Second day (May 20, 2012) of our weekend tour was mostly spent in enjoying the salt waters and amazing land forms of Britannia Islands! Britannia Islands is located in San Agustin, Surigao del Sur and is comprised of almost 25 islets covered in white, powdery sand. The four famous islets that we visited were: Hagonoy, Naked Island, Boslon and Panlangagan.
Our first stop – Hagonoy Island:
Next Stop – Naked Island: The reason it is called ‘Naked’ it’s because it is literally naked, as in no trees, no grass, no whatsoever, just plain, white powdery sand. It is actually a small stretch of islet that you can walk around to the other side.
Next Stop – I’m not sure Panlangagan: Actually, we really didn’t walked or stepped onto the major islet but instead, we opted to cross the other neighboring islet and swam around it. The water level was not that high but the rocks and rough sea bed makes it difficult to walk underwater barefoot.
And here are some of the other scenic photos of the islets we had during the boat ride:
The photos used in this blog are not mine.
Massive thank you to Bayan ni Juan Adventure for the amazing trip! Till the next adventure! <3
HOW TO GET THERE (if you’re traveling alone or commuting):
From Enchanted River, Hinatuan:
Alight from the Hinatuan Bus Terminal, wait for the Butuan-bound bus. Drop-off at BAROBO BUS TERMINAL. From there, catch a bus bound for TANDAG. Ask the driver/kundoktor to drop you off at Brgy. Salvacion in San Agustin or at the Britannia Islands junction (there are large posters/tarps so you could easily spot the junction). From there, pay the environmental fee: P25.00/2 persons. Ride a habal2x or single motor towards the britannia islands entrance (P20/person one way).
From Butuan City:
Ride a bus from the Langihan Bus Terminal bound for TANDAG. Drop-off at the Britannia Islands junction or Brgy. Salvacion, San Agustin.
Ride a bus from Ecoland Terminal bound for TANDAG. Drop-off at the Britannia Islands junction or Brgy. Salvacion, San Agustin.
WHERE TO STAY:
1. La Entrada Resort
Rooms available: P1,200.00 (standard) with a/c can fit 4-5 persons; P1,000 (standard) non a/c 4-5 persons
Or, if you’re on a tight budget, you can pay P10-15.00 entrance fee to the view deck. There is an open cottage where you could sleep. Personally, I prefer the La Entrada because of its ambiance esp. the mangroves surrounding the whole resort. There’s not much “karaoke or videoke noise” around La Entrada.
They also have a restaurant, food and drinks (water, beer, etc.) are available for reasonable prices.
Island hopping tour at Britannia Islands (4 islands) no time limit: P1,000.00 for 5 persons (prices may vary depending on how many passengers). If you didn’t bring any food with you, and you opted to have a tour the very next morning, order at the restaurant for your breakfast the day/night before. the boatman will just come back to the resort and get it for a service charge of P200.00. Filipino breakfast meals are available.
2. McArthur’s Place/Resort (right next to La Entrada)
There are many other cheaper resorts to choose from along the coastline. You could check them out yourself if you’re on a really tight budget. They can also arrange for your island hopping tour at the Britannia Islands from these resorts.
Other things to do in the Britania coastline:
1. Walk around and chill-out along the Britania coastline. There are other resorts and restaurants along the area.
2. Relax and watch the sunset at the floating deck. This is located west of La Entrada Resort. You would pass by other resorts and then alight at the Reception Area where you could see a tarpaulin about the Britania Islands. Walk through the deck towards the sea. They have a videoke machine and also sell ice cream.