The Palogtok Falls in Bulusan

Palogtok Falls San Roque Bulusan Sorsogon Meadow Location Waterfalls Hiking Trail Water Size Swimming Length River Basin Camping Depth Stream Creek Height Distance Flow Tour Picnic Bathing Nature Palogtok Falls is located in San Roque, Bulusan in Sorsogon Province. The Palogtok Waterfalls is a small waterfall surrounded by the refreshing green meadow planted with carabao grasses and low coconut palms. It is a man-made earthen swimming pool with kiosks of native construction scattered around the pool. It is a pleasant, leisurely 20-minute walk through rolling hills carpeted with green grass, under a canopy of tall coconut trees, as one steps off the Bulusan road down to the place. At the site, one finds a man-made earthen swimming pool where the gurgling water flows from just a few feet up the hillside. It is actually just a mini-falls, but the cool spring water is sweet, refreshing and bracing. Available alongside the pool are picnic cottages. Continue reading

The Tuba Falls in Donsol

Tuba Falls Donsol Sorsogon Holy Week Location Waterfalls Hiking Trail Water Size Swimming Length River Basin Camping Depth Stream Creek Height Distance Flow Tour Picnic Bathing Nature Guide History The Tuba Falls is located in Donsol in Sorsogon Province. The Tuba Waterfalls measures 15 meters high, and its water cascades down into a deep blue lagoon 20 meters in diameter. It is complimented by two other smaller waterfalls and lagoons. During summer, especially during Holy Week, residents from the region visit Tuba Falls to beat the summer heat and to search out for an amulet. The place is a semi-forested area covered with coconut trees, big trees, ferns and vines. It is also a source of fish, fresh water crabs and shells, shrimps or “gangawan”, lizards, and frogs or “kabakab’. To get there, one has take a passenger motorboat to Barangay V

isitahan or Sibago, and thence a trail walk of at least 7 kilometers for two hours. No infrastructure facilities of whatsoever is in the place. Local residents who wish to visit and Continue reading

Subic Beach in Matnog

Subic Beach Calintaan Matnog Sorsogon Island Port Location Water Sand Resort Surf Tide Sports Snorkeling Depth Scuba Steep Dropoff Diving Hotel Location Distance Boat Tour Guide Barangay Visit Fishing Subic Beach is located in Barangay Calintaan on Subic Island in Matnog, Sorsogon Province. Located about 20 minutes away by boat ride from the Matnog Port, Subic Beach is a beautiful beach nestled with white sand peppered with pink corals and turquoise waters. Subic Beach is segmented into two different areas — Subic Laki, or Big Beach, and Subit Liit, or Small Beach. Regardless of which area you go to, Subic Beach is an ideal spot for swimming, snorkeling and diving; It is the southernmost part of Luzon island. There is a steep dropoff in the beach, so be careful when walking around in the waters off the coast of Subic Beach. Subic Beach is a secluded beach facing the Philippine Sea. Continue reading

The Sorsogon Museum and Heritage Center

Sorsogon Museum Heritage Center City Location Provincial Hospital Compound Galleries Posters Tourism Pottery Photographs Donsol Whale Shark Backbone Exhibit Display Collection Office Hours Rizal Info The Sorsogon Museum and Heritage Center is located in Sorsogon City in Sorsogon Province. The Sorsogon Museum is located in the old provincial hospital compound. The museum has 3 galleries located in different rooms. One gallery contains posters of each of the towns in the province, and what they are to offer. There are also pottery, photographs, and even a model of a Donsol Whale Shark in the museum. The shark’s 10-meter backbone is considered the focal piece. The Sorsogon Heritage Center is located on Rizal Street. Their telephone contact number is (056) 211-1573. Continue reading

Juag Lagoon Marine Sanctuary in Matnog

Juag Island MatnogJuag Lagoon is located at Matnog, Sorsogon; the southernmost tip of the main island of Luzon which serves as the gateway to the Southern Philippines. A visit to Matnog would not be complete without making a stopover at Juag Lagoon. It is a popular sidetrip for tourists headed for the pristine beaches Subic and Tikling, all located in this coastal municipality. Juag Lagoon is protected by lush hills and mangroves planted by local fishermen which serve as barriers shielding the sanctuary against violent swells of the sea keeping the marine life undisturbed. The lagoon has makeshift shanties that serve as observation Continue reading

Barcelona Ruins, Sorsogon

Barcelona Ruins SorsogonAcross the impressive Barcelona Church, facing the Pacific Ocean and Gubat Bay, are the stone ruins of the Spanish Fort and light house. This light house guides the fishermen at night to the shore of the tranquil town of Barcelona. These stone structures are then known as casa tribunal and baluarte. During the Spanish period, the construction of stone edifice such as this baluarte, used beaten egg whites mixed with tuba (local wine made from fermented coconut water) and lime as a binder of the huge slabs of stones. These blocks of stones were taken from the sea and arranged on top of each other to create a wall. The Barcelona ruins is an ideal place for Continue reading

Malawmawan Island in Sorsogon

Malawmawan IslandHidden and untouched by commercial tourism, Malawmawan Island beckons nature lovers with its fine white sand, abundant corals and rich marine resources. Malawmawan is a tadpole-shaped island located in Sorsogon Bay in Castilla town. Malawmawan is a private island and it has a brown-sand beach and a long stretch of sand bar. There is no resort in the island but there is one small hut where you can stay for the night. It is advisable to bring your own tent for accommodation. There is also no source of fresh water in the island. Only a caretaker and Bantay-Dagat personnel lives on the island. You can circle the island in a span of 2 to 3 hours. Continue reading

Paguriran Island in Sorsogon

Paguriran Island BaconPaguriran Island is a tiny rock and coral islet with a shallow lagoon in its center. It is located off the coast of Sawangga in Bacon, Sorsogon Province. The island is mostly composed of sharp jagged rocks, a short sandy beach and a few vegetation. The island itself is picturesque with a lagoon at its center, surrounded by volcanic rock jutting upwards, resembling a volcano crater. Within this small islet is an aquamarine lagoon. Water is generally shallow except in some parts. This lagoon serves as a habitat to many species of colorful fish and aquatic life that others can only see in aquariums or in a National Geographic documentary. Although this island has been featured in several print media, it has remained generally untouched. Continue reading

Barcelona Church in Sorsogon

Barcelona Church SorsogonDuring the colonial period of the Philippines under the Spanish Monarchy, the Spanish soldiers pined for their homeland so much and due to the similarity in topography, the conquistadors were reminded of their motherland Barcelona Spain when they set foot to this picturesque place, thus the pueblo of Barcelona was born, after their beloved native land in Spain. Continue reading

Donsol Whale Shark

Butanding DonsolThe Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) is the world’s largest fish. It is more popularly known as the Gentle Giants of the Sea, because despite of their surprisingly massive size, they are quite docile in nature. Locally, the Whale Sharks are fondly called Butanding. The Butanding grows up to 18 meters in length and their average weight is 20.6 tons. Butanding season in Donsol, Sorsogon is from the months of December until May. Despite their gigantic size, their favorite food is plankton. Whale Sharks are filter feeders, they feed by jutting out their colossal jaws, scoop tiny plants and animals up, along with any small fishes with their mammoth sized Continue reading