A travel agency hired me as their travel film maker to work on campaign videos that promote touring around the Philippines. My work was about showcasing and capturing the places that we’ve been to and first on that list is exploring the beauty of Masbate Island.
HALEA NATURE PARK MASBATE
We hired a tour guide to assist and accompany us for the shoot. Our first destination is Halea Nature Park, in Ticao Island which is a privately owned and managed island. The place have trees and nipa hut cottages where you can put your things. The water here is clear and pure! I was so excited that the first thing I did after we docked is to get my gear ready to capture the island. I took drone shots first to capture the whole island from the top, overlooking all its awesome details most people won’t see unless they too had a drone. My next task was to capture videos and photos from the ground perspective.
The tour guide suggested that the best activity to do on the island is snorkeling so we went and had a wonderful time. My tasks for the day did not feel like work at all as tried to capture footage and photos of amazing looking corals and countless kinds underwater marine life, all of which are vigilantly protected by the Masbate bantay dagat organization.
GUINLATAYAN ROCK FORMATION
Our next stop is the island of Borobangcaso Island and Guinlatayan Rock Formation. What’s famous in the island is the big rock formation that looks like a stack of books. It used to be ok to climb to the top of the rock but it is now off limits to preserve its natural beauty which to me is a very good idea since.
I also noticed plenty of trash along the shores of the island. I hope that the management of this island continues to be vigilant in preserving cleanliness and proper conduct among visitors.
Next is a must-see waterfall in Masbate, located in the town of Monreal, Masbate in Ticao Island. This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Masbate for its uniqueness and beauty. This is not your common falls for its 60ft discharge goes directly to the ocean.
Catandayagan falls also offers its visitors very interesting rock formations. I’ve never seen a location quite like this, and one can only experience Catandayagan’s true beauty in person. Out of three islands we hopped to and visited, this is the place one shouldn’t miss in you’re Masbate itinerary.
BUNTOD REEF MARINE SANCTUARY & SANDBAR
Our last stop, the Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary and Sand Bar is a small island with a long beautiful sandbar and mangroves. This place is located in the middle of seawaters of two barangays – Nursery and Tugbo in Masbate City. Upon entering the sandbar, you need to register or sign in the logbook after that you can explore the small island.
The water is pristine – a well-managed and protected area. The mangrove area is very good place take photo ops and video. I would suggest this place when looking for a quick day trip to swim, snorkeling, picnic, watch the sunset and sunrise to bond with your families and friends because it is easily accessible and is only about 15 minutes away by boat from the mainland.
According to Masbate City Government
“Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary & Sandbar, Masbate City – ranked as the Philippines second most resilient coral reef area in terms of broad-scale and local-scale factors (Bucol et.al, 2011). It occupies 20 hectares of core zone and 100 hectares of buffer zone”