I guess it is safe for me to say that we indeed saved the best for last! After spending enough time in Verga Island, our bangkero finally took us to another unspoiled paradise. They told us that the place was rarely visited by the tourists which made us even more excited. They called it as Castillo island and after we arrived, we were welcomed by its pristine water with clear sandy-bottom shore. It was truly a paradise and possibly the best destination we had in our entire Burias escapade.
You cannot even spot any boats near the shore nor any cottages or houses in the area. It felt like we spotted an island that we can freely claim. Like I said, the highlight of this island is the shallow water with smooth sandy bottom which feels like you are on a man-made pool.
There was this huge portion of spotless water that is about waist-deep high surrounded by corals. It was almost like a lagoon.
Before arriving to Castillo island, our bangkeros (boatmen) had a quick stop over to this island. They were really generous that time and gave us another treat. They promised to get us some freshly-captured sea urchins
And after just few minutes they went back with a bunch of sea urchins! It was my first time to eat a sea urchin and take note, we just ate them raw and honestly, it tastes so weird yet it was an interesting experience. My friend Jhoy told us how expensive the Urchin dishes are in many restaurants in the Metro. Feel free to watch this video below as our friendly bangekero showed us how to eat sea urchins raw!
It’s fascinating that behind that scary and spiny outer appearance of sea urchin hides this small and seemingly harmless creature!
Some rock formation can be spotted nearby and a sand bar too!!!!
We really had an amazing island hopping adventure in Burias. Exploring six different islands in 2 days and 1 night is truly a great experience. The pristine water, the abundant marine life, the powdery white sand and the overall unspoiled beauty of Burias group of islands is truly a treasure and a beauty to marvel. Now that the tourism in Burias is starting to grow, I just hope that travelers will pay respect and try their best to preserve this beauty. I wish that no greedy businesses will take advantage of its blossoming tourism and destroy its remarkable beauty.
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!
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This finally concludes my Island Hopping In Burias travel series but just in case you missed an entry, feel free to check my previous posts below
►Island Hopping In Burias ~ Prologue
►The Islang Dapa / Snake Island
►A Glimpse of Iniwaran Island / Templo Island
►Tinalisayan Island and Sand Bar