Biliran: Sambawan Island

Biliran is located in Eastern Visayas Region and the 4th smallest province in the country. They offer more than 30 stunning waterfalls which we haven’t had a chance to visit at least one of them. We just did a side trip to Sambawan Island in Maripipi, one of the towns in Biliran. This is part of our 6d5n VisMin road trip.

Image00001Passing through Biliran Bridge.

From Kawayan port, we chartered a boat that could bring us to Sambawan Island. The rate is Php2,000 roundtrip. Upon arrival at the port, Kuya Rommel, welcomed us with good news. May makakasabay daw kami sa bangka kaya babawasan nila yung rate na bigay nila samin. Hahah! From 2,000 down to 1,500! Not bad!

After 45 minutes of smooth boat ride, we arrived at Sambawan Island. Paid the entrance fee and started to explore. The sand was not fine though, but, the azure and crystal clear waters were so inviting.

Image00007Maripipi IslandΒ 


Image00003Welcome to Sambawan Island! Linaw ng tubiggg! πŸ˜€

After taking our lunch, we went up to their viewing deck despite the scorching heat of the sun.

Image00004Awra sa tanghaling tapat πŸ˜€

Image00006Stunning seascape of Sambawan Island in bird’s eye view. πŸ™‚

Image00009Ang linaw din sa ilalim ng dagat mga bes! πŸ˜€




β–  Getting to Sambawan Island: Fly to Tacloban and take a van bound for Naval in Duptours or Vanvan Terminal. Travel time is approximately 3 hours and fare is Php120. Last trip of Duptours Van going back to Tacloban is at 5:00pm while Vanvan is 4:00pm.

β–  From Naval Terminal, ride a tricycle to Kawayan Port, fare is Php300. From there, charter a boat going to Sambawan Island, travel time is 45 minutes. Entrance Fee and Environmental Fee is Php100

β–  If you have a lot of time, you may take this route, ride the passenger boat in Naval going to Maripipi Island. Fare is around 70-80 Pesos. Then from Maripipi, charter a boat to Sambawan Island for Php600 roundtrip.

β–  Overnight stay in Sambawan Island is Php2,500.Β  READ:Β VisMin Roadtrip Travel GuideΒ for complete itinerary and expenses.


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