Backpacking: Sorsogon | Why Subic Beach called “The Pink Beach”

Pink beaches in the Philippines
When I searched the tourist spots, attractions and destinations in the province of Sorsogon online, Google kept giving me articles about “the pink beach” and based on my stock knowledge, the “pink beach” can only be found in Zamboanga City. After browsing on the the articles, I finally knew that there’s another pink beach located in Matnog, Sorsogon. Aside from that, Google also suggested Juag Lagoon Marine Sanctuary. These spots are the perfect destination to end my 2019 summer bucket list.

Day 2: Backpacking in Albay, Sorsogon and Catanduanes. There is no direct route from Legaspi City to Matnog, Sorsogon. So, from Daraga Shell gas station, we rode in a bus with “Bulan” signboard and alighted in Trece. The travel time was 3-4 hours, passing by Sorsogon City and the nearby municipalities. In Trece, we chartered a tricycle to Matnog, Sorsogon, alighted in front of the municipal hall and met Christian, our boatman.

TRAVELING TO THE PINK BEACH – IN MATNOG, SORSOGON


Juag Lagoon Marine Sanctuary
Before getting on the boat, we passed by the tourism office near the Matnog Port area and settled the environmental fee of 70 pesos and left the port. Our first destination was Juag Lagoon Marine Sanctuary. Upon arrival, our guide purchased dilis and pellet to feed the fish. There were a few groups falling in line to enter the fish cage.

tourist destinations in Matnog
Photo above is a gigantic Lapu-lapu

tourist destinations in Sorsogon
Juag Lagoon Marine Sanctuary is a lagoon, very obvious on its name right? The water in the lagoon is crystal clear that serves as the sanctuary of colorful underwater creatures, such as the gigantic Lapu-lapu and other fishes. As part of the environmental protection, wearing sun screens, sun blocks and even GoPro are prohibited. The sea breeze is cool and the mangroves surrounding the area serve as a perfect landscape and backdrop. After Juag Lagoon Marine Sanctuary, we headed to our next destination - Subic Beach or known as the Pink Beach.

Subic Beach Matnog Resorts
We arrived at Subic Beach at around 11:30 AM. At first, I was excited because from afar, we easily recognized the long stretch of white sand shoreline with quaint cottages and tourists sun bathing. As we were getting nearer and nearer and nearer by the shoreline, what we were seeing are boats parked by the beach. There were children and other tourists who were swimming in between the boats - that scene was not so picture perfect. Instead of mingling with the crowed, I and Tin proceeded to area with less people, photos below:

matnog pink sand

Subic Beach Matnog Sorsogon

Matnog Sorsogon beach resorts

Pink Beach Sorsogon
Since it was just a short stay, we did not rent cottages. Instead, we stayed at the spot where there's a shade of the tree. As usual, we sun bathe until we got a perfect golden brown skintone, parang ginamitan ng Minola cooking oil, pero masakit huh. Our skin might have been hurt by the UV rays but our eyes were filled with nature's breathtaking beauty. There's cool and crystal clear water, there are colorful shells and other crustaceans mixed on the fine white sand, and the tranquility is preserved because the area is surrounded by trees. Sari-sari stores, cottages and tents for rent are available.

Let's go back to question: "why is it called the Pink Beach?" After a thorough investigation, I categorically confirmed that there are particles that look like pink granules mixed in the white sand. Those pink granules were from corals and other shells - and it became "The Pink Beach." With the strong sunlight, the pink sand is not visible.

tourist attractions in Sorsogon

bulusan lake
The view of Mt. Bulusan

tourist spots in Sorsogon
Here we are.

After enjoying the beauty of the Subic Beach, we headed to another spot in Matnog - the cave and the rock formation by the sea. Since we were in a hurry, we only passed by the cave and headed back to Matnog Port. Tidy up at the shower room. Rested for few minutes.

Our plan was to proceed to Bulusan Lake, passing by the other tourist spots in Sorsogon, to Lola Sayong's resort, however, it was pricey and we were bounded by time. So, we decided not to proceed. Kung gusto nyo ng trike tour to Bulusan Lake, you can contact Kuya Bonjing, Ph: 09382889012. 

When everything was settled, we walked back to the municipal hall and had our late lunch. Then, rode on the jeepney bound for Sorsogon Ctiy but alighted in Trece - take note, it was a top load habang napaka init ng sikat ng araw. Inisip nalang namin na nasa pink beach parin kami. It was the jeepney's last trip, so we had no other choice. In Trece, we waited for a bus bound for Legaspi City, another 3-4 hours travel.

We alighted at the terminal beside SM City and had our dinner at Mang Inasal, with unli rice. After dinner, we rode in a tricycle to Mayon Backpackers Hostel for our accommodation. Tidy up and rested.


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HOW TO GET TO MATNOG, SORSOGON:

Via air, the nearest airport is in Legaspi City. Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have regular trips to Legaspi Airport. Via land, there are buses from Manila bound for Matnog. Your can check and book your tickets via Easybus Ph facebook page. Or, you can visit www.easybus.ph. Another option is via Isarog Facebook page.

WHERE TO STAY AND LIST OF HOTELS IN TO SORSOGON:

We stayed at Mayon Backpackers Hostel for only 300 pesos per head for an overnight stay. It was a dorm type room but clean and organised. There are living room, kitchen and dinning room areas which can be accessed by all visitors, regardless of the accommodation type. Mayon Backpackers Hostel is a few block away from McDo near the plaza and the city hall. Can be found using Google Map.

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