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Island Hopping In Burias : Castillo Island


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.
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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.
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There was this huge portion of spotless water that is about waist-deep high surrounded by corals. It was almost like a lagoon.
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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
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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!

20170319_110021tIt’s fascinating that behind that scary and spiny outer appearance of sea urchin hides this small and seemingly harmless creature!
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20170319_110852tSome rock formation can be spotted nearby and a sand bar too!!!!
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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!
►If you are looking for Hotels in Masbate, you can check the suggested list here

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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
►Animasola Island
►Tinalisayan Island and Sand Bar
►Sombrero Island
►Verga Island
►Castillo Island

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16 Comments

  1. I would love to visit Burias Island in Masbate, too! Trying out to eat sea urchin is different. Hope I get the chance to visit there as soon as possible. Thanks for this. This post is informative.

  2. The islands definitely looks like a piece of paradise. I envy you just by watching those photos where you float on the crystal clear water! I love non-touristy places where there is nobody else around but you. The sea urchins though…. I would not eat them raw, I don’t think I would eat them at all.

  3. Wow! and Wow again! Castillo Island is so amazing. I love the blue water! Thanks for bringing us there through your story and photos. I pity the sea urchins hahaha, they look so innocent inside their shells lol!

  4. You’ve been feeding us with all your amazing Island hopping experience and it made us want to douse ourselves in the teal water of the beach as well. Truly, you guys saved the best Island for last. I like your Island experience which you have really embraced it so much. I haven’t been to Masbate yet, and I will surely pen this on my bucket list. Thank you as well for providing such a helpful guide and giving us travel tips.

  5. I did not have the guts to see the urchin eating video… I didn’t even know one could consume them raw… (shivers).. The pictures are really really beautiful and you did seem to have had a lot of fun 🙂

  6. I didn’t know one can eat sea urchin raw. And they have so many of them. Are these vegetables of sea? I liked this idea of island hopping. I wish to do this some day.

  7. It’s always a good feeling to go out on top and save the best for last. I checked out the sea urchin video…looks like a lot of work for a small reward though! But even though you say it’s weird tasting I’d still like to try it as well. More than the sea urchin…I really would love to take a trip out to Burias.

  8. Castillo Island is indeed an unspoiled paradise. I love the photos with the water being waist high. Also, I would think very well about eating the sea urchins raw. At the moment, I don’t seem to have the stomach for such a dish. Nevertheless, you have had the true adventure and I believe you collected many unforgettable moments and memories.

  9. Indeed saving the best for last. The island is such a beauty. And I cant help but admire how you were able to capture the pristine color of the water and the clearness of the sky. Surely anyone who would make a trip here would fall in love with the place.

  10. I am a bit confused. Aren’t swakis sea urchins too? I thought the video is showing you guys eating the sea urchins. lol Anyways, beautiful photos! I can truly say that it’s a paradise. I love rock formations and sandbars, so I would definitely want to visit this place.

  11. It’s beautiful! The Philippines is truly rich in scenic spots like this one.

    I didn’t know one could eat sea urchins. I don’t think I would be able to do that. hahaha

  12. God, everything in this post is beautiful! I love sea urchins too especially if they’re fresh from water. I hope I can visit this island too. I’m bookmarking this post for future itineraries 🙂

  13. Oh my God, those waters are so gorgeous I wanna cry! While I admit I am not a fan of gallivanting under the sun (triggers my migraine/heat stroke), I make an exception for beaches with crystal clear waters. Dunno why, but for example, when I was in Boracay or Kalanggaman Island, I was obviously under the sun for the better part of the day, but I never even had the slightest headache. Basta maganda yung beach, hindi sumasakit ang ulo ko kahit mainit. Haha. Weird, but totally true.

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