Biliran is an island province of Eastern Visayas on the western side of the region. It is bounded on the south by Caragara Bay, Samar Sea on the east, North by the Visayas Sea and the strait of Biliran on the West. The province boasts of many smaller islands and islets, beautiful and pristine white sand beaches and waterfalls.
Naval is the capital town of the province.
There are two spoken dialects in the island; Waray which is spoken on the east side facing Samar and Cebuano which is spoken on the west side facing Cebu. Cebuano is dominant in the capital town of Naval.
There is no airport on Biliran, so the jump off point to Naval by air is through Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban City. It is served by major carriers such as Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and Air Asia. There are about 9 regular flights between Manila and Tacloban City. From the airport, travelers shuttles to Tacloban City Bus Terminal to get the ride going to the capital town of Naval. Aircon shuttle vans and ordinary fare buses are available.
By bus and vans
Aircon Shuttle Vans/Buses serve the Naval - Tacloban City and Naval - Ormoc City routes and the journey takes around two hours and costs P150-190. The first trip is at 4am and the last trip is at 7pm but double-check with Duptours, the major operating company with the most frequent schedule.
There are also vans from Tacloban to Caibiran.
Naval - Manila route is served by several major bus lines.
Provide direct voyage from Naval to Cebu City. Ordinary fare, tourist and cabin accommodations are available. Shipping Schedule
Naval - Caibiran There are several buses that make the cross-country trip from Naval to the Eastern coastal town of Caibiran, taking over 1.5-2 hours, one way (P50). From Caibiran, usually three or four buses depart daily for Naval (except Sundays) around 3.30am, 4am, 5am. Sundays there is only one bus around 4am.
Naval - Biliran - Cabucgayan There are buses roughly every hour plying the route along the coast from Naval until Bunga.
Naval - Almeria - Kawayan There are infrequent buses between Naval and Kawayan.
Naval - Culaba There are infrequent buses between Naval and Culaba.
The habal-habal (motorcycle) is the most common mode of transportation as most of the roads outside the main highway are rough and rougher but things are improving with construction works around the island. Haggle with the driver to get the best possible rates or hire on a per-day basis. Example rates include (as of February 2013):
Caibiran - Culaba P150-200
Naval - Caibiran P250
Naval - Almeria P50
Access from Naval:
Access from Talahid (Almeria):
Access from Almeria:
In the Cabucgayan area:
These two waterfalls are a short distance uphill from the main road and a jabal-jabal (motorcycle) is P20 one-way, making them easily accessible by public transport.
In the Caibiran area:
Motorcycle to the falls from Caibiran town is P25 one-way.
In the Caibiran area:
In the Almeria area: Agta Scuba Resort- Talahid, Almeria Biliran In the Naval area: Biliran Garden Resort- Villa Cecilia, Sitio Lomboy, Brgy. Calumpang, Naval, Biliran Marvin’s Seaside Inn- Brgy. Atipolo, Naval, Biliran Higatangan Island Beach Resort- Higatangan Island, Naval, Biliran In the Biliran area: M and M Inn- Biliran, Biliran In the Caibiran area: Fellas- Caibiran, Biliran (P200/night in fan room; P400/night in AC room)