There are already flights from Manila to Masbate but it gets so expensive at times. An ideal alternative is to travel to Legazpi, Albay by plane or bus and head to Pilar Port in Sorsogon and take a fast craft / RORO vessel to Masbate. (Read: Ticao Island Resort in Masbate)
Boat schedule from Pilar Sorsogon to Masbate City via fast craft is at 8AM, 12NN , & 3:30PM. Travel time is 2 hours and fare is P396. RORO vessel has only one trip per day at 8AM. Travel time is 4 hours and Fare is P259.
There is also a boat that sails from Pilar to the town of Monreal in Masbate. The ferry leaves Pilar for Monreal at 12 noon daily and the return trip from Monreal to Pilar leaves at 7AM daily (approximately 1.5 hours). The fare is around P120. Trips are sometimes cancelled due to bad weather.
If you are going to Ticao Island, getting a boat from Bulan, Sorsogon is a better option. From Bulan, take a public ferry to San Jacinto, Masbate. (approximately 1 hour). The fare is P120. The Bulan to San Jacinto ferry leaves daily at 6AM, 8AM, 10AM, 1PM, and 3PM. The return trips from San Jacinto to Bulan leaves at 5AM, 7AM, 9AM, and 12PM, and 2PM.Where to stay in Sorsogon? Recommended hotels to stay in Sorsogon City. Please click the name of the hotel below to check the rates and availability.
Where to stay in Masbate? Recommended hotels to stay in the province of Masbate. Please click the name of the hotel below to check the rates and availability.
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