Wednesday, July 10, 2013



Location: Municipality of Biri, Northern Samar, Philippines
Municipality Type: Class 5
Coordinates: 12°40"N, 124°23E
Total Area: 24.62 Square KM (9.51 square miles)
Blogger's Note: Biri is consist of several islands where other bigger islands are: Talisay, Magesang and Cagnipa. It is facing Pacific Ocean. Rock formations can be found in islets close to Biri Island, namely: Magasang, Magsapad, Macadlaw, Puhunan, Bel-at and Caranas. Geron is a surfing area of the island. Biri Island ranks 5th among the TOP TEN "TOURIST GEMS" of the Philippines as shown is this link.
Electricity Supply: It is available from 12:00 Noon till 12:00 midnight only but the surrounding islands do not have electric power supply. Know more about other accommodation

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I traveled to Biri Island by Southroad (or simply by land) through Philtranco airconditioned bus for P990 which left its Pasay Terminal at 11:00 A.M. and arrived in Matnog Port of Sorsogon Province at 3:30 A.M. (dawn) the following day which sums up to 16.5 hours of bus travel from Pasay City to Matnog. It took us 75 minutes at P120 to cross the San Bernardino Strait from Matnog Port to Allen Port of Northern Samar. We took a 12-minute ride of a pedicab at P20 from Allen Port to Jeepney Terminal with a signboard of Catarman. Though, we only have to drop in Lavezares at P15 which took us for 15 minutes only.

From Lavezares Port, we chartered a boat for P150 each with a capacity of 5 persons going to Palhugan Port of Biri Island which was for 58 minutes or one hour to be exact. It was such a refreshing morning and just around 20 minutes boarding the boat, we passed through the image of the Virgin Mary as shown in the photo above.

As we continue our boat travel, we saw at a distance through the clear morning skies Mount Mayon Volcano on its majestic and imposing perfect cone. After all, Samar is just near Albay divided by the San Bernardino Strait.

Now, we are approaching Biri Island with so much excitement seeing at a distance the Palhugan Port. It’s a typical island with hospitable folks and bystander teenagers greeting us with a good morning.

Entering the gate of our Biri accommodation, the Villa Amor --- new, clean and affordable and maybe one of the best in the island.

The roofdeck of our accommodation which is just a 10-minute habal-habal (single motorcycle) ride for P20 at Villa Amor offers such a 360 degrees scenery showcasing most part of the scenic beaches.

The bridge going to Magasang rock formation which is just a 15-minute habal-habal ride from Barangay Poblacion of Biri for P60 for a maximum of 3 persons in one habal-habal or P20 per head (roundtrip).

Approaching the Magasang rock formation after crossing the concrete bridge. The trail is rocky and wet and at some point you have to walk through shallow water.

This is a part of the Magasang rock formation. Just part of the famous Biri Rock formations.

This is still a part of Magasang rock formation. You can climb the rock formation with caution as some part of it are wet and mossy.

After spending ample time at Magasang rock formation we left and at a distance I took another farewell shot as if I do not like to leave the place. So amazing.

Far from the shore, we can see another destination. However, we need to ride in a habal-habal to get there. Thus, we took a very distant shot of Bel-at rock formation while boarding habal-habal.

The long and winding boardwalk going to Bel-at rock formation. One roundtrip of habal-habal going to Bel-at is a maximum of three persons for P45 or P15 per person.

Down the long and winding boardwalk going to Bel-at rock formation is a marsh and swampy area with mangroves abound.

Approaching Bel-at rock formation after crossing the long and winding boardwalk. Bel-at is another islet with massive rock formations.

A massive part of the Bel-at rock formation with our local guide and a friend of mine in the name of Rome Frias.

Relaxing under a massive rock formation at Bel-at rock formation. Next to his is a crystal-clear pond with fishes abound.

Climbing through the delicate part of Bel-at rock formations. It was so risky since one false move may mean piercing your skin with sharp rocks.

An aerial shot taken while at Bel-at rock formations.

After a tour in Magasang and Bel-at rock formations, I had an afternoon walk along the port in Brgy. Poblacion.

After a long afternoon walk, we returned back to our accommodation in Villa Amor and enjoyed the amazing scenery on its roofdeck with cold drinks, cakes and pastries.

The air at the roofdeck was soothingly cool and it was inviting to sleep there. While we were relaxing, we were listening to the pipe-in music until such time that we forgot everything and finally slept. It was already 6:30 P.M. when I woke up and proceed to my room.

Fresh in the morning, I stayed outside my room to savor the refreshing sea breeze just after the breakfast. All guests of Villa Amor were busy preparing for their activities for the day and that included me.

My group has no idea of what is the best destination next in our trip and activities for the day. We went to the Tourism Office in Poblacion just opposite the Catholic church and we were told to try Punta rock formations. With this, we hired a habal-habal being three only in the group and headed to the place. The photo above shows the entry to Punta rock formations.

Surprisingly, what I enjoyed in Punta rock formations are not really the rock formations but rather the big and geyser-like water formation where the seawater ejected spouts upward and down to the rocks. The waves were playful enough to give our digicam the opportunity to capture good shots with them as our background.

After having lunch in poblacion of the town of Biri, we headed to this verdant and aqua-marine blue beach coast in the island of Suliran which is just a 10-minute boat ride from Palhugan Port. This is uninhabited and undisturbed since there is no beach resort yet erected here. But mind you, being here offers a total privacy and one can even go naked if he wants. The rich background of trees is a part of Cagmanipis Island.

Part of Cagmanipis Island just across Suliran Island for around five minutes away. It has rich mangrove sanctuary. Like Suliran island, Cagmanipis is grown with coconut trees and can be a great source of buco fruit. In fact, our local guide harvested some for us for free.

Walking around Cagmanipis Island, one can see the rich biodiversity of mangrove aquatic life and various small species of fish can be seen thriving inside the roots of mangroves. The beach front of the island has strong current and may not be ideal for kids for swimming.

1 comment:

  1. This is purely paradise. The rock formations are out of this world. I love it.