If someone asks me to recommend ONE place on the Island of Samar – I would say, visit Biri Island. This island is renowned for its unique rock formations and offers an unspoiled off-the-beaten-path experience, perfect for those looking to escape the crowds and immerse themselves in the beauty of the natural world.
BIRI ISLAND, NORTHERN SAMAR
Biri is a fifth-class municipality consisting of several islands located just off the Northern coast of Samar Island, facing the Pacific Ocean to the east and San Bernardino Strait to the west. The island is geographically part of the province of Northern Samar, one of the three provinces of Samar Island, the third largest island of the Philippines.
The most striking feature of Biri Island is its impressive rock formations, carved by the forces of nature over countless years. These geological wonders, known locally as the “Biri Rock Formations,” are characterized by towering limestone rocks, tidal pools, and rugged coastal landscapes. This rock formation is composed of four small, rocky islands located in that perilous area where the San Bernardino Strait meets the Pacific Ocean. These are the Magasang, Magsapad, Macadlaw, and Puhunan Rocks, each with its own unique appearance. Aside from these rock formations, there are other spots on the Island that are worth visiting.
How to get to Biri Island?
Biri Island is specifically located in the northern part of Samar Island. It is accessible by boat from the mainland.
Ride the DLTB bus in Pasay going to Allen, Samar. Travel time is 16 hours. The price of the ticket is P 1,500 per pax which includes the bus fare and your ferry ticket going to Allen Port.
When you reach Allen Port, charter a tricycle to Lavezares Port. Fare is P50
Lavesarez Port to Biri Island Fare Vice Versa – P100 per pax
Ride the public boat to Biri Island then hire a motorcycle that will take you to the rock formations.
The nearest airport to Biri Island is Catarman Aiport and then Calbayog Airpot. From the airport, take a trike to the Bus or Van Terminal (P100) going to Allen. Get off at Lavezares town and walk to the small pier. Take a boat to Biri Port (P100). From Biri Port, take a habal-habal to the Tourism Center (P10) and pay Tourism Fee (P50).
Samar Island is also accessible by cheap flights to Tacloban in the neighboring province of Leyte. Tacloban is connected to Samar by a network of vans crossing the San Juanico Strait. However, it will take you an additional 5-6 hour land trip to get from Tacloban to Allen.
Biri Island Tour Rates
From Manila, the usual amount of tours to Biri Island for 3D2N is Php6000. But for those who want to save a little, you can follow the DIY transportation above and then avail a tour package when you arrive at the Island. Below is the rate.
P899 per pax (tour package including 1-night accommodation)
Island white house resort-biri
Biri rock formations
Busay(little batanes) optional for sunset view only
Gloria vista-Biri (for overnight stay)
For booking and inquiries call or text
Angela Labjata Dadia 0910-729-6450
(Sa tour guide po highly recommended si kuya JR ! grabe kumuha ng pictures da’best lahat)
BIRI TOUR GUIDE JR 0930-744-4716
Place To Visit in Biri Island
Biri Rock Formations
The rock formations are the primary tourist spot in Biri. There are six major rock formations on the northern side of Biri Island. The six are called (in order, from West to East): Magasang, Magsapad, Macadlaw, Puhunan, Bel-at, and Caranas.
Bel-at Tidal Pool
I first saw a natural pool in Siargao, and I was not aware that there’s one in Biri Island too. The bel-at natural tidal pool is a delightfully safe sea pool to swim in, with lots of crevasses to change in, or to shelter from the sun. Some parts of it have some sharp rocks so please be very cautious. The water is clean and pure so just swim and enjoy yourself.
Busay is one of the highest points of Biri where 360֯ view of the island and the neighboring islands can be seen.
The best time to visit Busay is during sunset.
Biri Island itinerary
12:00 pm – ETD: DLTB bus in pasay going to Allen
06:40 am – ETA: Allen
07:00 am – Leave for Lavezares Town
08:00 am – ETD: Lavezares Port (take a boat to Biri)
08:30 am – ETA: Biri Port, check-in at hotel
09:00 am – Start Tour: Expolore Magasang and Magsapad
01:00 pm – Bel-at Rock Formations
05:00 pm – Busay Sunset viewing
08:00 pm – Rest
From here, it’s up to you what you want to do. You can spend a night in Biri Island and catch the sunrise the next morning. You can go diving the next day. Or you can arrange an early morning boat ride back to the mainland Samar to catch your flight. You can also explore Catarman or other parts of mainland Northern Samar the next day.
Overall Biri Island is a place where you can connect with nature, unwind, and marvel at the forces that have sculpted its remarkable coastal features. Whether you’re an adventure seeker, a geology enthusiast, or simply a traveler looking for a serene and unspoiled destination, Biri Island in Northern Samar, Philippines, promises a unique and unforgettable experience.
If you have questions let me know in the comment section below. You can also check other places in Northern Samar that we visited. Here’s the LINK.
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