The perks of living in the province! You get to travel a lot by land from place to place without the hassle of going through a traffic jam. And of course, the beautiful beaches you only get to see in my native land Mindanao. Not everyone has visited this one yet that’s why many would say that these are one of Philippines best kept beaches.
Situated in the Province of Surigao del Sur in San Agustin where many beautiful islands and islets sit along the shore of Lianga Bay. Or as many would call it the Britania Group of Islands.
Wooden bridge leading to the boats that’ll take us to the islands. So by boat it will take you about 20 minutes to get to the first island. Along the way, you get to admire the perfect view of the islets all laid out right before your eyes.
Most of the boats are operated by LGU (local government unit). Boat fees at P1,300 for 11 of us. But for those who would like to visit, keep bargaining. Who knows you’ll get it for a thousand only. =)
4 of the many islands in Britania. Some of these islets are very close to each other you can actually walk from one island to another if the water is in low tide.
Stopped over this island for our lunch. I think this island is also the biggest compared to the other islets in Britania. This is also the island where a grotto of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a crucifix is built.
For food, people usually bring food with them since every group has its own hired boat so its okay to leave your stuffs in it. In our case, we didn’t really prepare anything before we left Butuan, not even a single bottle of water. Hehe! Good thing we ordered food and drinks at a local sari-sari store back in the mainland before we left and have it specially delivered to us back at one of the islands where people usually stop to eat lunch. If I’m not mistaken, its the Boslon Island.
I wasn’t able to take photos of the food anymore since we were all starving to death and we haven’t eaten our breakfast either. Haha! But anyway, food was good. No tables and chairs at the island so you’ll have no choice but to form a circle with your friends, sit on the sand and start eating with your bare hands. Best part? Expect to chew on something crunchy. White sand! Haha!
(Cost of food: P1,100++ for 11pax.)
They call this one “Naked Island” since nothing grows in it. Just sand and coral stones.
In every island, you get to see and feel the beautiful white sand beaches and clear blue water of Britania.
I think the island behind me is what they would call the turtle island because of its shape. Although the way I see it, every single islet looks identical to me. Perfectly shaped to look like twinnies! =) We left Butuan at around 6am in the morning where the sun is still rising. Travel time from Butuan to Britania took us about 2hours to finally get to the exact location.
For those who travel from Davao, I think it’ll take around 6hours from Davao to Britania.
Here is an overview map of our route from Butuan City to San Agustin, Surigao del Sur.
From Butuan City:
Heading south to the province of Surigao del Sur. It will take 2hours to get there so you may have to take shortcuts along the way. You’ll be able to pass by the town of Sibagat, Bayugan and Prosperidad. Before getting to the town of Prosperidad, we took a shortcut turning left to Los Arcos. This is an alternate road where no public vehicles passing that road except for private vehicles. So from Los Arcos going to Lianga make another left going to San Agustin.
Hope this blogpost was helpful for everyone who has plans on visiting the place soon! Summer 2015 maybe? Hehe!
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