Saturday, June 13, 2020

Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary & Sandbar

Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary & Sandbar in Masbate, Philippines

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The Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary & Sandbar is the main natural attraction of the City of Masbate, Masbate Province. The sandbar is located about a kilometer off the coast of Masbate Island and is conveniently accessible via a rented motorized boat. Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary & Sandbar boasts of fine white sand and clear waters, making it a popular day-trip destination for swimming.

Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary & Sandbar in Masbate, Philippines
Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary & Sandbar | Image courtesy of IG user @rob_tiu

As a marine sanctuary, fishing and other related activities are prohibited here and human access is strictly limited for tourism purposes only. Transforming this sandbar previously ravaged by dynamite fishing into an eco-tourism zone is one of the success stories of Masbate City and its people. Today, tourism provides an eco-friendly livelihood alternative to many local fishermen.

Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary & Sandbar in Masbate, Philippines

Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary & Sandbar is open daily for day visits. The main cottage serves as the registration area for arriving guests. There are also stores selling snacks and drinks. You are free to bring-in food should you wish to have your lunch here. There are private gazebos and tables available for rent.

Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary & Sandbar in Masbate, Philippines

How to get to Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary & Sandbar

  • Contact Mr. Jojo Soria (09204338512 /09179277660) of the Samahang Mangingisda ng Puro-Sinalikway (SAMAPUSI) to arrange your boat transfers.
  • Two-way boat rental fee is ₱500 (for 1-4 persons) or ₱800 (for 5-14 persons) 
  • Proceed to Rendezvous Beach Resort where you will board your boat transfer to Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary & Sandbar
  • There is a minimal registration fee of ₱20 per person.



Have you been to Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary & Sandbar or other attractions in Masbate Province? Which one is your favorite? Share your photos on Instagram and use the hashtag #PinasMuna.


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