For our 2nd Wedding Anniverary, Mart and I decided to take a quick trip to Subic, Matnog. Many of our friends have talked about it being a really quiet beach of white-pink sand, awesome swimming waters and just a great get-away.
From Legazpi, Martin was able to make the drive to Matnog in 2 hours. It is approximately 150kms away and we left at an off-peak time so there wasnt much traffic. To make the trip enjoyable I bought along my cheap-o bluetooth speakers and streamed songs the entire way. We also both love long drives, it gives us a time to focus on just conversation and enjoy the countryside sights.
We left home at 3pm and arrived at Matnog Port close to 5, we had to get on our boat before sunset or else the sea-trip wouldnt be that safe. For those that don't know, Matnog is the southernmost tip of Luzon Island, approx 600+ km away from km0. It is also the gateway to the Visayas, with Samar Island being visible in the horizon. We've been to the port once before, when we had to deliver relief goods to Haiyan-hit Tacloban. But since we arrived at 1am, we didnt get to notice what it really looked like in normal circumstances. There are big RORO (roll-on, roll-off) boats at the pier at the same time houses lining the coast.
This is what the Pier looked like at 5pm:
After a hearty breakfast we decided to be on our way with the sea exploring. Of course in true fashion, Mart brought his fishing gear hoping to nab a big one. As for me, I slept the entire way while the boat was zipping along the strait. The wind was whipping past and the slight sway of the boat was a great lullaby making me sleep right away. Apparently, while I was napping, a couple of fish tried to bite Mart's bait -- not just the usual 5kg kinds we get in Manito, Bay but fishes close to 15kgs! Too bad we didnt catch any, either Mart's bait wasnt doing the trick or the fishes were getting smart.
Meanwhile big ROROs were passing us through ushering passengers from Samar to Sorsogon, vise versa. Actually from the boat you can see the faint silhouette of Samar Island, that's how close Visayas was to where we were.
After a few tries and failed attempts, we decided it was high time to go snorkeling. I read online that there was a free sanctuary near Subic where tourists can go to see big fishes and lobsters. We passed by, however it was closed for repairs. The sanctuary, too bad I didnt get to take photos, is in shallow waters enclosed by nets to keep the fish in one area. From the shore we saw quite a lot of them zipping past. Since we couldnt snorkel, we asked the guides to take us to the caves instead.
The caves were awesome!! Surrounded by deep blue waters and topped with lush greenery they looked exotic. We were able to dock near one cliff side and snorkel around. The strong waves made it a bit difficult to keep ourselves steady. One of the guides told us to follow him into this tiny lagoon which at first I was hesitant to do because it meant going through a dark passageway with waves pushing us here/there. Glad I did though!
Crossing through the stalactites you get transported into a place that seems untouched by civilization! There were rocks all over and trees offering shade from the sun. The guide mentioned that during the summer, when the waters are calmer, the small pool of water is blue unlike the murky color it was when we visited.
Oh well, enough yapping I'm going to let the photos do the talking.
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