Samar is one of the three provinces located in the island of Samar in the Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines. Its provincial capital is Catbalogan City. There are numerous number of waterfalls and caves in the province. The topographic nature of the province is hilly with low percentage of flat lands.
PAL Express part of Philippines airlines has flights to Calbayog & Catarman. You can also arrive via the greater serviced Tacloban and catch the local bus/van across the the island
Major bus companies in Manila plying the Luzon-Visayas-Mindanao route pass through the province since Maharlika Highway runs through the entire length of the province. Travelers to the province of Samar may ride bus from Metro Manila at the Ali Mall Bus Terminal in Cubao and from the various Pasay City terminals that sprout along EDSA.
Local mini buses ply from Catbalogan City to Tacloban City in Leyte and vice-versa and from Catbalogan to Calbayog and Catarman, Northern Samar and vice-versa. The schedule of inter-provincial run of local mini buses is irregular since it is dependent on the volume passengers and the pace of passengers loading into the buses.
On top of these buses, there are a number of passenger vans that ply Catbalogan and Calbayog route almost every half an hour. The vans also run the Catbalogan-Tacloban route almost every quarter of an hour and Calbayog-Allen-Catarman route almost every hour.
The last schedule of run of both inter-provincial mini buses and vans is up to late in the afternoon due to distance. There are few vans that ply in the evening. However, buses from Manila or Mindanao pass through the Maharlika Highway on a 24 hour basis. However, stops are only made either in Catbalogan City or Calbayog City.
From the two urban centers of Catbalogan City and Calbayog City, there are jeepneys that ply from the two localities going to the various towns of Samar.
Book with Joni of Trexplore Adventures (www.trexplore.weebly.com or [email protected]) if you want to experience an adventure of a lifetime. He runs caving and canyoning tours. He has well-maintained safety equipment and runs a backpackers hostel in Catbalogan City. So he can arrange tours for you to any of the caves, waterfalls, rivers and natural wonders listed below.
Explore the many waterfalls and caves in the province. Pinipisakan Falls can be found in the town of San Jorge. The river in which the layers or series of waterfalls of Pinipisakan run along upstream, serves as most convenient way to enter the cave at the end of the river. Inside the cave is an underground river that serves as tributary for the Blanca Aurora river.
The biggest cave system in the Philippines is the town of Calbiga. Underground rivers can also be found inside this cave system. A smaller cave system is the Kanyawa Caves also in the same town. Arrange either a one-day or 3D/2N tour with Joni of Trexplore Adventures (www.trexplore.weebly.com or [email protected]) and see the Upper Gobingob chamber and lower Langun Chamber. You can also watch the bats exit the caves at sunset and stargaze at night while camping inside the cave. Tour consists of trek through the jungle.
A cave located in the middle of Jiabongs jungle. It has an extensive water system and a mud pack chamber so you will need a guide to explore the caves. Book a tour with Joni of Trexplore Adventures (www.trexplore.weebly.com or [email protected]).
The upstream of Calbiga river is compose of many waterfalls, famous of which is the Lulugayan falls which looks like little Niagara. Book a tour with Joni of Trexplore Adventures (www.trexplore.weebly.com or [email protected]) and go canyoning. The locals who run the place do not have life vests and helmet anymore. But if you are just here to sightsee, swim and picnic, you can just go directly to Brgy. Lulugayan.
The city of Calbayog boasts of many waterfalls that are very accessible by motorized transport.
Commonly known as SINP, this natural park is a protected area managed by the government.
Natural Parks & Caves
Waterfalls & Hot Springs
Go canyoning and explore the waterfalls and rivers by booking a trip with Joni of Trexplore Adventures (www.trexplore.weebly.com or [email protected]). There are 7 waterfalls to explore and as you trek up the highest waterfall you will see locals with their baskets of produce heading to town.
Historical Spots and Museums
Islands & Isles
Beaches & Dives
@ Abesamis Store, Allen St., Catbalogan, Samar Contact Joni at 09192943865 / 09276750062. [email protected] Common shower, homestay experience as Joni and his wife are very accommodating. They also run adventure tours throughout the region.