Thursday, May 19, 2011

Biri Island – Getting there

Tucked away in Northen Samar is a paradise. I heard about Biri Island from a fellow traveller in my Palaui Trip last April 2010. I googled about the place – the pictures are jaw-dropping. This is in the Philippines??? I promptly added it in my travel bucket list. The pictures made me restless for weeks.

One year later, I landed in this secret paradise. Funny how FB can bring travel enthusiasts together to help one another cross out those places in your bucket list.

Biri Island is a municipality is Northern Samar. Information is quite scarce. This is the most detailed blog post I’ve seen and we basically patterned out itinerary here.

We landed in Catarman airport just before 8am. A bunch of trike drivers swarmed us. A friend of mine accompanied us to the jeepney terminal. The “standard fee” was Php 100 for the trike’s trip from airport to the jeepney terminal.

We rode the jeep going to Allen, Samar and requested Manong Driver to drop us off in Lavezares port.After an hour, I shook of the sleepiness as we got off Laverazes. A bunch of pedicab drivers officered us a ride to the port – of course we all knew we can just walk. We arrived at the port and we were greeted by a swarm of boatmen offering their services. Talk about travel stress. We opted to cal our guide Kuya Orlando and rented a private boat instead (small boat - Php 600/way). You can also ride the public boat for Php 50/pax (I think). We ate out breakfast (footlong) in the town’s
liwasan while waiting for Kuya Orlando.

It was a splashy one-hour ride. We ducked our heads behind a tarpaulin and covered ourselves. I couldn’t take decent pictures because my camera would get soaked.

Based on the suggested itinerary, we initially planned to do the Mag-asang tour. But we wanted a prime spot for the sunset which was on another side of the island. Kuya Orlando suggested that we explore the beach facing the sunset and go to Mag-asang the next day.

Biri Island Resort grounds:

Biri Island Resort promotes a laid back atmosphere. We weren’t in hurry so I marked my territory in one of the hammocks in the resort.

By 4:00pm, we were eager to start exploring. Habal-habal is the only way around here – lest you wanna walk. This is not for the faint-hearted traveller. There is a two-lane cemented road for motorcycles – O Ha!

Photographers in action.

Sunset shot. Pardon the calibre of my point and shoot camera. There was a bunch of photographers from the Nikon Club who were also there.

On the rocks:

I got sun-baked kahit Day 1 pa lang! After dinner, we settled our itinerary the next day. We turned in early because we will be waiting for sunrise.

Day 1 - Itinerary


Arrival at NAIA/ Check in


ETA Manila


ETD Catarman


ETA Jeepney Terminal


ETA Lavezares Port



ETD Lavezares Port


ETA Biri Island/ Travel to Biri Island Resort via habal-habal




Start of Sunset Tour


Head back to the resort




Lights out

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