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Masbate Travel Guide, Philippines

Masbate City is located at the center of the Philippine archipelago. It takes the shape of an Indian arrowhead with the tip pointing somewhere in the north of Asia Gulf. The beautiful sprawling land of Masbate is packed with lush green hills and a rich aquatic reserve.

Masbate is a thriving island-region. The three beautiful islands of Masbate, Burias and Ticao are rich with fine beaches. The sea waters are abundant with corals, exotic fishes, and other forms of marine life.

A Peek at Masbate

Masbate is most noted for its superb scuba diving, cattle rising, agricultural toiling, gold mining, and white sand beaches. The tropical paradise is home to clear waters and verdant farm lands. The mainland of the city takes pride in unexplored caves, underground rivers and green landscape. Its seaport also accommodates ships which ply between the islands of Luzon and Mindanao.


The city is situated in the central part of the Philippines. It is a part of the Southern Bicol Region with three main islands to boast. It has Masbate, as the biggest island, Ticao and Burias.

The quiet province of Masbate is influenced by its geographical location. It is bounded by Samar and Leyte on the East with the Visayan Islands on its north. The province also faces three southwestern coasts - Sorsogon, Albay, and Camarines Sur.

History and Culture

Masbate is made up of volcanic rocks that were formed some hundred million years ago. Before men even set foot on the islands, the Masbate land area was already formed. The early civilization appeared to have crafted tools out of wood, bone and stone.

The first village in the city developed the area through pottery, farming, and crafting of stone tools. Today, the remnants of these people can still be seen in famous underground caves like Bat-ongan and the Kalanay.

As part of Masbate's culture, the local cowboys gather every year to display their untamed cattle during the Rodeo Filipino Festival. This international fair is a medium of fun and excitement for the local residents living in the area and for tourists as well.

What to See in Masbate

There are several activities that interest tourists. These destination areas are must-see places which are available all year round.

Cultural Places

Limestone Hills and the Underwater Cave are two of Masbate's pride. These local spots are favorite places to visit.

Natural Places

Masbate is rich in natural scenic spots. It has the unique Matangtubig Spring which is found in Monreal and it has the beautiful Catandayagan Falls. Natural wonders also include various caves and white-sand beaches which are perfect for getaways.

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