Biri Island is one of the top attractions in the province of Samar. It has rock formations and lagoons, similar to Kapurpurawan in Ilocos. Truth be told, I wasn’t expecting much when we got here but the views caught me by surprise — Biri is indescribably beautiful. The rock formations are a sight to behold and the huge waves splashing against boulders in Magasang rock formation in Biri is something that I will always remember in my mind.
Here’s our visit to Biri Island, Samar. I’ve also included a travel guide to Biri Island below.
Biri Island, Samar
There are several rock formations to be found in Biri Island. Our tour guide Kuya Louie said you should stay at least 2 days in the island to explore all these as well as try other activities such as surfing. Since we were only there for a half-day tour, we only got to see Bel-at and Magasang rock formations, which are the most visited in the area.
After arrival in the island, we registered in the tourism office and rode habal-habals to the jump-off point — a bridge heading to Bel-at rock formation.
I had talked with a friend about this wooden bridge and agreed it was scary. The handrails were mostly gone, caused by the same typhoon that ravaged Sorsogon. I was anxious my foot would slip through one of the openings on the bridge floor and I would die. This aside, most people will appreciate the long walk through this bridge, where you can see mangroves and shrubs and what seems to be a shallow pond below as well as the Bel-at rock formations at the distance.
Bel-at rock formation
Bel-at rock formation features huge limestone rocks that is a prominent feature of Biri Island, what Inquirer calls a result of a “battle of the gods.” So you know that the title is not mine originally but ascribed to this article.) The rock formations are a long time in the making and caused by various natural phenomenon and weather disturbances.
When we saw the limestone formations, Hali whispered, “Star wars.” I nodded. It definitely looked like the formations in the dessert in the famous fantasy movie series.
Aside from the smooth-surfaced stones, there was also a large pool where a few tourists where taking a bath and a cliff where people gathered for picture taking.
Another striking feature of Bel-at rock formation, for me at least, are the scattered natural pools just beside the cliff. People normally pass by these without a second glimpse and nobody was taking a dip (anyway some are too shallow), but above the cliff the view looks like something you’d see in a desktop wallpaper. A bit breathtaking, that is.
Magasang rock formation
From Bel-at rock formation, our habal-habals took us for a short ride to Magasang rock formation. We wade through shallow water toward the formation. A bridge built in the middle helps tourists cross over and also serves as a rest stop for families with picnic items.
The floor in Magasang rock formation is slippery, similar to Bel-at’s. Moss covers some area. One of our companions slipped on the floor, and our tour guide then told us to walk across dry ground only.
Again, there’s a full horizon of boulders where sea waves would angrily crash. It was fascinating to watch, and its sound was calming to the soul.
Up ahead, we climbed through some sort of natural stairs to see the view from above the cliff. The stair’s surface looked like spider webs, what I imagine a Zerg’s lair’s surface would look like in real life. There are footholds so climbing up wasn’t difficult, just tiring. There’s a rewarding view at the top.
Travel Guide: Biri Island, Samar
How to get here
- Take a local flight to Catarman, Northern Samar (1 hour, 40 minutes).
- From the airport, ride a tricycle to the main transport terminal (5 min, P100). From there, ride a jeepney bound to Lavezares and get off the Lavezares port (1 hour, P50).
- From the port, look out for a boat going to Biri Island (45 min, standard fare P50 + terminal fee P25).
By land and water
- Make your way to Matnog, Sorgoson. From Matnog port, ride a ferry to Allen, Northern Samar. Then ride a jeepney to Lavezares.
- Follow same instruction as above.
Upon arrival at the port in Biri, you will find habal-habals waiting for passengers to take you to the tourism office or your selected accommodation.
Where to stay
There are homestays and resorts where you can stay at in Biri Island, such as:
Click here to see discounted rates of accommodations in Biri or nearby.
Places to see in Biri Island
There are 6 major rock formations you can visit in Biri Island. These are:
Aside from rock formations, Biri Island also has dive sites and surfing destinations.
Have you been to Biri Island, Samar? What was your experience? Let us know in the comments below!
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