Sambawan, an island off Biliran in Samar in eastern Visayas, 988km southeast of Manila, has most everything for everyone—a white sandy beach, spectacular diving, and the chance to camp on the beach. The island is a marine sanctuary, home to dolphins, bull sharks, reef sharks, and a nesting ground for turtles. One side of the island offers the beach and the other, limestone karst. Up on the hill there is a viewing deck offering a 360 degree view of the sea and outlying islands. It's also a great spot to watch the sunrise and sunset.
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Entrance fee is P100, including environmental fee. Rent a day cottage for P500, or for overnight stay, a basic cottage for P1,500 (for up to six people). Or you can camp on the beach. You'll need to bring food, water, and other essentials.
How to get there
Take a Cebu Pacific Air flight from Manila to Tacloban City in Leyte. From the airport, take a jeepney to downtown Leyte and get off the bus terminal. Hop on a Vanvan or Duptors bus to Naval, Biliran. From Naval, take the 10am commuter boat, the only one that crosses to Maripi Island. From Maripi, rent a habal habal (local motorcycle) to get to the port in the village of Ol-og where you can find boats for rent to Sambawan.
-By Monica De Leon. Cover photo is a screengrab from @secretlifeofpet
Published January 2017