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Buguias Island

Buguias Island is a hidden paradise located in the Zamboanga Peninsula that boasts of a pristine beach and breathtaking seascape.

To those who’ve heard about Buguias Island, the place is about pirates and terror, yet to those who’ve seen it, it’s a slice of paradise that shows the other side of Zamboanga. Endowed with the whitest stretch of sand and the bluest of waters, Buguias Island is a great place to visit if you want to have a quick break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Since fishermen and tourists rarely visit this place, its marine life is still well-preserved — see this for yourself by snorkeling or diving in Buguias Island’s waters. Trips to the 11 hidden islands — islands that once was tagged as pirate-infested locations — are now conducted to help dispel the rumors and to encourage Zamboanga’s tourists to see the unknown majesty of the region’s hidden gems.



Buguias Island is located in Zamboanga Peninsula.


Opening Days and Hours

The island can be accessed anytime.


Entry Fee and Bookings

Entrance to Buguias Island is free.


How to Get There

  • Fly from Manila to Zamboanga via Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines.
  • From the city proper, board a tricycle to the nearest boat port.
  • Charter a boat to Buguias Island.


Suggested For

  • Backpackers/solo travelers
  • Couples
  • Group of friends
  • Families


Time to Spend

Average time spent in this attraction is 1 to 2 hours.


Popularity and Best Time to Go

Considering the limited transportation to the island, best to visit before 14:00.



No restaurants or dining places available within the area. Tourists are encouraged to bring own food.


Nearby Attractions

  • Pasonanca Park
  • Great Santa Cruz Island
  • Visa Island
  • Bobo Beach



The nearest accommodations are in Zamboanga City. Grand Astoria Hotel, Garden Orchid Hotel, CityInn Hotel, Winzelle Suites, and Casa Canelar Pension House are some of the hotels and inns offering accommodations in Zamboanga City. Rates range from USD 20 to USD 45.

*Banner photo is not an actual photo of attraction.

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