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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.


Get in[edit]

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]

  • Cebu pacific, is flying daily from Manila. Please be aware that they 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.

By boat[edit]

Montenegro fastcraft depart Pilar in the province of Sorsogon on Luzon to Masbate City 3 times a day. it is a 1.5-2hr crossing and costs ₱540. Masbate to Pilar depart at 4.30am-8am-12nn. Pilar port to Masbate depart at 8am-12nn-3,30pm. there is also a Montenegro ferry from (Pio Duran Port) 2 hour bus ride from Legaspi too Masbate city 2 times per day 4am and 4pm.

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,

Cokaliong Ferry Company runs a ferry from Cebu City to Masbate City on Friday at 7:00PM (arriving 9:00AM).

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.

See[edit][add listing]

  • 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
  • Calanay Falls. A nice place to visit and enjoy the cold splash. It has picturesque falls amid big boulders. The water gush tend to be strong during rainy season but it doesnt dry up on hot summer. All year long, this place is a no disappointment to visit. Located near Nabangig, Palanas. About an hour from Masbate City via passenger van and another 5 to 10 minutes from national road to Calanay.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

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.


Buy[edit][add listing]

Gaisano Capital Masbate is the biggest mall in Masbate. has a large supermarket. LCC Supermarket near the pier in Masbate city.

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

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Jollibee
  • Port Zirteas, Mabini St, Masbate City. small resto with a homey ambience.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

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[edit][add listing]


  • GV Hotel, Danao St. Masbate City [2] fan double room with own bathroom and cable tv 550.
  • Sampaguita tourist inn, Quezon Avenue, Masbate City. fan room with own bathroom and cable TV 300. a.c room with own bathroom and cable TV 475 free WIfi.


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.



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!


Get out[edit]

Cokaliong Ferry Company runs a ferry to Cebu city on Saturdays at 6:00PM (arriving 8:00AM).

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