Subic Beach has been part of my bucket list for couple of years now. Thanks to PHILTOA for allowing me to visit and experience this Philippine Gem. Last month, we visited Sorsogon along with PHILTOA members, media and other bloggers, as part of our Bicol Familiarization tour and in preparation for the Philippine Travel Mart 2013.
Subic Beach in Calintaan Island
Subic Beach in Matnog Sorsogon
After visiting Tikling Island and Juag Lagoon Fish Sanctuary, we headed to Subic Beach – our last pit stop in Matnog Sorsogon. Quite frankly, visiting Subic Beach is the ultimate reason why Im so excited to join this familiarization tour. For me, Beaches hold the real beauty of nature and is one of the best place to relax. Travelers often eye on spending their vacation traveling to beautiful remote islands to make their holidays peaceful and memorable.
There are several remote islands in the Philippines that has beautiful beaches but are not that known to the public and one of them is Subic Beach in Matnog Sorsogon. Not very far away from Matnog town in Sorsogon there is an island called Calintaan Island famous for its Subic beach.
Bamboo Hut in Subic Beach
First sight of the beach
Subic beach is not visible from the coast of the Matnog as well as its port and hence builds intrigue suspense till the sailing boat gives the first glimpse of the shores of the beach. Because of its invisibility, this beach is also considered to be one of the hidden gems of the nature’s creation. As we sail towards Subic beach, the first sight and glimpse of this hidden gem made me more excited. The pinkish white sands enhances the look of the beach when the water touches the shores of the beach, the red coral pieces glitters adding to the splendid look of the beach.
The sea water of Subic beach is very tempting but one should be cautious before going into the water because they have steep underwater depths at a very smaller distance from the shores. In addition the tides are very restless during rainy season and hence swimming in the waters might not be that safe.
Subic Beach in Calintaan Island
Accommodations on the island
There are available huts in the island that are for rent for just about P500 per night (rates may change).
Camping: an awesome experience
Spending a night at the island is the best option if you want to have a complete experience of Subic Beach. The scenic view of the beach is different at night with the fire flies gathered in groups on the low trees gives the most majestic view. Sleeping to the sound of the tides hitting the shores and the sea breeze provides the most memorable experience of lifetime.
Port of Matnog
Setting up tents on the beach is for free but be responsible for your trash. If you don’t have a tent, you can ask locals for any available tent for rent.
The best way to enjoy every single sound and breeze of the beach is to camp under the trees or only lay on the beach with a blanket and enjoy drinks with friends without paying a penny. The beach is never crowded and hence it feels like the entire island is just for you.
How to get to Matnog Sorsogon
From Legazpi City, take a 4 hour bus ride to Matnog. Ask the driver to drop you off at the public market of Matnog which is few steps away from the Matnog port.
How to get to Subic Beach in Matnog Sorsogon
From the port Matnog, Calintaan Island where Subic Beach can be found is just 30-40 minutes away depending on the weather. You can rent a small outrigger boat that can bring you to Tikling Island, Juag Lagoon or straight to Subic Beach.
I really cant wait to go back and stay overnight in the island to experience the beautiful sunrise and appreciate more its beauty.