Tourist Attractions and Best Things to do in Calbayog City, Philippines
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The City of Calbayog is a 1st class city in Samar Province, Visayas, Philippines. It’s located in the coastal region of Samar with about 60 miles from the North to 180 miles in the South. It’s the first city in Samar and the nineteenth in the country. There are many things to do in Calbayog City being a place beaming with numerous natural attractions such as diving spots, lush forest, and rivers. For this reason, the city is becoming more and more well-known among local and foreign tourists.
Here are some of the best things you can do when you’re in Calbayog City.
Calbayog Zipline and Malajog Ridge Nature Park
The thrill-seeking activities of the Nature Park and zipline ensures that visitors can get a spectacular view of the open sea. It only takes a minute to ride the zip line. There are other activities that people can join in like swimming, going on a banana boat ride and Jet Ski ride in Lo-oc Beach and river cruise at Bolongto River.
Bangon Falls can be reached by taking a jeepney or van ride to Barangay Tinaplacan. The estimated height of Bangon Falls is 60 meters. You wouldn’t be able to see where the water of Bangon Falls comes from since it stretches very far. It does have slippery parts due to moss and a pond at the top part where people can enjoy swimming because the water is deep enough.
Sarakiki Hadang Festival
Hyperactive movements characterize the performances of Sarakiki Festival and it’s supposed to give thanks to their gods. It implies worship for their gods where they also offer sacrifices to keep danger at bay. In the earlier times, the locals would use black and white chicken feathers as offering to venerate the spirits. The festival happens every September 1 to 8.
Busay and Tarangban Falls
These two falls can satisfy your cravings for a good swimming and chilling spot. The entrance fee for Busay Falls is free while you need a guide going to Tarangban Falls. Both Falls need to be reached through trekking and both are unique in their own way and filled with healthy trees and magnificent rock formations. Both waterfalls can be enjoyed while having a picnic and you can go swimming if you want to.
City Forest and Marble Park
This isn’t really a park where you can see benches or statues but rather a place where there’s a marble rock formation and many trees. You can roam the area or have take pictures and you can go swimming at Malajog River. The untouched forest lets you in Calbayog’s precious surroundings.
The Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Shrine
The Holy Shrine was a project of Mr. Leonardo Hermo Oben, Jr. or Junior for short who was a barangay captain of Barangay Malajog. The property used for the creation of the shrine belongs to a deceased couple, Catalino Pelito Oben and Dionesia Abayon Oben who were blood relatives of Junior. The Shrine became a place where many people would just pray and have quiet moments of contemplation but today, even tourists do the same.
The locals of Barangay Matobato celebrate this lesser-known festival. The shore where the image of Nuestra Senora de Porta Vaga ‘Soleda’ is located is also the spot where the festival takes place. The locals make kubol or huts line the sandy part of the sea and from the chapel, the image will be taken out and will pass the kubols until it reaches the main kubol where a ceremony will take place. This festival happens every second Sunday of November.
Pawikan Islet or Turtle Island to the locals is an islet which resembles the shape of a turtle. It’s about 1 hectare and a trip there can offer some electrifying adventures like deep sea diving where you can see marine life like sea corals, rare pebbles, sea shells and some sea creatures. If you’re not too keen on deep sea diving, you can just take pictures of the beautiful rock formations that surround the islet.
One of the biggest income sources of Calbayog City is their fish industry. They make good dried and smoked fish. Take some cured fish home with you but make sure you pack them tightly because they smell. Just don’t forget to let it breathe once you get home so it won’t rot.
Butterfly Sanctuary at Antonio’s Garden
The butterfly sanctuary at San Antonio’s is not as big as other attractions but it’s worth the visit if you just want to spend an hour and have a look at their man-made mini falls, butterfly garden, and koi pond. The kids will love this one-of-a-kind haven because they can see the animals up close.
Entering the cave is no problem because the entrance is large but what will make your spelunking trip to Guinogoan Cave different is that you’ll walk through the water where the ceiling can go high on some parts and surprisingly low on the others. It’s a magical adventure especially when you reach the darks recesses of the cave where the only things you’ll see are lighted torches for guidance. Try this adventure if you’re brave enough.
Mapaso Hot Spring
Feel refreshed after a natural and hot water therapy at Mapaso Hot Spring. Its name ‘Mapaso’ means hot in Filipino because the water there reaches extreme temperature but if you like some muscle relaxation for your body during the colder months then head on to Mapaso Hot Spring where you can really enjoy with your family and have your nerves loosen up a little.
This quaint park is set near the Calbayog River so it’s easy to just relax and spend an afternoon looking at the horizon. You can find a fountain at the middle of this humble park and colorful houses in the area. The park also comes alive at night time when the whole area is lighted and everyone can take a walk peacefully.
Samar Archaeological Museum
It’s always a nice thing to visit at least one museum when you travel because it’s a way to know about the history of the place you’re visiting and you get to see interesting stuffs you won’t see elsewhere. The Samar Archaeological Museum houses excavated pieces like cups, saucers, chalices, old household items and old coins. These were the items used by the locals back in the day.
Most Philippine provinces have been influenced by the Spaniards in a way because the country has been under their ruling for many years. Many of the evidences that show that can be seen and intact up to this day. This includes the houses in the area of Calbayog City they call ‘Spanish Quarter’. You’ll see some preserved Spanish houses to this day and you can take a picture of those houses but of course, ask nicely. You can also ask the locals about the history of each house.
Muro-Puro Snorkeling Site
Muro-Puro isn’t a popular diving site yet so you can still enjoy the open waters and swim to your heart’s delight but it’s just a matter of time because the marine site here is astounding. Take the time to visit this spot while it’s still untouched.
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