Burubancaso in Masbate

Go off-track to be in this bizarrely beautiful beach. Photo by @idreamofthis


#Masbate is truly one of the most underrated places in the Philippines! #Burubancaso #RockFormation #iDreamedOfThis

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Brave the longish travel to Masbate, 581km southeast of Manila, and you will be rewarded with exotic beaches like Burubancaso. It’s unknown how far these bizarre rock formations date back but they surely lure tourists to clamber up and have their photos taken at the summit. The view from the top is quite rewarding, one that’s of the breathtaking sea and the white sand beach surrounding it made of crushed shells. It’s a good spot to ditch your cover up and dive into the crystal clear waters, a fine layer of warm and cold, with the seabed in its immediate periphery, a gentle friendly slope.  


I seem to be missing #Masbate a lot these days. Can you blame me? #Burubancaso #iDreamedOfThis

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How to get there
Book a flight on Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines  from Manila to Legazpi City in Albay. Albay is less than an hour’s flight from Manila. From Legazpi Airport, take a tricycle to the bus terminal, and hop on a van to Pilar. From Pilar port, take a Montenegro fastcraft to Masbate port. From Masbate City’s port, it’s a two hour boat ride to get to Burubancaso islet. A boat hire for 10 people costs P8,000 (US$178) for a whole day's use. Tourists are advised to register at the tourism office by the port when they arrive in Masbate.

By Monica De Leon. Cover photo screengrabbed from @idreamofthis on Instagram.

Published September 2016