Top 10 Best Things to do in Samar
Samar Province is located in Samar Island in Eastern Visayas Region, Philippines. It’s nestled in the middle of Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Leyte, and Leyte Gulf. Catbalogan City is the provincial capital of Samar Province. San Juanico Bridge connects it to the Province of Leyte.
The province is rich in marine and agriculture resources and it’s the major source of income for the locals. It has the biggest cave system in the country which makes it the ‘Caving Capital of the Philippines’.
Here are ten must do in Samar Province.
Visit Sohoton Natural Bridge National Park
Some of the caves in Samar Province can be found in this National Park like Panhulugan Cave. There’s a 15-minute kayak leisure ride which can take you to some limestone cliffs, rock formations, and virgin forest. You also get to see the natural bridge if you take this ride. They call this a ‘hidden and secret paradise’.
Go on Torpedo Boat Adventure Ride in Ulot River
The TORPEDO Boat Extreme Ride goes through 10.5 kilometers of rapid. You’ll ride a boat that can take the strong rapids of that river. The end of the destination is Deni’s Point which has cool waters and boulders where you and your friends can have a picnic. Some visitors jump into the water from the boulders for a more exciting adventure.
Discover Langun-Gobingob Cave System
The town of Calbiga is the cradle of this amazing underground system which is the largest karst in the Philippines. The cave system is composed of Langun, Gobingob, Bitong Mahangin, and Lurodpon. The same cave system is one of the biggest in Asia that’s why caving enthusiasts should go there when in Samar.
Visit Calbayog City Beaches
Calbayog is located in Samar Province and the city is beaming with marine life. Its coastline is home to many beach resorts so you can find rest and relaxation and join in water activities like snorkeling. Aside from having a stunning beach, it’s also where the Samar Archeological Museum is. The museum houses many burial jars, artifacts, Chinese porcelains, religious pieces and log coffins that have skeletal remains.
Experience the Boat Ride to Marabut Rock Formations
You get to see many limestone rock formations when you set out for this marine park. The limestone formations are out on the sea so they look like they’re floating which makes an amazing contrast with the blue sky. It’s located at San Pedro Bay which they say has calm waters.
Additionally, you can check out the 16th Century Lighthouse of San Pedro Bay which sits on an islet and visited by many kinds of birds.
Swim in Lulugayan Falls
Swim in the natural pools or walk on the banks and the waterfalls when you visit Lulugayan Falls. There are cottages in the area where you can admire the beauty of the place. The uniqueness of the falls comes from its cascading waters that look like a pretty curtain from afar and the sky and some trees as backdrops.
Visit Pinipisakan Falls
If Lulugayan Falls features a curtain-like appearance, Pinipisakan Falls is different because it features two tiers in a very magical position. You’ll know you’re in paradise when you see those tiers. The water has a pale green color and there’s a cave by the falls. This is a good place for swimming but more importantly, it’s the best place to take photos for your Instagram.
Watch the Making of Tikog Mats
The cottage industry of the town of Basey is where you will find the Tikog Mats and learn about them. Visitors are encouraged to learn about the craft. You will be taken to the Saob Cave where they let the tikog grass become sturdy because the environment of the cave is appropriate for the grass. You will see how it is prepared and you will see the end product which is colorful and durable.
Try the Foods of Samar
Samar Province offers many delectable dishes for you to try when you go there. Some of their must-try dishes are Lelang which is a native pork dish with shrimps, sotanghon and togue. Another dish in Samar which you should try is its Tamalos which they say is the local version of Tamales.
The native sweets of the province include Salukara which resembles a pancake and makes use of tuba (young coconut wine) as a rising agent. Another one is Tambis-tambis or sweet coconut shreds that’s been deep-fried and has white sugar topping. You also must try their ‘Kesong Puti’ which is one of the best sellers in the province.
The province is a host for many festivals and events like the Manaragat in Catbalogan which is held every August and honors the patron saint of the city, St. Bartholomew.
The Hadang in Calbayog is also a must-see festival. It’s an event where there is a colorful parade and people wear rooster costumes as a ritual to worship their gods.
There’s also Carabao (Gandara) Festival which celebrates the ‘farm beast of burden’ for their precious carabao milk which they used for their kesiyo (kesong puti).
The last one is the Kawayan-Banigan held every September 28 which focuses on the province’s bamboo weaving and mat weaving livelihood. The celebration also showcases various street dances, parades, and exhibits.
These are just some of the things you can do in Samar and there are plenty more activities for you and your family to embark on this Visayan province. Just keep an open mind and always be ready for new adventures and memories.