Hagonoy Island, Britania, San Agustin, Surigao del Sur  

Part 1. Seniors and minors onboard
Part 2. Thought there’s a pool party!  
Part 3: Getting naked in Naked Island 

Part 4: The Islands of Britania

Getting naked in Naked Island. Oh God, did I just say that? Hahaha. Well, had I not been sharing this planet with other enquiring earthlings, like there’s no one around and I’m all alone – just me, the sun and the sand, then maybe I might consider that, lol. It could be liberating I guess, but how will I know I haven’t tried going commando on a beach or shall I say wouldn’t even dare doing it. 

Filipino mores has it, getting naked and getting seen naked by people other than oneself is a downright indignity one will be wearing on his or her head and worse everyone will remember for as long as ye shall live. 

Wait, how did I arrive to that subject? Ah, coz I was talking about nudity early on. But no, hell no, not me nor anyone, but it’s this island. It’s one of the 24 islands comprising the Britania group of Islands. Our boatman told us that this sandbar vanishes when tide is lofty. There’s no vegetation around here, hence the name, Naked Island. The sand is soft and squashy and it’s calming to lie on your back here when the sun is not so up yet. The fine soft beige sand, the aquamarine sea, the deep blue sky and the other atolls at a distant make this island a perfect background for your next profile pic.

Naked Island, Britania
Naked Island, Britania, Surigao del Sur
  Naked Island, Britania Naked Island, Britania 

If I’m to be a travel blogger, I’d call my blog ‘the sentimental traveler’. I can’t help it, there’s something about composed seascapes like this that conjures sundry of emotions, often melding melancholia and a sense of peculiar serenity that washes the human soul with every splash of the tide, it’s a healer and nurtures peace of mind. 

It was getting hot. The sun was so up and we still have more islets to explore.

Next stop ...

Hagonoy Island, Britania, Surigao del Sur
Hagonoy Island, Britania, Surigao del Sur
As we’re approaching this islet, I kept talking to the kids about Robinson Crusoe and his sole island adventure, thought it would be a good backstory, like as if they’re listening to me, lelz, their eyes were all busy. Like we’re all so happy to finally see land with shrubberies on it after months of voyage in the sea. They call this Hagonoy Island. Cooking, camping overnight is not permitted on this island. Then I realized, my would-be Crusoe adventure just failed. Lol.

Hagonoy Island, Britania, Surigao del Sur 

The natural stone structures that sprawl the shoreline at the eastern side of this island are marvels to behold. You can walk through them further to the sea. I wonder how it’ll be like seeing sunrise from here, it would be breathtaking I guess.

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This really dismayed me. Junk names brought in by some junk tourists. Whatever happened to that travel mantra ‘leave nothing but footprints’, clearly forgotten.

Hagonoy Island, Britania, Surigao del Sur

I was laughing the whole time we’re floating and waiting for a space to squeeze in our boat ashore Buslon Island. It’s the third islet in our schedule and I can’t wait to roam around. Out boatman was joking if we could just jump out of boat and swim to the shore, because there’s no parking. The number of boats has exceeded the shore’s berthing capacity, how’s that? 

Half of Buslon island is white shoreline and half of it is a wall of limestone carved naturally by the currents of wind, gentle and fierce waves over a long time. It has bequeathed an enigmatic and stunning natural stone formation that left me wowing. It’s beautiful. 

I figured, everyone has thought of having lunch on this island, people are all over. Thought there was a party going on, yes, sa udtong tutok. I learned later on that people swarm at a make-shift store where they can buy soda, biscuits, candies and other foodstuff like that, and take note, in plastic wrappers that I hope every tourist is conscious enough to pocket their wastes back to the mainland. We stayed here a bit longer. The water was so inviting but it was so hot, but we finally found a good and shaded place to play, under our banca.

Buslon Island, Britania, Surigao del Sur
Buslon Island, Britania, Surigao del Sur
Buslon Island, Britania, Surigao del Sur Buslon Island, Britania, Surigao del Sur Buslon Island, Britania, Surigao del Sur

And off to the last island...

They call this Hiyor-Hiyoran, proudly Pinoy name eh. It also has its inimitable charm but I was repulsed by tourists throwing their branded wastes on that what seem like a mound of burnt litters. The wrappings seriously desecrate the magnificence of the place. Hope this gets addressed. 

One can only walk half the island, the other half is solely for your eyes at a distant only, no shoreline. But vegetation is abundant covering at least 95% of the islet. 

Hiyor-Hiyoran, Britania, Surigao del Sur
Hiyor-Hiyoran Island, Britania, Surigao del Sur
Hiyor-Hiyoran, Britania, Surigao del Sur

The Philippines has 7,107 islands and I’m proud to say that I’ve been to magnificent four of them all in just a day. You can do it too around Britania group of islands in San Agustin, Surigao del Sur. Pack your bags now and go! 

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