“This is it!”
Eloi told me with such excitement when we got off the boat and welcomed by these rock formations in a tiny island of Animasola in Masbate.
Ano yun? ( What is it?) I asked her. Seems like she remembered something.
Then she finally burst it out. “I watched this in an episode of Biyahe ni Drew (Travel show). Drew described this rock formation something like an old and torn pages of a huge book that fell from the sky.”
“Ahh, I see.”
Then we both walked along the shore ready to explore the island. While taking some photos with Eloi, I was thinking, looking intently at the rock formation. I would really want to see the old torn book, but I couldn’t. Hahaha! One friend even told me that it looked like a helicopter on the other side.
All I know is the rock formations of this small island of Animasola are beautiful! And I can prove that through photos that you’re about to see in this blog post. 🙂
Our first stop is this small rock formation at the tip of the island. My travel buddies there said that the rocks are like the ones in Biri Island. It was also stunning, magical in its own way. Look!
Just a reminder if you’re about to visit Animasola Island, the heat was actually more intense there compare to the other islands we visited.
Some boatmen said it’s because of the rocks. You know it absorbs the temperature and eventually emit more heat. So if you’re going to this island. Be sure to wear something cool and comfortable, then don’t forget your sunblock.
Since the island is so small, you can actually explore it, like circling the entire island in a few minutes. We later went at the back of this huge (center) rock formations and we saw these beautiful natural lagoon, like a small Jacuzzi.
At that time, we just couldn’t take the heat anymore. Grabe.
We all decided to go back to the boat, since our tour coordinator said that the lunch was ready to serve. Of course, I was so excited upon hearing about the food! LOL!
But Joey, our travel buddy and a good friend, interrupted us for a while and told us he found a perfect spot for a nice photoshot. You know, I would want to go back to the boat but when your girlfriend gets excited upon hearing about photoshoot, who am I not to oblige? You know that. Guys, we don’t have a choice right? LOL!
But man, it turned out the spot was really something! And when I finally saw our photos, wow! Perfect.
We spent our last moments on the island by swimming and eating our lunch!
What’s good about Animasola is despite its unforgiving heat, the water there was cool, clear and refreshing. Sarap! I tell you when you experience that kind of scorching heat, dipping into the cool water was priceless. I could have stayed there longer, but I had to go back to the boat. It’s the food. You know. The food. LOL!
Traveling by boat for hours on our way back to the mainland, I couldn’t help but think why there’s not much buzz about Masbate tourism. When it comes to beaches, why we are too focused on other popular tourism spots that we forget to see that there are places that are worthy to explore.
Masbate is underrated. This kind of beauty deserves better attention. So if you’re looking for an amazing summer destination, you have to go to Masbate!
How to get to Animasola Island, Masbate
This has the same travel guide going to Tinalisayan Island. Since this is just a few minute boat ride from Tinalisayan.
The jump off point is the Pasacao port in Camarines Sur. If you’re coming from Manila, there are buses that would take you to Naga. You can also ride a plane going to Naga if you have enough budget. Then at the Naga terminal there are jeepneys that will take you to Pasacao port.
There are 3 trips from Pasacao port going to San Pascual, Burias Island. Once you arrive at the town of San Pascual, you can rent a boat for an island hopping going to Animasola and other islands. It is better to coordinate at the local tourism office of San Pascual for you to get the best rates for boat rental and also for proper assistance and safety.
Guide to this island hopping in Burias, please check this post, Burias Island: Your Summer Destination in Masbate
There are tour operators that serve Burias Island island hopping tours if you need a hassle free travel to this beautiful place.