17 Awesome Things to Do in Sorsogon

Juag Lagoon Marine Sanctuary, Sorsogon
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Sorsogon is one of the most underrated provinces in the Philippines. Unbeknownst to many, there are many things to do in Sorsogon: including swimming in powdery-sand beaches, snorkeling & diving, surfing, trekking, and more.

Here we’ve compiled the best activities you can do in Sorsogon.

1. Take a walk at Rempeolas Baywalk

Located smack in the middle of Sorsogon City, Rempeolas Baywalk is a must-visit spot especially for first-time visitors in Sorsogon. Here you can take a leisurely stroll and visit food stalls for some local snacks & dishes.

The best time to go here is in the late afternoon, in time to witness the sunset.

2. Swim in the pinkish-sand shores of Subic Beach

Subic Beach in Matnog, Sorsogon
Subic Beach. (Photo credit to Hali Navarro)

Subic Beach is known as the Pink Beach of Sorsogon. It has white powdery sands that turns a light shade of pink when wet due to crushed red corals mixed alongside regular sand.

This place is ideal for beach bumming, snorkeling, and camping. Rooms & cottages are available for day tour and overnight stay.

Rates: Cottage rental (optional) – P500

3. Feed fishes in Juag Lagoon Fish Sanctuary

Juag Lagoon Marine Sanctuary, Sorsogon
Holding up a giant lobster in Juag Lagoon Marine Sanctuary. (Photo credit to Hali)

Juag Lagoon Fish Sanctuary is a popular attraction in Matnog, Sorsogon — so don’t be surprise if you see groups of other tourists visiting here. This marine sanctuary is home to various ocean life, including different species of fishes, giant clams, sea cucumbers, star fishes and more.

Day tour guests can swim in the beach and engage in fish feeding. If the place is not busy, you may also ask permission to swim in the pens to see the giant clams and other creatures underneath the water.

Rates: Entrance fee – P200 per person / fish feed – P200

4. Discover the cave pool in Calintaan Cave

Calintaan Cave in Matnog, Sorsogon
View of the cave entrance from the cave pool. (Photo credit to Hali Navarro)

Calintaan Cave is located in Calintaan Island. It’s accessible only by boat. You need to swim across a rocky passage submerged in the open ocean to get to the cave pool inside. There you can swim in the cool water.

Visiting Calintaan Cave is an adventurous activity. It’s one of the highlights of our trip to Sorsogon.

Along with Subic Beach and Juag Lagoon Fish Sanctuary, this spot can be visited by chartering a boat for island hopping in Matnog Port.

P.S. Here’s our post on Island hopping in Matnog.

5. Swim with whale sharks in Donsol

Whale shark in Donsol. Sorsogon
A whale shark.

Donsol is one of the few places where you can spot whale sharks in the wild. Unlike in Oslob, Cebu, the whale sharks here are not fed or kept in one place. The locals allow them to follow their natural migration pattern which is important for health & reproduction. As such, you can only see the whale sharks on selected months (October to May).

It’s recommended to stay for at least 2 days in Donsol to increase your chances of seeing the whale sharks.

Here’s our Guide on Whale Shark Watching in Donsol.

6. Firefly watching in Ogod River

After a day at the sea in Donsol, head to a relaxing activity: firefly watching in Ogod River which is located in the same town.

Ogod River is home to thousands of fireflies. In 2011, the World Wildlife Fund planted over 10,000 mangrove seedlings in the area which served as nesting grounds for the fireflies. Today, it’s one of the best places in the country for firefly watching activity.

If you’re lucky, you can see thousands of fireflies in a night. Regardless, it’s a magical experience seeing these insects flying around the surrounding trees.

Rates: Boat rental (good up to 6 people) – P1250

7. Dive with manta rays in Manta Bowl Shoal

Ticao Island is the main diving spot in Bicol Region. Although it is under Masbate Province, it’s easily accessible from Donsol which is only 1.5 hours away.

The main diving area in Ticao is Manta Bowl, which has 7 different dive sites. Here, manta rays can be seen all-year round. Other underwater animals can be seen in selected months, including whale sharks, thresher sharks, hammerhead sharks, and tiger sharks.

Rates: Depends on dive package

8. Surf in Gubat

Surfing in Gubat, Sorsogon
Surfing in Gubat. (Photo credit to Hali Navarro)

There are different surfing destinations in Bicol: Puraran Beach in Catanduanes, Bagasbas Beach in Daet, and Buenavista Beach in Gubat. Gubat is ideal for beginners and it’s less crowded, which is perfect if you’re looking for somewhere a little quiet.

Surfing months start from October to March.

Rates: Surfing lesson (1 hour) – P500

9. Swim in Paguriran Lagoon

Paguriran Lagoon in Sorsogon
Paguriran Lagoon. (Photo credit to Hali Navarro)

Paguriran Lagoon is a natural lagoon located in Bacon, Sorsogon. It is often likened to Tangke Lagoon in Gigantes Islands. During high tide, green-ish saltwater fills the lagoon in which time you can enjoy a refreshing swim. You can also climb atop the surrounding limestone cliffs for cliff jumping.

The lagoon is located inside Paguriran Island Resort. While the shore here is ordinary, the lagoon itself is worth visiting for its unique feature.

Rates: Entrance fee – P20-50 per person

10. Hike to the summit of Mount Pulog

Some hikers call Mount Pulog the secret mountain climbing spot in Sorsogon. (Not to be confused with Mount Pulag in Benguet.) From the jump-off point, you need to trek for 3-4 hours across plantations of pili, coconut, hagis, and other local trees to reach the summit.

At the summit, there is a circular valley that turns into a “lake” (called danum by the locals) during rainy season.

Aside from the beautiful view of the lake, it’s also possible to see Paguriran, Rapu Rapu, and Mount Bulusan when there is a clearing.

Guides are available from Barangay Balite or Barangay Sta. Cruz in Bacon, Sorsogon.

Rates: Guide fee – P500

11. Kayak in Bulusan Lake

Kayaking in Bulusan Lake in Sorsogon
Kayaking in Bulusan Lake. (Photo credit to Carlos Antonio)

Nestled at the foot of Mount Bulusan is Bulusan Lake, a 16-hectare emerald-green lake surrounded by dense forest. Here you can take pictures of the stillness or do activities such as kayaking and canoeing.

Rates: Kayaking – P100

12. See stingless bees in Balay Buhay sa Uma

Bee houses in Balay Bahay sa Uma Bee Farm
Lines of bee houses. (Photo credit to Hali Navarro)

Balay Buhay sa Uma Bee Farm is another must-see place in Bulusan. This 3.5-hectare farm is home to over 800 colonies of stingless bees.

The farm allows day trippers to explore the grounds.

13. Relax in a hot spring in Irosin

San Mateo Hot and Cold Springs in Sorsogon
(Photo credit to Carlos Antonio)

The town of Irosin is located at the base of Mount Bulusan, which is an active volcano. As such, it’s blessed with a natural source of hot water averaging 60-70C in temperature.

There are a handful of hot spring resorts you can visit in Irosin including San Benon Hot Spring Resort, Mateo Hot & Cold Spring Resort, Nature Hot Spring Resort, and Tropical Hot Spring Paradise.

This is a perfect stop after a day of activity in Sorsogon. Relax and allow the rejuvenating properties of the water to soothe your muscles.

14. Stroll along the heritage town of Juban

If you’re a history or cultural buff, then the heritage town of Juban is a must-see. It has several 18th century ancestral houses, featuring Spanish and other European designs.

15. Stop by Barcelona Church

The Philippines has a lot of old churches which dates back in the Spanish Era. Barcelona Church (also known as St. Joseph Church) was built in 1874 using corals and lime.

When you arrive in Barcelona, don’t forget to drop by this church. You can also visit an old ruins, which serves as a popular location for pre-nup shoots.

16. Go on a river cruise along Buhatan River

Seafood in Buhatan River Cruise in Sorsogon
Seafood serverd in Buhatan River Cruise. (Photo credit to Buhatan River Eco Adventure)

This is an eco-adventure where you will enjoy a cruise ride along the 3.9-long Buhatan River. After relaxing onboard and looking at the dense vegetation on the river banks, you’ll make a stopover at a floating bamboo restaurant at the mouth of Sorsogon Bay where a seafood lunch awaits.

The Buhatan River Eco-Adventure is a great activity for nature lovers. The tourism boost is also a great help to the locals in the area, whose livelihood is mainly farming and fishing.

17. Taste Bicolano dishes

Amidst sunbathing in beaches, surfing, and exploring the charming towns of Sorsogon, don’t forget to taste the local dishes in Sorsogon!

For breakfast, order some native delicacies including suman lehia, puto, and pichi-pichi. For your meals, try baluko (pen shell cooked in coconut milk) or kinagang (shrimp and young coconut wrapped in hagikhik leaf). For dessert, have a plate of timitim (a cake similar to casava cake) and pili delicacies.

That ends our list of top things to do in Sorsogon Province!

Did we miss anything? If you have comments or questions, let us know in the comment section below!

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