I couldn’t help it.
The moment I saw this tiny island from afar, I stood up despite the quite bumpy boat ride. When we got closer, due to so much happiness I guess of what I was seeing, I could almost imagine Chris Rock telling me, “Damn, that’s what I’m talkin’ about!” Haha!
Surprised. I never expected that the usual island hopping would be “an experience.”
Our tour coordinator instructed the bangkeros (boat men) to go straight to the sandbar. The boat made its turn and stopped in the middle of long stretch of sandbar with crystal clear water.
The island itself is so small, that the word islet would be a more appropriate term. At the end of this sandbar, the island was visible with its white sand and rock formation.
But no doubt, the main attraction of our morning was the sandbar…
Honestly, I did not pay much attention to this island while reading our itinerary because of its tongue twister name. I always mix up its vowels whenever I pronounce it. But now, I realized this deserves my full attention. It surprised me that from now on, I will never forget its name – it’s Tinalisayan Island in the province of Masbate.
Tinalisayan Island is under the jurisdication of the municipality of San Pascual in Masbate. This is part of the Burias Island, one of the three main islands of the province. The other two are Masbate Island and Ticao.
Burias Island has 2 municipalities namely Claveria and San Pascual.
San Pascual is blessed with surrounding small islands with unspoiled white beaches and spectacular rock formation, one of the town’s best kept treasure is Tinalisayan. Just about 30 minute boat ride from the mainland.
Seeing it from afar is totally different from actually being there. Well, after getting off the boat, we were welcomed by this immense beauty, pure white sand and clear water. It was calming yet mesmerizing. Naks!
Tinalisayan is over the top! Definitely exceeded my expectations. I had so much joy marveling at the place just like a little kid. Traveling and being able to experience such beauty truly brings back the wonder of a kid in you.
And what better way to enjoy than by taking photos and videos. I’d stop telling you how beautiful Tinalisayan is, just look at these photos and watch this wacky video of us. I call it “Ikot Serye, Tinalisayan Edition” LOL!
Here’s a simple video of Tinalisayan. The Ikot Serye – Tinalisayan Edition.
It was quite a long travel by land and sea to get there.
There were also some inconveniences that happened during the trip that I prefer not to talk about but in just a snap, they were all gone. Just being in the moment in Tinalisayan.
The water was cool and relaxing, perfect to beat the summer heat. And of course, it was another chance for me and Eloisa to enjoy each others’ company. Yihhii!
Swimming in the cool water in the middle of the blue ocean with great company and friends, another priceless moment that only traveling could give.
Tinalisayan is again another good reason why we need to explore our own country, The Philippines.
As most travel bloggers proudly advise, Pilipinas muna or Philippines First. Explore and appreciate our very own first. So by the time we travel to other countries, we’re whole and firm with our conviction that yes! they should visit OUR country. It’s beautiful!
Tinalisayan Island – How to get there
Pasacao Port in Camarines Sur is the jump off point going to San Pascual, Burias Island. If you’re from Manila, there are buses that would take you to Naga. At the terminal of Naga, ride a jeep going to Pasacao Port. Fare is about 30 pesos. Another option are vans near SM Naga can also take you to Pasacao Port. There are three scheduled trips from Pasacao port going to San Pascual.
Once you get to San Pascual, there are boats that you can rent going to Tinalisayan and other islands. It is recommended that you coordinate with the Tourism Office at San Pascual port for registration and assist you in renting a boat.
There are also some tour operators that offer trips to Tinalisayan and other nearby islands.