DIY Travel: Alibijaban Island with a side trip to Burias Group of Islands

September 09, 2017

This is our barkada’s second time in Alibijaban Island! We decided to maximize this weekend trip with island hopping in Burias Group of Islands in Masbate - roughly 2 hours of boat ride from Alibijaban. Here’s our DIY (do-it-yourself) itinerary for 2D 1N with expenses.

DAY 0 (Friday night)
10pm – Bus travel from Alabang to San Andres, Quezon

Day 1 (Saturday)
5am – ETA in San Andres Quezon public market
6am – Shop for food and supplies at the public market
7am – Boat ride to Alibijaban Island (15mins)
7:15 – 11am – Set-up, breakfast, prepare for lunch
12nn – lunch
1pm – Gift-giving
2pm – Walk to the other side of the islands (30mins)
2:30pm – Swim. Picture-taking at the mangroves forest and sand bar
4pm – Walk back to the barangay
6pm – Dinner, socials
8pm – Shower
10pm - Lights out

Day 2 (Sunday)
4am – Wake up, prepare for island hopping
5am – ETD from Alibijaban to Burias in Masbate (2hrs. boat ride)
7am – 12nn – Island Hopping. Burias Group of Islands: Animasola Island, Tinalisayan Island, Sombrero Island
1pm – 3pm – Boat ride back to Alibijaban Island
3pm – 5pm – Shower, pack-up
5:30pm – Boat ride back to San Andres Port
6pm – Dinner 
8pm – Barney Bus back to Alabang

Travel Guide

Commute to Alibijaban: Ride a direct bus going to San Andres, Quezon via Barney Bus (non-air-condition) located at Alabang Starmall.

Travel time: 7-8 hours.

Schedule of Barney Bus: 4:00am | 5:30am | 8:30am | 1:00pm | 6:30pm | 8:30pm | 10:00pm

Fare: Full Fare - 417 | Senior Citizen or Student - 334

Contact Person: Jessie Dooc 09257474768

Superlines in Cubao has also a direct trip to San Andres, Quezon. Contact them for their scheduled trips at 0922-522-5192


Bus Fare: ₱417
San Andres Port Fee: ₱4
Environmental/Entrance Fee: ₱100
Food: ₱300 contribution for food and other supplies
Unlimited Utility Water: ₱100 for 2 days, 1 night
Drinking Water: ₱30 per gallon
Boat from San Andres to Alibijaban Island & vice versa: ₱1,500/7 The boat can accommodate up to 10 tourists
Boat for Burias Island Hopping: ₱7,000/7 (₱1,000 each) The boat can accommodate up to 10 tourists
Accommodation (2 days, 1 night): You can rent a room or pitch a tent.
  • Tent for 2pax – ₱200, for 4pax – ₱300, for 5-6pax - ₱400
  • Concrete room with electric fan for 2-3pax - ₱1,000

Contact Persons: Violyfer - 0998-571-4614 | Kuya Randy – 0998-275-8413

Travel Tips

  • Buy food and other supplies first at the wet market before boarding the boat to Alibijaban. There are stores on the island but the supplies are limited.
  • Cooking/grilling utensils can be borrowed, just leave a tip to the caretakers.
  • Bonfire is NOT ALLOWED.
  • Electricity is limited. Generators are up from 6pm to 6am.
  • You can rent a boat to tour the whole island. However, I suggest to just walk since the location of the mangroves forest and the sand bar is not too far - just around 20-30 minutes by foot. You can ask some kids to guide you and tip them. It's more fun to walk around the island :) 
  • Low tide starts at 3:00 PM.

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