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I am a spelunker, trekker, adventurer, photo enthusiast, river rafter, motorbike and bike enthusiast, waterfalls chaser, playwright, poet, nature tripper, professor, lawyer, blogger, reviewer, and a lone traveler. I am a Filipino!
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Saturday, May 25, 2013
Subic Beach, Matnog, Sorsogon
As far as I know, there are only two pink sand beaches in the Philippines. The first one is the Sta. Cruz Island in Zamboanga City and the other one is in Subic Beach, Matnog, Sorsogon. The color of the sand is due to the fact of the multitude of the pipe organ coral in both beaches.
Last May 23, 2013, I visited Subic Beach after the previous visit last year at Sta. Cruz, Island. Just came from Masbate and Ticao Island and from Bulan port, I went directly to Matnog.
How to get there
By Land - by bus to Matnog, Sorsogon (12-13 hours)
By Air - Flight either to Catarman, Samar or Legazpi (1 hour more or less)
From Legazpi, ride a bus to Matnog, Sorsogon (2 hours)
From Catarman, go to Allen port (45 minutes), RoRo ride to Matnog Port (2 hours)
Once you reach Matnog Port, you have to hire a boat going to Subic Beach. The minimum rent for the boat is P500 and the maximum is P1,500.
If you are traveling in a group, it is better to hire the P1,500 boat (bigger). But if you are traveling alone, I suggest you try to haggle for P500 boat or if you are lucky, you can even get a small boat for P300.
Contact persons and numbers of the boatman
Mr. Vicente – 0917-928-1395 (small boat) P300.00
Mark – 0926-520-9228 (big boat) P500-P1,500
The water current is rough during November and December and I suggest you opt to hire a bigger boat during those months. The trip going to Subic Beach is good for 20-30 minutes.
But before going to Subic Beach, it is a must that you drop by at the Juag Lagoon (Marine sanctuary).
And while at the lagoon, you can take pictures of the fish or better, swim or interact with the fish!
After the thrill of swimming with the school of fish, you have to choose where to spend the day/night. There are actually 2 Subic Beach in the area, namely - Subic "Liit" (small) and Subic "Laki" (big). Below is the picture of Subic Laki.
Subic Liit's beach is smaller. It has no electricity, stores, and accommodations. It has only open cottages. It is good only for day tour/swimming. But it has the best tree shade and you can truly enjoy your privacy here.
On the other hand, Subic Laki has electricity, plenty of stores, a community at the other side of the island and accommodations (no aircon).
The price of closed cottages is P600/day. You can rent tents for P300/day. Should there be no tents or closed cottages, you can ask/request the locals that you be allowed to sleep at their house and pay the appropriate price.
Cottage- Badong 0915-949-244
Tent - Yette – 0927-724-4143
There are other tourist spots near the area such as the Tikling Island, Subic Liit, The Cave and Juag Lagoon.
You need to rent a speed boat to go to the cave. It costs P300/ hour.
You can watch the sunrise at the beach and you can watch the sunset at the other side of the island. Water in Subic Beach is crystal clear and the pink sand beach is best seen early in the morning and late in the afternoon.