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San Pascual | The Twin Sombrero Island Masbate: Quaint Island Life

Filipinos really have a knack in naming places or islands that’s easy to recall like common things like – hats! In Burias Island, Masbate, another set of islands got the monicker of Sombrero Island just because the island looks like the top of a cowboy hat. It’s funny though that the Sombrero Island Masbate in San Pascual is a set of two islands close together, fraternal twins I may say. The other island near the hat-like island has the gorgeous looking stretch of beach and sand bar. Sombrero Island Masbate is our second island destination in San Pascual, quaint and laid back.

The cottages at Sombrero Island
The cottages at Sombrero Island

Essential Info

Sombrero Island Masbate is part of Island Hopping Tour from San Pascual, Burias Island along with Animasola Island and Tinalisayan Island. The Sombrero Island is located 4.5 nautical miles from San Pascual town proper and can be reached by motorboat in an estimate time of 55 minutes to an hour. 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.

Sombrero Island Masbate has facilities for a night’s stay. An open cottage with the use of common restroom is P700/night. For the Cottage with private bathroom good for 10pax is P3000/night. For reservation contact Dong at 09293595290

Inside one of the cottages with private bathroom
Inside one of the cottages with private bathroom

How to go to San Pascual, Burias Island, Masbate

The advantage of San Pascual, Burias Island from the rest of Masbate is its easy accessibility 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.
Dried dilis
Dried dilis
The hat-shaped island at the background
The hat-shaped island at the background
This way to the sandbar
This way to the sandbar
Just jump in!
Just jump in!

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