Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Travel Guide: Burias Island, Masbate Province

Burias is a large island located in Masbate Province, Bicol Region. The island is comprised of two municipalities: Claveria and San Jacinto. The town of Claveria is located at the south end of the island and San Jacinto at the north end of the island. There is a road network in the island but most of it are unpaved and only motorcycle will be able to navigate the rough roads.  There is electricity in the island, however, most of the time the electricity only last for 12 hours or less every day. Each town has its own diesel-powered generator that supplies electricity to some barangays.

Burias Island also boast some semi-white sand beaches. There are few semi-white sand beaches located in the town of Claveria and San Jacinto. One of the known beaches is San Isidro Beach located in Barangay San Isidro, Claveria town. It has a long stretch of fine semi-white sand beach.

Burias can be accessed through two ports: via Claveria town and via San Jacinto town. There are daily trips going to these two towns but the access point to Claveria is via Pio Duran town in Albay province and if you’re going to San Jacinto town, your access point would be in Pasacao town in the province of Camarines Sur.
San Isidro Beach
Claveria Port
San Isidro Beach, Claveria Town
Google Map
How to get there:

From Manila, ride a plane bound for Legazpi City. From Legazpi City, ride a bus bound for Naga City and get off at Ligao City. From Ligao City, ride a jeepney bound for Pio Duran and then at Pio Duran, ride a passenger boat bound for Claveria town in Burias Island.

From Manila, you can also ride a bus going directly to Pio Duran, Albay. You can also ride a bus bound for Legazpi City and get off at Ligao City. From Ligao City, ride a jeepney bound for Pio Duran and then at Pio Duran, ride a passenger boat bound for Claveria town in Burias Island.

If you’re going to the town of San Jacinto, from Manila, ride a plane bound for Naga City. From Naga City, ride a jeepney bound for Pasacao town then at Pasacao Port, ride a passenger boat to San Jacinto.

From Manila, you can also ride a bus going directly to Pasacao. You can also ride a bus bound for Naga City and get off at Pasacao junction. At that junction, ride a tricycle or a jeepney bound for Pasacao Port and then at Pasacao Port ride a passenger boat to San Jacinto.

Travel time:

For Claveria town, Burias Island

Manila to Legazpi City – 1 hour by plane
Legazpi to Ligao City – 45 minutes to 1 hour
Ligao City to Pio Duran – 45 minutes to 1 hour
Pio Duran to Claveria, Burias Island - 1 to 1.5 hours
Manila to Pio Duran – 10 to 12 hours by bus
Manila to Ligao City – 10 to 12 hours by bus

For San Jacinto town, Burias Island

Manila to Naga City – 1 hour by plane
Naga City to Pasacao – 45 minutes to 1 hour
Pasacao to San Jacinto, Burias Island – 2 to 3 hours
Manila to Pasacao Port – 8 to 10 hours by bus
Manila to Pasacao junction - 8 to 10 hours by bus
Pasacao junction to Pasacao port - 30 minutes

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