MANILA, Philippines – Masbate, an island province in the Bicol region, is blessed with several natural attractions.
Dubbed as the “Cattle Capital of the Philippines”, Masbate’s hilly landscape serves as picturesque pasturelands for cattle and other livestock. The province also boasts of bountiful marine resources, pristine beaches and beautiful rock formations.
Masbate can be reached by plane from Manila, with two domestic airlines plying the route daily. Accommodations can be found all over the city, with a handful of them having a view of the Masbate Pass.
Aside from Masbate’s many beaches, popular tourist attractions here include the 21-hectare Pawa Mangrove Ecosystem and Wildlife Park with its 300-hectare dense natural mangroves and a 1.3-kilometer wooden bridge.
The province is also known for its marine sanctuaries, where visitors can go diving or snorkeling to see different fish, corals and other sea creatures. Among them are the Bugsayon Marine Sanctuary and the Buntod Reef Sanctuary, which are considered climate-change resistant reefs in the archipelago.
View the slideshow to get a glimpse of Masbate’s natural wonders.