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The Explorer

A Sweet Escape To Burias

   It has been two years since we last joined and experienced Roadtrip Travels’ (aka CMDJ Travel and Tours) summer escapade at Calaguas Island in Camarines Norte province. This time, chances gave way to meet and to bond with the organizers again in flesh along with other Calaguas batch friends after two summer seasons, as they organized a bit special event trip to Burias, Masbate last weekend. Oh well, they are usually organizing an out of town trip in  almost every weekend as part of their business. But this recent event trip was one of a kind and remarkable.

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Burias Trip Video

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   They tagged it as a “reunion trip” since most of the traveler attendees are their loyal clients, close friends and families. It is purely about good times rolling and reuniting their loyal local traveler clients who shared same passion in exploring different local places in the country and even beyond the Philippine archipelago.

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   The event trip was kinda special, they were able to put random gimmicks such as paper lamp lighting at night by the beach sand plus a raffle game. And the food? All served meals for two days are champions! Starving and hunger are not huge problem, ‘coz they served it all.. Unlimited rice, and wide variety of typical pinoy dishes were served and eaten until its last pieces. The meal highlight of our island stay is the pork lechon foodie that added a big impact to all our appetite, that made us all rollin’ a sinful food-gasm experience. It was a cheat night by the way, lol. It was indeed a power house packed, and really no wonder ‘coz we fully occupied all seats of the provided four service vehicles during boarding. The team staff before who accompanied us in year 2015 summer breakaway escapade was the same team staff  who accompanied us in this season getaway. I must say that their team is now a newly rejuvenate thrill seeker, and adventurer with unique and catchy name, Biyahe ni Vanky, led by Jeffrey (aka Vanky) and Ana Manuel Pumarada.

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   Situated at a crossroads of two island groups, Luzon and Visayas. Masbate province is administratively assigned to Bicol region, however, it has a strong affiliation in Visayas due to its bio-geographic and socio-linguistic perspective. One of the well-known tourist attractions in the province is the Burias.

   Burias is one of the three major islands of Masbate, others namely are Ticao and Masbate. Stepping down your feet on the powdery sands and clear water of these pristine beaches and islands of Burias is very worth it from a Manila long haul access.

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How To Get There?

via Public Transportation
Naga City is the provincial jump-off point boarding to the island. From Manila, either fly (via PAL / Cebu Pacific / Air Asia) or taking a bus going to Naga City is the easiest access. Upon arriving, ride a jeepney or van that bound to Pasacao terminal in Camarines Sur and immediately  go to Pasacao port. Ride a passenger boat bound to the town of San Pascual, Masbate. From there, inquire at the tourism  office for island hopping tour.

via Private Cars
The easiest and fastest way to reach the island from Manila via private car is routing the Quezon province instead of accessing the Bicol region. From SLEX, take exit at Sto. Tomas Batangas and approach the municipalities and towns of San Pablo, Lucena, Pagbilao, Atimonan, General Luna, Catanauan, Mulanay and San Andres. From there, arrange with local boatmen for island transfer going to Sombrero island for tent pitching.

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Tour Highlight

   Sombrero Island is one of the islets in the western tip of Burias Island that covers San Pascual and Claveria towns. It is where mostly local guests pitch their tent for temporary island shelter and for relaxation.

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Sombrero Island

   Animasola is a tiny islet situated at the northern east side of San Pascual, is a little further compared to Sombrero and Tinalisayan but its distinct characteristic it remarkable for travelers. A little caveat though, it will take patience, a sense of adventure, and a lot of positive vibes to reach the islet.

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Animasola Island

   Tinalisayan or Tinalisayen, located east off-coast Burias Island, resembles the shape of a snake. The tip of the island is under a sedimentary boulder which appears during low tides and forms a spectacular sandbar.

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Tinalisayan Island

   Dapa Island is located in San Pascual, Masbate. The island is small surrounded by rock formations. It is like human-made and perfectly shaped like an ancient sculpture with big pillars wherein known for cliff diving or jumping down the seawater. It is also known as the Snake Island because it serves as the shelter of sea snakes.

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Dapa Island

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For local travel booking and reservation, you may contact Biyahe ni Vanky on the details below. They are very responsive with the queries.

Biyahe ni Vanky
Facebook Page: Biyahe ni Vanky
Contact Person: Ana Pumarada (+63921-0920365)

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Travel Tips:

  1. Aim to reach Burias as early as possible. This is to maximize the island tour since   island transfer takes time.
  2. Bring necessary sun protection with you such as sun glasses, sun block lotion, rash guard, etc.
  3. Buy all necessary things you need before leaving the main land and boarding to the island. Drinking water/softdrinks, chips, alcohol beverages and other refreshments are too pricey in the island.
  4. Bring your full-charged power bank with you, although, there’s a charging station in the island but it will cost a bit pricey (Php30 for cellphones and Php50 for power bank).
  5. Wear swimming gears such as aqua shoes or sandals during island hopping, swimming and  cliff diving. This is to prevent the guest from any injury during these activities. Many sea urchins are present under water, some island spots are rocky and slippery with some sort of tiny stones pillar.
  6. Bring first aid medicine and paraphernalia in case of emergency.
  7. Water source in the island is limited. Toilet tap provides only salt water directly from the sea. Approach local for assistance in acquiring of fresh water for personal use. It costs Php100 for each small container of fresh water.
  8. Guests may use toilet in the mainland of San Pascual for bathing and changing clothes before boarding towards the island. Certain rate will be charged.
  9. Expect poor presence or even up to a totally absence of cellphone network signal in the island.
  10. Bring thrash bag with you for left over foods, and other disposable items. Leave no trace in the island.

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   We enjoyed every second we had during our island exploration with the team and new found friends. Our Burias tour with Biyahe ni Vanky team was a huge blast and definitely not the last.

EAT. SLEEP. EXPLORE. repeat

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