Tips for your trips: Subic Beach, Calintaan Island, Matnog, Sorsogon

We’ve been asked a few times how to get to Subic Beach in Matnog, Sorsogon so we decided to be magnanimous (!) and write this travel guide.

Or you could look at it this way: we just have so much time on our hands to spoil.

Subic Beach is found at Calintaan Island in the town of Matnog in Sorsogon province, which is in the Bicol region. If you can’t picture it yet, we’re providing a map here too.

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Matnog, Sorsogon: The Surprises of Subic Beach

After a while, the excitement for traveling wanes a little bit, just like anything else.

Feeling too lazy to wake up earlier than usual.
Choosing to be on Instagram rather than be out there (oh but there’s free WiFi!).
Not going on certain legs of the trip for no apparent reason.

But Calintaan Island in Matnog, Sorsogon changed all that.

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Beachin’ in the Philippines: Time to get those summer plans rolling!

We know—it’s chilly and it’s always raining in the afternoon. We didn’t forget we’re in the middle of November.

But this—NOW—is the best time to start planning your summer trips because tickets are most likely cheaper (we checked). This early though we want to apologize for this incomplete list (El Nido, for one, is glaringly absent—we promise to go there in the very near future). Be that as it may, all these are worth spending some of your Christmas bonuses for. Here’s to a splashing cool summer for all of us!

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Accidental tourists at Bohol’s Virgin Island

We didn’t plan on going to Virgin Island, some 20 minutes from Panglao, because that would mean renting a boat at P2,500 for the two of us and going on the usual island hopping tour (Pamilacan for dolphin watching, Balicasag for snorkeling, & a final stop at Virgin).

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Five reasons to visit Calaguas in Bicol (GMA News Online)

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Days are slow and hot, the nights short and cold. Shortly after five in the morning – when elsewhere it’s probably still pitch dark – Mahabang Buhangin (Long Beach) is already a pale turquoise, the sky a faint hue of pink and blue. It’s difficult to stay asleep once sunlight streams through your tent. Besides, daybreak in this island is, like a child awaiting a candy treat, something you’ll look forward to day after day. Ah, mornings in Calaguas.

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Getting to the Calaguas Group of Islands in the frequently storm-ravaged region of Bicol is no mean feat, at roughly 12 hours by land and sea from Manila. But this relatively quiet beach off the northeastern coast of Camarines Norte province makes all the travel through winding roads and open seas worth it.

TWO2TRAVEL | Calaguas

TWO2TRAVEL | Calaguas

Here are five reasons why you should spare a weekend (or maybe more) in this quiet, happy beach before the rainy season comes.

Please read the full story on GMA News Online.

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Calaguas, Camarines Norte, Philippines

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TWO2TRAVEL | Calaguas

TWO2TRAVEL | Calaguas

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Travel tips and directions:

1. Bring a tent, mosquito repellent, cooking and dining utensils; candles, lamps, or flashlights; and a first-aid kit.

2. Wrap your belongings in drysacks or sealed plastic bags as waves can get a bit rough.

3. If you don’t want to lug around everything during the trip from Manila to Bicol, source your food and drinking water from Daet. Plan your supplies well ahead to make sure these are sufficient for your needs.

4. Bus trips need prior reservation. Manila-Daet buses of Superlines and Philtranco are mostly regular airconditioned buses starting at 500 pesos and are found at the Araneta Bus Terminal in Cubao. Alternatively, you may take a sleeper bus bound for Naga at P1,000 (lower bunk) or P1,200 (upper bunk) just like we did and get off at the intersection in Calauag town (Isarog has daily 9 PM trips from Cubao). This way, you can sleep throughout the trip in time for the remainder of your land and sea transfers.

5. If you wish to take the train, call the PNR for reservations at (02) 319-0044 & 48 and visit www.pnr.gov.ph for trip schedules. However, note that the Bicol Express train can only drop you off at the Naga station, which means another two-hour van ride back to Daet.

6. Similarly, you can hop on a flight to Naga and head to Daet on a van.

7. To take the Vinzons route, take a 15-minute tricycle ride from the Daet bus terminal to the Vinzons fishport and get a boat from there.

8. For the Paracale route, get off at Brgy. Talobatib in Labo town (for Manila-Daet buses) or Calauag intersection (for Manila-Naga buses) and take another bus for Paracale. Proceed to the fishport (5 minutes by tricycle) and get a boat. Our boatman there was Mang Roberto (09108460639)

Life’s a Beach 3: Easy cruising in Bantayan

Summer ain’t over just because Holy Week is. Besides, our next destination–Bantayan Island in northern Cebu–is best experienced without the crowds.

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