Islands and Beaches

The Isles of Brittania

Ida Damo
Ida Damo | Apr 18, 2013

The Philippine archipelago has 7,107 islands. 7,107 reasons to be proud of. 24 of which are the beautiful islands and islets of the Britannia Group of Islands facing Lianga Bay in San Agustin, Surigao del Sur.

Each islet/island is surrounded by waters of aquamarine blue, fringed by powdery soft white sand and topped by trees of green. Others are sand bars that vanish at high tide. Hopping from one island to another is a delight. We opted for the three-island hop.

Buslon Island is the biggest of the group. A medium-sized cross stands on one side of the island. It can accommodate large groups of people and yet still leaves room for everyone to feel like you own the island. The sea is calm and inviting. You cannot resist dipping or swimming in its waters. While you swim, your eyes wander to the green foliage among the limestone walls of the island in front of you or when floating, the blue sky above you.

Naked Island is a haven for beach and sun lovers. It’s a sandbar with no vegetation and the white sand is so soft to lay your tired body on while you listen to the sea gently meeting the shore. Naked Island is perfect for jump shots as the figures are silhouetted against the deep blue sky while down below is the aquamarine sea.

Hagonoy Island is a medium sized version of Buslon Island. Its unique feature is its swimming pool like swimming area. At only 4 feet deep, non-swimmers can enjoy standing, floating, playing in this swimming area. Beyond this area is the deep blue sea.

There were more islands to hop away but sadly, the angry rain clouds descended on our party. So off to the main land we go.

The 24 islands and islets of the Britannia group of Islands--- more reasons to choose and love the Philippines!

WHAT TO DO AND WHAT TO BRING:

Swim, float, dip in the sea.

Take as many pictures as you can. Just make sure your camera has a waterproof casing.

Wearing aquashoes is a plus.

Lather on sunscreen or sunblock.

Don’t throw plastic containers anywhere. Bring your trash with you and look for receptacles in the mainland.

HOW TO GET THERE:

Located in San Agustin (Britannia), Surigao del Sur, Britannia Group of Islands can be reached from Davao City through the Davao-Agusan Highway passing through the provinces of Davao del Norte, parts of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley and Agusan del Sur and Norte. It is a good six to 8 hours trip depending on your speed and road conditions.

From Bislig City, private vehicles can go straight to La Entrada Beach Resort and commuters can hire a jeep to take you to La Entrada Beach Resort just an hour and a half to two hours from the city proper.

FEES:

Boat rental fee for island hopping is PhP100/person. Boat capacity depends on the size of the boat.

Boats can also be rented at PhP1,800 for the 5-island tour.

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