Britania group of Islands is located in Barangay Salvacion, San Agustin. These islands are now getting popular along with the Enchanted River and Tinuy-an Falls.
It’s kinda similar to Pangasinan’s Hundred Island. There are 24 islands and you can visit 4 of those islands. Those are Hagonoy Island, Naked Island, Hiyo-hiyoran Island and Boslon Island. It was my last destination on my Surigao del Sur adventure but definitely not the least.
Britania Group of Island
Another view of Hagonoy Island
Naked Island from afar.
It’s bare and naked without any trees.
That’s Hagonoy Island from Naked Island.
The beach of Hiyor-hiroyan Island with the view of other islands.
You can buy souvenir items at Boslon Island.
Grotto in Boslon Island
Sandbar going to Panlangagan Island.
Panlangagan Island’s twin island
The sandbar to Boslon Island.
Hagonoy and Naked Island.
Here’s how to get there
- Fly to Butuan Airport (Fare: P 815 | Travel time: 1 hour and 20 mins)
Cheapest flight going to Surigao del Sur will be from Butuan Aiport. I got mine from a promo fare, the usual roundtrip fare is around P 5,000 to 6,000.
- Bus or Van to Barangay Salvacion
From the airport, take the R4 multicab going to Butuan Bus Terminal then take a bus going to Tandag, get off at Brgy. Salvacion, San Agustin. Travel times takes around 4-5 hours for P 255.
a.) From Hinatuan or Bislig
Take a bus going to Butuan City, drop off at Barobo Bus Terminal. Travel time is around 1-2 hours. Fare is around P 55 from Hinatuan while P 105 from Bislig.
Transfer to the van or bus going to Tandag, get off at Brgy. Salvacion in San Agustin. Travel time is around 1 hour for P 40-55.
You may also hire a motorcycle or habal-habal from Hinatuan or Bislig to Brgy. Salvacion. Fare’s around P 1,200 to 1,500, it depends how good you are in haggling.
You may contact these drivers:
Lebert Orculyo – 09079520402
Jessie Asilum – 09106443428 / 09268387905
b.) From Davao City
Take a bus going for Tandag City and get off at Brgy. Salvacion in San Agustin. There are only two trips to Tandag from Davao, (1)12 midnight (2)6AM. Travel time takes around 6 hours for P 400.
c.) From Surigao City
(Opt 1) Take a bus going for Butuan City, then transfer to another bus or van going to Tandag and get off at Brgy. Salvacion.
(Opt 2) Take a bus going to Tandag. In Tandag City, then transfer to another bus or van going to Butuan and get off at Brgy. Salvacion in San San Agustin.
Travel time for either way takes around 3-4 hours.
- Motorcycle or Habal-habal ride (Fare: P 20 | Travel Time : 10-15 mins)
From Brgy. Salvacion, there lots of habal-habal drivers that will take you to the resort where you’ll stay. You can hire them for P 20 per person. Travel time is 10-15 minutes.
- Pay the Environmental fees
Along the way, the habal-habal driver will stop at the Salvacion Tourism Office to pay the environmental fee of P 25.
Things to do
- Island hopping
Rent for the boat starts at P 1,300 to P1,500 good for 15 person. If you’re check-in at a resort, you have to hire the boat from that resort. If you hire from other boatmen, you have to check-out early.
For Day tour:
You may contact Tata Libres at 09303912350. He’ll give you a discount.
- Eat sea urchin
Yours truly eating sea urchin.
Where to Stay
Here are some of the resorts in Britania, prices ranges at P 1,400 good for 4 pax with aircon and own bathroom.
- Mac Arhtur’s Place – 0999-9910845 / 0939-9163745
- La Entrada Resort and Restaurant – 0930-2275934 /0949-9719630
- Oasis Rest House – 0910-7529319
- Arena Blanca Beach Resort – 0918-9622192 / (082)284-4203
- Ysha’s Resthouse – 0921-4829523
- Twin’s Pension House – 0949-6727967 / 0948-1464071
Itinerary and Budget
|Day 2: Coming from Hinatuan|
|14:00||ETD to BAROBO Terminal||Bus to Butuan and drop at Barobo||2 hours||
|16:00||ETA in Barobo Bus Terminal||Take a bus going to Tandag alight at Brgy. Salvacion, San Agustin||1 hour||
|17:00||ETD to Brgy. Salvacion, San Agustin||Hire a habal-habal to resort||10 mins||
|17:15||Salvacion Tourism||Environmental fee||
|17:30||Check in Mac Arthur’s Place||Aircon room with Bathroom plus Breakfast||
P 350 (1400/4)
P 44 (176/4)
Day 3 – Britania Group of Island and back to Manila
|Rent a boat in resort where you’re check in.||4 hours||
P 325 (1300/4)
|10:30||Back to Resort|
|11:00||Shower and Pack Up|
|12:00||Brunch (Complimentary Breakfast)|
|12:15||Check out||hire habal habal to Brgy. Salvacion||15 mins||
|12:30||ETD to Butuan||wait for a Bus going to Butuan||4 hours||
|16:30||ETA in Butuan||ride a cab R2 or R4 to Airport||10 mins||
|18:00||Airport and Check in||Terminal Fee||
|20:05||ETD to Manila|
- You are only allowed to rent a boat from the resort where you checked-in.
- You may either start at Britania or make it the last stop of your Surigao del Sur trip.
I hope this article convinced you to plan your own Surigao Del Sur trip and do share your tips and experiences about Britania Group of Islands.
Have fun backpacking!