Juag Lagoon Marine Sanctuary, Sorsogon
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21 Awesome Things to Do in 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. Fish feeding in Juag Lagoon Fish Sanctuary

Juag Lagoon Marine Sanctuary, Sorsogon
Holding up a giant lobster in Juag Lagoon Marine Sanctuary.

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.

2. Swim in the pink-sand Subic Beach

Group shot in Subic Island, Sorsogon
In Subic Laki Beach.

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. The beach is divided into two areas: Subit Liit and Subic Laki Beach.

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

It can be visited on an island hopping tour from Matnog Port, along with Juag Lagoon Fish Sanctuary and Calintaan Cave.

3. Discover the cave pool in Calintaan Cave

Calintaan Cave in Matnog, Sorsogon
View of the cave entrance from the cave pool.

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 small cove inside. There you can swim in the cool water.

This cave can only be visited on calm sea conditions.

4. Kayaking 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. It’s a great place to visit especially for nature lovers.

Here you can take photos of the stillness of the lake or book a water activity, such as kayaking and canoeing.

5. 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.

6. Tour the ancestral houses in Juban

Casa Feliz ancestral house in Juban, Sorsogon
Casa Feliz ancestral house.

Historical and cultural buffs will enjoy strolling along Juban, a heritage town in Sorsogon. This place boasts several 18th century ancestral houses featuring Spanish and other European designs.

While most houses can only be viewed from outside, there is an open house called Casa Feliz which welcomes visitors for a tour and also offers select local delicacies, snacks and drinks (tsokolate).

7. 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 and reproduction. As such, you can only see the whale sharks on selected months (October to May).

There are a handful of agencies offering whale shark tours in Donsol. It’s recommended to stay for at least 2 days in Donsol to increase your chances of seeing the whale sharks.

8. Relax in the Buhatan River Cruise

Buhatan River Cruise in Sorsogon
Floating cabana along Buhatan River.

The Buhatan River Cruise is an eco-adventure where you can ride a floating cabana along the Buhatan River in Barangay Buhatan, which is just several minutes away from Sorsogon City. The cruise includes live acoustic music and snacks. Enjoy the good food and music while appreciating the surrounding scenery, including the mangrove trees thriving along the banks.

Aside from the river cruise, kayak is also available.

The river cruise is a great activity for those who love communing and relaxing with nature. The tourism boost is also a great help to the locals in the area, whose livelihood is mainly farming and fishing.

9. Learn the craft of making vinegars

Local vinegar refiner in Bulan, Sorsogon
Locally made vinegars.

If you’re into education or cultural tours, one of the places you can visit is the Corsiga Organic Vinegar Refinery in Bulan, Sorsogon. Here you can see first-hand how locals make local vinegars, from the kitchen to storage in jars.

10. Enjoy pili at The Pili Haven

Food demo in The Pili Haven
Food demo in The Pili Haven.

Pili is one of the top products in the Bicol Region. To those who want to learn more about it, there’s no better place to be than The Pili Haven.

The Pili Haven is a farm that grows pili trees and other types of tree species. They offer demos on how to prepare and enjoy pili, such as boiled and eaten with various dips or mixed with local chocolate to create a delicious pili-chocolate spread. They also offer workshops on how to use pili nut for home decor, furniture, and more.

The Pili Haven also has an in-house restaurant where you can enjoy their own take on local dishes (such as cana pasta with pili nuts and lemon-tanglad chia drink), cottage accommodations, and a lot of photo-worthy installations such as an abandoned red jeep.

11. Chase waterfalls at Zoe Resort’s and Eco-Adventure Park

Kambal Busay Falls in Sorsogon
Kambal Busay Falls.

Zoe’s Resort and Eco-Adventure Park is one of the newest attractions in Bulusan, Sorsogon. This resort offers various outdoor activities such as trekking, bamboo rafting, and ATV ride. But undoubtedly its highlights are the three falls: Kambal Busay Falls, Hidden Falls, and Hulugan Falls.

The first two waterfalls are easily accessible for day tour visitors. Take a short trek to Kambal Busay Falls and appreciate its strong cascade. Then head to the narrow trail beside it and discover the Hidden Falls, which is literally hidden behind boulders in a canyon.

12. Surfing in Gubat

Surfing in Gubat, Sorsogon
Surfing in Gubat.

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.

13. See stingless bees in Balay Buhay sa Uma Bee Farm

Bee houses in Balay Bahay sa Uma Bee Farm
Lines of bee houses.

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 and other types of flora and fauna.

It is open for day tour excursions. The farm also has accommodations for overnight stay and an in-house restaurant where you can order farm-to-table dishes.

14. Swim in Paguriran Lagoon

Paguriran Lagoon in Sorsogon
Paguriran Lagoon.

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.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. Visit 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.

18. Climb the steps up to Iron’s Hilltop Church

St. Michael the Archangel Parish Church in Irosin, Sorsogon
Stairs to St, Michael’s.

St. Michael the Archangel Parish Church is a common stopover for tourists in Irosin, Sorsogon. Also known as Irosin Hilltop Church, it is located on top of the hill. Visitors need to climb 74 steps to reach it. Beside the chapel is another hill called Little Baguio, where you can find the Grotto of the Virgin Mary.

The hill offers a scenic view of the town and the nearby Bulusan Volcano.

19. Try out Bicolano dishes

Baluko dish
Baluko in coconut milk.

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 cassava cake) and pili delicacies.

20. Stroll 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.

21. 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 Island 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.

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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