Masbate Island Hopping!
Masbate Island Hopping – The Exciting Part
If it is your first time to visit the Masbate group of islands, I tell you that exploring its remotest islands is the best way to introduce you to the island province. Best accessed via San Andres Port in Quezon, these islands are, I can say, the gateway to experiencing Masbate Province.
The trip to the three islands which is part of the Burias Group can be visited in one whole day. The earlier the better as whether in the area can be quite erratic at times. From San Andres Port travel time to the first island can take up to 2 hours and each island thereafter can be reached 1 hour apart.
The first stop in the island hopping is Animasola. This island is so mysterious-looking and its rock formations are reminiscent of that of Kapupurawan in Ilocos Norte or that of Biri Island in Northern Samar. The word “animasola” came from the Latin word which means “lonely soul” according to a local, because the location of the island is deserted from that of the others.
This island is generously capped with coconut trees and the ambiance is much more peaceful. The most attractive scenery of the island is the cliff that overlooks nearby mainland Burias Island. You can also explore the rest of the island and pitch a tent or two if you want to experience Tinalisayan island overnight.
The description is in its name, Sombrero island is one of the islands in San Pascual, Masbate where the island is shaped like a hat. From a distance, the island is best seen during the late hours of the afternoon just before sunset. You can also have an overnight stay here and enjoy the scenic and calm views of the nearby islands in the area.
These islands are part of the municipality of San Pascual, Masbate and all islands have their own unique characteristic so to speak. Do not worry though as the waters in the area are calmer than you can imagine, and the boat ride is seamless. There are also landscapes that can be seen during the trip that are perfect for the gram.
Suggested itinerary and possible expenses in Masbate Island Hopping
|Bus: Manila – Lucena Grand Terminal||₱ 250.00~|
|Bus or Van: Lucena Grand Terminal / SM City Lucena – San Andres||₱ 270.00~|
|Breakfast – San Andres Port / Supply Shopping||₱ 150.00~|
|0600 – 0900 H||San Andres Port (Quezon) – Animasola Island||₱ 12000.00*|
|0900 – 1000 H||Animasola Island||₱ 120.00|
|1000 – 1100 H||Animasola – Tinalisayan Islets|
|1100 – 1200 H||Tinalisayan Islets||₱ 100.00|
|1200 – 1400 H||Tinalisayan – Sombrero Island|
|1400 – 1500 H||Sombrero Island||₱ 50.00|
|1500 – 1700 H||Sombrero – San Andres Port / Alibijaban Island|
*Boat fee is good for the whole trip and will be divided by the pax riding the boat. The fee is inclusive of transfers to and from San Andres Port, and in and around Alibijaban Island (for overnight stays). You can bring your own food during the trip to lessen expenses. If you are planning to have an overnight stay in Alibijaban Island, meals are at ₱ 180.00 per meal, per pax. Note, too, that prices indicated as of this writing are subject to change without prior notice!
You can also contact Ms. Jenjen Vela at +63 945 712 4523 for more information on your Burias Island hopping tour and Alibijaban Island tour and stay.
This Masbate Island Hopping trip was made possible by The Northern Nomads and all trips are paid by the participants of this group tour. The islands found in San Pascual, Masbate can be reached via Alibijaban Island in San Andres, Quezon. You can read it here soon!
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