Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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Poro Beach Travel Guide

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Located around 245 miles away from the capital city of the Philippines. Libmanan is an extremely large municipality and one of the biggest in Camarines Sur. This town stretched across nearly the whole width of the Bicol peninsula, from where it borders Cabusao Municipality on the San Miguel Bay all the way out to the Ragay Gulf, including three islands known locally as the 'tres Marias', including one island known as 'poro island'. The main town, or 'poblacion', is located along the Libmanan River on the lowland alluvial plain adjacent to Cabusao. At present, this municipality is composed of 75 barangays. 

According to history, Libmanan was then a barrio of Quipayo (now a barangay of Calabanga, Camarines Sur). This was accompanied by the establishment of a parish in 1586 in honor of the Patron Saint James the Apostle. The parish then covered the towns of Del Gallego, Ragay, Lupi, Sipocot, Cabusao all in the First Congressional District of Camarines Sur. Several versions revealed how the town Libmanan acquired its name.  One version was then called “Ligmanan” meaning a place surrounded with waterways. Another was “Libangan” comes from the word “na libang” associated with visitors from other places that forgot already their homes because they were already attracted to stay in the place. The third version was “Linabanan” happened in “Poro” due to invasion of the Moro piracy wherein the natives of the place resisted and fought against the invaders (Poro- the place of the battle was named in honor of Datu Poro who was killed in that battle). The “Poro” is now the barangay Puro-Batia where the present “Bulaong Bridge” is located. The Moro vacated the place and it was called as “Linabanan”. To pronounce easier and hear clearly,  the word “LIBMANAN” became the official name of the town.

The significant events and the history of this town should be sustained and be promote so that that native town Libmanan should be more well-known not only in the Philippines but worldwide. 

For a place that is rich in history, Libmanan has many attractions to offer such as Libmanan River that is possible venue for boating with eat all you can floating cottage, the amazing cold crystal water of Engkanto Falls and Poro Beach that is located at Barangay Bahao.

You wouldn’t know about this island until someone referred you and point you out on the map.

How to get PORO BEACH?

Via Public Transportation

1. From Cubao/Alabang/Pasay ride a bus bound to Bicol then tell the bus driver or dispatcher to drop you off San Isidro Libmanan Petron Gasoline Station.

2. From the Gasoline Station hire a tricyle or sigle motorcycle bound to Barangay Bahao. Travel time is less than two hour.

3. Walk through the port and look for bangkero that offer boat ride to Poro Beach. 

Via Private Vehicle

From Manila, take SLEX then EXIT at Sto. Tomas. Following the road sign to Bicol you wil pass San Pablo, Tiaong, Candelaria and Lucena. From there continue taking the stretch until you rich Rolando Andaya H-way. After passing the DENR Sipocot, you will right turn to Pan-Philippine H-way then take another right when you reach Petron Gasoline Station at Barangay San Isidro. Follow the road sign going to Barangay Bahao until you reach the Port. 


1300 Manila - San Isidro, Libmanan v.v. via aircon bus          
  300 San Isidro Gasoline Station - Barangay Bahao v.v. via habal-habal
  167 Boat Rental (day tour only) SHARING            
  150 Food            
    10 Port Fee 
    10 Resort Entrance Fee                                                   
 1937 Total Expenses
         Estimated expenses via public transportation on day tour.


Libmanan Tourism Officer
Roderick Pelagio Fabor - 0947 1777 120

Boat Rental
Ate Mich - 0909 8648 672


Day 0

0930 Pre-Travel Meeting 
1000 Depart Manila to Libmanan
1130 Stop-over at San Pablo Jolibee

Day 1

0700 Breakfast (Pares King, Sta Elena - Tagkawayan Junction)
0810 Petron Gasoline Station (San Isidro, Libmanan)
1130 Arrival at Barangay Bahao
1200 Boatride and island hopping
1240 Arrival at Poro Beach Resort
0100 Swimming and photo-ops
0430 Back to main land
0630 Naga City Accommodation
0730 Dinner
0900 Lights off

Note: This is a continuous travel last holy week that started at Poro Beach to Mount Isarog and end up Calaguas Isand. I will publish the travel guide and story of our Mount Isarog day hike and our epic dancing on the waves at Calaguas Island soon.

Special concerns

1. Getting Poro Beach requires a lot of patience, its a one of a kind roller coaster ride to reach.

2. The road from Petron Gas Station to Barangay Bahao are paved, rough, one way and narrow roads. It is not advisable to hit the road at night on an inconvenient hours for your safety. There is a deeper reason why not safe to hit the road at night.

3. Cottages are available at the beach resort for 200 pesos per day.

4. If you plan to stay overnight, it would be better to bring you tent and kitchen utensils, cook set and all stuufs to lessen your cost.

5. Private vehicles can be park at the covered court near Barangay Hall.

Warning and Reminders

A. The Following are strictly prohibited; throwing and scattering of garbage, cutting of tress, extraction of sands, pebbles, corals and others, destruction and vandalism in any part of the beach, burning, urinating and excretion anywhere.

B. Maintain the beauty, cleanliness, orderliness and serenity at Poro Beach.

C. Throw your trash at the garbage bin.

Random Pictures

Tres Marias

Galvaney Island

According to these young folks, to enjoy the magnificent underwater world, you need to cross clusters of sea urchins that will bring you to coral garden.

Kudos to Mark Santana for organizing the event. Dios Mabalos Jon Baratpacker, Rob Urongan, Karl Mckoi, Jessie James Pelisan, Sarah and Rafael Tariman, Ian Jericho Ruiz, Armie Bringuela and Aldrin Panganiban for making my first summer kick-off more special!


  1. wow! kaka ibang lugar ang ganda pino ang sand

  2. must vist @divarunner. masaya kasi kunti lng ang tao. smile emoticon

  3. Replies
    1. Hello @Kitty Allison, thank you for dropping by! Unfortunately there's no hotel close to the island. Poro beach resort offers a cottage if you wish to stay overnight at the island.

  4. how much po per head boat rental back and forth sa bahao? and how much din po mga cottage?

    1. Hi @kennedy. The boat ride plus island hopping is two thousand pesos.

  5. makikihingi din po sana contact number ng sa boat and sa poro beach resort mismo. maraming salamat po.

    1. Libmanan Tourism Officer
      Roderick Pelagio Fabor - 0947 1777 120

      Boat Rental
      Ate Mich - 0909 8648 672

  6. From Sipocot to Poro Island, Libmanan, how much po ang expenses?

    1. No idea about the expenses coming from Sipocot Ms. Cristy cause that time we were on a private car.

  7. May cottage and entrance fee po ba dun? Magkano po? :)

    1. Cottage fee - 300 per day
      Environmental fee - 10 per visitor

  8. Saan po mag drop by if galing ng Albay? and meron po ba signal if ever overnight para sa sa pagsundo ng bangka?



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