Irosin, Sorsogon

“The saddest thing about betrayal is that it never comes from your enemies.  Its comes from friends and loved ones.” 

After exploring the wonders of Ticao Island, part of my itinerary was to visit the hot springs of Irosin in Sorsogon and at the same time, I wanted to have a closer look at the Mt. Bulusan. I departed from San Jacinto in Ticao Island by 4:30 am and arrived at Bulan, Sorsogon around 5:45am. Then from Bulan, I rode a jeep going to Irosin for 30-45 minutes.

The Municipality of the Mendina is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Sorsogon. It is known to have natural parks, hot and cold springs, viewing areas and historical landmark. It was believed that Irosin was part of a volcano according to geologists who conducted a study about the place physical origin. The municipality lies in between Bulusan and Bulan, Sorsogon. This is the mountain side wherein the famous attraction is the Mt. Bulusan. The volcano can be viewed along the national highway

How to get to Irosin, Sorsogon

From Manila, there are daily bus schedules from Manila directly to Sorsogon through DLTB, Philtranco, Goldline, Raymond Bus or RSL/Amihan/ Peñafrancia. Travel time is between 14-15 hours. The bus stations are located along Edsa Pasay or LRT Buendia. You can also check their websites for the schedule.

There are also bus schedules from Legazpi, Albay going to Sorsogon. Once you are in Legazpi, take a tricycle going to Daraga- Matnog terminal then look for a route going to Matnog with a travel time for about 4-5 hours. Inform the bus driver to drop you off to Irosin rotonda.

Mt. Bulusan is classified as stratovolcano meaning a volcano that is build up by many layers of hardened lava, pumice, tephra and volcanic ash. It is also characterized to have periodic explosive eruptions which typically cools before spreading far due to viscosity. The last eruption of Mt. Bulusan was on December 29, 2016 around 2:40 pm lasted for 16 minutes. It did not create much damage but people were advised not to enter within the 4- kilometer radius permanent danger zone.

Due to the presence of an active volcano, Irosin has been known to have hot springs. There are a lot of establishments which operates for years already and has been an asset to their tourism industry. Most of the travelers tend to drop by before going back to Manila.

I arrived at Irosin around 7am and decided to go to San Benon Mateo hot and cold spring resort. The resort started operating last April 2012 with two hot pools, one lukewarm, one cold pool and a jacuzzi. The resort is the most recommended according to the locals. Their pools are clean and the hot water source is coming from the mountains. However, you might want to go there during weekdays to enjoy the place. One thing that I did not like is their wash area and their comfort rooms.

For more information, you can visit the tourism website at http://tourism.irosin.gov.ph/resorts-and-accommodation/resorts/mateo-hot-cold-springs-resort.html#Features

I stayed at the resort until 10am and decided to go to Legazpi, Albay to meet a friend. One of the nicest experience I had was when the security personnel of the resort accompanied me to the highway since there were no tricycle in the area at that time.

Travel Expenses

  • Boat Fee (Ticao to Bulan) – Php120
  • Jeep Fare (Bulan to Irosin) – Php30
  • Breakfast – php60 (1 rice and 1 viand)
  • Entrance Fee – Php40 (San Benon Hot Spring)
  • Tricycle Fare going to San Benon  – Php20 (special) RT php40

Sample Itinerary

  • 4:00 am- 4: 30 am – Preparation going to San Jacinto Port, Ticao Island
  • 5:30 am – 6:30 am – San Jacinto, Ticao Island going to Bulan, Sorsogon
  • 7:00 am – 7:15 am – Arrived Bulan, Sorsogon then took breakfast near the port
  • 7:30 am – 7:45 am – Going to Irosin, Sorsogon (waited for the other passengers)
  • 8:00 am – 8:15 am – Arrived at Irosin then rode tricycle going to San Benon
  • 8:00 am- 10:00 am – Stayed at San Benon and enjoyed the hot spring.
  • 10:15 am- 1:00 pm – Off to Legazpi, Albay
  • 6:30 pm – 4:00 am – Departed in Legazpi, Albay and arrived in Alabang, Muntinlupa
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San Jacinto, Masbate

“Every second that you spend on doubting your worth, every moment that you use to criticize yourself; is a second of your life wasted, is a moment of your life thrown away. It’s not like you have forever, so don’t waste any of your seconds, don’t throw even one of your moments away.”

Right after visiting the rock formations of Biri Island, I immediately took a boat back to Allen, Northern Samar so I can go back to Matnog, Sorsogon. Unfortunately, the boat already left and had no choice but to wait for the next trip by 4pm.

A local told me that there is another port wherein daily schedules are available from Northern Samar to Sorsogon through the Sta. Clara Port which is 3km away from Allen Port. I immediately rode a tricycle under a special trip for php50 and headed to the port hoping that I can get the next scheduled trip. I got the 2:30 pm schedule via Montengro Shipping Lines. I arrived in Matnog around 4pm and rode a bus going to Bulan. I stayed in Bulan overnight then got the first trip to San Jacinto the following day.

San Jacinto, Masbate is a 4th class municipality in Ticao Island together with Monreal, Batuan and San Fernando. The municipality lies in between Monreal and San Fernando. The island has been known to be a great dive spot due to the presence of different marine life.

How to get to San Jacinto, Masbate

From Manila, ride a bus from Cubao, Edsa Pasay or Alabang to Bulan Port in Sorsogon. The usual travel time is within 13 hours with a bus fare of php 800 to php 1000.

When you are in Bulan Port, you take a ferry boat to San Jacinto Port in Ticao Island for about 1.5 hours. The boat fare is php 120 and terminal fee of php15 per head. When you are already in San Jacinto, you can coordinate with the municipal tourism office for boat rental. First trip is 6:30 am and last trip is at 1pm. If ever that you arrived in Bulan, Sorsogon after 1pm, you can stay in a hotel near the port.

From Matnog, you can take a bus going to Bulan, Sorsogon for php100 or can take a tricycle for php50 or special trip of php250-350 depending in your negotiations. Travel time usually takes 30 minutes to an hour. You just need to inform the bus driver to drop you off in Bulan junction..

Altamar Beach Resort

The Altamar Resort is one of the must stayed resort when you are in Ticao Island. This was established last 2005 by the Altarejos family has been a frequent host for most of the travelers when in the island. If you wanted an escape and total relaxation, you must consider this resort as your option. You can do a lot of activities such as snorkeling, trekking, horseback riding. They also have a mini zoo where the kids can have a close encounter with the animals or even rent a boat for island hopping. For more information, you can visit their website at https://ticaoaltamar.com/

Manta Bowl

This is one of the best attraction that San Jacinto offers to their visitors and the reason why divers tend to go back and island is because of the Manta Bowl. The island is very famous because of the presence of manta ray and the manta bowl dive site. The island is considered as the manta ray capital of the country. with a depth of 25 meters, you will be able to experience swimming with the manta rays. You must have a least an advance scuba diving license for you to take part with this one of kind experience since you will need to descend at least  80 feet.

The Manta Bowl is not the same as Surigao where you will have a close encounter by just snorkeling. These manta rays are in the wild and maybe dangerous as well. You can coordinate with the tourism office to get information of the resorts that offer this package.

Catandayagan Falls

This majestic waterfall lies along the San Jacinto bay. It was first time to witness a waterfalls that goes directly to the ocean. Travel time is roughly around an hour from Sitio Mababoy before you reach this destination. There is no way for you to climb the waterfalls because the rocks are brittle enough due to the constant flow of water. The Catandayagan Falls is just one of the waterfalls that debouche into an ocean in Asia. Others such as Jeongbang Waterfall in South Korea, Mursala Island Waterfall in Indonesia and Düden Kıyı Şelalesi Waterfall in Antalya, Turkey.

This was the last destination I visited after San Miguel, Halea Nature Park, Puro Island and Isla Mababoy. I was really amazed of the waterfalls and did not expect that I am able to experience such beauty. I swam near the waterfalls and did not attempt to climb the rocks since from afar, you can immediately notice that the rocks are fragile enough due to continuous flow of water. According to the locals, the best time to visit the waterfalls is during summer since there are no big waves. But, you won’t be able to appreciate it due to less water flowing from the waterfalls.

The entire activity including island hopping, picture taking, swimming and lunch took at least 9-10 hours.  I arrived at San Jacinto by  5:30 pm and stayed there overnight. It was such an amazing experience and I am looking forward to explore more in Ticao Island.

Contact Information

  • Margie Villahermosa  (San Jacinto Tourism Coordinator) – 09087272104

Travel Expenses:

  • Bus Fare (Matnog- Bulan) – Php 100
  • Gotis Lodging House (Bulan, Sorsogon) – Php 300 (fan room for 2 pax)
  • Boat Fare (Bulan to San Jacinto) – Php 150 (aircon)
  • Boat Fare (San Jacinto to Bulan) – Php 150 (aircon)
  • Island Hopping Boat – Php 2, 500- 3, 000 (Good for 5)
  • Tour Guide Fee – Php 500
  • Homestay Fee – Php 350

Sample Itinerary

  • 4:00 am – 5:30 am – Prepared stuff for Ticao Adventure
  • 5:30 am – 6:00 am – Breakfast
  • 6:30 am – 7:30 am – Off to San Jacinto, Ticao Island in Masbate
  • 7:45 am – 8:30 am – Arrived in San Jacinto Port and bough food for lunch.
  • 9:00am – 9:30 am – First stop was Altamar Beach Resort then photo ops. Did not stay  long since needed to go to the next destination.
  • 9:30 am – 10:30 pm – San Miguel Island, Monreal  and climbed the light house.
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Halea Nature Park then photo ops
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Lunch at Puro Island
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Catandayagan Falls
  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Burobancaso Rock Formation
  • 4:00 pm – 5: 30 pm – Back to San Jacinto, Ticao Island
  • 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Freshen up time
  • 7:00 pm – 7: 30 pm – Dinner
  • 8: oo pm – Lights Off

Medina, Misamis Oriental

“Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.”

It has always been my plan as a solo traveler to explore new places from different provinces in Philippines. Whenever I look at the map, I would always wonder what will be my next adventures and how can I help promote local tourism. I have already been to the island of Camiguin however, most of the travelers tend to go directly to Cagayan de Oro or Iligan City and not consider this underrated municipality.

The Municipality of the Mendina is a 4th class municipality in the province of Misamis Oriental. It is located along the coast line of Gingoog Bay and only 22.8 km away from Balingoan Port which is the entry point to Camiguin island. The municipality is known to be one best diving spots in the country.

How to get to Medina, Misamis Oriental

From Manila, take a plane going to Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental. There are daily flights through Cebu Pac or PAL then take a bus going to Bulua Terminal, Cagayan de Oro. From Bulua Terminal, there are jeepneys directly going to Agora Terminal. From Agora, you need ride a bus going to Medina through Butuan or Gingoog route for 2.5 hours.

From Butuan, you can just take a bus ride going to Cagayan de Oro City or Zamboanga then inform the driver to drop you off to Medina with travel time of 2 hours.

From Camiguin Island, you need to take a boat ride or RoRo from Benoni Port to Balingoan Port for 1.5 hours then ride jeep or bus going to Medina with travel time of 30 minutes.

I arrived at Medina around 4:30 pm and went directly to the tourism office to ask assistance in where I can stay overnight. There are a lot of beach resorts in the municipality from high end to cheaper ones depending in your accommodation preference.

One of their high end resort is the Duka Bay Resort located at Bgry. Duka. The resort has been operating for years and one of the best resorts in Misamis Oriental. There are also water activities that you can do such as diving, snorkeling, skin diving, kayaking or riding a banana boat. You check their official website and facebook account for details at https://www.facebook.com/dukabay/ or http://www.dukabayresort.com/

I stayed overnight at Resort De Alberto located at Bgry. Bulwa which is 1.7 KM away from Duka Bay Resort. The resort offers quality accommodation with spacious rooms good for couples, family or a group. They have also function galleries for seminars and other occasions. The resort is known to have a huge pool area and has a beach front for tent pitching if you opted to camp. However, the sand is different compared to other resorts. The resort also has a restaurant that serves different types of local food. Their accommodation comes with a free complimentary breakfast. I personally recommend this resort if you wanted a quiet place to stay but still able to enjoy their amenities. For more information, you can check and like their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Resort-De-Alberto-Medina-Misamis-Oriental/163427653825142

But if you are a budget traveler, there are also cheaper resorts in the area but most of them are for day tour activities only. I highly suggest that you stay in a motel in the town proper and negotiate with a local boatman for your water activity the following day.

Most of the fishermen residing the near coastal areas of the Medina are tourist guides. They assist all travelers for their water activities. They own small motor boats and just need to pay them directly. There is no way for you to do island hopping in the area because there are no islands across Gingoog Bay. If you are a not into scuba diving, your activities will only be snorkeling at the marine sanctuary, swimming and beach bumming.

Medina has the cheapest snorkeling fee out of all the places I have visited. You do not need to the rent the entire boat but only pay a specific amount. If you are in a group, you will only pay Php30 ($ 0.581 / € 0.476) or Php100 ($ 1.936 / € 1.585) for solo travelers for 30 minutes.

The boatman will bring you to the marine sanctuary where you can feed the fishes or do snorkeling to have a close encounter with the fishes. You also need to buy breads in any local stores near the area as they do not provide fish food.

The LGU together with BFAR (Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources) and other non- government agencies have started to educate the locals about marine preservation and has strictly implemented a “no fishing” policy in their sanctuaries.

What was interesting and fascinating about the seafloor of Medina near Duka Bay is the presence of an ocean vent releasing spring cold waters. It was my first time to encounter and I was really amazed that beneath is a small crevasse where spring water continuously flows out towards the surface.

At first, I thought it was like a hydrothermal vent where an active volcano might be present but according to the locals, it is a small passage underneath the corals from the spring reservoir in the mountain where the cold water is coming from.

My total experience in Medina, Misamis Oriental was awesome. I realized that this municipality is definitely underrated when it comes to the tourism exposure and deserves to be visited.  The local government has been focusing in improving the tourism aspect to attract more visitors. It will not only boost their economy but it will also create jobs to help the people of Medina. I would like to thank LGU Medina and the Tourism Office for giving me the opportunity to feature your municipality.

Contact Information

Edan Mark Vosotros  ( Municipal Tourism Coordinator) – 09778055120

Travel Expenses

  • Bus Fare –  Php100 (Iligan to Cagayan de Oro)
  • Jeep Fare – Php13 (Bulua Terminal to Agora Terminal)
  • Bus Fare – Php205 (Cagayan de Oro to Medina)
  • Snorkeling Fee – Php100 (solo for 30 minutes)

Ticao Island,Masbate

“When you’re traveling with someone else, you share each discovery, but when you are alone, you have to carry each experience with you like a secret, something you have to write in your heart, because there’s no other way to preserve it.”

After spending a wonderful time with the rock formations of Biri Island, I decided to go to Ticao Island to explore the island’s hidden gems. From Santa Clara Port in Northern Samar, I took boat going back to Matnog Port  then  rode a bus to Bulan, Sorsogon. I departed from Biri Island around 1pm and arrived at Bulan by 6pm.

Ticao Island is one of the major islands  in the Province of Masbate. It is composed of four municipalities such as San Jacinto, Monreal, San Fernando and Batuan. The island lies in between Masbate Passage to the west and  the Ticao Passage to the east facing the Bicol Region.  The island has been known to have white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, waterfalls debouche into the ocean and the snake island.

How to get to Ticao Island, Masbate

There are daily trips going from Manila to Pilar, Sorsogon through DLTB, RSL, CUL, Philtranco, Peñafrancia, Bicol Isarog, Raymond, etc) from Cubao, Pasay or Alabang Terminal with bus fare ranging from php800 to php1000 and a travel time of roughly 10-12 hours. Once you are in Pilar, take a ferry boat going to Monreal, Ticao Island. Travel time is 1.5 hours and operation hours is from 7am to 12nn daily.

If you coming from Matnog, you can either take a tricycle for php50 or php250 for special trip or take a bus and ask the driver to drop you off at Brgy. Trece then another ride another jeep to Bulan town proper. Boat rides from Bulan to San Jacinto, Ticao is from 6:30am to 1pm daily with a travel time of 1 hour for php150 (aircon) or php120 (non-aircon). Since I arrived at Bulan around 6pm, I stayed at Gotis Lodging house and got the first trip to Ticao the following day. I also had a chance to have a short tour at the town.

Altamar Beach Resort, San Jacinto

There are a lot of places to visit in Ticao Island. I started my island hopping in San Jacinto, one of the municipalities of the island. My first stop was to visit Altamar Beach Resort. This is one of the high-end resorts in the island. This is one of must stayed resort since it provides luxurious accommodation and services. Of course, since I am budget traveler, I opted to have a photo shoot session instead and headed immediately to my next destination.

San Miguel Island, Monreal

From San Jacinto, the boat directly headed us towards Monreal, another municipality in Ticao Island.  Along the way are rock formations with them same features like those in Palawan. The waves were slightly big due to monsoon winds. It is suitable to visit the island during the months of March to June. I stopped over in San Miguel Island and climbed the light house. It was so stiff  that I needed to crawl up just to get to the tower. I do not recommend this activity to those who have heart issues because of the elevation.

Halea Nature Park, Monreal

My next stop was to visit Halea Nature Park. This is a must visit destination when you are in Ticao Island. This is a secluded island but still under the jurisdiction of the municipality of Monreal. See article Monreal, Masbate.

Sitio Mababoy, Monreal

This is small community in Monreal has been very fortunate because of the white sand and clear waters. They are also lucky because they don’t get huge waves because of a small island in front of the village. I had a chance to interact with locals and took a photo with the kids swimming in the shores.

Catandayagan Falls, San Jacinto

This majestic waterfalls lies along the San Jacinto bay. It was first time to witness a waterfalls that goes directly to the ocean. Travel time is roughly around an hour from Sitio Mababoy before you reach this destination. There is no way for you to climb because the rocks are brittle enough due to the consistent flow of water.

Burobancaso Rock Formation, Monreal

This was my last destination of the day. The Burobancaso Rock formation is still under the jurisdiction of the Monreal. Most of the locals preferred to visit this place because it is a small island where can relax, cook their food and take great photos because of the rock formation. The sand surrounding the island is made up of pulvorized white corals and the water is ultra clear. I stayed for about an hour and the boatman told me that it will take another 3 hours of travel time back to the San Jacinto town proper.

I ended my tour around 5:30 pm and stayed overnight in the island because the last trip going back to Bulan, Sorsogon from Ticao Island is at 1pm. I toured around the San Jacinto town proper and slept by 9pm. It was indeed a fun experience exploring  the must the small islands and nice beaches. It was exhausting but worth it.

I also would like to thank the general manager of  Ticao Island Electric Cooperative Inc. (TISELCO) Ricardo Largo for assisting me with the boat and for providing food and accommodation.

Travel Expenses:

  • Bus Fare (Matnog- Bulan) – Php 100
  • Gotis Lodging House (Bulan, Sorsogon) – Php 300 (fan room for 2 pax)
  • Boat Fare (Bulan to San Jacinto) – Php 150 (aircon)
  • Boat Fare (San Jacinto to Bulan) – Php 150 (aircon)
  • Island Hopping Boat – Php 2, 500
  • Tour Guide Fee – Php 500
  • Homestay – Php 350

Sample Itinerary

  • 4:00 am – 5:30 am – Prepared stuff for Ticao Island, Adventure
  • 5:30 am – 6:00 am – I had breakfast near the port area and already checked out.
  • 6:30 am – 7:30 am – First trip to San Jacinto, Ticao Island in Masbate.
  • 7:45 am – 8:30 am – Arrived in San Jacinto Port and bough food for lunch.
  • 9:00am – 9:30 am – First stop was Altamar Beach Resort then photo ops.
  • 9:30 am – 10:30 pm – Arrived San Miguel Island and climbed the light house.
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Halea Nature Park then photo ops
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Lunch at Puro Island
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Catandayagan Falls then photo ops.
  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Burobancaso Rock Formation and then swimming.
  • 4:00 pm – 5: 30 pm – Back to San Jacinto, Ticao Island
  • 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Freshen up before dinner time
  • 7:00 pm – 7: 30 pm – Dinner
  • 8: 00 pm – Lights Off

 

Monreal, Masbate

“It hurts to love someone and not be loved in return but what is the most painful is to love someone and never find the courage to let the person know how you feel.”

Exploring the different places in Masbate has already been part of my travel check list. From Matnog Sorsogon , I rode a bus going to Bulan, Sorsogon where daily trips are available then to San Jacinto, Ticao Island. Though the island has been featured in several travel platforms but it is totally different when you experience first hand and at the same time, getting to know the culture, food and the people.

The Municipality of the Monreal is a 4th class municipality in the province of Masbate. It is located at the northern part of Ticao Island below Burias Group of Islands. Monreal is known to be a hub of marine life because of the presence of undisturbed coral foundation. There are also small islands located that the northerly part such as Mababoy Island, San Miguel Island, Paltalban Island, Puro Island and Cagpating Island. These islands are composed with white sand shorelines and blue waters.

How to get to Monreal, Masbate

From Manila, ride a bus from Cubao, Edsa Pasay or Alabang to Pilar Port in Pilar, Sorsogon. The usual travel time is within 10-12 hours with a bus fare of php 800 to php 1000. When you are in Pilar Port, you take a ferry boat to Monreal Port in Ticao Island for about 1.5 hours. The boat fare is php 120 and terminal fee of php15 per head. When you are already in Monreal, you can coordinate with the municipal tourism office for boat rental.

Monreal is part of the Ticao Island with four other major municipalities such as San Jacinto, San Fernando and Batuan. Since Masbate as a region is already rich in marine life, it is expected that its districts also has the same thing. The municipality is known to have magnificent rock formations along the coast of Bagababoy and San Miguel islands. As we navigated from one island to another islands, you can see from boat how amusing their sea beds are. According to the locals, dynamite fishing has been banned in the province in which the corals have started to restore has become a breeding ground for different types of fishes.

Tourism has also played a big part in the municipality’s economic status due to the presence of the rock formations, white sand beaches, clear waters and bountiful marine resources, the locals have started to be engaged as tour guides and boatmen as a temporary source of income. Boat fee ranges from php 2,000 to php 2,500 good for 5 person and a guide fee of php 500.

San Miguel Island

This island is situated in the northern most part of Monreal which is near to Claveria, Masbate. You can find a Tombolo from the Italian tombolo, derived from the Latin tumulus, meaning ‘mound’, and sometimes translated as ayre, is a deposition landform in which an island is attached to the mainland by a narrow piece of land such as a spit or bar. Once attached, the island is then known as a tied island. The shoreline moves toward the island due to deposit of sand where wave energy and longshore drift are reduced, therefore deposition of sand occurs. Once attached, the island is then known as a tied island where an old lighthouse was constructed served a guide to navigators. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tombolo

Halea Nature Park in San Miguel Island

This nature park is located on the order side of San Miguel Island facing the Bicol Region. When you are in Ticao Island, this is a must visit local destination because of its fine white sands and blue waters. This area is also known as a shark sanctuary wherein visitors are allowed to feed but needed not be underwater.  You will need to pay an entrance fee of php 25 per head and cottage fee of php 100. Children are free of charge.

Mababoy Island

This island is located in between Monreal mainland adjacent to San Miguel Island where a small community of Masbeteños is residing named as Sitio Mababoy. The island has been inhabited by a small local community with a total population estimated to less than 50 families. Fishing is the main livelihood among the locals. I had a chance to get along with the locals of Sitio Mababoy and took some pictures with them.

Puro Island

This is Small Island located near Cagpating Island but not inhabited by the locals. A sand bar is formed during low tides. There were small cottages constructed within the island but I am not sure if there are still operational. We stopped over in the island and had lunch. It is advised that during the island hopping, you can to bring food and water because it will take at least a whole day to enjoy each destination.

It was indeed an amazing adventure and to  top it all are the easterly waves which was more exciting. I realized that how fortunate the locals of Monreal because of the wonderful rock formations, crystal clear turquoise waters with white fine sands.

Contact Information 

  • Ana Carolina del Mundo – (Tourism Head of Monreal, Masbate) – 09109950239

Travel Expenses:

  • Bus Fare (Matnog- Bulan) – Php 100
  • Gotis Lodging House (Bulan, Sorsogon) – Php 300 (fan room for 2 pax)
  • Boat Fare (Bulan to San Jacinto) – Php 150 (aircon)
  • Boat Fare (San Jacinto to Bulan) – Php 150 (aircon)
  • Island Hopping Boat – Php 2, 500
  • Tour Guide Fee – Php 500
  • Homestay Fee – Php 350

Sample Itinerary

  • 4:00 am – 5:30 am – Prepared stuff for Ticao Adventure
  • 5:30 am – 6:00 am – Breakfast
  • 6:30 am – 7:30 am – Off to San Jacinto, Ticao Island in Masbate
  • 7:45 am – 8:30 am – Arrived in San Jacinto Port and bough food for lunch.
  • 9:00am – 9:30 am – First stop was Altamar Beach Resort then photo ops. Did not stay long since needed to go to the next destination.
  • 9:30 am – 10:30 pm – San Miguel Island, Monreal and climbed the light house.
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Halea Nature Park then photo ops
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Lunch at Puro Island
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Catandayagan Falls
  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Burobancaso Rock Formation
  • 4:00 pm – 5: 30 pm – Back to San Jacinto, Ticao Island
  • 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Freshen up before dinner time
  • 7:00 pm – 7: 30 pm – Dinner
  • 8: oo pm – Lights Off

Tikling Island, Sorsogon

“Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.”

This was my last destination of the day. Right after Juac Island and Subic Beach, we went to this small island located along San Bernardino Straight. This island is just  20 minutes away from Calintaan and Juac Island.

Part of my expedition in Matnog, Sorsogon is to visit Tikling Island. The island is famous because of the pinkish sand due to the red corals. Though there are a lot of pink beaches in the country but this is the nearest to Manila.

How to get to Tikling Island, Sorsogon

Tikling Island is part of the municipality of Matnog, Sorsogon. It lies along San Bernardino Straight which is the route going to Northern Samar. It can only be access through boat and there are no daily trips to island.

From Manila, there are daily bus schedules from Manila directly to Matnog through DLTB, Philtranco, Goldline, Raymond Bus or RSL/Amihan/ Peñafrancia. Travel time is between 14-15 hours. The bus stations are located along Edsa Pasay or LRT Buendia. You can also check their websites for the schedule.

You can also take the Bulan, Sorsogon Route. You just need to tell the driver to drop you off to Brgy. Trece, Bulan then take a tricycle going to Matnog with fare of php50 or php 250 for special trip. If you depart from Manila by 3pm, you will arrive in Bulan by 5am the following day.

If by plane, you can book a flight from Manila to Legazpi or Naga then go directly to their provincial bus terminals then look for a bus going to Matnog, Sorsogon.

Pink Beach in Tikling Island

I have been to a lot of white sand beaches but the shores of Tikling Island fascinated me a lot not only because of its pinkish appearance but it’s a like remote area where there are no cottages, no commercial establishments and apparently the perfect place to unwind, reconcile with nature and suitable to clear your mind.

There are a lot of pink beaches in the Philippines such as Sila Island in Northern Samar, Pundaguitan Beach in Cape San Agustin, Davao Oriental and one in Sta. Cruz Island, in Zamboanga City. So what causes the sand to be pink? Foraminifera or forams are members of a phylum of amoeboid protisits and most are marine which they live on or within the seafloor sediment. Thousands of broken coral pieces, shells, and calcium carbonate materials left behind by foraminifera (tiny marine creatures with red and pink shells) that live in the coral reefs that surrounds the beach blends with the sand

Though Tikling Island is privately owned, tourists are still welcome to explore. Tourists do not need to pay an entrance fee but only donations to the care takers of the island. Part of the island hopping package offered by Alex Geneblazo is to visit Tikling. I also saw a family of wild boar in the island. I was amazed that they are harmless and domesticated. I spent less than 2 hours in the island because I needed to catch the next boat ride going to Biri Island, Northern Samar. But I will definitely go back and will spend a night in the island.

Island Hopping Boat Fee

  • Day Tour –  Php 1, 650 (group of 10)
  • Overnight – Pho 2, 650 (group of 10)

Contact Information

  • Alex Geneblazo (Tour Operator & Owner of Juac Marine Sanctuary) – 09183045437
  • For Solo TravelerPlease contact Alex Geneblazo first and ask if you can join a group.

Travel Expenses

  • Bus Fare (Manila to Bulan) – Php 1000 RT Php2000
  • Tricycle Fare (Bulan to Matnog) – Php 100
  • Island Hopping Fee – Php 1, 650 (solo)
  • Fish Food – Php 100

 

Sample Itinerary

  • 3:00 pm – 4am – Manila to Bulan Sorsogon (took this route since I went to Buendia LRT DLTB Bus Terminal.
  • 4:00 am – 5: 45 am- Took tricycle from Bulan rotunda in Brgy. Trece going to Matnog.
  • 6:00 am – 7:30 am – Visited Juac Island Marine Sanctuary. Kuya Alex allowed me to swim and became my underwater videographer.
  • 8:00 am – 9: 00 am – Visited Calintaan Island (Subic Beach Laki & Subic Liit coves)
  • 9:15 am – 10: 30 am – Visited Tikling Island and enjoyed the pink beach alone.
  • 11:00 am – 11:30 am – Went back to Matnog mainland and opted not to have an overnight since my plan was to be at Biri Island by 5:30 pm.

Juac Island, Sorsogon

The only thing a person can ever really do is keep moving forward. Take that big leap forward without hesitation, without once looking back. Simply forget the past and forge toward the future.”

Juac Island is one of the small islands in the province of Sorsogon. It is located in Matnog, Sorsogon which two hours away from Allen, Northern Samar. It lies within the San Bernardino Straight which is the jump off point to Northern Samar.

How to get to Juac Island, Sorsogon

Juac Island is part of the municipality of Matnog, Sorsogon. There are daily bus schedules from Manila directly to Matnog through DLTB, Philtranco, Goldline, Raymond Bus or RSL/Amihan/ Peñafrancia. Travel time is between 14-15 hours.

You can also take the Bulan, Sorsogon Route. You just need to tell the driver to drop you off to Brgy. Trece, Bulan then take a tricycle going to Matnog.

There are also bus schedules from Legazpi, Albay going to Matnog, Sorsogon. Once you are in Legazpi, take a tricycle going to Daraga Provincial terminal then look for a route going to Matnog with a travel time for about 4-5 hours. Matnog is the southernmost municipality in the province of Sorsogon.

Juag Marine Sanctuary in Juac Island

The Juag Marine Sanctuary is situated in Juac Island. It is owned and managed by Mr. Alex Geneblazo since 2004. He considers the sanctuary as his own aquarium. He started with only few breeds to fish and after thirteen years, it became hectares with different types of marine species.

Visitors will not pay an entrance fee. They just need to purchase fish food worth php100 then ride in a bamboo raft connecting to a center island where they can start the fish feeding.  The bamboo raft can carry at least a maximum of 15 people but sometimes lesser if its low tide.  It is advised not to play with the raft because there are already large fishes swimming at 4 ft. deep. Let the tour guide or care taker do their job to ensure safety of the animals.

According to the care taker, there were recounted incidents of fish kill due to undependable and carelessness actions of the tourists such as not informing the tour guide that they have applied sun protection lotion into their skin that had caused fishes to die. Some tourists jumped at the sanctuary that made the fishes troubled and disturbed.

They were also guides who allowed a lot of tourists to take the bamboo ride more than its capacity resulting to the damages of the coral reefs. And, the most unacceptable behavior is that one tourist caught a large grouper without permission then the owner was surprised that he already started grilling the fish.

Below are the Rules and Regulations in the sanctuary

  • Do not apply sun protection cream. It will surely kill the fishes.
  • Do not jump into the water. It may cause fish fright.
  • Do not throw your trash anywhere in the sanctuary.
  • Do not feed the fishes any other food such as crackers, candies and chips etc.
  • Do not frightened the fishes.
  • Always ask assistance from your tour guide when using the bamboo raft.
  • RESPECT the sanctuary at all times.

Island Hopping Boat Fee

  • Day Tour –  Php 1, 650 (group of 10)
  • Overnight – Pho 2, 650 (group of 10)

Contact Information

  • Alex Geneblazo (Tour Operator & Owner of Juac Marine Sanctuary) – 09183045437
  • For Solo TravelerPlease contact Alex Geneblazo first and ask if you can join a group.

Travel Expenses

  • Bus Fare (Manila to Bulan) – Php 1000 RT Php2000
  • Tricycle Fare (Bulan to Matnog) – Php 100 but for Php 250 (special trips)
  • Island Hopping Fee – Php 1, 650 (solo)
  • Fish Food – Php 100

 

Sample Itinerary

  • 3:00 pm – 4am – Manila to Bulan Sorsogon (took this route since I went to Buendia LRT DLTB Bus Terminal.
  • 4:00 am – 5: 45 am- Took tricycle from Bulan rotunda in Brgy. Trece going to Matnog.
  • 6:00 am – 7:30 am – Visited Juac Island Marine Sanctuary. Kuya Alex allowed me to swim and became my underwater videographer.
  • 8:00 am – 9: 00 am – Visited Calintaan Island (Subic Beach Laki & Subic Liit coves)
  • 9:15 am – 10: 30 am – Visited Tikling Island and enjoyed the pink beach alone.
  • 11:00 am – 11:30 am – Went back to Matnog mainland and opted not to have an overnight since my plan was to be at Biri Island by 5:30 pm.

Matnog, Sorsogon

“If people refuse to look at you in a new light and they can only see you for what you were, only see you for the mistakes you’ve made, if they don’t realize that you are not your mistakes, then they have to go.”

The Municipality of Matnog lies along the coastal area of the Southern Luzon. This is the last municipality and has one of the busiest port because it is the jump off point towards Northern Samar. A third class municipality composed of different indigenous tribes such as Agta, Tabangon and Cimaron.

However, you cannot identify the natives anymore because they have adapted to the changes.  It was my first time in Matnog, Sorsogon. Although there are already write ups and features about the place but I really wanted to experience the white sand beaches and have a quick escape from the busy streets of Metro Manila.

How to get to Matnog, Sorsogon

There are a lot of options in how to get to Matnog, Sorsogon. There are daily bus schedules from Manila directly to Matnog through DLTB, Philtranco, Goldline, Raymond Bus or RSL/Amihan/ Peñafrancia. Travel time is between 14-15 hours.

You can also take the Bulan, Sorsogon Route.  You just need to tell the driver to drop you off to Brgy. Trece, Bulan then take a tricycle going to Matnog. I strongly suggest to get the night trip, so you can be in Matnog early the following day.

If you missed out the bus schedule, you can either take Legazpi or Bulan route from Manila. Once you are in Legazpi, Albay ride a tricycle going to Daraga- Matnog terminal. Then look for a route going to Matnog with a travel time of 4 hours.  This is the best option, if you are planning to go to Legazpi by air and consider Matnog as a side trip. Once you are in Matnog, you can go to the Juag Marine Sanctuary in Juag Island, enjoy the white sand beaches of Tikling Island and stay overnight in Subic Beach (Laki and Liit).

Juag Marine Sanctuary in Juac Island

This marine sanctuary is owned and managed by Alex Geneblazo, a sanctuary full of large fishes such as snapper, grouper, bluefish, jack cravelle, surgeon fish and tiger lobster. I decided to start with my activity by going to Juag Marine Sanctuary because I was so excited to swim with the fishes.

The Juag Marine Sanctuary is located in Juag Island. It located in the northern part of Calintaan Island.  A 30 minute boat ride from the mainland in Matnog, Sorsogon is a place rich is marine life. See article Juac Island, Sorsogon

Rules and Regulations in Juag Marine Sanctuary

There is no entrance fee at the sanctuary. All you need to do is to buy food then you can enjoy fish feeding. According to the care taker, there were reported incidents that many of their fishes died due to irresponsible actions.  Make sure to follow the rules and regulations of the sanctuary.

  • Do not apply sun protection cream. It will kill the fishes
  • Do not jump into the water. It may cause fish fright.
  • Do not throw your trash anywhere at the sanctuary.
  • Do not feed the fishes any other food such as junk food, chips, crackers, candies etc.
  • Do not frightened the fishes.
  • Always ask assistance from your guide when using the bamboo raft.
  • RESPECT the sanctuary at all times.

Calintaan Island

Calintaan Island is one of the small islands that is still part of the Matnog, Sorsogon. After spending time with the fishes at the sanctuary, my next destination was to visit Subic Beach. This white beach is just 10 minutes away from Juag Island. Like any other white beaches I visited, the composition is just pretty much the same.

Subic Beach (Laki & Liit) 

The beach area is composed of 2 coves such as Subic Laki (big) and Subic Liit (small). In Subic Laki, you can rent a cottage or pitch a tent. There are also small stalls where you can buy food and drinks. However, in Subic Liit, there are no cottages or any establishments. It is just minor cove where you can just relax and enjoy the clear waters.


Tikling Island

My last destination was to visit Tikling Island. It is located at the northeastern part of Matnog. This small island is composed of white sand beach with red coral particles. It is also known as the Pink Beach of Southern Luzon due to crushed red corals that gives pinkish color at the shore. Even though that the island is privately owned, visitors are still allowed to explore. No entrance fee is required but only donations of any amount to the care takers of the island. See article Tikling Island, Sorsogon.

Island Hopping Boat Fee

  • Day Tour –  Php 1, 650 (group of 10)
  • Overnight – Pho 2, 650 (group of 10)

Contact Information

  • Alex Geneblazo (Tour Operator & Owner of Juac Marine Sanctuary) – 09183045437
  • For Solo TravelerPlease contact Alex Geneblazo first and ask if you can join a group.

Travel Expenses

  • Bus Fare (Manila to Bulan) – Php 1000 RT Php2000
  • Tricycle Fare (Bulan to Matnog) – Php 100 but for Php 250 (special trips)
  • Island Hopping Fee – Php 1, 650 (solo)
  • Fish Food – Php 100

Sample Itinerary

  • 3:00 pm – 4am – Manila to Bulan Sorsogon (took this route since I went to Buendia LRT DLTB Bus Terminal.
  • 4:00 am – 5: 45 am- Took tricycle from Bulan rotunda in Brgy. Trece going to Matnog.
  • 6:00 am – 7:30 am – Visited Juac Island Marine Sanctuary. Kuya Alex allowed me to swim and became my underwater videographer.
  • 8:00 am – 9: 00 am – Visited Calintaan Island (Subic Beach Laki & Subic Liit coves)
  • 9:15 am – 10: 30 am – Visited Tikling Island and enjoyed the pink beach alone.
  • 11:00 am – 11:30 am – Went back to Matnog mainland and opted not to have an overnight since my plan was to be at Biri Island by 5:30 pm.

Biri Island, Northern Samar

“We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better.”

After my island hopping experience and swimming with the fishes at the sanctuary, I immediately packed my things and went to the Port of Matnog because I decided to go to Biri Island in Northern Samar. From Matnog, you need to take a boat going to Allen Port in Northern Samar with a travel time of 2 hours. Unfortunately, the next trip was at 4pm going to San Isidro Port. Only a cargo vessel was available at that time and the only option I had was to wait for the next schedule.

I was so fortunate that one of the crew from that cargo vessel offered a trip going to Allen Port. Though, I was a bit scared but I decided to push through aiming to get the last boat trip to the island. It was my first time in a cargo vessel and the experience was awesome. I arrived at Allen Port, Northern Samar around 3pm and took a tricycle going to Lavesares Port where the boats going to Biri Island are waiting.

How to get to Biri Island, Northern Samar

The municipality of Biri is located at northeastern part of Samar. It is facing the Pacific Ocean to the east and San Bernardino Strait to the west. The island is known to have large numbers of massive rock formations facing along the pacific.

From Lavesares Port, you need to take a boat ride going to Biri Island with a travel time of 1-1.5 hours. The boats are considered a public transport with regular fare of php50. But, you will need to wait for other passengers. The capacity of the boat is between 10-15 people. However, you can get a special trip to the island for php750. First trip from Biri is around 5:30am to Lavesares and last trip back to Biri is at 5pm.

I arrived at Biri Island around 6pm and along the way, I witnessed how beautiful the sunset in the west region. There are a lot of resorts, homestay and hotels in the island. I decided to stay at Gloria Vista Homestay because it is cheaper and recommended by travelers.

I rode a habal-habal (modified motorcycle to seat more than 2 persons and to my surprised the driver was also a tour guide and at the same time, the president of the tour guide association in Biri. We had a coffee at boulevard near the municipal hall and discussed with them my itinerary.

I was given an option from the tour guide to start the tour as early as 4:30 am to witness the sunrise at the Macadlaw Rock formation. However, I decided not to take it because there is a lesser chance because of the weather. He arrived at exactly 6am and our first destination was to pass through Bel-At Mangrove 500 meter walkway going to the rock formation.

There are 7 massive rock formations in Biri Island and each rock formation has its own unique physical characteristics. The form of rock formation is a Stack or Sea Stack where it is a geological landform consisting of a steep and often vertical column or columns of rock in the sea near a coast, formed by wave erosion.

  • Magasang Rock Formation
  • Magsapad Rock Formation
  • Macadlaw Rock Formation
  • Puhunan Rock Formation
  • Bel-at Rock Formation
  • Caranas Rock Formation
  • Pinanahawan Rock Formation

The rock formation in Biri Island are called Stacks. They are formed over time by wind and water, processes of coastal geomorphology. They are formed when part of a headland is eroded by hydraulic action, which is the force of the sea or water crashing against the rock. The force of the water weakens cracks in the headland, causing them to later collapse, forming free-standing stacks and even a small island. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stack_(geology)

There are also Tide Pools near the rock formations. Tide pools or rock pools are shallow pools of seawater that form on the rocky intertidal shore. Many of these pools exist as separate bodies of water only at low tide. Tidal pools exist in the intertidal zones. These zones are submerged by the sea at high tides and during storms, and may receive spray from wave action. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tide_pool

I ended my tour at around 11am since I need to go back to Bulan, Sorsogon to get the last trip going to Ticao Island, Masbate for another adventure. If ever you missed out the boat trip in Allen Port, you can go to Santa Clara Port. The Santa Clara Port is just less than 4km away from Allen Port. There are daily boat schedule going back to Sorsogon with only 1 hour travel time.

Contact Information

  • Jun Giray (Tour Guide Association President) – 09288309396
  • Ning Borbon (Gloria Vista Homestay) – 09472967737 or 09174552500

Note: You need to contact Jun Giray if you will go there in a group so he can make arrangements for your tour. He is also a very good photographer. He knows what to do.

Travel Expenses

  • Allen Port to Lavesares – Php 50 (tricycle fare/special)
  • Lavesares to Biri Island Boat Fee- Php 60 RT 120
  • Gloria Vista Homestay – Php 400 (fan room)
  • Tour Guide Fee – Php 495 (day tour)
  • Environmental Fee- Php 50

Sample Itinerary

  • 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Boat ride from Matnog Sorsogon to Allen Port
  • 2:30 pm – 3: 00 pm – Rode a tricycle from Allen Port to Lavesares Port
  • 3:00 pm- 4:00 pm –  Had a late lunch near the port area. Yes, it was late.
  • 4:30 pm – 5: 30 pm –  Off to Biri Island with travel time of 1 to 1.5 hours.
  • 6: 45 pm – 7:00 pm – Checked in at Gloria Vista Homestay
  • 7: 15 pm – 7: 30 pm – Dinner at Tourism Office with my Kuya Jun (tour guide)
  • 8:00 pm – Lights off
  • 4:30 am – Woke Up and went outside to check the area since according to the locals, the electricity is only up until 2 am.   Stargazing was my goal. Yes, there were a lot of stars and the place was in total darkness.
  • 5:30 am – 6:00 am – Preparation for my day tour and while waiting for Kuya Jun, I had some chatting with the locals while they were cleaning the streets.
  • 6:00 am – 7: 30 am- Kuya Jun was on time. He arrived at exactly 6am and had breakfast at the tourism office. I asked him to join me with breakfast.
  • 7:30 am – 8: 00 am – Off to Bel-At Mangrove Pathway going to the rock formations.
  • 8:00 am – 10:00 am – Rock formation Photo ops at Bel-at, Puhunan, Caranas and Pinanahawan and swam at the tide pools near the rock formations.
  • 10:00 am – 11: 00 am- Rock formation Photo ops at Magasang, Magsapad and Macadlaw. Photo ops with Kuya Jun.
  • 11:15 am – 12:00 pm – Went back to the home stay and prep to departure.
  • 12:45 pm -1:00pm –  Waiting for additional passengers.
  • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Boat ride from Biri Island to Lavesares Port.
  • 2: 30 pm- 3:00 pm – took a tricycle from Lavesares Port to Allen Port for boat ride back to Matnog, Sorsogon,
  • 3:00 pm- 4:30 pm – The boat left from Allen Port and some locals told me to go to Sta. Clara Port since there is a scheduled boat ride at 4:30 pm.
  • 4:30 pm – 5: 30 pm – Took RoRo from Sta. Clara Port back to Matnog, Sorsogon
  • 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Took a bus ride from Matnog to Bulan. I need to ride a jeep back to Bulan since I did not notice I was already at Irosin while I was checking my video inside the bus. It was funny experience.
  • 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Arrived at Bulan, Sorsogon and checked in at Gotis Lodging House and had my dinner. I also took a chance to stroll at the area.
  • 8:00 pm – Lights off

 

San Miguel, Bulacan

“Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.”

From Minalungao National Park in General Tinio, Nueva Ecija, my next destination was to visit the Biak Na Bato National Park in San Miguel, Bulacan. It was my first time to go to Bulacan and I was also interested about the national park.

San Miguel, Bulacan is an urban municipality of the province of Bulacan. It is one the largest town after Norzagaray and Doña Remedios Trinidad which is bounded by Nueva Ecija in the north and Pampanga in the west and San Ildefonso in the south.

How to get to General Tinio, Nueva Ecija

There are daily bus schedules from Manila to San Miguel, Bulacan through Baliwag Transit. You can also take the Cabanatuan Route since the bus will pass along Bulacan before reaching Nueva Ecija. In my case, since it was an expedition, from Gapan City, I rode a bus back to Bulacan via Baliwag Transit with a travel time of 30 minutes for php50. When you reach the town proper, you can ride a tricycle going to Biak Na Bato National Park.

Biak-na-Bato National Park

Biak-na-Bato National Park is located within barangay Biak-na-Bato, San Miguel, Bulacan where it name came derive from. It has a total land area of 2, 117 hectares that extends to its nearby municipalities. It was declared as a National Park in 1973 by President Manuel Luis Quezon by virtue of its association with the history and site of the Biak-na-Bato Republic.

Below is the list fees in the park.

  • Adult – php50
  • Student/Senior Citizen – php40
  • For Overnight Stay ( additional ) – php 50
  • Mandatory Guide Fee- php 150 (regardless if solo or group)
  • Pavilion Rental Fee- php 3,500 (inclusive 30 chairs, 4 tables and sound system)
  • Picnic Sheds – php 150 ( half-day) , php 200 ( whole day)
  • Comfort Rooms- php 5

The park is composed of more than a hundred caves with various sized and crystalline formation. The most famous cave is the Aguinaldo Cave which was once a headquarters of the President Emilio Aguinaldo, the Bat Cave which has a least six species of bats. There are also other animals such swiftlets, wild boar, eagles, lizards and at the same time, there are a different types of trees, shrubs, ferns that can be found in the park.

The Biak Na Bato National Park is very significant to the Philippine History because it served as a headquarter of the first president together with his men during the revolutionary government. The caves became their shelter to protect them from exhaustion, the trees became their ears as they discussed all game plans for revolution and rivers provided them comfort and served as an inspiration in their ambition of independence.

You do not really need to stay longer when you are at the park unless you wanted to have a picnic or enjoy your moment with nature. If you want to enter each cave, according to the tour guide, there will additional fees. I left the park around 3pm and went to my friend’s house in San Idelfonso, Bulacan.

Travel Expenses:

  • Bus Fare – php 50 (Gapan City. Nueva Ecija- San Miguel, Bulacan)
  • Tricycle Fare – php 300 ( round trip from town proper to park- good for sharing)
  • Entrance Fee-  php 50
  • Mandatory Tour Guide Fee-  php 150