When we were researching about next trips and we saw Subic Beach the Pink Beach in Sorsogon. We just planned how to get there and things to do around the area. It’s not a very common destination to get to Matnog where you can go in an island hopping to Matnog pink beach called Subic Beach.
We will tell you step by step how to get to Subic Beach from Manila and Legazpi. First getting to Matnog the Southern part in Luzon. Keep reading below the steps to reach this paradise beach.
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HOW TO GET TO THE PINK BEACH IN SORSOGON
GETTING BY PLANE PLUS BUS TO PINK BEACH
First of all if you are coming from Manila you will have to get to Matnog. If you want to get from Manila to Matnog by plane. It will be the most comfortable way. You have to ride a plane to Legazpi airport. There are daily flights from Manila to Legazpi with Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines.
Once in Legazpi Airport get a tricycle to the Bus Terminal in Legazpi where you can get a bus or a van going to Sorsogon. There are buses and vans leaving every 15-30 minutes during the day. Prices are around 100 PHP. From Legazpi to Sorsogon it will take 2 hours and later you will have to ride a jeepney from Sorsogon to Matnog.
From Sorsogon to Matnog the Southern part of Luzon by jeepney will take 1 hour and 30 minutes and it costs 90 PHP. To reach the jeepney terminal from Sorsogon Bus Station it costs 40 PHP by tricycle to ride jeepney. There is only two kilometers distance.
Once you get to Matnog you will have to go to the Tourism Office to pay the environmental fee and get the boat going to the Subic Beach, Juag Lagoon and Calintaan Cave. We will write with more details below about the island hopping.
HOW TO GET FROM MANILA TO MATNOG BY BUS
If you want to get from Manila to Matnog by bus. There are daily buses leaving Manila from Edsa Cubao, Araneta Cubao, Alabang, Buendia and Pasay. Most of the buses are from 5 pm to 10 pm leaving from Manila to Sorsogon. The trip will take minimum 14 hours.
On the way back it took us 20 hours from Matnog to reach Cubao in Manila. And prices go from 800-1300 PHP depending on the comfort of the bus. Regular buses can go as cheap as 800 PHP.
BUDGET MATNOG ISLAND HOPPING
First of all you have to register in the tourism office in Matnog close to the port. Pay attention to this 70 PHP for Filipino and 320 PHP for foreigners. Well I realized the price was high.
It is first time that I pay this amount of money as a foreigner in a tourism office in the Philippines. Just in El Nido the environmental fee is 200 PHP valid for 10 days. But they usually help to organize and improve your trip. So for sure let’s do it!
Our island hopping price was 2000 PHP (overcharging 200 PHP) what includes 3 stops Juag Fish Lagoon, Subic Beach and Calintaan Cave. Well once in the Juag Lagoon you have to pay 200 PHP for swimming with the fishes per person and 200 PHP extra for feeding them (we didnt want to pay for this).
Juag Lagoon is a private place this fish sanctuary that’s why the Tourism Office they don’t know how much do they charge exactly. It’s supposed the price for the island hopping in Matnog 1800 PHP for a day tour and 2000 PHP if you stay overnight based in the official document.
You can start your island hopping in Matnog from 6 am and come back as late 5 30 pm. Check the picture below to see the exact prices!
SUBIC BEACH: MATNOG PINK BEACH
Subic Beach was an amazing stop and this beach was worth it to spend the day. Blue and transparent water where you can do snorkeling. The white sand is inviting to spend your day. Before going to Subic Beach we pass by to the Caves which was part of the tour based in the Tourism Office.
It’s called Pink Beach! It’s a long beach where you can walk around, swim and even snorkel. You have to bring your own snorkeling since there is not snorkeling for rent. You always have to be ready for snorkeling in the Philippines.
We enjoyed Subic Beach for ourselves nobody came into the beach. You can stay overnight there are a few cottages for rent. You can also rent a cottage to spend your day 500 PHP. There is no entrance fee in Subic Beach.
MORE SPOTS TO VISTI AFTER PINK BEACH IN SORSOGON
Our first stop in Matnog Island hopping was Juag Lagoon where you can feed and swim with the fishes. At that day the rates for feeding the fishes was 200 PHP. Plus another 200 PHP extra per adult for swimming in Juag Lagoon.
It takes 15 minutes to get there from the port. And from Juag Lagoon to the next stop Calitaan Caves or Subic Beach will take 10-15 minutes more by boat.
Our second stop was Calintaan Cave after Juag Lagoon. We only passed by there and we didn’t even stop to take a picture. We took while passing by with the boat before coming back to Subic Beach.
It wasn’t possible to stop because of the tide. Sadly they didn’t give any information if it was allowed to stop there in other schedule during the day. From Calintaan Cave to Subic Beach takes 10 minutes boat ride.
As a part of the tour Tikling Island is only 15 minutes boat ride from Matnog. It’s a private island. You will find pink sand and blue waters. The named of Tikling Island is because of the birds with this name there were in the island. We couldn’t visit at that time because of the last typhoon two weeks before.
WHAT TO BRING FOR MATNOG PINK BEACH
There are no food sellers in the island, but you can buy food, coconuts and water
Bring a dry back for the island hopping and I would suggest plastic to cover your staff just in case is raining hard.
Bring your snorkeling mask since the boatmen will not have available. You can’t miss the opportunity of swimming around the clear waters.
Bring your sunblock.
Bring your own food if you are planning to spend the day or overnight. We were bringing bread for breakfast but if you are planning to stay longer you can buy food in the market and the boatmen will cook for you. Also you can buy food in Subic Beach but there aren’t so many options.
Bring cash, don’t expect there are ATM’s or exchange offices in paradise ha!
Take pictures everywhere with your camera.
Take underwater shots with the done or underwater camera.
Of course if you have a drone fly it around Subic Beach, the pink beach in Sorsogon!
Hope you like our travel guide how to get to the pink beach in Sorsogon by bus and by plane via Legazpi. Let us know in the comments below if you have questions or if there are any changes in the prices and schedule.
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