Burias Island: The Hidden Gem of Masbate

Burias Island

Clock’s ticking so quickly; before you know it, it’ll be summer time soon! So take out your swimwear and get that beach body ready for another dose of sunshine this vacation. But wait! Have you planned out your itinerary already?

If you haven’t done that yet, here’s a place you can check out—the Burias Island! It’s a spot off the beaten path, where you can enjoy a carefree break, and home to a number of tourist attractions you wouldn’t want to miss.

5 Beautiful Spots in Burias Island

Burias Island is a hidden paradise that rests in the province of Masbate. Since it’s unfamiliar to many locals and foreigners, the island is very serene, which makes it perfect for a couple on a honeymoon or for family and friends who prefer a homely get-together.

If you are quite unsure where to start, here’s a list of spots in Burias Island that you need to visit at least once.

1. Animasola Island

With a Latin word for a name that translates to “lonely soul,” Animasola Island sounds like the place for someone who wants to be alone. And that is not entirely wrong. If you want to escape the pressures of the city life, this island should be on your travel bucket list.

While you’re on the island, take a splash in the cold lagoon or go snorkeling in its waters. Don’t forget to take some snapshots too, with the impressive badlands formations in the background.

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Animasola Island

2. Talisayan Island

A day on Talisayan Island gives you a chance to enjoy a stunning view of the ocean as you chill around picnic tables with your family and friends. And if you could go there during low tide, you could even have a picnic on the island’s sandbar. You can also go for some deep-sea diving and see some of the island’s most colorful corals and fish for yourself.

Talisayan Island

3. Sombrero Island

Sombrero Island got the unique name from its hat-like shape, which is one of the reasons it’s become so famous among locals and tourists. Just like Animasola and Talisayan, you can enjoy snorkeling in Sombrero’s tropical waters.

Sombrero Island

4. Balinsasayaw House

Swiftlet birds, called balinsasayaw in the region, create nests that become edible once submerged in the water. Cool birds, aren’t they? Well, 80,000 swiftlets happen to live in the Balinsasayaw House, which was once the humble home of the Espares family. If you want to see them for yourself, just coordinate with the town’s tourism office.

Balinsasayaw House

5. San Paschal Baylon Parish Church

Before you head home, take a detour to the San Paschal Baylon Church. History lovers will surely be amazed by its still-stable structure, despite it being erected almost 500 years ago. Currently, San Paschal Church is Bicol’s oldest church.

San Paschal Baylon Parish Church

So what are you waiting for? Call your buddies and tell them about your plans of going there. If they don’t have time for it, you can go there alone. Burias is the most ideal island to meet solo travelers just like you.

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