Top 3 Things To Do in Britania Group of Islands Surigao del Sur

So you’re looking for something exciting to see and experience in Surigao del Sur, eh? One place I would recommend is the Britania Group of Islands in Barangay Britania San Agustin, Surigao del Sur.




Quick Facts about Britania Group of Islands

  • Located in Barangay Britania, (next to Barangay Salvacion) San Agustin, Surigao del Sur Philippines
  • Also known as Britania Islets
  • Group 0f 24 islands/islets
  • It has 4 major islands that you can visit
  • Not populated, has crystal clear water, powdery white sands
  • Tourism office staff are all nice!

Top 3 Things to Do in Britania Group of Islands

  1. Island hopping
    • There are four major islands that you can visit and enjoy. (Images below)
      • Hagonoy Island
      • Naked Island
      • Boslon Island
      • Hiyor-hiyoran Island
  2. Eat fresh and super yummy seafoods
  3. Photo op

How to Get There




From Manila to Davao – by airplane, took 1 hour and 45 minutes (but if you’re coming from another country, you can book a flight directly to Davao. If none, you should book a flight bound to Manila first.

Davao Airport to Overland Transport terminal – by Grab or Uber taxis, 1 hour, I spent ~PHP 200

From the terminal, look for Bachelor Express bus lines that is bound to Tandag City. Please note that they leave at exactly 11:30 pm and their next trip will be the next day. Ask the collector or driver to drop you off at Salvacion. Once in Salvacion, you will see this:

Britania Islands Landmark

Ask the driver to bring you to the Tourism Office. Alternatively, you may book at La Entrada hotel so the tricycle driver will just drop you off at that hotel. Note that it’s best if you book in advance.


In my case, I didn’t have hotel booking (gosh.), but anyway, the tricycle driver was so nice that he recommended a cheap accomodation. It’s Joan’s beach resort (they don’t have a website though).

I checked in, took some rest as the travel time was so tiring but I’m telling you, when you see the beach and islets plus the mountains, it’s so relaxing! 🙂

I didn’t rent a boat (for island hopping) right away as it was raining that day. Boat rental costs PHP1,500, this is actually good for 15 persons. But since I was alone, I waited for some travelers so I can join them, hence, I will be able to save some bucks. The weather wasn’t really good so I just stayed at the resort for few hours, took some pictures and enjoyed fresh air. At 1 pm, though it was raining (light rain though) I decided to visit Laswitan in Cortes Surigao del Sur which is 2.5 hours away from Britania. I already wrote a travel guide for Laswitan, this was my side trip.

The following day, the sun was shining and I’m ready to go island hopping! I went to the Tourism Office and ask them if I can join other tourists or travelers. After 30 minutes, they found 2 travelers and asked them if I can join. Luckily, they agreed. Yay! So each of us paid PHP500.

Let these pictures speak and show you how beautiful, majestic, and breathtaking Britania Group of Islands is. Such a paradise!

Hagonoy Island




Approaching Hagonoy Island

At Hagonoy Island. It’s a good thing that this part of the island is super clean and has really super fine or powdery sand. Relaxing!

At Hagonoy Island

At Hagonoy Island

Hagonoy Island

Unfortunately, due to not so good weather that day, we were not able to dock at the Naked Island.

I took a picture of it though

Naked Island

That small brown thing. We’re just kinda far from the Naked Island that’s why it looks too small. See how clear water is?

 

Boslon Island

Boslon Island. Weather was kinda weird that day. Rain and shine! 🙂

Boslon Island. Our “bangkero” having some drama? 😉

Boslon Island

Boslon Island

And lastly,

Hiyor-hiyoran Island

This is where we had our lunch.

It was raining hard when we arrived at Hiyor-Hiyoran Island

Even if the clouds are dark, you’ll see how relaxing this place is!

Hiyor-Hiyoran Island info

When you look up, you’ll see these amazing coconut trees

One of the bangka parked at Hiyor-Hiyoran Island

After 40 minutes to an hour. The sky clears. Awesome!

It’s really an unforgettable experience! I would highly recommend anyone to visit this paradise in Surigao del Sur. If you have other places to visit in Surigao del Sur, this is a must see, you can do island hopping in 4 to 6 hours.

And this is the number 2 of the top 3 things that you can do in Britania Group of Islands. Eat!

Eating super tasty, yummy coconut

Cooking time. Kuya in the island cooked for us.

Food choices. P350 per kilo, any seafood. P20 per big serving of rice. Not bad. If you’re a budget traveler, you can bring your own food. But if you have some money, let’s support their livelihood in the island. 😉

Food choices. P350 per kilo, any seafood. P20 per big serving of rice.

 

Summary of my expenses

  • P750 – boat plus food (we were 3 persons)
  • P1000 – more than 24 hours stay at Joan’s Resort
  • Tricycle/Habal-Habal – P80 (from Salvacion to Britania and vice-versa)

Have you been to this paradise in Surigao del Sur? Share your experience by leaving comments below. I would love to hear it. Or perhaps you have questions? Just let me know.

 

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