Kandiwata Rock Formation, or Kandiwata is located in the Municipality of Daram in the province of Samar, Philippines.
This tourist spot is dubbed as “Small Palawan” of Samar because it showcase rock formations that will give you the Palawan feels. Some locals believes that it was named Kandiwata because of deities and spirits who reside there long time ago.
Since we are exploring my hometown Samar – let me take you to this beautiful spot and make you list it as part of your Samar Itinerary.
Kandiwata Rock Formation: How to go?
FROM MANILA: (This is not possible for now because of the pandemic. But you can always check Tacloban or Samar local government advisory if they are already accepting tourists.)
There are domestic flights available from Manila to Tacloban. Upon arrival at Tacloban Airport, go to Tacloban City Bus Terminal. From there you can find vans or buses, going to Babatngon, Leyte. Informed the driver to drop you off at port area for Kandiwata, Daram. There are a lot of boats available for rent, price usually starts at P2,000 good for 6 to 8 persons.
FROM CATBALOGAN: (The nearest port going to the Island – from what I know)
There’s also a port in Catbalogan where you can rent a boat going to the Island. Some locals within the neighboring municipalities of Catbalogan and those who came from the Northen part of Samar usually take this route. Prices ranges from P1,000 to 2,000 for 6 to 8 person. Sea travel will only take 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Our Travel Experience:
Together with my mom’s co-teachers, we went for a visit last Easter Sunday – which by the way I won’t recommend you going on a holiday or weekends to avoid the crowd.
Good thing there’s a boat rental in Cautod Sta. Margarita. A 10 minutes drive from our house and will not require us a 1-2 hours land travel going to Catbalogan City. If you’re taking the Calbayog or Catarman airport, this option is recommended. We rented the boat for P4,000 good for 15-20 pax. You can’t do walk-in, you have to contact them in advance. Contact details available below.
We started the sea travel at around 5 in the morning. Pretty early because we wanted to take the best area in the Island. The sea is still calm by that time. I enjoyed the sunrise while in the middle of the sea. 🙂 It took us 3 hours to get there. Yes! 3 hours as in :), probably the longest boat ride I had experience. We arrived at around 9am. We thought we were already early but was surprised to see that the place is already full of local tourists. There is no port area and also no land area so boats dock wherever they can unload their passengers. Floating cottage rental is almost full, good thing we got the last one. Yay! 🙂
Our boat man anchored the boat near our cottage. After we unload our stuff, took our brunch (breakfast and lunch) wasted no time and swam into the crystal clear water.
The turquoise water was so clear making it the best spot for snorkeling and enjoy the corals formations underneath.
IG Worthy Spots:
Here’s Kandiwata through our camera lense.
- The recommended time to visit Kandiwata is during summer.
- Please wear sandals or any footwear that can protect your feet from sharp rock formations.
- There is no store in the Island so bring your own food and water.
- Wear sunblock to protect your skin from direct sunlight.
- Do not throw your garbage in the water. Follow the golden rule – Leave No Trace.
Things to do:
- Snorkeling – Bring your own goggles
- Scuba Diving – Bring your own equipment
- Kayak – Php 100 for 1 hour
- Cliff Diving
- Boat Rental – P4,000 (20 pax)
- Environmental Fee – P10.00 per pax
- Floating Cottage – P750 to 1,500 from small to big cottage
- Vest Rental – P25.00 per hour
Boat Rental Contact Details: 09309577780/ 09493874324
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We really enjoyed the water and the beautiful scenery of Kandiwata. A side trip to the nearest white beach Mombon is recommended. I just hope that the local government will continue to monitor the island to preserve it’s beauty and cleanliness.
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