Monday, September 15, 2008

Khokak Beach Resort, Cataingan, Masbate




One of the islands that I have been wanting to visit just for the sake of being there is Masbate. I haven’t heard of any good beaches in the island. But since it just lies north of Biliran island and west of Samar, places that I frequent, why not visit the place and find out what the island could offer. Since there just seems no compelling reason to visit the place and opportunities haven’t presented at all, the wish just remained just a wishful thinking. That all changed in May when I met a contractor who had projects in Masbate. When I told her that I had long wanted to visit the place, she right away offered to host us there anytime we wanted to come, just inform her at least a week before. She said she would be very glad to host us as she just purchased a barge which we could use in going there. She said to invite as many priests so that it would be fun. I right away contacted all the beach-loving priests in the archdiocese for the appointed date in July. Since it coincided with the World Youth Day in Australia, there were a good number who were not able to make it. There were at least 20 of us who joined. Initially the plan of our host was to take lunch at an island near Cataingan, then take overnight at the Khokak Beach Resort. The following day we could go around the island and visit the city of Masbate and then take overnight either at the resort or at the place of our host and then go back home on the third day.

We left from an improvised wharf in a barrio in Kawayan, Biliran as we were told the pier in Naval was under repair. We brought along our cars with us on the barge. The barge we used was not the new one. The owner informed us that it had to undergo some repair since it got impaired during a recent typhoon. While on board we were told that the congressman was waiting for us at his resort. I at first thought that the congressman she was referring to was her father-in-law, only to find out later that it was Cong. Antonio Kho, the owner of the Khokak Beach Resort. Since the congressman was already waiting in his resort, instead of docking in her private port near Cataingan, we proceeded to the resort. We were picked up from the barge by a rubber boat and jetski. On shore to meet us was the young Mayor of Cataingan, Wilton Kho, the son of the congressman. Food was waiting for us after a four hour ride on the barge.

Congressman Kho explained that the resort which he named as Khokak is not officially opened yet. There are already ten two-storey guest houses that have been built. The plan is that there will still be a hotel, a golf course, a wedding gazebo, shooting range, club house among others in the vicinity of the beach. He envisions it as a tourist haven in the near future. The beach is actually man-made. Aside from flattening the side of the hill where the resort now lies, he also employed sand trapping devices so that sand will accumulate and increase the beach front. It is a four kilometer stretch beach. Development of the place is going on. However, the idea of the resort is that it will be a four in one destination: the beach, a forest trekking, a visit to a ranch and an island trip to Sibugay and some small islets near it. Sibugay is a small island in front of Tagapul-an island which belongs already to Samar but which is just almost an hour away by boat from Cataingan. Tagapul-an is much nearer to Masbate than to the mainland of Samar. However, he says that it is a back to nature kind of outing. Only the basic amenities will be provided for.

Early the following day we were treated by the congressman with a tour around his property. We rode on a 4x4 pick up van and went to the mountain forest resort which was just near beach. These were planted with coconuts (where we saw one with seven branches), mangoes, and mahogany and other trees. However, there was a web of roads cutting through the forest that riding on the van was like having a mountain safari. We had no time though to visit the ranch.
By noontime we took the boat to go to Sibugay island where we had a picnic. It is a 20 hectare island that the congressman bought. He said it took him about two years to persuade the people there to vacate the island. He had the houses demolished so that it will be just nature around. As a nature reserve, he also made the surrounding waters as a sanctuary off limits to fishing. Everyday he feeds the fish around the island. Corals have come back to life.














From this resort one can already see Mayon Volcano and Mt. Bulusan from a distance.




Our hosts, (l-r) Cong. Tony Kho, Undo and wife Violy Codilla.






On the waters just by the beach there are already plenty of fishes. They are fed daily, hence they have become a common site.



Alighting from the barge, we took the rubber boat and jetski to go to the Khokak Beach Resort.


Taking a souvenir shot with Mayor Wilton Kho, the mayor of Cataingan who welcomed us on shore and Violy Codilla who invited us.




From the resort one can see at the background the islands of Tagapul-an and Sibugay, the smaller island on the left.



Sibugay island. A cottage was hastily made just a month ago as GMA visited the place very recently.
One of the islets which now belongs to the congressman near Sibugay.
These are just some of the corals that have sprung to life around the island of Sibugay.


We had the barge to ourselves.


Kids joyfully made the barge as a jumping board.



Some of the priests who joined the vacation.


We also got the chance to go to the city of Masbate and visit the Cathedral.



It was already sunset in Kawayan, Biliran when we arrived back from Masbate.

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

hello gud day sa taga cataingan...
ganda naman ng khokak beach...
gusto ko makita yan...

benjo hao said...

been there last 2007... it is a very nice place... truly a pride not only to the people cataingan but to all masbatenos

Danny Cerdena said...

Hi! Does anyone know Khokak Beach Resort's contact number or website? I can't seem to find it anywhee. I will be in Masbate in October and would like to stay there. Many thanks in advance.

Anonymous said...

wow, sana mapuntahan ko din yan..
ako ata ang totoong masbateño na ni wala pang nararating sa masbate maliban sa bahay ng parents ko sa mandaon :(

jace corro said...

hi,this is jace.ang gnda na pla ng khokak beach ngayn,dna ka me nakauwi mtgal na.how i wish makauwi me dyan n have a vaction nyt in khokak.mabuhay ang mga taga catingan lalo na ung mayor n family...view nman ng cataingan proper.thanks

lina borromeo san jose said...

helo punta ako dyan sa summer taga malobago lang kami angkan kami ng pagunsan at malipot see u!!!!!!!!!! ganda na pala ng beach dyan

Anonymous said...

gud day.....specially to my only loving boss hon. cong antonio "tony" Kho.....ganda tlaga ng beach mo boss.....it seems like a paradise......gelbert fr davao.....iv been there last 2 yrs ago but now i saw the views of khokak i really amaze.....i love 8....

mhine_042309 said...

khokak is a beautiful beach here in cataingan I was been there last year.

lorrainne penaranda said...

maa-yung adlaw sa mga taga cataingan kamusta na kamo tanan lalo na sa mga kaigmanghud ko dida sa mga penaranda

Anonymous said...

I Also love that beach..sana makapunta din kami ng family ko diyan..

Anonymous said...

Cataingan is beautiful been there many years ago...

Anonymous said...

My summer begins here! We rode on a complimentary bus-ride from the city. Reaching the destination, we we're given the warmest welcome from none other than the resort's Honorable owner handling us buckets of cold beer! But before grabbing bottles we we're invited to explore the entire place, roaming around in a ride-friendly drive became more exciting when we reached the top hill side, staring from above, you will be captivated with the breathtaking scenery that is so visually charming with a soulful sense of serenity. We also took a short visit to a nearby place called Kalasangan, and there you're eyes can feast of mango orchard and a special coconut tree that has multiple branches. In that paradise also hides a free-flowing spring-water pool that you can soak your body in a therapeutic bathe. Twilight can also be of great experience, the resort offers a disco bar where you can dance the night away to the coolest music and experience the concoction of their flaming shooters and delicious cocktails that you can enjoy with mouth-watering food available on their menu.
Our sojourn to this place was very memorable and indeed this is an experience worthy of praise! Hon. Congressman Kho, Mayor Wilton Kho and Mr. Ted Evangelista, the resorts O.M., my praise and thanks for the warm and excellent accomodation you have endowed upon us!
KHOKAK BEACH RESORT!
a place that leaves a promise that there is more here than meets the eye!
EVERYONE'S WELCOME! =)

Anonymous said...

I love khokak beach 1 of the most beautiful beach in the country.. I'm proud to be a catainganon...

Anonymous said...

im proud to say that im one of masbatenos..

Anonymous said...

ang tgal q nag stay sa cataingan nw q lng nkita kng gnu kganda ang khokak beach..if i have time na mgbkasyon yan ang una kng ppuntahan..PROMISE!!!!! and im proud to say that my husband is came from CLRIDAD clan....

kamagra said...

amazing trip, this place looks beautiful. I would like to make a trip to this place, I'm a lover of adventures lie this oner. thanks for posting...

Anonymous said...

very nice and very private place, I highly recommend
cheers

sally said...

Oh my god its amazing khokak beach in my own town....im proud to be catainganon from brgy.estampar thanks s ating minamahal n gov.tony kho and family dahil s kanila ngkaroon tau ng napakagandang beach resort n kung san eto ay may mapatutunguhan,lalo n kung madiscover eto ng mga foreigner bka eto ay balik-balikan n ng mga turista...s ngaun PROUD aq dhil mrami n ngtatanong sken n mga foriegner kung san,kung paano puntahan at kung safe b ang lugar,syempre isa nrin aq s mga nghihikayat ng mga guest pra s KHOKAK BEACH RESORT...SEE YOU SOON KHOKAK with friends,,,thanks to the management.godblz

sally said...

Oh my god its amazing khokak beach in my own town....im proud to be catainganon from brgy.estampar thanks s ating minamahal n gov.tony kho and family dahil s kanila ngkaroon tau ng napakagandang beach resort n kung san eto ay may mapatutunguhan,lalo n kung madiscover eto ng mga foreigner bka eto ay balik-balikan n ng mga turista...s ngaun PROUD aq dhil mrami n ngtatanong sken n mga foriegner kung san,kung paano puntahan at kung safe b ang lugar,syempre isa nrin aq s mga nghihikayat ng mga guest pra s KHOKAK BEACH RESORT...SEE YOU SOON KHOKAK with friends,,,thanks to the management.godblz

Anonymous said...

hello...my mom is from Cataingan masbate but i havent been there. i wish to go there on December and spend christmas there, specially in KHOKAK, maganda daw kasi jan.i saw it on net.I want to find my love there.LOL

anna bdz said...

It was a really nice stay when we went there last march. The food, place and the people were all great!

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hayds said...

so amazed the beauty of Khokak Beach today.I remembered when I was a kid the beach is not develop yet and the place where we had our outings.

Anonymous said...

Khokak Beach Resort is amazing. The first time I'd been there made me scream. I like the landscape and guest houses. I am planning to visit this resort again this coming May or June. But spending time in this place during San Juan is the best!!! :)

fritzie Francisco said...

December, see u khokak Beach i want to see this beautiful place ,,,,,

Anonymous said...

Go catataingan,,,,,,,,,hope mging tahimik n po jn.duri g electionz day.

Shervin Barotea said...

I believed Kho family is also the owner of Kho Cattle Ranch.... Anyone has contact number of Mr. Kho...

Man De Mendoza said...

After my project is completed in Cataingan this first quarter of 2015... a relaxing booking on this scenic resort definitely is on my list...