Northern Samar: Home of Pristine Beaches and Stunning Bodies of Water
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The Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines has a not-so-secret place that’s been capturing beachgoers and frequent travelers from even faraway places. This place is Northern Samar. It’s where you can go and discover rivers and waterfalls, rock formations, caves and mountain trails and long stretches of beach.
Northern Samar commands attention and has been getting good feedback from tourists but it remains clean to this day. Going to Samar will let you experience nature in a different way. Its water activities will delight the adventurer in you and give memories you won’t get anywhere else.
Top 6 Water Activities of Samar
Instagram Shots and Surfing at Biri Rock Formations
The complexity and beauty of Biri Rock Formations make it Samar’s most iconic image. Its natural pools attract swimmers while the farther portions of the beach make for great surfing spots. Its rugged landscapes and the vast sea that stretches out to the horizon is the perfect backdrop for Instagram photos.
Picnic and Lots of Chill Time at Pinipisakan Falls
You need to travel through Las Navas/Catubig River to reach Pinipisakan Falls. The river cruise is already an adventure in itself but wait ‘til you get to the falls and your mind will surely be blown away. The emerald waters plus the nipa huts around allows tired tourists moments of rest and plenty of time to swim.
Double Island Tour of Catarman and Capul Island
Catarman Island is a fine cream sand beach laden with cabanas perfect people who are soul searching or couples who want to take their stress away. A trip to Catarman Island also includes a walking tour of the town.
Capul Island is a pink sand beach which isn’t common but its splendor isn’t only because of the sand but also because there’s a lighthouse (Faro de Capul) which you can climb to see a colorful sunset. The island also stays true to its heritage and preserved its natural charm.
Kayaking at Lavezares and Lalaguna Bay Mangrove Forest
Ride a boat and discover the quiet recesses of the mangrove forest of Lavazares and discover the marine life the area has to offer. The mangrove forest is lush and green and kayaking there is like you’ve been taken to paradise.
Water Adventures in San Antonio
San Antonio is located in Dalupiri Island and is gaining popularity quickly for being near the mainland and the presence of resorts and dining facilities at the beach. There’s definitely something for everyone. Beachgoers can go snorkeling, island hopping, and scuba diving. They can also just swim in the waters or chill and pig out.
Photo Ops and Swimming at Sila Point
Sila Point is not so far from Gamay, Dao, and Cabarasan. Its rock formations are so dramatic that it’s the focal point of the beach. The overall look of Sila Point is a lot like what you can see in other countries, only this is located in the Philippines so it’s easier to reach it thus helping the tourism economy of the province.
How to Get There
Fly to Catarman from Manila via PAL Express or Cebu Pacific. Alternatively, you can go on a Ro-Ro trip from Cubao and Pasay bus terminals which go directly to Catarman. The flight and Ro-Ro schedules are not on a daily basis so asking for the schedule is advised.