The Ultimate Calbayog City Budget Travel Guide
An alternative summer destination, Calbayog City is the up and coming tourist destination in the Visayas.
Where is Calbayog City?
The City of Calbayog in Samar province is becoming a growing tourist destination in the Visayas region. As the first crowned city of Samar, it is the center of arts and culture in the province and is fast rising in terms of economic progress.
The city is located along the coastal part of Samar, making it abundant in aquatic sceneries. Calbayog City is rich in natural sights that are prime tourist attractions.
In this Travel Guide to Calbayog City Blog, we listed some tips on how you can do your own DIY trip to Calbayog. We also included Calbayog City Itinerary, Things to do and see, how to get there and more.
How to get there
The city of Calbayog is known as the gateway to Samar province.
There are flights directly from Clark Airport to the city of Calbayog, which takes about an hour and a 40 minutes. PAL Flight from Clark to Calbayog leaves Clark International Airport at 8:00am on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
Cebu Pacific flights from Cebu to Calbayog City leave Mactan International Airport at 8:55am on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
There are also buses plying to Calbayog from Manila. The bus trip takes about 20 hours or close to a full day and will board a roll-on roll-off (RoRo) ship.
If traveling from other parts of Visayas, like Tacloban City, there are van or bus trips that go directly to Calbayog. This trip takes about three hours. Alternatively, there are overnight boat trips that travel from Cebu to Calbayog. This trip takes roughly eight hours.
- Cokaliong Shipping Lines has an overnight ferry to/from Cebu City three times a week.
- Lite Shipping lines has a ferry to/from Bogo Cebu island four times a week at 10pm. 610 pesos per person.
Where to go
Dubbed the “City of Falls,” Calbayog boasts of an array of falls and caves that should not be missed when visiting the city.
Bangon Falls is a must-see when visiting the city. It has four layers of a spectacular curtain of water cascading into a stream below. For adventure-seekers, hike to the top and enjoy the circular pond, where you can go swimming and even diving.
How to get there: To get to Bangon Falls (also known to locals as Bugtong Falls), take a motorcycle ride of about 15 minutes. Visitors can also choose to hike to the center of Tinaplacan, where the falls is located. The hike takes about 45 minutes to an hour depending on your fitness capacity.
Tarangban Falls is another majestic body of water you should see in Calbayog. Located near Bangon Falls, Tinaplacan is famous for crystal clear waters cascading from an interesting rock formation.
How to get there: From Barangay Tinaplacan, Tarangban falls is a one-hour hike. Or make a day out of it and hike there from Bangon falls – that will take 30 minutes.
Guinogo-an Cave is a natural tunnel famous among thrill-seekers. Its uneven ceiling makes the spelunking journey an adventure, as some points of the tunnel become narrower and is just enough for a single person to pass through. Not recommended for the claustrophobic!
How to get there: Ride a tricycle from Barangay Cabugawan, which takes 30 minutes.
For beach lovers, visit Malajog Beach, which draws both locals and tourists alike. It’s different from the many famous beaches in the country (its sand is gray, unlike the typically sought-after white sand beaches), but the must-see here is Daraga islet. Here, you can go snorkeling, diving, and kayaking.
Isla Pawikan is another place for snorkeling and diving, with its clear waters housing beautiful sea corals and white pebbles. Located in Tinambacan, its tagged Turtle Island because of its turtle-shaped island.
Where to stay
There are several hotels in the city that offer an affordable and relaxing break from the hustle and bustle.
Maharlika Highway, Barangay Bagacay, Calbayog City
One of the oldest hotels in Calbayog, Ciriaco Hotel is located at the center of most tourist destinations in the city. It offers spacious rooms, 24-hour security, and an in-house café. For optimal relaxation, stay in one of the poolside villas, where you can just hop into the large swimming pool outside. A room costs anywhere between P2,491 to P3,500 per night.
S&R Bed and Breakfast
Barangay San Policarpio, Calbayog City
For a more affordable and cozier stay, choose S&R Bed and Breakfast. A family-owned business, it’s a quaint 5-room B&B located near Calbayog Airport and is 15 minutes away from the city center. Rooms are air-conditioned and there is free wi-fi. Expect to spend an average of P1,200 per night.
For more hotels in Calbayog City with discounted rates, visit Agoda.
What to eat
A trip is not complete without sampling the local fare. Calbayog City definitely has some things to offer for the traveling foodie!
Sample its local tinapa or smoked fish. The secret to their tinapa is in its freshness, having come from the daily catch from the Samar seas. Most shops and markets in Calbayog also offer vacuum-packed tinapa, which is best-brought home as pasalubong.
Seafood is another popular fare in Calbayog, and the best place to dine here is at Kamayan sa Carayman. An alfresco restaurant where, as the name suggests, people dine using their hands (or kamay), Kamayan sa Carayman is famous for its chili crabs and shrimp dishes. Fresh seafood are also grilled here, best enjoyed with a bowl of steaming clam soup!
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Originally Published on May 12, 2015, this Calbayog City Budget Travel Guide was last updated in August 2018.