Discovering Paradise (Burias Islands, Masbate, Philippines)

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Answering the call of a weekend warrior within me, I left my desk in my office in Singapore straight to Changi airport for a weekend trip in the Philippines. I’ve heard good praises about Burias Islands from solo travelers whom I’ve met on my previous solo trip in Batangas. I’m exploring these islands with most of them.



June is rainy season in the Philippines though there are days that it feels like summer and the sun is out for several days. The long hours of comfortable land travel (having a private van and a driver) gave no sign of any weather disturbance. Sun was out and the day was beautiful when we stopped at the market in San Andres, Quezon (our jump of point to paradise). But when we reached the port in a private cove hiding through endless coconut trees the dark clouds started to appear. There’s no turning back, our group boarded a single boat I and I sat in the middle, most of us are wearing our life jackets, we all know it’s going to be a rough ride. We faced the biggest waves and heaviest rains with no sign of the weather giving up on its distress.

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Burias Islands – Dapa (Snake Island)

Finally, after hours of battling mother nature we saw our first stop on the horizon. The snake island, locally known as “Dapa”. It’s beautiful! All the hours I spent on long travel from air, land and sea are worth it. I haven’t seen waters this clear in a while and my heart is pounding in excitement. It’s a rocky islet surrounded by gorgeous clear warm waters of Sibuyan Sea frequented by sea snakes where its name was taken from. It’s perfect for swimming.



Sighted from Dapa is our camp site, Sombrero Island. After the exhausting travel to get to see this paradise, we finally have some down time for ourselves while waiting for our delicious lunch being prepared. Though we will be sleeping in tents, the island has plenty of spaces to accommodate campers and there are available cottages as well. I joined this organized tour organized by Travel Friends PH and they provided all the essentials (transportation, accommodation and meals). There’s a proper toilet in the island and you can buy a bucket of fresh water to wash yourself from the salty sea water. Apart from that, the island itself is truly a paradise.

Burias Islands (Sombrero Island)

Shortly after lunch we didn’t waste time since the weather started to pick up, the sun is finally out! We headed to see the famous rock formations in Animasola Island. These beautiful natural formations of rocks in different layers and colors are work of nature.

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Burias Islands (Animasola Island)



Burias Islands (Animasola Island)

We sailed back on the calm waters of Sibuyan Sea like we’re sailing on a lake, this moment was just a pure bliss and we’re excited to see our last and final stop for the day, Tinalisayan Island.

Tinalisayan has a beautiful sand bar with fine white sand and shallow waters around. From the top of the hill is an amazing spot for photography. I quickly took plenty of shots and spent ample time swimming and beach bumming on this piece of paradise.

Burias Islands (Tinalisayan Island)

Back in our camp in Sombrero Island, a delicious dinner was prepared by the island’s care taker. With our stomachs full and the night is still young, we bought some cheap whiskeys at a  sari-sari (mini mart) store in the island to kill the hours in darkness. It’s time for socials and to meet my fellow travelers in the group. Aside from the hassle-free experience, the best thing about joining an organized group tour is meeting new people.

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Burias Islands (Tinalisayan Island)


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The second day is more relaxed and after breakfast, it’s beach bumming day in Sombrero Island. We headed to Alibijaban island just before lunch, most of its pictures online are boasting its amazing sand bar. However, it was high tide when we got there so no sand bar. Nature has its way to disappoint us but we surely made the day of an ice candy vendor on the island.

Burias Islands (Sombrero Island)

It’s an old school shower back in San Andres with a use of Poso (artesian well). It’s interesting how much fun I had on this trip while most of the time I was out of my comfort zone. Truly an amazing experience

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