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San Pascual | Chasing the Light at Tinalisayan Islet and Sandbar

The day was quickly coming to a close. When I thought we were heading back to mainland we were told that we’ll visit one last island on our way back to San Pascual proper. Tinalisayan islet is only 1.5 nautical miles from mainland, roughly a 20 minute motorboat ride from town. After seeing the two islands Animasola and Sombrero Islands, I thought I wouldn’t be surprised anymore but Tinalisayan islet has a little bit of everything. A white sand beach, a scenic hill with nearby rock formations, a long sandbar off the coast and burst of sunrise and sunset colors.

Tinalisayan Islet from afar
Tinalisayan Islet from afar

Sunrise at Tinalisayan Islet

It was a mere 20 minutes ride so the thought of going back early morning played in our minds. And so it was set. By 4am next day we were already on a boat to Tinalisayan Islet. I could see the milky way and the rest of the stars but when we arrived, it was already too bright to shoot them. We were hoping to go to the sandbar too but there was no small boat in the area to take us. We settled on the hill waiting for the sunrise. It was cloudy but still there was an interesting play of colors. We could see the fishermen on the sandbar from afar. When the islet had enough light, I could see the wonderful landscape unfolding. Rust-colored rock-walls near the white beach. A couple of interesting rock formations I’m guessing would be a good area for snorkeling. We spent the morning enjoying taking some photos and we were off back to the mainland for our breakfast. I would definitely visit Tinalisayan islet again. Explore more of the sandbar and snorkel its surrounding waters. I’m sure I’ll see plenty.

A favorite scenic spot for watching the sunrise
A favorite scenic spot for watching the sunrise

Essential Info

Tinalisayan Island is part of Island Hopping Tour from San Pascual, Burias Island along with Animasola Island and Sombrero Island. 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.

Tinalisayan Islet has tables and chairs for picnics as well as a restroom. There’s an entrance fee of P30/person upon entering the islet.

Warm morning glow on the islet white beach
Warm morning glow on the islet white beach

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.
Nearby scenic rock formations
Nearby scenic rock formations

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