Quick detour from Quezon to Masbate: Sombrero Island


While I thought it was spontaneous enough to go on a trip to a lesser known part of Quezon, apparently, visiting an island under a different province on the same day on a motorboat for two hours holds the record of total randomness!

True to its name, Sombrero Island is a hat-shaped islet in the middle of Burias Pass that belongs to the political jurisdiction of San Pascual, Masbate. It is located at the western tip of the Burias Island, which is one of the three major islands of Masbate province.

View of the sombrero-shaped rock from the boat.
At the back of the rock is this white-sand islet surrounded by calm turquoise water.

Before we even arrived at Alibihaban Island, we were told by the people from San Andres Port that there are several nearby islands we can visit than just go beach-bumming. Locals even told us tales about sharks in the sea between Quezon and Masbate border which lead some boatmen to avoid going anywhere near Sombrero Island. Then again, those are just kuro-kuro (notions). We were in that sea for 4hrs and all i saw were little fishes and an amazing blue.

I have heard about Sombrero Island but only an in-passing topic with my travel friends. It was just a suggestion at 8am, by 2pm we are already basking and dipping in the turquoise waters of an island of a different province!

To go there, we hooked up with boatmen from Alibihaban. If you ask Kuya Randy about a detour to Sombrero Island, he will name a price from the get go (usually he will say a minimum of Php 3,000) but since we’re on a budget and on a mission to find a new contact in the island other than him, we asked other locals. Luckily, we were able to negotiate and rent Kuya Dung-Dung and Kuya Upan’s mini motorboats. We paid Php 1,000 for each boat. Not bad!

Travel time from Alibihaban to Sombrero Island is 2hrs one way. It could be shorter than 2hrs, depends on the speed of the boat. Ours was.. let’s just say, we wanted to commune with the sea longer 😉

  • Kuya Randy – 0946 7372555. You can still get in touch with him.
  • Kuya Dung-Dung – 0910 1004854. This is Ate Normalita’s number, his wife. Just tell them that you got their number through me or this blog. They will be happy to hear that 🙂

(Related Post – Travel Guide: How to go to Alibihaban Island)

I know you’ve already heard of the expression “Best moments are usually unplanned and spontaneous” , this trip has been all that.

From the moment we get on board that bus going to Quezon, to waiting for a bus to San Andres we’re not even sure will come, to sleeping on the port’s floor so smelly after 12-hrs of traveling, to walking around the island we have zero knowledge about, to meeting strangers turned friends, and to discovering new places and be thankful such a heaven exists, it’s truly amazing by definition.

Hats off to this quaint island for revealing its exotic and pristine beauty.

Here’s a compilation of our photos to convince you that being spontaneous has rewards as beautiful as Sombrero Island!

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If you are looking for alternatives on how to go to Sombrero Island other than coming from San Andres, Quezon, you may check out this blog post by Vanbisyosa for their Pasacao Camarines Sur route to San Pascual, Masbate.

This is our island group photo reminding you to (always) choose being spontaneous. You may get your skin burnt but the experience is worth a dozen scar! (L to R: Chester, Danica, Yeng, Wedo, Me, Monica)

Keep traveling,


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7 thoughts on “Quick detour from Quezon to Masbate: Sombrero Island

    1. Hey Elmer! I’ve linked the Camsur-Masbate route from Vanbinyosa in my post. But pls find the link again here : https://mariawenttotown.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/masbate-sombrero-island-tinalisayan-island/

      From Naga City CBD terminal, take the Van to Pasacao town. Once you reach Pasacao, tell the pedicab driver to drop you at the Port.
      From Pasacao port, there are 3 boat companies servicing the route to San Pascual, Masbate–Maxim or SR San Pascual or DF 🙂

      Safe travels!



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