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Masbate Travel Guide

Itinerary, Things to do, How to get there and more

Situated in the Bicol region, Masbate is an island province consisting of three major islands namely Masbate, Burias and Ticao. It is composed of 21 municipalities and 1 city, Masbate City, which is the provincial capital of the province. One of the oldest settlements in the country, Masbate used to be a part of the province of Sorsogon during the Spanish times and became an independent province in 1920. Located at the crossings of the country’s two island groups, Luzon and Visayas, Masbate is a melange of Bicolano and Visayan cultures. The people of Masbate or Masbateños are immigrants from several provinces in the Visayas resulting to three Visayan languages (and one from Luzon) spoken in the province: Masbateño, Minasbate, Cebuano and Bicolano. Masbate is blessed with natural resources, with its economy relying on agriculture and other industries like livestock and poultry raising, large farming, among others. The province ranks second to Bukidnon in raising cattle, and is capable of supplying different cattle products to provinces in Luzon, Visayas and Metro Manila.

Where to go in Masbate

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How to Get Here

Getting Here
There are two ways of getting to the beautiful Masbate, the “Rodeo Capital of the Philippines”.

By air: Moises R. Espinosa Airport in Masbate City serves the province of Masbate. Flights from Manila to Masbate City are via the airline companies PAL and Cebu Pacific. Travel time takes 1 hour and 15 minutes. Airline ticket starts at Php 2,000.00 and can go up to Php 7,000.00 depending on the season.

By land: This is actually a combination of land and sea travel. There are RORO buses in Quezon City that travel all the way to Masbate City. These buses are transferred onto boats in Pilar Port in Sorsogon going to Masbate’s capital. Be sure to bring motion sickness medicines and neck pillow as travel time takes around 16 to 18 hours. Bus fare starts at Php 850.00 for an economy while air conditioned buses charge Php 1,200.00 and can go up to Php 2,000.00 for a bus with toilet and reclining seats.

Popular Food

Carmelado is the province’s version of pastillas de leche. Made of carabao milk and sugar, carmelado has been acclaimed as one of the OTOP or One Town, One Product of the province.

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A dessert made from sweet potato and/or pili nuts, molido is a Spanish word which means “ground or milled”. This sweet treat is commonly sold in the markets of Masbate.

Stingray cooked in coconut milk is one of Masbate’s famous exotic delicacies.

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Masbate, being a major livestock breeding center of the country boasts of delicious sun-dried beef tapa perfect for any meal of the day.

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Best Time to Go

BEST TIME TO GO
Masbate is best explored during their annual “Rodeo Masbateño Festival” held in the month of April. It is a unique and exhilarating festival showcasing the province’s cowboy culture. Imagine being transported to a Wild Wild West movie scenario where locals participating in the parade are dressed as gorgeous cowboys and cowgirls. Even some spectators are in their rodeo fashion!

Expect thrilling activities like bull riding, livestock wrestling and bull whipping and a lot more that will surely enthused you till the end of the festivity. Overall, the best time to visit and see this underrated province is the dry months of February to May. Put on sufficient amount of sunblock and wear tropical clothing when exploring its different attractions.

What to Do

Sample the province’s culinary treats
Sample the province’s culinary treats
From fresh seafood to tasty beef tapa to unique desserts, Masbate offers gastronomic adventure to foodies and non-foodies alike. Sample the province’s simple but delectable dishes and whet your appetite.
Experience being an ‘haciendero’
Sese Brahman’s Ranch lets you experience to be an haciendero or a cattle rancher for a day. Wear your Rodeo outfit and have fun exploring scenic views whilst feeling like a real cowboy on a horse.
Entrance fee: Php 50.00/pax
Island hopping
Get your best summer memories while island-hopping in this province! Stunning islands, each has its own charm and beauty that will certainly give you that tropical island bliss. Bask under the summer sun and swim your heart out in its clear waters.
Boat rental starts at Php 500.00
Scuba diving
Ticao Island is surrounded by a number of beautiful dive sites such as the San Miguel Island, Udoc, Tacdugan Bay and the famous Manta Bowl, home of the rare and biggest manta rays in the world.
Must know: Ticao Island Resort offers personalized and professional services to divers who want to explore its stunning dive sites.

Estimated Costs

Estimated Cost per Person
Getting around
Tricycle is the foremost transportation used within the city. For short distances, minimum fare is Php 8.00. A tricycle ride from the city going to a resort located in the city’s outskirts costs Php 200.00 and may go up depending on its location. Habal-habal are also used in other parts of the province.

Accommodation
Masbate City has a small number of hotels, inns and resorts to choose from. Accommodation starts at Php 1,000.00 a night to Php 3,000.00 for a family room.

Food
There are eateries, fastfood joints and homegrown restaurants in the province. A simple decent meals starts at Php 80.00.

Tourist attraction entrance fee
Starts at Php 30.00

Average price per day
Php 1,350.00 – php 1,500.00

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