I love to travel (I think it’s quite obvious) and there’s no hiding it- I love the beach. I often find myself daydreaming about bathing under the sun and swimming, whether it be a five hour drive to La Union or a one hour plane ride to Boracay. Bottom line is, every free chance I get, I want to just spend it at the beach because it’s really my happy place. Recently, I’ve been doing more nature trips, not just to the usual places I go to like Boracay, Palawan, etc, but I’ve been exploring more local destinations like Cagayan Do Oro, Mantigue Island, Samal Island, Camiguin Island, Masbate and soon, Cagbalete Island. For now, let me share with you the beauty of Masbate City. I went on a short trip there with my close friends and got to see and experience some of their breathtaking sceneries there.
Fazenda de Esperanza is truly a must-visit in Masbate. It’s a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center that’s run by religious people. Two guys who are part of the community shared their trials. One was abused by his father as a kid and that resulted to him taking and selling drugs. People go to this rehab centre because they believe God can change them into better human beings. I was truly touched on how the facilitators treat the patients like brothers and sisters.
Unlike other rehabilitation centers where you have people guarding you all the time, Fazenda de Esperanza is an open house and you can just leave/escape if you want to. People choose to stay here because they’re being treated like family. The community has established a lot of working sectors here (farming and livestock) and that’s how they earn money. They even showed us how they milk their cows!
La Fortaleza Ranch probably has the most scenic view in the whole of Masbate. Everyone knows that they’re famous for their rodeo shows and I just had to try and ride a horse myself! When you get on top of the hill, you’ll get to see a panoramic view of Mother Nature.
Palani Beach is located in Balud, Masbate is a perfect place if you want peace, quiet and relaxation. It’s about an hour away from Masbate City but is worth the drive. The beach is wide and long and you’ll get to enjoy the white sugary sand and shimmering water all day.
Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary. It’s a sandbar that’s only 15-20 minutes away from Masbate. It’s one of the famous destinations here because the mangroves there are preserved and is beautiful as ever. Here you can rent a boat and you can scuba dive and snorkel!
On the way to another island, the waves were too strong so we had to stop at Burobangkaso Island which had this amazing rock formation. We spent the entire afternoon there until the waves weren’t dangerous anymore. One thing I learned: always check the weather! Haha.
Next time you plan on visiting Masbate, I hope you know where to go. BMS.