We're running out of place to be visited - Literally. We've seen and explored Tinuy-an Falls and the international doll house in our day 2 stay in Bislig supposedly it's on our Day 3. Right then and there Arem and I decided and determined to journey with limited information to Surigao's famous beaches and islets, Britania Group of Islands.
Britania Group of Islands is found at Baragay Salvacion San Agustin, Surigao del Sur. it composes of 13 beautiful island, 5 among those has shoreline to be landed plus 1 private owned resort.
The night before heading to the said tourist spot we took our luxurious dinner at Ocean View Park where the international doll house is located and also caters affordable food. Mrs. Willimann, the owner of the place encourage us to explore Britania, she specifically told us that an islet there has finer sands compared to Boracay of Aklan. Giving us a literal bright idea, we thanked her and bid farewell.
Journey to Britania:
We spent the night in Bislig and left our transient house around 6 o'clock in the morning. Lucky us that Paper Country Inn was near the bus and van terminal. We’ve asked the bus conductor where off to Barobo and waited for a while before it leaves Bislig.
From Bislig to Barobo, we passed by the municipality of Hinatuan and Tagbina. An estimated 3 hours of seating and staring in the window. We're very vigilant and in timely manner ask passengers if Barobo is near. I was thinking, travelling just the two of us was really an adventure. Exploring unfamiliar places just bringing enough money and so much courage is really commendable, I guess. Just praying here for our safety travel.
The bus conductor shouted, "Barobo" and we hurriedly jumped in to the bus and transferred to another vehicle bound to San Agustin [with Tandag signage].
|We're almost there | San Agustin | Surigao del Sur|
Again, Lucky us to meet Kuya Andy. Along our habal habal ride he talked to our driver if we're interested to rent his boat. Our driver uttered to him our budget is just 1000 pesos and that’s final. Right there, he agreed and told us to wait in the shoreline.
Yes! Success! We found a boat in a reasonable price.
From my point of view in the coastline, I've seen the Britania Group of Islands and I can't wait No more to set foot there.
I've asked Kuya Andy, where to buy raw or cook meat/fish. For the nth time we're so bless. His Dad sells fish. We went to their house to purchase squid and to their generosity they gave us cooked rice and even allowed us to borrow their utensils. Thank you Lord.
We changed clothes and fixed our belongings, we're ready for our ultimate island hopping.
We walked in a long bamboo pathway and somewhere there, their boat is situated.
Let us save this last day be the best among the rest.
First Island to be visited: Hagonoy Island.
4 exhausting long hour travel going to San Agustin is worthy .We landed in a small island with a wreck Wooden House (kubo). This is perfect place for vacation. Before we indulged ourselves further, we grilled our squid and the fish of kuya Andy.
|Naked Island overlooking Hagonoy Island | Surigao del Sur|
After feasting with our delicious food. We headed to Naked Island.
Literally naked, with no growing plants just white sands and stunning beach line. Perfect for sun bathing and photo shoot. We took our wacky poses before bidding farewell to this Island.
|Duos | The Brave ones | Surigao del Sur | Britania Group of Islands|
|Break it down | Britania | Surigao del Sur|
My eyes was filled with so much wonders and the best is yet to be discovered.
We roamed around the said island and found a grotto of a Virgin Mary; Kuya Andy told us that we can hop two other island just walking since its low tide. Cool.
No coastlines to be landed during high tide so better to explore the other two island when there’s no water around, it’s called Panlangagan Island. Their distinct sharp rocky edges makes it differs from Buslon Island. Their all great looking from near and a far.
|Somewhere in Buslon|
|Panlangagan Island | Low Tide|
|Arem @ Panlangagan Island|
|Rocky | Panlangagan Island|
|Our Bangkeros | Buslon|
|Arem @ Buslon Island | Surigao del Sur | Mindanao|
|Okay? | Look at our skin tone | Britania|
|Look Up | Ryzza Mae Inspired Photo| Buslon|
|Poser | Buslon Island|
|The Four of Us|
When we're ready to set foot in the port area. Surprisingly Kuya Andy brought us to Hiyor Hiyoran Island
Perfect for group bonding. There's chopped trees and bonfire area, I’m imagining for an overnight stay here. Great location for beach party with loud RNB music or acoustic songs for sentimental moments. After pleasuring ourselves we let go of the island and just in time we're in the seashore of San Agustin again overlooking Britania Islands.
Kuya Andy directed us to a near house to clean ourselves, layback set up. Deep well and exposed bathroom. This is province life and I enjoyed the experience.
An old lady offers her ironwood product to us for 100 pesos each. I'm telling you guys this thing is so heavy, it weighs around 2 kilograms each and exceeded our baggage going back in Manila. We just laughed with it.
After packing and preparing our belongings we paid kuya Andy 1000 pesos with an additional 100 pesos for his kindness. He wish us for our happy and safe travel ahead as we promised to him that we'll recommend his boat and service to our friends in Manila as well as in our travel blog, right Arem?
Again and again, for the last time we ride habal habal off to the terminal and waited patiently for the bus to arrive. I took pictures with the streamers as my background and told myself baron was here!
Kuya Andy's Mobile Number: 09302164072
Mang Rudy's Number [Kuya Andy's Father]: 09109258711
Mang Rudy's Number [Kuya Andy's Father]: 09109258711
|Britania Group of Islands | Surigao del Sur | Mindanao|
Breakdown of Expenses:
Ticket price to Barobo [from Bislig] - 103 pesos
Bound to San Agustin- 40 pesos
Environmental fee - 10 pesos
Habal habal - 40 pesos back and forth
Squid 280pesos divided by 2 - 140pesos
1 liter Soft drinks- 50
Bathroom - 5 pesos
Ironwood - 100pesos
Boat rental plus tip 1100 divided by 2 - 550pesos
Grand total - 1038