Traversing the sea between Pilar, Sorsogon and Masbate on a pumpboat instead of a fastcraft has its own rewards: on a fine day, the rugged coastlines of Ticao and its many islets offer clear views of stunning visuals. Wild seascapes that just overwhelm the senses.
Soaring and sharp ridges dotted with vegetation clinging on the sheer rockface can give a sense of awe. A pale yellow limestone cliff rising up from the waters is a wonder. There are several cracks on these rock walls and many caves can be seen, its gaping maw sending a spine tingling sensation of the hidden creatures, real or imagined, that it might harbor.
Hidden coves tempt a would be sun worshipper to spend a few hours in its white sandy beach accessible only through a motorized banca and give a sense of privacy to the visitor. And what about the wide expanse of blue sea and sky strewn with virginal islets that form a jaw-dropping scenery that stuns the senses? Smell and taste the saltiness of the air. Feast at the visual splendor. Hear the waves lapping wildly at the sandy shore or waves crashing and breaking on a rock. Feel the fresh and clean air touching your entire being and imprinting on your mind forever.
Then the humming sound of the motor driving the pumpboat shatters your imagination and bring you back to reality as the vessel approaches the urban landscape of Masbate City.