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San Pascual | Animasola Island and its Exotic Rock Formations

From afar, it looks like a miniature version of the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Ilocos Norte with its shoe like formation on top and the island itself resembles the formations from the famous Biri Islands like a slightly squashed cake with lines and layers running along the sides. Animasola Island was a surprise in terms of natural wonders, much like municipality it belongs to which is San Pascual in Burias Island, Masbate. It was just the start of our three-island and didn’t expect the this first island to be a favorite among the three.

Approaching Animasola Island
Approaching Animasola Island

Essential Info

Animasola Island is part of Island Hopping Tour from San Pascual, Burias Island. The island is located 2.1 nautical miles from San Pascual town proper and can be reached in an estimate time of 35 minutes. A 1-day/2-night package of P1,800 per person or 3-day/2-night package of P2,800 per person is available which includes:

  • Meals (lunch and dinner)
  • Aircon Room accommodations
  • Transport service for Island Hopping
  • Entrance Fees
  • Tour Guide Services

For booking and details do contact Cecile of San Pascual Tourism Office at 09199112270

Alternatively, boats can be hired per day basis from the port for Php 1,500.

Waters around the island
Waters around the island

How to go to San Pascual, Burias Island, Masbate

The advantage of San Pascual, Burias Island from the rest of Masbate is its close proximity to Naga City, Camarines Sur.

  • Manila to Naga City by Bus: Ride any Naga City bound bus in Cubao Terminal. Plenty of choices from Philtranco, DLTB, Isarog Lines, etc). In Pasay there’s Philtranco and DLTB. Travel time is 8–9 hours with fares starting from Php 700 to 1100.
  • Manila to Naga City by Plane: There are daily flights to Naga City via Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines. Travel time is 45 minutes from Manila. Naga City Airport is near the town of Pili.
  • Naga City to Pasacao Port: Make your way to North Bound Terminal and take a jeep or VAN heading to Pasacao. Travel time is 45minutes to an hour. From Pasacao, hire a tryke to take you to the port.
  • From Pasacao Port to San Pascual: There are several boats that leave Pasacao Port for San Pascual daily usually from 7:00am, 10:00am and 2:00pm. Travel time is 2 hours and a fare of Php 150. From San Pascual to Pasacao Port, there are boats that leave from 5:30am, 8:00am and 9:20am.
The other rock formation of the island
The other rock formation of the island
This island would be a popular location for photo shoots
This island would be a popular location for photo shoots
Me getting sun-kissed with my companions at Animasola Island
Me getting sun-kissed with my companions at Animasola Island

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