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Tikling Island is located in Matnog, Sorsogon, along with other equally beautiful islands and beaches including the relatively more popular Subic Beach. Tikling Island is about 30 minutes ride by outrigger boat from Matnog Port and about 10 minutes away from Subic Beach. The island is unique in its own way: its sand is pink instead of the usual white and brown, it is covered with a vast vegetation that stretches wherever the sand does, shallow and very clear waters as far as 50 meters from the shore, no signs of human intervention except for the nipa huts of the caretakers, ambiance/mood remains quiet and tranquil despite only a few minutes away from civilization.
Typhoon Glenda just recently passed through most of Bicol when we visited the island. On the way, we have seen several trees and cottages severely damaged by the storm. Tikling Island was not able to escape the typhoon’s wrath and looked different than how it originally looked like. Instead of a vast sandbar, a huge part of the shoreline was eaten up by the strong waves brought about by the typhoon. It was not as welcoming so we no longer spent the day. It will definitely restore its beauty in due time so visitors just have to wait. Despite the damage, the island remains picturesque with its pink sand, blue green waters and lush greeneries.
how to get to matnog, sorsogon
Manila to Matnog by Bus:
There are several bus liners going straight to Matnog including Philtranco, Penafrancia, Raymund and Amihan. The trip takes 12-15 hours depending on the traffic.
Manila to Legazpi City by Air:
Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines fly daily to Legazpi City from Manila. Legazpi City is about an hour travel by plane from the capital.
Legazpi City to Matnog:
To get to Matnog from Legazpi City, ride a tricycle going to the bus terminal located near Gaisano Mall. Ride the bus bound for Sorsogon. From Sorsogon, ride the jeepney heading to Matnog and ask to be dropped off near the port.
where to stay in sorsogon:
Visit my list of hostels, inns and backpackers' lodges for less than P1,500 per night or search for Sorsogon hotels/resorts in the Agoda search box below.
arrange for your trip
Tikling Island is part of the Island Hopping Tour in Matnog. To arrange for an island hopping tour, contact Sir Eddie at +63 (928) 2538607
other destinations in matnog:
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