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Masbate

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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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Get in

By bus

There's a daily trip going to Masbate via RORO bus, the terminal is locate at Cubao, this is part of the nautical highway, the bus will be carried by the RORO boat,from Pilar to Masbate City port, is just ₱1,050 one way for aircon buses, ₱800 for one way for ordinary buses.

By plane

There are daily flights by Zestair departing from Manila Terminal 4 (the old domestic terminal) AirPhil Express have recently downgraded their schedule to run on 4 days. Their flights depart from Manila Terminal 3. Both airlines flights take about an hour and both are early morning departures from Manila. At the time of writing,Zestair flights are slightly cheaper but there is a Zero luggage allowance without further charge. AirPhil still retains a 10 kg allowance. Both airlines can and do cancel flights at very short notice.

By boat

Via Pilar in the province of Sorsogon. By Fastcraft, it is a two hr ride from there, much longer if using other ferry options, which is what most of the people traveling to and from the province use. There are also boats from Lucena in Luzon and Cebu in the Visayas.

Get around

Transport outside Masbate City is limited to tricycles for short distances and buses for longer distances 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, making 4 wheel drive vehicles a more practical option for those who own private cars.

See

Do

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
  • Buntod Sandbar. A 10 min boat ride from the city will take you to Buntod Sandbar, which vanishes during high tide.

Learn

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.

Work

Buy

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

Eat

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

Drink

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!

Sleep

Budget

Sampaguita Hotel, Quezon Avenue, Masbate City

Mid-range

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

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