Island Hopping In Burias : Tinalisayan Island And Sandbar

The Island of Animasola is truly a sight to behold (Check : Animasola Island) but Tinalisayan is another beauty to marvel! Almost an hour away from the island of Animasola comes another island which goes by the name of Tinalisayan. It doesn’t have those stratified rock formation that we saw from Animasola or those naturally shaped caves of Snake Island (Check : Islang Dapa/ Snake Island) but Tinalisayan is special on its own right. It has something that no other islands has to offer that makes it another gem of Burias! Tinalisayan is well known for its stunning sand bar!
Powdery white sand , crystal clear water and the luscious greenery are the notable assets of this paradise. Upon doing a research I have learned that Tinalisayan came from a root word “Talisay“. In Tagolog, the word Talisay refers to a shade tree but in their local language, talisay means “beautiful” and I guess that word perfectly describe this island.
We are warmly greeted by that beautiful scenery and a portion of its well known sand bar.

Tinalisayan was the last island we visited on our first day before heading back to Sombrero and I guess that wasd a great way to conclude the first day of our tour in Burias. Tinalisayan Island put us all in so much awe. It is a paradise indeed and it was also my first time to witness an actual sandbar so this trip is so much special for me.

There’s an elevated portion of this island where you can freely climb. Interestingly, I spotted a small house in the area which is seemingly an abandoned store. The building is no longer functional but they got comfort rooms too which you can use for Php5-10. Some locals are in charged in the area. There are dining tables too which makes the island an ideal camp site for some travelers. In case you don’t want that crowded camp site in Sombrero, Tinalisayan is a perfect alternative! They don’t have power source though.


There were portions of the island where shores are filled with slate rocks of various shapes and sizes. This makes Tinalisayan a great place for those who are into rock balancing art.

This is how I originally visualize an island. Tinalisayan Island is truly a sight to behold and I appreciate the fact that it is not spoiled and you can still embrace the beauty that nature has to offer!IMG_1114t

The portion of the Sand bar in Tinalisayan. This is just a portion that is connected to the island but the one separated by the water is unfortunately not visible by the time we get there.
20170318_161220tThe rocky side of the Tinalisayan Island
20170318_160921t Can anyone tell me what kind of plant is this! It looks surreal to me
20170318_160304t This one reminds me of Moana….. it calls me! lols
20170318_160249tClean white corals from the shore of Tinalisayan
IMG_1128tYou can also spot some islets from this island. This fun-shaped island will really catch your attention. This is possibly the island that they used to refer as “Sapatos” (Shoe). I heard about the Sapatos Island from one of the locals of Sombrero and as what the name suggests, the island’s silhouette resembles a shoe.. so this might be it!
IMG_1117tAnother interesting rock formation not too far from the island of Tinalisayan

The sun was about to set and we all need to go back to Sombrero before it gets dark
Tinalisayan is truly a paradise and just a perfect way to conclude our first day

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

We were able to make it to Sombrero Island just in time to capture the remarkable sunset. We spent the rest of the night in our camp site and we just had so much fun! I’ll share you the stunning island of Sombrero 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
►Animasola Island
►Tinalisayan Island and Sand Bar
►Sombrero Island
►Verga Island
►Castillo Island

17 thoughts on “Island Hopping In Burias : Tinalisayan Island And Sandbar

  • May 23, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Wow! What a lovely place indeed.. the beach and the sand was stunning. If i will be able to visit here, i might get tons of those white corals and take them home.. they sure look great on the aquarium..well, if that is ever possible, lol! Im inlove with the sandbar! I hope we can get to travel to places like this too, soon! 🙂

  • May 24, 2017 at 2:08 am

    I agree that Tinalisayan is really indeed a sight to behold. Those pristine blue waters and white corals are truly worth the trip. The rock formation is simply stunning as well. Plus the fact that you capture great photos gives justice on the place. I hope we can visit that place next summer.

  • May 24, 2017 at 2:53 am

    Wow! I do love reading your posts! With all the view and lovely photos you share, it’s truly a happy thing that you get to see our dearly beloved country. Sharing it to fellowmen is quite inspiring. It’s like learn to love and explore your own before other places. Hope to see more of your adventures!

  • May 24, 2017 at 5:50 am

    Truly, this is another secluded beach that I should visit. I like how you simply describe the whole Island, even without photos and by just reading it, I can really imagine what the Island looks like. The slate rocks of various shapes and sizes makes me more curious, is it because of the sturdy waves kissing the coast? I like how they all look like. The whole Island is really stunning and the white sand bar is genuinely beautiful. The water is really tempting and would love to douse myself. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  • May 24, 2017 at 6:13 am

    Wow, this pale looks amazing! I’d never even heard of it before. From your photos it looks like somewhere I really need to visit, I love sandbars and that water looks too good! You’ve inspired me to travel more so thank you for that!

  • May 24, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    We wanted to go here but, according to the tourism officer, it will take us 7-8 hours to get there from Masbate City. It’s more accessible from Quezon. Wow! Renting the boat can be quite expensive when there are only a few of you. I think it’s better to join a group of travelers who will organize such a trip.

  • May 24, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    This is a great travel adventure post! Nice photographs, very informative and also educational post.

    I’m also curious about the plant you saw. It looks like it’s a rare one as I found nothing with my Google Image search.

  • May 24, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Indeed our country has so much to offer. Perhaps we need more of this kind of articles to promote the beauty of the country. Often, we only refer to Boracay as the most beautiful with powdery sand.

    Your photos are truly beautiful, too. And how you account your tour shows that you indeed enjoyed your trip.

    The trip to Quezon may be tiring to some as others would prefer air transport. But I find riding a bus going to the place as more thrilling. Ihihi. Or perhaps renting a van would do. Quezon from Manila isnt that far unlike going to Tuguegarao.

  • May 24, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    The island and the sand bar looks really clean, pure and beautiful. It would be really nice to hang out at Burias Tinalisayan Island.

  • May 24, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    I am sooo happy you get to travel and explore the country! Happy that your summer went well this year. 🙂 Tinalisayan DOES fit its definition ‘beautiful’ well, as seen from your photos and apparent like for the place. I’ve only ever gone to Caramoan for Island Hopping and it was amazing too. Hope to be able to visit other islands!

  • May 25, 2017 at 12:19 am

    When the name of a place literally translates as “beautiful” then you know you are in for a treat. I’ve seen a few of the island photos on your Insta but this post truly brings it’s splendor to life. I’m glad you were able to check it out and share your wonderful images with us!

  • May 25, 2017 at 5:06 am

    It really is beautiful, just like its name in Tagalog says it. I loved the sandy beaches and the green-blue water. The place is crystal clean and natural, not spoiled by human influence and that’s what I liked the most. If I ever have the chance, I will visit it.

  • May 25, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Tinalisayan is nature’s beauty we should take care of for future generations. I’d love to bring over my fsmily there someday and commune with nature.

  • May 26, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    I’ve never heard of this place till I’ve read your post. And wow, I guess i’m missing out on a lot. Tinalisayan is an amazing place that needs more credit! What a hidden gem 🙂

  • May 28, 2017 at 3:37 am

    Wow! Tinalisayan is such a beauty. I would like to take my family exploring on such unspoiled islands. And yes, those rocks reminded me of Moana too! hahaha.. Sana naglagay ka ng shell sa ibabaw.. LOL!

  • May 30, 2017 at 12:14 am

    My mom-in-law’s surname is Burias, I wonder if she has anything to do with that island. Anyway, we love going to unspoiled beaches and this is one of them. Hope to visit this someday 🙂

  • May 31, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    In our place Talisay is one of the shady trees. There’s one city in our locality which is named after it.


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