It lies southeast of Luzon and occupies the
northernmost section of Eastern Visayas. The province of Samar is composed of two congressional districts, 24 municipalities and two cities (Catbalogan and Calbayog). It has a total of 952 barangays, plenty of excellent places to visit. Samar province has her share of nature’s bounty. Among the nature’s jewels which enchantingly lure tourists and local folks includes unexplored mountains and caves which are inhabited by exotic wildlife, pristine shores rimmed by unspoiled coral reefs, cloud-hidden lakes f blue surrounded by multi-colored flowers and beautiful beaches
and waterfalls nestled beside a mountain.
Samar province is hilly,
with mountain peaks ranging from 200 to 800 metres (660 to 2,600 ft) high and narrow strips of lowlands, which tend to lie in coastal peripheries or in the alluvial plains and deltas accompanying large rivers.
The largest lowlands are located along the northern coast extending up to the valleys of Catubig and Catarman rivers. Smaller lowlands in Samar are to be found in the Calbayog area and on the deltas and small valleys of Gandara and Ulot rivers.
How to get to Eastern Samar Manila to Eastern Samar by plane (Air Philippines, Cebu Pacific or Zest Air) from Manila to Tacloban City (Leyte Island). The flight is approx. 1½ hrs. From Tacloban airport take the Jeepney (Local Style Public Transport) into Tacloban City. From there take either the bus or van into Eastern Samar. There are two Public Van companies that go from Tacloban City to Guiuan (Eastern Samar). About $4 and a 3 hour travel time.
Here are some of Samar’s beautiful spots.
The Pinipisakan Falls and Cave.
Explore the many waterfalls and caves in the province. Pinipisakan Falls can be found in the town of San Jorge. The river in which the layers or series of waterfalls of Pinipisakan run along upstream, serves as most convenient way to enter the cave at the end of the river. Inside the cave is an underground river that serves as tributary
for the Blanca Aurora river.
biggest cave system in the Philippines is the town of Calbiga. Underground rivers can also be found inside this cave system. A smaller cave
system is the Kanyawa Caves also in the same town.
The upstream of Calbiga river is compose of many waterfalls, famous of which is the Lulugayan falls which looks like little Niagara. Calbayog Water Falls The city of Calbayog
boasts of many waterfalls that are very accessible by motorized transport. Samar Island Nature Park – Paranas. Commonly known as SINP, this natural park is a protected area managed by the government.
Samar Archeological Museum.
The first ever to be established in the province of Samar, this museum is one of the vital contributions of Christ the King College in preserving the rich cultural heritage of the Filipino people. A collection of many artifacts gathered from all points of Samar Island, the museum also houses ancient coins, jars, Chinawares, bracelets and beads that date back to as early as the 14th century. The place can easily be visited at Christ the King College within the Calbayog City proper.
This is another large cave full of stalactites and stalagmites, which is situated at Brgy. Mallorga, Talalora, Samar. It can be reach by one and a half-hour motorboat ride from Catbalogan. Kinabut-an Spring The spring is about 40 minutes ride from Catbalogan by land and is located at Brgy. Patag, Paranas, Samar. It is a refreshing hideout from the maddening crowd which city and urban dwellers find alluring. Ruins of Bangahon. Ruin of Bangahon is a historical landmark near the right fork of Gandara River. It was once a town during the revolutionary period, but was abandoned by the old residents who later found the present town of Gandara.
This is a landmark of the 15th century church found in the mountain of Barangay Dapdap, Tarangnan, Samar. This was also called “Tinago Church”, being a hideout of Spanish missionaries. Bangon Falls.
One of the most beautiful and spectacular scenic spots worth visiting in the province. From Brgy. San Jaoquin, Tinambacan district, where Lologayan Falls is located; it will take an additional 20 minutes ride to reach Brgy. Tinaplacan and another 30 minutes walk to the vicinity of the falls. Following the stream by ascending to the upper level, one will be amazed to see a circular pond of about 30 meters in diameter, wide enough for swimming and deep enough for diving. The water that falls from above seems to come from an endless stream which flows a swirling path around the falls resulting from the pressure of its disgorge becoming even bigger in volume and noticeable as the time of the day passes. It is not only a tourist spot but also a potential source of power to serve the city of Calbayog and its neighboring localities.
Stretching about 200 meters long of grayish sand and cold blue waters with towering rocks at its south and three (3) beachfront balconied cottages. The resort gives a south sea island touch and is frequently visited by metropolitan VIPs, movie stars and foreign dignitaries. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Samar Island located in Brgy. Malajog.