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Subic Beach: The Wonder of Matnog, Sorsogon


Subic doesn’t necessarily belong to the former American bases in Olongapo anymore.

There is another Subic, so precious and beautiful that I am still astounded why a lot of us don’t know about it. A friend even asked me one day, “You went to Subic? But you were in Sorsogon?”

I had to explain to him that there is what they call Subic Beach in Matnog, Sorsogon and when I sent him the picture. He just replied, “Wow!”

That’s exactly my reaction by the time we arrived at Subic beach. It was late afternoon, but the white pinkish beach was still a stand out. I must admit, we were tired and hungry that time. We were late from our itinerary so our lunch was compromised haha! But it was still okay since we were able to eat some cup noodles at Juag Lagoon Marine Sanctuary.

This is Subic Beach before sunset.

Subic Beach Calintaan Island Matnog Sorsogon Bicol
Before sunset

We set up our tents that night. While the others were cooking our dinner. There are some small resorts in Subic Beach but for backpackers like us, camping is the way to go. It’s cheaper and the experience is way better. Agree?  🙂

We settled in a cottage. Talked for a few minutes until the moment that we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived. You don’t any idea how excited I was when I saw the rice. Hahaha!

Then the fried fish with soy sauce and tomatoes followed, then the bicol express. It was kinda’ weird to see bicol express that was colored pink and not white. The cook told us it’s because of the bagoong. Well, it was still okay. We had a great dinner.

After dinner, you know what’s going to happen next?

Of course, I took a bath first, then when I returned to our cottage, I saw these two huge bottles of Emperador (Brandy). Yeah! Hahaha!

We settled on the beach first. We talked about everything under the sun then we played some games. It was really nice meeting these people. You know in the world where you go to office every day, do the normal things normal people do, doing the routinary life for some time. The conversations I had with these bunch of people are the kind of conversations I needed. Deeper, more meaningful and definitely away from work. Haha! We talked about life, travels, adventures, Finland haha because we have a Finnish friend there.

Subic Beach Calintaan Island Matnog Sorsogon Bicol
Kwentong Barbero! HAhaha!    Phot Credit: Michelle Garcia Lomotan

When it was about 10 Pm, we were asked by the caretaker to transfer to the cottage since it was the time for them to turn off the lights at the beach.

The deeper we got into the night , so as the conversations and laughter with these new travel friends. It was a few hours past midnight when we emptied the two big bottles of Emperador. Then we all realized that we still have to wake up early the next morning. Hahaha!

The next morning I woke up to the sound of a voice telling us, “It’s breakfast time!” Oh that was the most effective way to wake me up. Haha! Food food!

The moment I got out of the tent, a beautiful morning beach welcomed me. Wow, this is life I remember telling myself.

I just walked along the stretch of Subic beach enjoying the morning sun before going to the cottage for our breakfast.

Subic Beach Calintaan Island Matnog Sorsogon Bicol
Good morning!

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Subic Beach Calintaan Island Matnog Sorsogon Bicol
Subic Beach Calintaan Island Matnog Sorsogon Bicol
beautiful no? hehe
Subic Beach Calintaan Island Matnog Sorsogon Bicol
Alak pa sa umaga LOL!  That’s Glen, Juho and Harold.   Photo Credit Michelle  Garcia Lomotan
Subic Beach Calintaan Island Matnog Sorsogon Bicol
Umaga na kwentuhan pa rin? hehe Photo Credit: Michelle Garcia Lomotan

Subic Beach Calintaan Island Matnog Sorsogon Bicol

Good food. Good friends at Subic Beach. What a great way to spend the weekend, right?

Again, in a life of too much work, work and work. It is okay to pause for a while. And if you have time, better spend it at Subic beach. It’s beautiful but not as crowded as the mainstream beach destinations.


Subic Beach Calintaan Island Matnog Sorsogon Bicol
Good bye Subic Beach. Photo Credit: Michelle Garcia Lomotan

How to get to Subic Beach

There are bus companies that offer trips going to Matnog. Check out Philtranco just to name one. There are times that they allow passengers to ride buses bound to Northern Samar (Rawis), but of course your drop off point is the Matnog Port. Coordinate with Matnog Tourism Office for the boat rental.  Below are the details.

By Air – Take a flight going to Legazpi, Albay, then ride a tricycle going to the Central Terminal. There are buses there going to Sorsogon City. Once you get to Sorsogon City, just take another jeepney ride going to Matnog. In Matnog town proper, coordinate with the Matnog Tourism Office just across the Municipal Hall.

Hotels and Accommodation in Sorsogon, check this out!

Matnog Trip – Other Details

Register at the Tourism Office. Registration fee is Php 50 for us Pinoys, and Php 300 for foreigners. Environment fee is fixed at Php 20. You can alse get assistance from the Tourism Officers to rent a boat for your Matnog Island hopping trip. It includes Tikling island, Juag Fish Sanctuary and Subic Beach!

 Check out my other posts about Sorsogon.

Travel Guide to Sorsogon? Please check this post ,  Sorsogon Tourist Spots in Two Days