Eastern Visayas – Itinerary and Travel Guides

Eastern Visayas

Eastern Visayas is a region in the Philippines consists of 6 provinces namely Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran, Samar, Northern Samar and Eastern Samar. The region is known for its beautiful islands, waterfalls, and caves that are not yet known to a lot of tourists.

Kalanggaman Island, Palompon, Leyte
Kalanggaman Island
Acaban Cave - Biliran Province
Acaban Cave
Tinago Falls - Biliran Province
Tinago Falls
Biri Island Rock Formations - Biri Island, Northern Samar
Biri Island Rock Formations

Traveling this region has been a goal of mine since 2016.  I was thinking of canceling the trip because of lack of funds. But it came to my mind that if I don’t proceed, I might regret it. I have a lot of time and energy to do it. These things kept pushing me to continue with the trip. Fortune came, I received funds. Lacking time to prepare a detailed itinerary, I went with a “Bahala Na” attitude along the way. This is not an efficient itinerary but somehow I was able to visit some of the places I’ve wanted to see. I’ve visited 4 of the 7 provinces (Leyte, Biliran, Samar as a stopover and Northern Samar) and they have already shown a lot of beautiful attractions.

ITINERARY

DAY 1 (LEYTE-Tacloban-Palompon)

TIME
ACTIVITY
11:20 AM
Departed from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 4
12:45 PM
Arrived at Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban
1:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Took Jeepney going to New Bus Terminal
2:30 PM
Rode Van going to Palompon, Leyte
5:30 PM
Arrived at the town of Palompon/Looked for accommodation
6:00 PM
Checked-in at Cham’s Inn
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Explored Town/Dinner
9:30 PM
Sleep

DAY 2 (LEYTE-Palompon-Kalanggaman Island)

TIME
ACTIVITY
6:00 AM
Woke up/Bought supplies for overnight stay in Kalanggaman Island
6:15 AM
Registered at Tourism Office
6:30 AM – 7:30 AM
Boat Ride from Palompon Port to Kalanggaman Island
8:30 AM
Breakfast
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Swim/Socials/Chill
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Explored Island
7:00 PM
Wash up/Dinner
9:00 PM
Sleep

DAY 3 (LEYTE-Kalanggaman Island-Palompon-Lemon-BILIRAN-Naval)

6:30 AM
Woke up/Sunrise watching
7:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Swam/Took photos
10:30 AM
Packed tent and things
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Rode boat back to Palompon Port
1:00 PM
Lunch at nearby Carinderia
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Rode van going to Lemon
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Rode van from Lemon to Naval, Biliran
4:00PM
Arrived at Naval/Looked for accommodation
4:30 PM
Checked-in at El Roman Pensionne
5:00 PM
Explored Town/Dinner
8:00 PM
Sleep

DAY 4 (BILIRAN-Naval-Biliran Island)

6:00 AM
Woke up/Breakfast at nearby Carinderia
7:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Started Biliran Tour (Acaban Cave, Tinago Falls, Canaan Hill Farms, Cabucgayan Boardwalk, Kasabangan Falls,
4:30 PM
Back at El Roman Pensionne/Wash up
5:30 PM
Explored Town/Dinner
6:30 PM
Rest/Packed things
8:00 PM
Sleep

DAY 5 (BILIRAN-Naval-LEYTE-Tacloban-SAMAR-Catbalogan-Calbayog-NORTHERN SAMAR-Allen-Lavezares-Biri Island)

7:00 AM
Rode van going to Tacloban
9:00 AM
Arrived in Van’s Van Terminal in Tacloban/Lunch
10:00 AM
Rode van going to Catbalogan
11:00 AM
Transferred to van going to Calbayog
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Arrived at Calbayog/Transferred to van going to Allen
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Arrived at Allen/Rode Tricycle going to Lavezares
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Arrived at Lavezares/Road Boat Going to Biri Island
6:00 PM – 6:15 PM
Arrived at Biri Island/Rode Habal-habal going to Garcia’s Homestay in Brgy. Poblacion
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Explored Town/Dinner/Socials
9:30 PM
Sleep

DAY 6 (NORTHERN SAMAR-Biri Island)

5:30 AM
Woke Up
6:30 AM
Registered for Biri Rock Formations Tour
7:00 AM
Started Biri Rock Formations Tour
10:30 AM
Back in Poblacion/Logged out
11:00 AM
Lunch
12:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Explored town and talked to locals
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Back to Accommodation/Rest
4:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Explored town/Dinner
9:00 PM
Sleep

DAY 7 (NORTHERN SAMAR-Biri Island-Lavezares-Allen-SAMAR-Calbayog-LEYTE-Tacloban)

5:30 AM
Rode Habal-habal going to Sto. Nino Port
6:00 AM
Road Boat Going to Lavezares
7:00 AM
Arrived at Lavezares/Rode Tricycle going to VS Grandtours Terminal in Allen
7:30 AM – 8:00AM
Arrived at Allen/Rode Van going to Calbayog
10:00AM
Arrived at Calbayog/Rode van going to Tacloban
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Arrived at Tacloban/Lunch
2:00 PM – 3:30PM
Bought Pasalubongs and visited Sto. Nino Church
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Rode Jeepney going to Airport
6:00 PM
Departed Tacloban
7:05 PM
Back in Metro Manila
View of Puhunan Rock Formation
View of Puhunan Rock Formation
Docked Boats in Palompon
Docked Boats in Palompon

EXPENSES

DAY 1

Jeepney from Airport to Tacloban New Terminal
50 Pesos
Van from Tacloban to Palompon
150 Pesos
Potpot (Pedicab)
6 Pesos
Cham’s Inn
500 Pesos
Food and Water
185 Pesos

DAILY EXPENSES = 891.00 Pesos

DAY 2

Registration (Overnight, Non-Palompon Tourists)
225 Pesos
Tent
250 Pesos
Boat Fare (Palompon to Kalanggaman Island) (P1500 / 8 Persons)
188 Pesos
Water for Clean-up
50 Pesos
Food and Water
140 Pesos

DAILY EXPENSES = 853.00 Pesos

DAY 3

 Boat Fare (Kalanggaman Island to Palompon)
200 Pesos
Van from Palompon to Lemon
150 Pesos
Van from Lemon to Naval
80 Pesos
El Roman Pensionne
250 Pesos
Food and Water
147 Pesos

DAILY EXPENSES = 827.00 Pesos

DAY 4

Biliran Tour (Motorcycle, Guide, Driver)
800 Pesos
Entrance Fee for Acaban Cave
10 Pesos
Entrance Fee for Tinago Falls
20 Pesos
Entrance Fee for Canaan Hill Farms
50 Pesos
Entrance Fee for Cabucgayan Boardwalk
20 Pesos
El Roman Pensionne
250 Pesos
Food and Water
162 Pesos

DAILY EXPENSES = 1312.00 Pesos

DAY 5

Van from Naval to Tacloban
120 Pesos
Van from Tacloban to Catbalogan
100 Pesos
Van from Catbalogan to Calbayog
100 Pesos
Van from Calbayog to Allen
80 Pesos
Tricycle from VS Grandtours terminal to Tricycle Terminal
10 Pesos
Tricycle from Allen to Lavezares
20 Pesos
Boat From Lavezares to Biri Island
250 Pesos
Habal-habal from Sto. Nino Port to Poblacion
10 Pesos
Garcia’s Homestay
250 Pesos
Food and Water
214 Pesos

DAILY EXPENSES = 1154.00 Pesos

DAY 6

Environmental User’s Fee (EUF)
50 Pesos
Guide Fee
300 Pesos
Habal-habal Fee
195 Pesos
Habal-habal Driver waiting charges (25 Pesos per hour)
75 Pesos
Garcia’s Homestay
250 Pesos
Food and Water
139 Pesos

DAILY EXPENSES = 1009.00 Pesos

DAY 7

Habal-Habal from Poblacion to Sto. Nino Port
10 Pesos
Boat from Biri Island to Lavezares
200 Pesos
Tricycle from Lavezares to VS Grandtours Terminal in Allen
30 Pesos
Van from Allen to Calbayog
100 Pesos
Van from Calbayog to Tacloban
220 Pesos
Pasalubong
390 Pesos
Jeep from Tacloban Downtown to Airport
20 Pesos
Food and Water
179 Pesos
Terminal Fee at Airport
150 Pesos

DAILY EXPENSES = 1299.00 Pesos

Airfare Roundtrip (Promo)= 487.84 Pesos

TOTAL EXPENSES = 7832.84 Pesos

 

One of Biliran's Marvelous Mountains
One of Biliran’s Marvelous Mountains

 

REMINDERS/TIPS/GUIDES

  • One of the main transportation in the region is by vans. There are a lot of van operators including Van Van’s, D’ Turbanada Transport, and VS Grandtours. I suggest VS Grandtours as they are more organized and on time.
  • The best time to visit is during the dry season around February to May.
  • The three main islands: Leyte, Samar, and Biliran are connected by bridges so there’s no need to transfer by boat. The Biliran bridge, connecting Leyte and Biliran and the famous San Juanico Bridge connecting Leyte and Samar.
  • There are airports in the region, one is in Catarman in Northern Samar and the main gateway is the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban.
  • The region can also be reached by RORO from Manila. Ride a bus that is bound to Samar or Leyte. This will cross the San Bernardino Strait between Matnog, Sorsogon and Allen, Northern Samar.

 

The details above have been the fruit of my wandering. I traveled solo and in a tight budget. If you travel in a group, I think you can minimize the expenses. I haven’t visited a lot but I believe the experience I’ve faced meant a lot more, including meeting new friends and sharing stories with the locals.

Next entries will be detailed posts about the destinations I’ve visited in Eastern Visayas. Featuring the Kalanggaman Island, Biliran Province and the Biri Rock Formations. I’m very excited to share them! Hoping to see your comments! Keep Chasing! 😀


TRAVEL DATE: MARCH 12-18, 2017

 

Comments

  1. rachki

    hi! ive always wanted to do a leyte-biliran-samar tour because i heard about its beautiful beaches/caves/etc… is it safe to travel alone and follow this itinerary?

  2. rachki

    hi! ive always wanted to do a leyte-biliran-samar tour because i heard about its beautiful beaches/caves/etc… is it safe to travel alone and follow this itinerary?

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      Jase Beringuela

      Hello Rachki! Based on my experience, it is safe. Just always take caution. Always talk to authorized guides and be aware of the surroundings. If you’re traveling with friends, I think there’s no problem. Have a safe travel!

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