After passing by the Iniwaran Island (Check : A Glimpse of Iniwaran Island / Templo Island) and after few more minutes of clashing against waves, we finally reached our next destination. If we are going to list the islands in Burias, Masbate based on their popularity, this one is absolutely a top charter! The island of Animasola is one of the most visited islands in Burias not because of the sand nor the crystal clear water but because of their unique and impressive rock formations that are absolutely picture-worthy!
Here’s a shot few meters away from the Animasola Island. You can see that stunning Arena-like greenfield on top of the huge rock formation while on the further left lies that famous stratified rock form. The stratified rocks is actually one of the most distinctive characteristics of this island compare to others and it is not really surprising why travelers are very eager to witness its unique beauty. Interestingly, Anima Sola is actually a Latin word which means “Lonely Soul” but contrary to its depressing name, the island will actually put your souls in so much glee!
You know what is the first thing that came up in my mind after seeing this unique rock formation? Lion King! It feels like I can unleash my inner “Rafiki” and raise Simba on top while everybody is dancing in the tune of Circle of Life haha ♪Naaaaaaaaaants ingonyama bagithi baba!!♪
After arriving on the island of Animasola, someone approached our team charging us for their Environmental Fee. They charged us Php25 per head which wasn’t really that bad. As soon as we arrived, we immediately explore the place to see what Animasola really has to offer. Seeing those amazing rock formation upclose put me in so much awe. It interestingly reminds me of those islands in Minecraft haha but kidding aside, it’s fascinating how these rocks are formed that way!
Just in case you’re wondering if travelers can climb on top, I think it is possible yet it is quite a challenge consider how sharp the rocks are. According to the lady I spoke with in Sombrero Island, there were nipa huts on top of Animasola but they were utterly damaged by the storm.
God’s wonderful masterpiece!
The shore of Animasola is notably composed of huge rocks and pebbles yet still complimented by crystal clear water.
The rocky shore of Animasola Island
A trip to Animasola Island will not be completed without grabbing the opportunity to step to one of its famous rock formation. In order to reach this part, you have to pass through a waist deep water and it’s just 1 and a half meter distance from one platform to another.
The famous rock formation of Animasola Island!
Please take note that climbing the top is quite a challenge. It requires a bit of rock climbing skills and the rock is notably sharp so be extra cautious if you decided to climb this rock formation. It requires a team effort too! We’re lucky enough that one of our travel buddies offered his poor body as a platform so we can all climb the top haha.
That’s me on top! It was one of the most rewarding parts of our Burias Tour!
With its unique and incomparable beauty, Animasola is definitely a must visit island in Burias. The stratified rock formations are truly a beauty to marvel and a sight to behold! If you have enough time, make sure to visit the other side of the island as they feature a lot more engaging rock formation!
How to Get to Burias Island
►This tour was actually hosted by a travel agency so we didn’t need to do anything as the driver will do the rest of the job going to Burias but if you are planning to go here via public transportation, here are the details you should know.
►If you are going to take the Port of San Andres , Quezon, the Superlines buses have direct trips to San Andres (via Unisan) (check the schedules of their trips here). Once you get to the town proper of San Andres, you need to ride a tricycle and ask the driver to take you to the San Andres Port. From there, you can charter a boat for your island hopping tour. As far as I know, the boat can be rented for 7,000 and above (depends on the number of islands you want to visit and also the number of days you want to stay). The amount is good for at least 10 pax
Where To Stay in Burias
►We stayed for a night in Sombrero Island island. The place is ideal enough to accommodate many tourists. There are decent open and closed type cottages in the island and as well as resto and stores. They also have clean comfort rooms and electricity in the island. Cellphone have signals too!
►If you are looking for Hotels in Masbate, you can check the suggested list here
After spending enough time marveling the beauty of Animasola, we all headed to our next Island destination! If we were greeted by these amazing rock formations in Animasola, the Tinalisayan Island put us all in so much awe with its breathtaking golden sand and sand bar! That was my first time to witness a sand bar so that was truly an awesome experience to me! I am going to share more of that in my next #IslandHoppingInBurias entry.
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Just in case you missed my previous entries, feel free to check them here
►Island Hopping In Burias ~ Prologue
►The Islang Dapa / Snake Island
►A Glimpse of Iniwaran Island / Templo Island
►Tinalisayan Island and Sand Bar