The Brittania Group of Islands in the Philippines is a sight to beckon with. It is one of the main tourist destinations of Surigao del Sur. It is composed of 24 stunning unspoiled Islands and Islets which are marvelously distributed along the Lianga Bay, where it faces the Philippine Sea. It is located in Barangay Brittania of San Agustin, province of Surigao del Sur in the Northeastern coast of Mindanao.
I went there with Alan and my family. It was memorable for me and my family since this was the first family holiday trip in our lives. Even though it was raining when we went there and dark clouds drifted above us, it didn’t prevent us from island hopping. In fact, everybody was enthusiastic about visiting these enticing islands. The road trip going to the place where we embarked our boat was quite rough but, when you see the sight, you realize it was worth it. We rented a boat for the whole day and it cost us Php 1,500.00 ($37) for 10 to 15 people.
These 24 Islands and Islets are very different from each other. They vary in shapes, sizes and features. Some of them are surrounded with powdery white sands and picturesque shoreline while others are surrounded with different rock formations. It is a perfect getaway for everybody, for family, and a romantic escape for couples-to-be as it offers a romantic view for pre-nuptial pictorials (very popular in the Philippines).
We explored first the beautiful Hagonoy Island. Some people called it “Lover’s Island” because it has a perfect romantic ambiance since it is surrounded by long stretches of refine white sand shores, clear blue waters, scenic landscape and lush vegetation. It has a swimming pool like swimming area where Alan, my dad and my son, Beboy enjoyed swimming, beyond this area is a deep blue sea. Apart from swimming, Beboy also adored collecting some sea creatures while my mum, our 2 house helpers and I simply had fun walking around the island.
Not far from Hagonoy Island, we proceeded to the gorgeous Naked Island; which vanishes during high tide. It is a long stretch of soft gritty white sands and lies naked in the middle of bluish green sea waters. It is a sandbank with no vegetation at all, but its lengthy stretch of sparkly smooth sandbank is big enough to truly experience an original beach. The white sand is so soft where you can comfortably lay your body on while listening to the sea as it gently meets the shore. Truly astonishing!
After luxuriating ourselves with the magnificent charisma of the Naked Island, we headed to Boslon Island where we had our lunch. It is the most visited island among the group. It is surrounded by different unique rock formations and pure pulverized white sands stretching along it charming shoreline. It is an ideal place for overnight camping, sunbathing and swimming because it is peaceful and has a unique landscape. At one side of the island, you can see a cross and a statue of the Virgin Mary which made me feel that place is sacred. It can accommodate many people yet it still leaves a space for everyone. In here, my dad made lovely barbeque for our lunch and my little Beboy became fascinated by some sea creatures; while the others were busy strolling around the island and pausing for photos.
From Boslon Island, we set off to the main land even though there were still many islands to visit, since we still had to travel back to my home place, Tandag. I felt so lucky to have experienced the pristine beauty of Brittania Group of Islands. I wish to go back there again and carry on another great Island hopping experience.
The hotels and restaurants are available only on the main land. They all offer cottages if you wish to have some picnic, rooms if you wish to stay overnight and food services.
If you wish to visit the Brittania Group of Islands, it can be reached by private vehicles, by jeepneys, vans or public buses (Bachelor Express) either from Davao City or from Butuan City. If you wish to take Bachelor Express, you take the Davao-Tandag Route if you are in Davao City or Butuan-Tandag Route if you are in Butuan City. It is about six hour from Davao City and three hour from Butuan City.