Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Sorsogon : Matnog's Pink Beach and Fish Sanctuary

Matnog's Pink Beach
Pink Beaches are rarity, so given chance to visit one, I excitedly said yes. From a residence in Gubat where we are staying, it was almost a two-hour ride to the pier of Matnog Public Market, the jump-off point to the Pink Beach of Tikling Island.

From the pier, it will be another 30 minute boat ride to the beach. The boat ride is uneventful save for some occasional interesting landscapes of rocks and islets along the way. Approaching the beach, you will be amazed on how the white sand glistened with the ray of the sun. It was almost midday so the sun is scorchingly hot.

Where is the pink? I thought to myself. It's clearly not apparent but if you will scoop a sand in your hands, you will see particles of red crushed corals mixed in the sand, thus making it appear that the sand is pink. Although it may not be too noticeable that time, I was informed that during rainy season, the red crushed corals came plenty and the shoreline appear more pink. 

Waiting By The Beach
The Obligatory Writing on th Sand
But other than the novelty of having a pink sand, the beach in itself is just so amazing. Its water is so clear and refreshing to the body that you won't feel the heat of the sun when you are submerged in it. Add to that is the scenic backdrop of palms and fauna facing the beach. Bathing in the beach alone made the trip worthwhile.

There's Pink in There
Un-synchronized Jump Shot
And while you are in the area, a good place to visit is the Fish Sanctuary. It is a great place to check out how they are breeding different variety of fishes,, from small ones to large, err huge, ones. From, the islet entrance, you have to transfer to a wooden balsa into a  wooden and bamboo structure where schools of fishes are located. For a minimal entrance fee, they will provide you chopped fishes to feed the fish.
School of Fish
Viewing Structure
Giant Fishes
Fish Sanctuary
In going to the beach, you need to bring all your supplies there. While there is a small sari-sari store in the island, the inventories there are limited and the cost could be quite high. Also, if you happen to contract a boat going there, the boatman and crew will offer to grill your food for you. This is such a delight because you will more time enjoying the beach either thru swimming, sun bathing or just taking photos. 

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