Subic Beach is one of the places that I always love to go back. I was 10 years old when I first visited this place and though very young, I have never forgotten it. Subic beach is found at Calintaan Island of Matnog Sorsogon. Matnog is a third class municipality of Sorsogon, which is part of Bicol Region. It is actually my second home as this is the place of my father and grandparents.
Last March 27, I went to Subic beach with my best friend and her workmates. I was really excited for this trip as I wanted to see the changes of this place after 18 years. We left Sorsogon around 9:00AM and arrived at Matnog’s port past 10:00 in the morning. We had several stops over as we bought some snacks and other stuff. We proceed to the tourism office and paid 70.00 pesos each ( Php 50.00 entrance fee + Php 20.00 environmental fee). We were given a guide and he lead us where the boat is located. Note that we charter a small boat for island hopping and transfer going to the Subic beach. Tour rate varies if it’s a day tour or overnight stays. In our case, we paid Php 2000.00 because we stayed overnight on the island.
OUR ISLAND HOPPING ADVENTURE
1st stop: Tikling Island
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We stayed for few minutes here to take some photos and roam around this spot. You can see a store here where you can buy cold juices and snacks. Some people are camping, having picnics on the shaded area and some are swimming.
2nd stop: Juag Fish Sanctuary
Juag fish sanctuary is one of the highlights of this tour. You will be astonished by the aggressive milk fish and big size lapu-lapu (grouper). Our very kind kuya the boatman is feeding the fishes while I’m busy taking photos and videos 🙂 I paid Php 100.00 for the fish food.
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3rd stop: At the Cave
I’m not sure of the exact name of this cave but they said it’s called the “Calintaan Cave“. Correct me if I’m wrong guys 🙂
After the tour, we proceed to Subic beach. We stayed at Holy Trinity beach resort and I would definitely recommend this place. They have air conditioned rooms, cottages,pool, stores and complete utensils for visitors who want to cook and grill. You can also pay the staff for Php 150.oo to cook for your rice and preferred dish (you can buy rice, fresh meat and fish in the market of Matnog’s port).
ACTIVITIES TO DO
Swimming, diving, snorkeling. You can also rent a banana boat, kayak and jet ski.
Feed fishes on Juag Fish Sanctuary.
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WHERE TO STAY?
Holy Trinity Beach Resort
Contact: Ruel 0915-5275-230
|Single Bed (2 persons)||P3500.00|
|Double Bed (4 persons)||P5500.00|
|Native/Kubo Style (Room 1-2 for 4 persons)||P3300.00|
|Native/Kubo Style (Room 3-4 for 2 persons)||P2300.00|
|Family Room( 10 persons)||P7300.00|
|Jet Ski||P4000.00 (1 hour)|
|Kayak||P200.00 (1 hour)|
|Banana Boat||P2000.00 (15 minutes)|
|Banana Boat||P250.00 per head/8 persons|
*Food not included
HOW TO GET THERE?
By Air: You can get a flight from Manila to Legazpi via PAL(Philippine Airlines), Cebu Pacific and Air Asia. At Legazpi airport, you can ride a tricycle going to the terminal for van or bus going to Sorsogon. When you reach Sorsogon city, take a tricycle going to the terminal of Matnog (take a bus, van, jeep).
By Land:If you prefer to travel by land, you can take a bus bound for Sorsogon at Pasay or Cubao Terminal. Buses are (DLTB, Alps, Amihan, Elavil.. etc..). Note that the travel time is 12 hours going to Sorsogon.
If you’re in Sorsogon, you can go directly to the terminal. Just instruct the tricycle driver to take you to Matnog’s terminal. You can ride a van, jeep or a bus. Travel time from Sorsogon to Matnog is 3-4 hours.