KANDIWATA ROCK FORMATION: Dubbed as Small Palawan of Daram, Samar

Kandiwata Rock Formation Daram Samar

Kandiwata Rock Formation or Kandiwata is located in the Municipality of Daram in the province of Samar, Philippines.

This tourist spot is dubbed as the “Small Palawan” of Samar because it showcases rock formations that will give you the Palawan feels. Some locals believe that it was named Kandiwata because of deities and spirits who resided there for a long time.

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?

There are domestic flights available from Manila to Tacloban Airport. 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 the 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.


There’s also a port in Catbalogan where you can rent a boat to go to the Island. Some locals within the neighboring municipalities of Catbalogan and those who came from the northern part of Samar usually take this route. Prices range from P1,000 to 2,000 for 6 to 8 people. 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 because of too much crowd.

There’s a boat rental in Cautod Sta. Margarita. A 10-minute drive from our house and will not require us a 1-2 hours land travel go 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-ins, you have to contact the boat rental in advance. Contact details are available below.

We started the sea travel at around 5 in the morning. Pretty early because we wanted to take the best area on 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 experienced. We arrived at around 9 a.m. We thought we were already early but were surprised to see that the place was already full of local tourists. There is no port area and also no land area so boats dock wherever they can unload their passengers. The floating cottage rental is almost full, good thing we got the last one. Yay! 😅

Our boatman anchored the boat near our cottage. After we unloaded our stuff and took our brunch (breakfast and lunch), we wasted no time and swam into the crystal clear water. The turquoise water was so clear making it the best spot for snorkeling and enjoying the coral formations underneath.

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Here’s Kandiwata through our camera lens.


  • 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 on the Island so bring your own food and water.
  • Wear a 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
  • Swimming
  • 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 its beauty and cleanliness.

You might also want to check ALICO RESORT AND WATERPARK | The Amazing Mini Waterfalls of San Jorge, Samar.

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