Completing Central Visayas Region

Region VII or Central Visayas Region is composed of 4 provinces: Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor. I have been in Cebu and Bohol twice already, in 2009 as part of our honeymoon escapade (check budget here) and in 2011 with my family and my father’s relatives. This year, together with my colleagues, I was able to visit the other 2 provinces, Negros Oriental and Siquijor with Oslob Cebu as a bonus.

Here’s our budget and itinerary for this trip:

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Burias Island, Island Hopping

 

Burias Masbate boasts plenty of beautiful islands. Three of the most visited are Animasola, Sombrero & Tinalisayan.

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with our very generous boatman Mico

 Sombrero Island – so called because of its hat-liked shape. It is the biggest (I think) of all the three Island with blue-green water and crushed coral sand.

 

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My least bet of all the three, probably because the place is quite crowded and there are a lot of man-made structure like cottages, stores and houses.

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Tinalisayan- second best on my rating. The island features an 80-meter-long sandbar, best time to go there is before sunset to see the whole stretch.

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There is also a hill where you can climb to have a 360-degree view of the island.

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Animasola- my top choice! amazing rock formations, beautifully crafted through time.

Dapa- this island is not part of the tour but our very generous boatman “Mico” gave this as a bonus since it is just another 15-20mins boat ride from Sombrero Island.

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It also has its own distinct rock formation, flat roof style rock with several holes and pits said to be home to a number of sea snakes during rainy season.

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with Che, a solo backpacker

 

Burias Island is making its name in the tourist industry and there are still a lot of island to be explored. I just hope the LGU will take good care of what the Lord has blessed their community.

 

 

 


Burias Island, Land Tour

You can reach Burias Island from Camarines Sur. It is an 8-hour bus ride from Manila and 2-hour boat ride from Pasacao port.

For accommodation, there is only 1 hotel in the town proper (Sunset View) with rates (for me is) quite high. But if you are a budget traveler (like me) you can always go to MSS Fuentes. There are also huts in Sombrero Island if you want to stay there overnight.

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There are plenty of sights to see in the town proper; several ranches (so-called “Island of Ranches”), well-preserved ancestral houses, the “Balinsasayaw” house, home of more than 80,000 swiftlets and the St. Pascual Baylon Church, one of the oldest church in Masbate province.

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Burias Island, Masbate

Masbate province is part of the Bicol Region. It has 3 major islands namely: Masbate Island, Ticao Island and Burias Island.

I heard about Burias Island and got interested to see the sights when I learned that it’s just a 2-hour boat ride from Pasacao, Camarines Sur. I scheduled the trip to this province last 2014 and 2016 both month of December, but did not materialize due to bad weather (not advisable because of rough sea most of the time). Thankfully, I was able to finally visit the province this year when Malacañang declared April 28 (summer season) as a non-working holiday in Metro Manila.

Here’s our budget and itinerary for this trip:

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Suhot Cold Spring, Capiz

Just beside the entrance of Suhot Cave lies the Suhot Cold Spring.

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The natural water comes from Panginraon Mountain. If you are not interested taking a plunge on the cold water, there are available huts and benches where you can just sit back while enjoying the forest view.

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