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!
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.
The rocky side of the Tinalisayan Island
Can anyone tell me what kind of plant is this! It looks surreal to me
This one reminds me of Moana….. it calls me! lols
Clean white corals from the shore of Tinalisayan
You 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!
Another 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
►Tinalisayan Island and Sand Bar