Masbate is an island province in the Philippines blessed with outstanding natural tourist spots and renowned festivals. The province is coined as the “Rodeo Capital of the Philippines” for its yearly Rodeo Festival and “Manta Ray Capital of the County” for its surreal Manta Bowl in Ticao Island which are the major draws in tourism of the province. Moreover, the great views of rolling green hills, unspoiled islands, beautiful sandbars and kilometers long stretch of white sand palm-fringed beaches make visitors book a longer stay.
The province of Masbate belongs to Bicol Region of Luzon and an archipelago of 3 major islands: Masbate, Ticao and Burias Islands. It is surrounded by Burias Pass and Ticao Pass (north), San Bernadino Strait (east), Visayan Sea (south) and Sibuyan Sea (west). Over 890,000 total residents of the province speak in Masbateño, Bicolano, Cebuano, Tagalog and English languages. Masbate City in Masbate Island is its capital city.
If you are interested in traveling to the province known as the land of fascinating natural wonders, below are the best tourist spots in Masbate you should visit.
Top 10 Tourist Spots in Masbate
1. Buntod Sandbar and Reef Marine Sanctuary
Butod Sandbar and Reef Marine Sanctuary is one of the best tourist spots in Masbate, a 250-hectare reef and marine sanctuary off the coasts of the capital city. The main attractions of the sanctuary is its iconic sandbar and planted mangroves. This site is a famous picnic ground in the province where kiosks can be found for some shades. The thick and long stretch of sandbar is surrounded with clear and calm waters teeming with corals and marine life such as giant clams good for swimming and snorkeling. It can be reached through a 20-minute boat ride from the wharf at the Rendezvous Hotel.
2. Palani White Beach
Palani White Beach is considered as the most famous white beach in the province of Masbate. It is a 10-kilometer long stretch of white sand beach dotted with coconut trees and few nipa huts in a secluded cove on the southwestern coasts of the town of Balud. The vast expanse and long stretch of white sand beach is very ideal for beach sports such as beach volleyball and Frisbee. It’s gradually sloping seafront and calm waters where visitors can scale down the comfortable depth is perfect for swimming. There is a resort in the area with nature friendly facility designs where visitors can stay.