official Facebook Page

Photo from SESE Brahmans’ Official Facebook Page

Photo from SESE Brahmans’ Official Facebook Page

If you’re the type of person who finds solace in ‘buhay probinsya,’ a trip to SESE Brahmans Ranch will give you just that!

Here, you can interact with different farm animals and even go horse riding through hectares and hectares of land. 

  • Swim with Sea Animals at Bugsayon Marine Park

Photo from BaLinkBayan / Masbate City

Photo from Trip Advisor

Want to rub shoulders with the likes of ‘Little Mermaid’s’ Sebastian and Flounder? The place to be is at Bugsayon Marine Park!

The sanctuary offers a lot of water activities to tourists including snorkeling, scuba diving, and more. 

  • Visit Masbate’s famed Places of Worship

Looking to renew your faith and strengthen your spirituality? Why not visit Masbate’s famed cathedrals and churches? 

Cathedral-Parish of Saint Anthony of Padua

Phot from Trip Advisor

Photo by Anne Jimenez via Flickr

Founded in 1578, Cathedral-Parish of Saint Anthony of Padua in Masbate is considered one of the oldest churches in the city. It also holds the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Masbate.

Villa Bayot – Palacio del Señor Santo Entierro

Photo by Alexander Martin Aquino via Facebook

Photo by Alexander Martin Aquino via Facebook

Photo by Alexander Martin Aquino via Facebook

Photo by Alexander Martin Aquino via Facebook

Constructed in 1880, Villa Bayot is the place that holds the miraculous Señor Santo Entierro, a statue in the image of Christ that dates back hundreds of years ago. 

  • Go Hiking at Mayong Payong Mountain Peak

Photo from Here at Masbate’s Official Facebook Page

Photo from Rabas sa Bicol’s Official Facebook Page

If it’s an adventure and a little sweat you’re looking for, try and reach the peak of Mayong Mountain. 

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