Monday, June 2, 2014

New Developments at Panumbagan Sand Bar of Pilar, Sorsogon, Philippines


        The Panumbagan Sand Bar warmly welcomes its visitors since April 2014.  New infrastructure facilities were established for the comfort and enjoyment of the tourists.  There were a total of twenty one (21) floating cottages, connected by floating bridges made of industrial bamboos, that were built in style, in three octagonal rings. Each ring is composed of seven (7) cottages.  Said facilities were established by the Provincial Government of Sorsogon, headed by Honorable Governor Raul R. Lee, in support to the tourism development of the municipality of Pilar. The cottages were designed by an interior designer, Architect Melo Naval of Provincial Tourism Office.

During clear days, the magnificent Mayon Volcano can be admired from Panumbagan. . .

The Sand Bar is a 5.5 kilometers  tamarind shape islet,  richly endowed with pearly white fine sands, located at the village of Bantayan.  It is about 20 minutes boat ride to Bantigue Point Marine Sanctuary, a cool place for diving and snorkeling, viewing and interacting with various colors, shapes and types of corals, fishes and other underwater lives. It is surrounded by vast cobalt waters of Pilar Bay, a perfect place for nature lovers who want to be embraced by peaceful ambiance and like to hear the music created by the sea breeze. Edible sea urchin, locally named as “suwaki” or Uni (Sea Urchin Roe), known as aphrodisiac in Japan for thousands of years, can be found around the area.  The place is best for sun bathing, bare foot sand walking, swimming, and savoring tranquility, a perfect getaway from a busy life.

With its new development,  the place is now considered as one of the best attraction and tourist destination in the province of Sorsogon. The presence of Bantigue Point Marine Sanctuary further provide an opportunity for a high end adventure for those who are looking for one.

Sea grapes "lato" from Panlatuan
The adventure however, will not becomplete without tasting the local delicacies such as kaluko (grated gabi root mixed with young coconut cooked in a sweetened coco milk), bayokbok (round-shape floured sticky rice mixed with grated young coconut), kinunot (shark’s meat with malunggay leaves cooked in coco milk), bicol express, crabs and shrimps in various recipes and other local delicacies can be found in the menu, which can be ordered and delivered to the resort when prior arrangement is made with the tourism office.
Boness Bangus, prepared by a local caterer

Said sandbar is manned 24/7 by capable personnel from the Tourism office of the Local Government Unit of Pilar, Sorsogon. Those who are interested to visit the place may contact LGU Pilar Tourism officer, Mr. Joel Navora or the Ms. Adelfa Mallapre through this website, Be Cool.
Star fishes and shells can still be found at the shallow water and the beach . . .

Swimming at dawn on calm weather is one of the best  activity at the place.

Edible sea urchin, "Suwaki" can be found at Panumbagan.


Satellite View from Google Earth
River Cruise

Bird Watching at the Egret Sanctuary

Snorkeling/Diving at Bantigue Point Marine Sanctuary