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Masbate is a largely rural island province of the Philippines located in the Bicol Region. It consists of three major islands: Masbate, Ticao and Burias. Its capital and largest city is Masbate City.


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By bus[edit]

There's a daily trip going from Manila to Masbate via RoRo bus, the terminal is located at Cubao in Quezon City. This is part of the Nautical Highway, the bus will be carried by the RoRo boat from Pilar to Masbate City port. It costs ₱1,150 one way for a/c buses, ₱850 for one way for ordinary buses. There is a trip in the opposite direction leaving Masbate Pier at 11:30am.

A RoRo bus also departs Masbate City daily at 8:30am bound for Cebu City, using the Montenegro Lines boat to Polambato. Fare is ₱800.

By plane[edit]

AirPhil Express, flying daily, is now the only carrier from Manila to Masbate as Zest-air ceased flying to Masbate in May 2013. Cebu Pacific also flies four times weekly from Cebu, having taken over the vacant Zest air slot. Please be aware that both airlines can and do cancel at very short notice, and it is not unusual to be returning to either Manila or Cebu when in flight due to poor weather conditions at Masbate. Both airlines leave from their respective terminals during early morning. UPDATE, May 2014: Cebu Pacific no longer lists Masbate in any of their timetables, so flying direct to/from Cebu is not currently an option.

By boat[edit]

Several boats per day depart Pilar in the province of Sorsogon on Luzon to Masbate City. By Fastcraft, it is a 1.5-2hr crossing and costs ₱400, much longer if using other cheaper ferry options (3hours+, ₱250).

Two RoRo ferries leave daily at midnight from Polambato Port (just north of Bogo on Cebu Island), bound for two different destinations on Masbate. Montenegro Lines crosses to Cataingan on the western side of Masbate, while Super Shuttle Ferry operates a boat to Cawayan in eastern Masbate. Fare is ₱365 for Montenegro, ₱380 for the Super Shuttle. Both crossings take about 6hours and the return trips leave their respective ports at midday,

Asian Marine Transport Corporation runs a weekly ferry from Batangas (departs 9pm Tuesdays, ₱555) and Cebu (departs 12pm Sundays, ₱555). The ferry actually runs all the way from Cagayan de Oro on Mindanao via Cebu, (₱960 all the way to Masbate).

There are also boats from Lucena in Luzon.

Trans Asia Ferry Company runs a ferry to Cebu city on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00PM (arriving 8:00AM). It was also running on Sundays, but that no longer seems to be the case as of May 2014. Their schedules can be found here

Montenegro Ferry Company runs a daily RORO ferry to Cebu, leaving from the port in Cataingan (south of Masbate city) at 12:00 noon. Montenegro buses leave from the port in Masbate at 8:30AM to connect to this ferry.

Get around[edit]

Transport outside Masbate City is limited to tricycles for short distances and buses/minivans/jeepneys for longer journeys, which make stops at various points along the two lane highway that runs from Masbate City to the western and southern points on the island. Although paved, the condition of this highway at various points may have been allowed to lapse into disrepair.


  • Sombrero Island Resort, Sombrero Island, [1]. A small resort on a beautiful, unspoilt tropical island. Run by an Englishman and a local family. Affordable packages available which include transportation from Naga City.  edit


Bituon Beach is a small private beach south of the barangay of Mobo where guests can stay overnight in bungalows.

The Rodeo Masbateño is held annually.

The " Magcaraguit island " in Dimassalang, Masbate offers white sand beaches.

  • Swimming with Manta Rays. Dive and swim with the magical Manta Rays in Ticao Island  edit
  • Buntod Sandbar. A 10 min boat ride from the city will take you to Buntod Sandbar, which vanishes during high tide.  edit


Starting in 2011, the Rodeo Masbateno will be held annually every 2nd week of April.

Unlike the US rodeo, the Philippine rodeo is more of a ranch practice in handling the cattle that was turned into a game.

The events consist of casting down, carambola, steer roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, load carrying and whip cracking.

There are two categories for participants: the school and the professional. Under each category, there will also be women’s and men’s divisions.



LCC Mall is a two storey near the pier of Masbate. The building used to be the site of Victoria Mall.

There are ATMs in Masbate City which will accept foreign cards, best to cash up there if travelling elsewhere on the island.


  • Amperez Grill*Jollibee
  • Minlan, Osmena St, Masbate City. offers Chinese and Filipino cuisine.  edit
  • Port Zirteas, Mabini St, Masbate City. small resto with a homey ambience.  edit


Ham's Cup Coffee Shop. Ace place to sit back and watch the world go by!

Remadora's family Restobar. Located on Cagba Street. Food and Drink, music acts every evening...and a genial host!



GV Hotel, Danao St. Masbate City

Sampaguita Hotel, Quezon Avenue, Masbate City


Balay Valencia Ibanez St, Masbate City Tel. No. 056 - 3336530 A quaint hotel in the middle of the city. Adequate rooms, aircon/non aircon, TV, free Wi-Fi connection, breakfast included, meals available upon request. ₱800-1,200. Room facing the street side might be a little noisy.

Sea Mens Hotel, Danao St: Adequate room. air con, TV ,no hot water, ₱1000/ night

Rendezvous Resort, Punta Nursery, Masbate City. Really nice and tranquil views over the Masbate Pass, looking out onto Buntod Beach and in the distance, Snake Island. Nicely appointed rooms with aircon, tv and fridge. Food is great, staff are attentive. Small Nipa huts with sea views make for a great place to relax and watch the world go by!



Stay safe[edit]

It should be said that Masbate is an really friendly place to visit. Whilst it may have it's problems politically, these things tend to stay political and do not in any way affect tourists/foreigners. There are several foreign nationals living in Masbate who do not feel threatened in any way because in most cases Masbateneo people are some of the most friendly people you could hope to meet. At the end of the day the maxim "do unto others as you would be done yourself" holds a great deal of truth here. The one big no-no is that you should avoid drugs at all costs, because if you are caught carrying then you can be assured the next 10-15 years of your life will be very uncomfortable. You will have no chance of re-patriation for at least 3 years and it's debateable whether there will be much left of you to re-patriate!


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