Masinloc is known for its abundant harvest of premium quality “Carabao” mangoes. Its quality mangoes are globally known for their sweetness. It is also known for “Binabayani Festival” depicting the battle between the Spaniards and the natives of Masinloc or the triumph of Christianity over Paganism. It is a dance/play that is being celebrated every 30th of November.
Not known to everyone, Masinloc offers a wide range of natural wonders and activities for travel enthusiasts. This small town is a first class municipality in the province of Zambales, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 47,719 people. It is a 6-7 hour ride by bus (5-6 hours via private car) from Metro Manila. Coming from Olongapo City, it would just take you 3-4 hour ride by bus (2-3 hours via private car).
If you’re wondering why this town is going to be the next adventure destination, you should check out these amazing facts about Masinloc. Here, we give you six things that will make you plan your next adventure trip to Masinloc, Zambales with your family and friends.
1. San Salvador Island
This island, locally known as “Pulo”, is one of the largest among the strips of small islands in Masinloc. It is just a 5-10 minute boat ride for only P15.00 from mainland Masinloc and is composed of four sitios. The long stretch of white sand beach around the pristine island captivates hundreds of tourists every year. Camping by the beach and snorkeling are the best when you visit the island.
2. Bacala Guest House
Getting on a boat to San Salvador Island or other small islands in Masinloc, you will see this structure that sits in the middle of the sea. It is placed astride a white sand bar during low tide and was made for travelers to rest especially when island hopping in the area. The clear blue waters and great view is best for taking unlimited photos for travelers and adventure seekers.
3. “Tridacna Gigas”
Commonly known as Giant Clam Farm or “Taclobo” by locals, this eco reserve system has been a destination spot for adventurers who visit the town of Masinloc. Located in San Salvador Island, this underwater wonder offers enjoyment to nature lovers who want to experience awesome underwater scenery by snorkeling and diving. The giant clams, different species of marine life and corals will make you feast with its beauty.
4. The Giant Mangrove Farm
This giant Mangrove-formed island known as “Yaha” in San Lorenzo, Masinloc is one of the two sites in the Philippines where rare hybrid mangroves can be found. When visiting the mangrove island, you can enjoy seeing many species of birds in the bakawans while rowing on a boat.
5. Coto Waterfalls and Kidz Pool
This area in Masinloc offers a relaxation and enchanting experience for travelers. What makes it wonderful is it is actually not a water pool but a nature designed swimming pool. It lies within a mountain terrain in Coto, Masinloc and the blue water river at the foot of the mountain showcases its pristine beauty. It is a very good destination for camping and picnic in groups.
6. Pawikan and other Marine Species
For nature and marine seekers, you can have a sight of some of the endangered sea turtles abound in Sitio Longos, Brgy. Bani where these sea creatures freely lay their eggs. Among other marine species abundant in the area include yellow fin (tuna), skip jack (round scad), squid, octopus, lapu-lapu, Spanish mackerel, and seaweeds.
Despite the standoff between China and the Philippines over some islands in the area especially the Scarborough Shoal (Panatag Island) for sovereignty and jurisdiction that has affected the commercial activities of the locals, Masinloc still offers a wide range of natural wonders to be discovered and appreciated. Check this town and see for yourself the unexplored natural beauty of Masinloc.