ALICO RESORT AND WATERPARK is located in Blanca Aurora, San Jorge, Eastern Visayas, Philippines 6707 San Jorge, Philippines.
For another entry blog to our Samar escapade, we are taking you to one of the well-known waterfalls in Samar particularly in San Jorge – the Alico Resort.
Two weeks before we go to back to Manila for work, we decided to have another family escapade. This place was recommended by my father who had visited the resort. Weekend is family day so we went to visit and enjoy.
Disclaimer: Travel at your own risk. We asked the resort if they are accepting guest already. Follow the resort’s health safety protocols.
ALICO RESORT AND WATERPARK – how to go?
If you’re not from Samar, the closest airport is Calbayog Airport with a distance of 32 km. You can also take the Tacloban Airport if your route is Leyte first going to Samar. Airfare prices differs depending on the airlines. Another option is land trip – take a bus from Pasay or Cubao going to Samar (Php 1500 – Php 3000). You can also travel via sea – from Cebu to Calbayog.
Municipality of San Jorge is a 30 minutes drive from our house in Sta. Margarita. If you’re from Calbayog, it’s 45 minutes. From San Jorge proper to the resort, it took us another 10 minutes.
Please remember that WAZE won’t be of help since you’ll pass through areas where there’s no signal, so it’s much better if you will ask the locals for direction – don’t worry they are approachable and friendly.
Another thing – commuting is a challenge. But for those whose into adventure, ride a bus/van from Calbayog or Tacloban going to San Jorge. Then ride a habal-habal ( a motorbike with driver for rent) from San Jorge proper going to the Resort.
- Bus from Calbayog to San Jorge – Php 100
- Van from Calbayog to San Jorge – Php 150
- Bus from Tacloban to San Jorge – Php 290
- Van from Tacloban to San Jorge – Php 340
- Habal-habal from San Jorge to the resort – Php 50
- Entrance Fee – Php 30
- Cottages – Php 500 – Php 1500
- Hotel Rooms – Php 1200 for 2 pax / Php 300 for the additional pax
Bus and Van fares may vary because of the pandemic. Others are asking for a little extra. You can test your haggle skill here. But not too much, still be considerate. 🙂
What to expect?
Samar has a lot of beautiful tourist destinations like beaches, caves, mountains and waterfalls. One of the resorts that the locals love to visit is the Alico wateralls. Aside from the affordable fee, the resort is also naturally beautiful. I love how it is surrounded by trees. Nature lovers will surely enjoy.
Upon arrival, we immediately explore the area and found instagramble spots. Here are some of the photos we took. Credits to Photographie de Viseur.
Starting with this bridge. Cottages and waterfalls are accessible through this. It has water flowing underneath.
Aside from the cottages and tents, this hanging bahay-kubo is also for rent. How cool is it to relax inside with the nature and the river view below. Let’s get inside, shall we? 🙂
You can also enjoy their huge swimming pool. They have shallow area for kids and on the other side is for adults. One swimming pool is on use right now and another one is still under construction.
We spent most of our time taking a dip to the river connected to the mini waterfalls. The water is so clean and cold. Very refreshing and relaxing. They have a life jacket for rent if you are not comfortable swimming on your own.
We rented the cottage on the 2nd floor to avoid the crowd. It’s so wide for the five of us. We have a 360-view of the whole area from the top. It cost Php 1500 plus Php150 for five pax entrance fee. A total of Php 1650 – our only expenses since we bring our own foods and drinks. Good thing they don’t have corkage fee. But they have a mini store/restaurant where you can buy foods and drinks. They offer mini orders like pancit canton, pancit bihon, sinigang, sisig, rice, chips and drinks. But still, it’s recommended to bring your own foods.
Parking space is not a problem if you bring your own car.
Overnight staycation is also possible because they have hotel. Rate of their rooms is Php 1200 good for 2 pax. Another Php 300 for the additional 1 pax, if you will add.
My overall impression? Is it worth a visit?
Definitely Yes. If your looking of an affordable getaway with the combination of man-made pools and nature. A day tour for me is already enough. The area has no signal so it’s a great place to really sit down and enjoy the company of your family or friends.
The resort is on continuous development so there’s still something to look forward to. I also hope they can maintain the cleanliness of the resort.
A reminder – travel at your own risk. During this pandemic, aside from budget we should also take safety into consideration. Follow locals/management health guidelines.