Category Archives: Masbate

Hunger Games (Buntod Sandbar/ Reef Marine Sanctuary and Pawa Mangrove Park)

Whilst in Masbate, I’ve heard news regarding the aggressiveness of political candidates just to win over their SPOT in the upcoming election.  Unidentified men being rented as shooters for easy money of roughly PhP3K or more for every person they will kill (perhaps the business in politics). As early as March, there is already a line-up of the targeted candidates come campaign period. But is it really worth it? Lives being sacrificed just for political power? Yeah, I guess, but the question is how hungry they are to survive.

Much has been said but despite it all, do not fear Masbate! =) The province itself is rich in minerals, coconut plantations, and scenic spots.  With farming and fishing predominate as source of livelihood, people will definitely not starve.  And if you’re planning one of your trips in the city, better check this site for additional insights: http://www.masbatecity.com/.

Cebu Pacific, Air Philippine Express, and Zest Air offer flights directly to Masbate Airport.  We had our reservations with Greenview Hotel which is about 5 to 10 minutes away from the airport.

Sunday came and probably my rest day, when I received a surprise visit from my former colleague, RM.

We instantly searched the net for a day trip in Masbate and luckily we found one. Buntod Sandbar and Reef Marine Sanctuary is being maintained by Samahang Mangingisda ng Puro Sinalikway (SAMAPUSI) established by the local fishermen.

From Greenview, we rode a tricycle worth PhP9 to Rendezvous Hotel (5 minutes the most) since they were the ones who looked for our boat ride. Just text Sir Cokie Medina, hotel owner: 0905-327-2778 for boat arrangements, but you can communicate directly with Sir Romeo C. Soria Jr., SAMAPUSI President.

Contact #: Smart 0907-454-2004/ Globe 0926-750-4114

Email Add: SAMAPUSI@yahoo.com

P500 round trip (good for 2-4 persons for a 10-minute ride) is the fixed price set by the association for the maintenance and preservation of the sanctuary.  Good thing about them is that they do not overcharge prices.

After taking a peek on the islet, try Snorkelling for only PhP30!!! Inclusive of life vest, mask, and flippers. The first time I enjoyed this activity the fact that one of the association’s policies is 2 guests: 1 guide ratio.

The next destination was Pawa Mangrove Park with a 1.3-kilometer wooden bridge that connects Barangay Pawa and Sitio Daang Lungsod. There are pit stops of huts along the walk where you could rest and sleep your afternoon blues.