White fine sands, red corals, and cool blue waters: if there was a place that is worth coming back for it’s definitely the islands in Matnog, Sorsogon, Philippines.
It was last summer when our family, together with my aunt’s friends, went island hoping. For them it was their second time around the place, but for me and my siblings it was definitely the first. Who would have wondered that I, the girl who can’t even swim and has the Titanic picture inside the head, would enjoy the experience?
The Philippines is known as an archipelago with a promise for beauty and hospitality. For all the islands and wonderful sights to see, a one whole month of vacation seems not enough to enjoy the wonders that the country wishes to exude. There are still those who are considered “yet to be discovered”, and if there is one such place (make that two), Subic Beach and Tikling beach in Matnog are definitely on the list.
Subic Beach of Calitaan Island is best known for its seclusion from the world giving nothing but clear cool waters, white sandy (take note the fineness of the sands) beaches, and cool shades from the trees facing the beach itself. It was like going to Boracay without the actors and actresses and the foreigners and the bars walking on the shore. The white sands were fine enough that my auntie and I enjoyed ourselves exfoliating our skins by rubbing the fine grain on our arms and legs. It was like a day at the spa only better—without the closure of the walls and nothing but trees to your back and water upfront. It was hot summer day and the cool clear waters were a great treat. After spending 4 hours at Subic beach, my uncle called to the boatman to bring us to Tikling Island.
Tikling Island was nearby. The boat ride only took more than 5 minutes before we came to the Island’s shores. This island is a titled freehold property. Coconut trees are planted haphazardly that the counts must have been 4000 or so. Caretakers of the land also watch over the copra production. They say that Island’s best features are best seen during mornings. Unfortunately we came there around afternoons but the scene was still grand.
The drive from Sorsogon to Matnog took around 2 hour tops. That means careful driving and enjoying the scenes along the way. However the drive isn’t enough. As we settled in another friend’s place in Matnog, we walked on foot towards the shore line where a boat was waiting. The boat can lift 15 people at most, and has a rental fee of around 2,000php. Take note that the rental covers the whole trip to the waters and islands. Please note that the boat is actually owned by my uncle’s friend, which means that the cost was already discounted (and I have no idea how much is that).
The clear and clean paraiso look of Subic is definitely something to enjoy. Especially the late afternoon look of the other islands. The best sight for such is in Tikling Island. It’s almost the same as Subic. Unfortunately they say that the place’s beauty is seen best during the day rather than the afternoons. What were best about the place though were the shells which were loitered around the shore line.
It was late in the evening when we came home. The trip home was cool enough that sleeping seems like a great idea. But as sleeps accompanied me during my trip back to Sorsogon, I can’t help but think back on whole experience at the beach. It was then that I promised my self –I’ll definitely go back there.
Summary: The Philippine archipelago keeps many beautiful places to enjoy—both hidden and known. Matnog in Sorsogon keeps such places. Background check reveals two islands which are definitely paradise at its best.