ANIMASOLA ISLAND, MASBATE: IMPORTANT TRAVEL TIPS

Animasola Island is one of the places included in your island hopping itinerary around Burias. A towering rock formation, clear blue waters, and a white sand beach make this part of your trip worthwhile. This beautiful beachscape is what you’d often see whenever you make a quick search about this part of Masbate.

How to Get There

Nearest Airport: Naga Airport (Camarines Sur)

By Air
  1. To cut the travel time, book flight tickets from Manila to Naga City. Travel time is one hour 15 minutes.
  2. Once in the city, look for the terminal that has jeep trips bound for Pasacao; the fare is around P30 per way.
  3. After arriving at the port, you can board public boats traveling to San Pascual, the jump-off point to island hopping. The fare for the boat ride is around P130; the trip may take up to three hours.
By Land
  1. If you were unable to get cheap flight tickets, there are regular buses plying the Manila-Naga route that travel overnight. The fare for this varies from P600 to P1000, depending on the bus company and class of the seat.
  2. Once in Naga, look for the terminal that has jeep trips bound for Pasacao; the fare is around P30 per way.
  3. After arriving at the port, you can board public boats traveling to San Pascual, the jump-off point to island hopping. The fare for the boat ride is around P130; the trip may take up to three hours.

 


Entrance Fee and Other Charges

  • Entrance Fee: As of writing, there’s no entrance fee.
  • Island Hopping Rate: P1500 – P3000 (good for 6 pax)

    You can also book tours from Manila to the islands; packages cost around P3000 per person and include some meals, transportation, fees, and accommodation. Check the inclusions before booking.


Don’t Miss

  • The most striking characteristic of Animasola Island is the huge rock formation flanked by white sand and cerulean glass-like waters.
  • Swim in the waters of the beach of the natural rock pools in the area.
  • Take plenty of pictures of the spectacular beachscape; relax and unwind after a few rounds in the water or get a nice tan.

Don’t Forget

  • Bring more than enough cash for the entire trip as it will be difficult to withdraw once you leave Naga City.
  • Bring extra batteries and/or a power bank to keep your gadgets charged.
  • Bring your own trash bag to gather your garbage after your trip.
  • Put your cameras and phones in a dry bag to keep them from getting wet during the boat ride.
  • Expect poor phone signal on the islands.
  • The island can get crowded during noon and peak season.
  • Wear protective footwear as some parts are slippery and have sharp rocks. Wear sun protection like hat or rashguard because there’s not much shade on the island.

If You Have More Time and Budget

  • After exploring Burias Islands, you have options for other places to visit if you have a couple of days to spare. After returning to mainland Luzon, you can go further south to Albay to see Mt. Mayon, Cagsawa Ruins, and see the attractions near Legazpi City.

Where to Stay

If you are set on exploring the island province of Masbate aside from Burias, here are the recommended accommodations according to Agoda users as of January 2018.

Ticao Island Resort
Photo was provided by the resort via Agoda.

For more options, search here: Masbate Hotels


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