We're not quite sure how the Jurassic-like rock formation in the beautiful islet of Burubancaso in Masbate came about, but it does add drama to the scenery, surrounded by an azure sea. Visitors would often clamper up to the top of the rocks for a photo or just to enjoy the view. The rock formation is as high as a three-storey edifice and on one side looks like a carefully arranged pile of books.
But this is not the island's only lure. Burubancaso beach, fringed by white sand made of crushed shells, is a good place to take a dip. The seabed is gently sloping and when you're in the water you'll find it has layers of warm and cold. A great day out or part of an island hopping tour.
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. Best time to travel is from March to May, when the seas are relatively calmer. Tourists are advised to register at the tourism office by the port when they arrive in Masbate. Contact assistant provincial tourism officer Gerardo Presado at +63929 154 1000 or firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries.
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Originally published in InFlight Traveller March-May 2016. Updated May 2016