While traveling around Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur we decided to explore Burias Island. It’s a perfect getaway from Naga City. We will tell you all about Burias Island tour.
Since how to get there by plane, van, bus and by boat with prices and schedule. We really loved the time that we spent in Burias Island and we can totally recommend you to visit Sombrero Island and Tinalisayan Island.
SIM CARD AT MANILA AIRPORT
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WHERE TO STAY IN THE PHILIPPINES
You can get accommodation starting from 800-1000 PHP (less than $20 USD) for a room in a guesthouse. Can you imagine if you are two of you traveling in the Philippines, it will be $10 USD each.
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BURIAS ISLAND TOUR (TRAVEL GUIDE)
HOW TO GET TO BURIAS ISLAND
GETTING TO BURIAS ISLAND (SAN PASCUAL) FROM NAGA CITY
If you are getting to Burias Island from Naga City. There are vans and jeepneys running during the day from LCC Mall just two kilometers far from City Center and Bus Central Terminal in Naga.
The price is 50 PHP and it takes 40-50 minutes to go to Pasacao Bus Terminal which is only one-kilometer distance from Pasacao Port. You can go walking or ride a tricycle 10 PHP per person from Pasacao Bus Terminal to Pasacao Port.
The boats coming from Pasacao to Burias Island are leaving 7 am, 10 am and around 2 pm. The schedule isn’t fixed so make sure you are on time.
The price for the boat is 130 PHP per adult and 65 PHP for kids. There is a Terminal fee of 10 PHP.
If you decide to go by Ro Ro is 230 PHP per person and last boat is leaving from San Pascual to Pasacao is 4 30 pm. There are Ro Ro going from San Pascual-Pasacao and viceversa.
GETTING FROM MANILA TO NAGA BY PLANE
If you are getting from Manila to Naga by plane. There are daily flights with Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines. Click here to check the best deals with 12 Go!
Prices are around 2500-4000 PHP one way from Manila to Naga. The travel time will be only 45 minutes going by plane. Meanwhile you do by bus will be around 10 hours depending on the traffic.
GETTING TO NAGA CITY FROM THE AIRPORT
If you are getting Naga City from the airport. You can take a bus or a jeepney going to Naga City. It will take 30 minutes and prices are around 20-30 PHP. If you prefer more comfort there are also taxis available in the terminal.
GETTING FROM MANILA TO NAGA BY BUS
If you are getting from Manila to Naga by bus. There are 450 kilometers between Naga and Manila. If you travel by bus prices are between 700-1000 PHP. The travel time is around 10 hours. There are bus companies going from Manila to Naga: Raymond, DLTB, Penafrancia. The bus departure is from EDSA Cubao. The schedule is from 7 am to 10 am in the morning and from 2pm to 10 pm in the afternoon.
There are also buses leaving from Aranang and Pasay in Manila going to Naga City Bus Central Station which is only 1 kilometer distance from city center.
GETTING TO NAGA FROM CEBU
If you are getting to Naga from Cebu. There are flights going from Mactan International Airport to Legazpi City. Once in Legazpi you have to take a bus or a van going to Naga City. It will take almost 3 hours.
You can also go by boat from Cebu City to Masbate City. Once in Masbate City as we mentioned before you can take a boat to San Pascual 8-9 hours.
GETTING TO BURIAS ISLAND FROM SAN ANDRES
If you are getting to Burias Island from San Andres. There are buses going from Manila to San Andres. It takes 9 hours and prices are around 500-700 PHP depending if it’s ordinary or air conditioning. Once in the Bus Terminal in San Andres you can get a tricycle 40 PHP to the port.
Once in the port there are fixed prices where you can rent boats starting from 8000 PHP for 10 people and spending 2 days in Burias Island.
GETTING TO BURIAS ISLAND FROM MASBATE CITY
If you are getting from Manila by plane. There are daily flights going to Masbate. Once in Masbate City you have to go to the port and ride a boat going to San Pascual. It will take 8-9 hours. Once in San Pascual you can organize your Burias Island tour as we did in the tourism office.
BEST TIME TO VISIT BURIAS ISLAND
Like any other place in the Philippines there are two kinds of seasons- the dry season from November to April and the wet season from May to October.
It is recommended that travelers visit during dry season, especially from December to February when temperatures are much cooler and touring will most likely not be interrupted by rains and will not be really hot going around. The best time to visit Burias Island is during the dry season. Click here to know more about the weather in Burias Island.
ATMS IN BURIAS ISLAND
There are no ATMs in Burias Island. So make sure you are bringing enough cash for your stay and all your activities in the island. Otherwise, you will have to pay high commissions to exchange money with your credit card. Check here the exchange rate before your trip.
WIFI AND INTERNET CONNECTION IN BURIAS ISLAND
There is almost no Wifi in Burias Island in San Pascual or at least we weren’t able to find it. We could find 4G connection in Burias Island and based in our experience Globe was working better than Smart for the data.
DAILY BUDGET TRAVEL IN BURIAS ISLAND
For your daily travel budget in Burias Island in accommodation prices are starting from 600 PHP to 4000 PHP. It depends on the season and comfort that you prefer. In San Pascual town there are cheap places but you will find expensive accommodation in luxury resorts in the islands.
For your daily budget in Burias Island for food a local carinderia serves orders 50-70 PHP. You can find pizzas for 300 PHP good enough for two people and burgers 100 PHP. If you prefer barbecue you will find a lot of places for affordable prices starting from 10 PHP as street food.
For transportation in Burias Island you will be able to walk around San Pascual. Prices of the island hopping in Burias island are around 3000-4000 PHP per boat good enough for 10 people. The prices are fixed and you will hire them in the tourism office. The price depends on the islands that you are visiting
BURIAS ISLAND TOUR
The entrance fee in the tourism office is 100 PHP per person and there are fixed for the tours. There are 3 Islands to visit Sombrero Island, Tinalisayan and Animansola the price for visiting all of them is 4000 PHP.
We decided to visit Sombrero Island and Tinalisayan Island and the price is 3000 PHP per boat. It means you can join until 10 people but we were only three of us for this trip.
ISLANDS TO VISIT IN BURIAS ISLAND TOUR
It takes one hour to get Sombrero Island from San Pascual Port. There are cottages in Sombrero Island to stay overnight and you can also rent or pitch a tent if you like it. It’s called Sombrero Island because of the shape of the island next to it as you can see in the picture.
There is an entrance 30 PHP per adult. And 700 PHP if you want to rent a cottage during the day. Expect to pay around 1500-3000 PHP to stay overnight in the cottages. And if you want to go on a budget bring your own tent or rent at Sombrero Island. This island is the most popular in the Burias Island tour.
The island is small and you can go walking everywhere in less than 15 minutes. We got surprised isn’t very clean this island despite of the entrance fee and having places for rent they don’t clean so much. We were coming from Calaguas Island were everything was so clean.
After visiting Sombrero Island we went to Tinalisayan Island. It was 30 minutes boat ride half of the way to San Pascual Port. One of the most beautiful islands with a small sand bar, clear water and white sand. There is an entrance fee of 50 PHP per adult and Tinalisayan Island was very clean.
If you want to get an open cottage for 300 PHP to have lunch. There are no cottages for sleeping in Tinalisayan Island. You can pitch your tent if you are bringing and you talk to the owner in the island.
We enjoyed a few hours taking pictures, flying the drone, swimming, snorkeling, taking underwater shots before coming back to San Pascual. There are no cottages in this island but there are tables if you are planning to have your lunch there. It was our favorite one in our Burias Island Tour.
Animasola Island has a huge rock formation. It takes almost an hour to sail from San Pascual Port. Apart from the rock formation you can relax by swimming and going around.
THINGS TO DO IN BURIAS ISLAND
There are many things to do in Burias Island from swimming, snorkeling and camping. It’s a perfect place for relaxing.
Camping is the best way to enjoy Burias Island. You can have plenty of time swimming snorkeling or doing water sports activities.
SWIMMING AND SNORKELING
The water is so clear, warm and you can see fishes around. The water is calm and also the white sand is perfect for playing and walking around.
We enjoyed beautiful sunsets in San Pascual Port. You can also enjoy them around the islands especially if you do camping.
VISIT SAN PASCUAL CHURCH
San Pascual Church is huge and it’s the oldest one in Bicol Region. During hte weekends is quite busy.
DAY TRIP TO NAGA CITY
We really loved Naga City. There are churches and historical sites to explore during the day. And many options to go out at night. We spend a couple of days visiting Naga City.
WHAT TO BRING TO BURIAS ISLAND TOUR
There is no electricity in the Island hopping. So make sure you bring your devices full charge of bringing power banks.
The boats are small and if it’s raining as it happened to us all your belongings will be wet. So make sure you bring dry bag and extra plastics to cover everything just in case.
There are no food sellers in the island.
There is no drinkable water and there is no electricity.
There is almost everywhere phone signal in Burias Island. The data is weak but you will get it!
Bring your sunblock.
Bring your own food if you are planning to spend the day or overnight. There are carinderias near the port in San Pascual where you can buy food. Bring cash, don’t expect there are ATM’s or exchange offices in paradise ha!
Take pictures everywhere with your camera.
Take underwater shots with the done or underwater camera.
Of course if you have a drone fly it around.
Bring your snorkeling mask since the boatmen will not have available. You can’t miss the opportunity of swimming around the clear waters.
Very Important: Please make sure you bring a bag to collect your trash so you can keep clean Burias Island and as we always do. By the way our little Han never forgets about it and before swimming he makes sure that he collects a bag of trash.
Also if you have a spare plastic bag for the trash you can use for collecting the garbage around. And we will keep Burias Island amazing for the next time that we are visiting! As we mentioned before we found Sombrero Island little bit dirty but Tinalisayan Island was quite clean.
WHERE TO STAY IN BURIAS ISLAND
There are just two places to stay in San Pascual if you go on a budget. Sunset View Inn and Fuentes Lodging House. There is no Wifi but at least you can get data connection stronger for us in Fuentes Lodging House. That’s why we decided to stay there overnight. It’s only 5 minutes walking distance from San Pascual Port.
If you prefer Sunset View Inn is on the San Pascual Port. You will find carinderias around both places and bakeries.
You can stay overland in the islands. The most popular is Sombrero Island where you can stay in a cottage overnight around 1500 PHP. If you go on a budget you can rent or pitch your tent. Open cottages during the day costs 700 PHP.
Hope you like our Burias Island tour travel guide and things to do in Burias Island. Let us know in the comments below if you have questions. Or if we need to update prices and schedule to visit these places in Burias Island.
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About the Author: Ruben, co-founder of Gamintraveler.com since 2014, is a seasoned traveler from Spain who has explored over 100 countries since 2009. Known for his extensive travel adventures across South America, Europe, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Africa, Ruben combines his passion for adventurous yet sustainable living with his love for cycling, highlighted by his remarkable 5-month bicycle journey from Spain to Norway. He currently resides in Spain, where he continues to share his travel experiences alongside his partner, Rachel, and their son, Han.