Finally my plan of going to Burias Island pushed through. This trip took me almost 3 years in the making and through my time of Holy Week in Pasacao, Camarines Sur, it became way to let it happen. It was only after the Lenten season that I finally decided to go to Burias and just before that I’ve had few more researches about this island.
|The port in San Pascual|
|San Pascual Church|
|Inside the church|
From Pasacao Port, Camarines Sur, Burias Island is approximately a 2-hour boat ride. San Pascual is a municipality located at the northernmost tip of Burias Island in Masbate.
|The lodging house owned by Mrs. Fuentes|
I took the MB Maxim boat and the fare was P130. The boat arrived to the port at 1 p.m. First I had to look for an Inn and I found a lodging house M.S.S. Fuentes Lodging House owned by Lelly Fuentes. It was a few minute walk from the port. I was looking for carinderia for my lunch and the eatery was just located on the same building.
|the bangka that I rented to Tinalisayan|
|A view of the islet when your climb a rock|
|Sitting on a big rocl|
|A view of a wrecked ship on our way back to the port|
Burias has Bicol’s oldest church dating from 1560 in San Pascual. From the port, San Pascual church is just a few steps away.
I was looking for a small boat going to Sombrero Island. Since I don’t have enough time, I’ve settled to go to Tinalisayan Islet. Sombrero is a 2-hour boat ride while Tinalisayan is only 20 minutes from San Pascual Port.
|Me standing on the rock|
On the way to Tinalisayan islet the boat had a smooth sailing and perfectly the sea was calm. Looking on the water, it was crystal-clear and I saw some flying fishes as they tried to go along with the boat.
As we approach the small piece of paradise, I can already feel my sense of excitement. And finally we arrived Tinalisayan islet and the boatman went down first and pulled the boat to the sand. The place was just wonderful and it put me to the dreamy mood, and it feels like I was just alone in an island, so serene unlike some of the beach resorts when it’s always crowded. It was a great surprise to see Tinalisayan islet as this was a new discovery to those who prefer to see a not commercialized beach resort. Only few people go in this unexploited islet.
|A mesmerizing view of Tinalisayan|
And if I had more time and was well prepared, I could have stayed overnight in this islet. You have to bring your own food, water and tent if you want to spend overnight in this islet.
|Sailing back to San Pascual Port after island hopping|
The next day I took the 9:30 a.m. boat going back to Pasacao. The first trip was at 5:30 a.m. There’s no boat to Pasacao in the afternoon as it had only 2 trips a day that are available in the morning. As soon as the boat arrived to the port, I took a van going to Naga and went to Starbucks in Magsaysay Avenue to hang out and open my Facebook account. It got rained though and that made me stay for a few more hours until I decided to check in to the lodge.
Since Burias Island is just a few hours from Pasacao Port, I am going to visit Burias soon and this time I want to go to Sombrero Island.