Masbate travel and tourist guide

Located right in the centre of the Philippines, Masbate is a popular weekend destination for Manila’s stressed out citizens and becoming ever more popular with adventurous travellers hopping through the archipelago. It doesn’t quite have the hype of Boracay, Palawan or Cebu, but offers just as much in terms of spectacular coastal scenery and enticing coral reefs. In addition it still has a sleepy unspoiled charm and cliché or not, this is where you will find a real Filipino experience.

Masbate is in fact made up of three distinct islands; Masbate, Ticao and Burias. Each is fringed with dazzling white sand beaches and waters teeming with diverse marine life. Ticao is especially a rewarding haven for seasoned scuba divers with an astonishing array of species such as whale sharks and mantas.

Attractions & activities

There are few historic attractions but no shortage of energetic fun things to do in and out of the water. World class scuba and snorkelling, trekking, horse riding and colourful festivities...more

Hotels & resorts

There is a healthy variety of places to stay for all budgets in Masbate. You can go native in a rustic nipah hut overlooking a deserted beach or live like royalty in classy five star comforts...more

Restaurants & bars

No one is likely to go hungry in Masbate where most tastes are catered for and prices are great value, especially in Masbate City. Elsewhere, delicious grilled seafood is fantastic on the beach...more


Getting around the islands is cheap and hassle free and never more memorable than onboard an atmospheric jeepney or speeding on a motorcycle. Air con buses are also abundant...more

Masbate guide - paradise beaches, rodeos and diverse marine life

Some of the most attractive tropical beaches in Southeast Asia are waiting to be discovered in Masbate. Bagacay is the main draw and is the quintessential picture perfect paradise. A more rustic back to nature beach break can be enjoyed at the laid back travellers’ favourite of Aroroy, situated in the north.

It is not just about sun, sea and sand in Masbate. There is a strong cultural and artistic heritage throughout the islands and – believe it or not – Masbate is famous for a ‘wild west’ image of cowboy displays and rodeo.  Inland, travellers can really get back to nature and explore mountainous terrain and virtually untouched forests.

For its size, the island has amazing biodiversity and thrill seekers will really be in their element. Underwater caves, limestone cliffs, mangrove forests and waterfalls are among Masbate’s most popular visitor attractions and there is a series of lovely sleepy villages easily accessible from Masbate City. Whatever your interest, be it getting horizontal on a tropical beach or even panning for gold in the hills, Masbate makes for a unique island experience.

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