Touring Sorsogon Without a Car Part 4: From Donsol to Rizal Beach Resort in Gubat

Out next order of business after the whale shark interaction is to head immediately to Sorsogon City. We have to be there by 5 PM since our gracious host in Rizal Beach, Mrs. Milagros Duana, who is the owner of the resort offered to have us ride with her driver who’s also going there.


Leaving Woodland Resort

So from Woodland Resort, we rode a tricycle to the street (you would not exactly call it a terminal) where the vans leaving for Legaspi are waiting. After waiting for more passengers, our van left at around 2 PM.

About 45 minutes later, we get off in a highway at Putiao (pronounced Pu-chiao) where other people are also waiting for buses going to Sorsogon City. There are buses every 30 minutes so we don’t have to wait long although the bus was a bit full that time. The bus ride lasts for about an hour and some of the views going to the city are quite excellent.

There are no air-conditioned bus around here but the ride would still be pleasant. The road is well maintained and fresh air is always good.


At Sorsogon City, there are familiar fast food restaurants (Chowking, Greenwich, etc.) where you could get some snacks. When you’re done, ride a tricycle to the terminals of vans or jeeps going to Gubat. As always, riding the jeep is much cheaper but stops a lot.

When you reach Gubat, there are lots of jeeps lining up the street. Look for the ones going to Barcelona. Rizal Beach lies in between Gubat and Barcelona and the ride takes only about 15 to 20 minutes.

Luckily for us we have a straight ride from Sorsogon City going to the resort courtesy of Mrs. Duanna.


There are two places to stay in Rizal Beach. One is Rizal Beach Resort and the other one is Veramaris Beach Resort. Both are pretty old so don’t expect much in terms of looks and accommodation.

Don’t bother calling Rizal Beach Resort via telephone. It hasn’t been working for a long time and they have no plans of restoring it. Call Mrs. Duana’s residence instead at (056 211-1270).

Our accommodation

We stayed at Rizal Beach Resort. What can I say about it? The room (Php1,225) that we stayed have cable TV and it’s air-conditioned as well. The bathroom is not that appealing and the bed is kinda old (too springy). They have a canteen for short orders and meals and they make a mean “adobong pusit“.

Not appealing at all

The place hasn’t been renovated for quite awhile. Some of the paint are already peeling showing rust. Seems like some of the staff aren’t that used to having chatty guests. It felt like they were avoiding making conversations so it’s kinda hard to come up with an itinerary for the following day.

The snacks and drinks they are selling are priced like typical resorts so you might want to bring your own snacks from Sorsogon City.

The beach does not really have white sand. It’s more of a lighter gray one but is soft on the feet. It stretches far into the sea so swimming is quite enjoyable without having to worry about corals and pebbles that can hurt your feet.

Rizal Beach and its soft light gray sand

The resort guests are mostly locals and we didn’t see any foreigners around. Some are day guests who just want to rent cottages and take a dip in the sea.

We didn’t swim when we got there but just planned four our trip for the following day.

Next part would be our tour of the eastern part of Sorsogon.


  • Tricycle going to Van Terminal – Php20 per head
  • Van to Putiao – Php60 per head
  • Bus to Sorsogon City – Php30 per head
  • Jeep to Gubat – Php10 per head
  • Jeep going to Rizal Beach Resort – Php10 per head

Note: Fare price will have most likely increase due to the constant increase of fuel cost.

If you have any questions/suggestions/corrections, please feel free to leave a comment. Thanks!

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13 Responses

  1. pakisabi sa mayor san gubat puro kurakot cya, pagayunon mo an rizal, e develop mo, mag laan ka budget sa rizal…… anthony harper

    calvin: hehe ganun ba? kaya pala di maayos ayos ang daan.

  2. nano n mayor kay malin wara ka man nahihimoan sa gubat pira ka n kataon pag kamayor d mo man n papaasenso an gubat, lumayas ka n sa pwesto mo kun di mo kaya pa uunladun an gubat, o kaya paasensuhon an mga taga gubat, puro kaya bayad sa botante pag abot san eleksyon

  3. victor castrellon says:

    Dear Traveler, when you touring around Albay -sorsogon, what do you think is the best beach to go ro run. I am planing to visit philippines this december 08 and I would like to stay in a place by along beach and go to run in the morning. The longets the beach the better
    thank you for your reply

    calvin: Victor, I’m not familiar with the beaches in Albay but in Sorsogon, Rizal Beach is your best bet. The resort is by the beach and the shoreline goes a pretty long way. It’s not crowded either.

    The other beaches in Sorsogon such as Subic and Tikling don’t have any resorts near it (you have to travel by a small boat to get there). The beach in Donsol goes a pretty long way too but is not suitable for running (some parts quickly disappears during high tide). Hope you enjoy your visit!

  4. Ina says:

    Hi Calvin! I really appreciate this series of yours about Legaspi and Sorsogon because my family and I are planning a very similar trip in Holy Week this year. Anticipating that there will be a lot of tourists during that time, we want to make sure we have reservations everywhere and so far, we’ve been having a lot of trouble contacting Mrs. Duana. No one seems to be answering her number, including the one you posted here. Any advice?

    Also, we plan on having two small children with us. a three year old and a 1 year old. Do you think they can come with us on the boat for the whale sharks and fireflies or should we just leave them at the resort? Thank you so much!

    • Calvin says:

      Hi Ina,

      Yeah mahirap talaga macontact. try mo to call during the evenings.

      also try 0920-4168982 and look for Cora. Contact person rin sya sa Rizal Beach Resort.

      For VeraMaris (the other resort in Rizal Beach), number is 0917-4317687.

      Ok lang to have kids sa whale watching since pwede rin sila mag-stay sa boat while the others are in the water. Sa fireflies naman, baka mahirapan magboard ng banca if there’s a 1 year old. madilim din talaga during the firefly tour so keep that in mind.

      hope you enjoy your vacation!

      • Ina says:

        Wow! Thanks so much for the prompt response.

        Actually, right after I left the message here, I tried again and was able to make contact. In case any of your other readers might find it useful, I was given the number of Grace (0922-8831032) and was able to make reservations. :-)

        Thanks for the tip! I think I’m going to start shopping for very small life jackets now.

        Great site and more power!

        calvin: wow that’s nice! thanks for sharing the number na rin. enjoy!

  5. bararak says:

    Alam nyo kung matalino ang mayor sa gubat dapat i develop nya ang Rizal beach o kaya Dangcalan Beach…for sure uunlad ang turismo sa gubat tas dami pang ma ki create na trabaho……let’s take a look ang boracay dati naman ang panget nyan baket ngaun dinarayo ng mga turista from around the globe……how much more ang rizal o kaya dangcalan …ang ganda ng location tas white sand talaga……napaka lapit pa sa town proper cgurado ako pag na develop yan …..adaw diyos ko mayor kun di ka kumaringking sa revenue…intero na constituent mo for sure baka ipagpatayo ka ng rebulto dyan .baka i extend pa term mo pag nagawa mo yan….:-)

    calvin: sayang nga eh. i heard na there are problems with the electricity in gubat. tapos yung roads hindi maayos in some parts (on the sea side). sayang kasi maraming pwedeng puntahan.

  6. bararak says:

    alam nyo kung gusto maraming paraan….pero pag ayaw madaming dahilan………kumbaga ang bola nasa local govt officials ng Gubat right? so, improve nila yung mga kalsada esp yung from ariman to Rizal Beach…..tas i develop nila yung Rizal Beach…..for sure pag nakita ng mga potential investor yan baka ma engganyo sila na magtayo ng mga business dyan……like for example hotels, restaurant and bars diba? tas yung mga gumagawa at nag bebenta ng mga native products ng Rizal for sure lalaki din kita ng mga yan…..e di malaking bagay para sa kanila yan diba? let’s say kumita sila ng 500 pesos a day cgurado ako laking tulong yan sa pang araw araw nilang gastusin… it will happen only kung madaming dadayo na mga turista mapa local man o foreigner….so pano ma i engganyo????? diba dapat pagandahin yung place?????? ang tanong pano gaganda????? ang sagot nasa kamay na ng Mayor yan…..

  7. kendz says:

    i read the entire documentation of your trip to sorsogon. i have to say that you’ve written your experience so well that somehow it made me felt bad that you failed to go to places na mas OK kesa sa mga napuntahan niyo (like the paguriran and the subic that you mentioned). there are other places to stay na mas magiging comfortable kayo (mura din) and restaurants or canteen na mas nabusog sana kayo. hehehe but it’s all part of the experience, isn’t it. the next time that you plan to go back to sorsogon, dont forget ask us, sorsoguenos, tips para mas maenjoy niyo.

    just email, i’d be happy to help :)

    • Calvin says:

      Thank you for the offer kendz! sayang hehehe. i’ll keep you in mind just in case i know someone who wants to tour sorsogon as well.

    • brat says:

      to kends and mga taga sorsogons,

      please help naman po. we will be visiting your lovely place on oct8-10. we wnated to make our visit sulit at a cheaper rate po..we wanted to see the lovely subic beach and the old chruches. tanks calvs for the great tip.

  8. Jeff says:

    Hi guys i suggest going to Mersies Haven™ Paguriran Island the best located on sawanga sorsogon

  9. Edina Portas says:

    Diri nga na develop sayang at ang daming dumi mga plastic nakakahiya
    Sa paguriran rin marumi rin nag kadto ako this April 2017

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