Burias. Located in Bicol and surrounded by vast amounts of water, it is a no brainer for travelers chasing that summer heat away to travel into this place. However, we won’t be visiting Burias itself. We will be visiting its neighboring little islands – the group of islands we call The Burias Group of Islands.
How to get there: via van + boat
Getting around: via boat
Located in the heart of Bicol, Burias is an elongated island surrounded with water. What’s more interesting is that it is surrounded by little islands which tourists visit for the scenery, usual sun bathing and beach swimming.
How do I go to Burias group of islands?
Transportation-wise, I could not help you on this one as we availed a tour package in order to get to Burias. We traveled alongside other joiners for the tour and from our starting point, SM Mall of Asia, we took a van and head directly to San Andres Port in Quezon province. We traveled for about 7-8 hours. We departed SM Mall of Asia around 12 midnight and arrived at the port around 7 in the morning. A travel time of 7-8 hours is quite a long ride, so for those who are willing to go to this place, be ready with your travel food and pillows.
After we arrived in the port of San Andres, we boarded a small boat that took us to the group of islands. Since we did avail a tour package, all of these things are already taken cared of – the boat, the food, and the tent.
How do I get around Burias group of islands?
No roads. No vehicles. Nada. Just the islands and the water. So yes, you will be travelling via a boat while touring in these group of islands.
What will I find in Burias group of islands?
Here’s what you can find in Burias group of islands.
Famous for its sandbar, Tinalisayan is a private island. This island features a viewing deck (see panorama) which can give you a wide veiw of the seas and the sandbar. Too bad, it was high tide when we arrived at the place which consequently hid the sandbars.
Sombrero or “the Hat” is the main camping site where tourists are brought to stay and have a good night rest using tents. This island is named Sombrero due to the hat like island extension found on its side.
A plate? A UFO? Or maybe a person trying to do its planking? Whatever you may call it, this island is called Dapa island. This uninhabited island boasts a flat uppermost ground which you can reach by scaling a 2-3 meter climb. There is also a jump site wherein you can directly jump from on of the edge of the top of the island directly to the waters below. Not much of a height to scare some hardcore jumpers but this is a must try experience!
The last stop. Unfortunately, I do not have any images for you guys to share this place. My camera went haywire and I could not take any photos. However, if I were to describe this place using words, all I can say that this place is a big sandbar location. We went there during low tide but the tide was not low enough to make use see the large sandbar without any water over it. It is a must visit place specially if you plan to go swimming!
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And that’s it!
The Burias group of islands! Since we did get a tour package (and by the fact that this is pretty far from the metro), I could not post a commute guide. If you are willing to go to this place, I suggest that you get a tour package so that you won’t have any problems with the tent, food, and logistics.