The Great Britania

In Travel by Wicked Ying

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Remember how I blabbed about the beach, sun, and summer? Well guess what, I got what I asked for. I was able to snap a few (a lot actually) pics of our quick trip yesterday. It will surely satisfy one’s beach craving. You’ll leave the place toasted. And by toasted I mean burnt skin as I am now suffering the effect of first degree sunburn. Hoho! 😳

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Britania Islands (also Britania Group of Islands) is a more or less two-hour drive from Butuan. It is situated in Brgy. Britania, San Agustin, Surigao del Sur. According to the locals, the place was discovered early 2011 and visitors started coming in since then. They have several establishments in the area that allows you to stay overnight with quaint little rooms complete with AC and bathroom. Room rates range from PHPH1500-PHP3000.

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Uh-mazing! It is a perfect combination of sea, sand and sky. 

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Before getting into the place, there a bunch of fees that would greet you, like environmental fees which costs at PHP12.50/head and others that I cannot remember. It was recently implemented as a way of maintaining the place so let us not complain, okay?!

I suggest bringing packed or cooked food. Roasting, grilling, and stuff like that isn’t allowed in the island anymore. However, you can always cook and do your thing before the real “island hopping” experience. Pack light too! Avoid bringing unnecessary stuff with you. Trust me, you won’t be able to use them. Food, camera, a coverup and that’s it.

P.S. Cooking may take up most of your time so think about it before anything else. Or better yet, allot time for cooking. Don’t forget to ask if they have fresh produce like seafood or fish.

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(Hi Jennica!)

There are no cottages on all islands so lather on those sunblock with a high-SPFs. You can either stay on the boat or seek shade and rest under the trees or huge rocks. There’s no trees or rocks in the Naked Island though. It’s just a mound of pure white sand. Lol!

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There’s this cave thingy too. I didn’t realize I was claustrophobic until I tried to get to the other side squishing myself between the rocks. 

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Renting a bangka for the day costs PHP1500. It is quite a steal as you get to enjoy visiting around 4 or 5 islands and stop by to swim, appreciate the view, or relax. 

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Our view upon laying on the sand.

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Souvenirs? Ask the bangka driver to take you to the “Woodcraft Island” or something like that. Feel free to haggle too. The store keeper gives big discounts. 

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Thanks to boyf’s sister for letting us tag along with them. It is a must-see place! Cheers from boyf and I! 😀

 

Stay wicked!

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