SAN ANTONIO, NORTHERN SAMAR is an Island known for it’s beautiful beaches. Many locals and even tourist won’t want to disregard this destination as part of their Northern Samar itinerary.
SAN ANTONIO, NORTHERN SAMAR – How to get there:
Either from Catarman or from Calbayog city, take public land transportation going to the municipality of San Isidro, N. Samar or Victoria (1-2 hours travel time). You may drop by at Barangay Buenavista and take a motorboat bound to the Island of San Antonio (20-30 min travel time).
You can’t bring cars in the Island. We parked our car at the San Isidro boat terminal with a parking fee of course. They will also look at after your car until you come back. You will see a lot of cars parked by the tourist.
Me and my family had been here a couple of times and we never get disappointed by the beauty of the Island. It is really a paradise. As we were approaching it during the boat ride, we can see the extremely clean and clear sea bed as the sea waters vary from hues of cyan, turquoise and electric blue.
Upon arriving at the terminal, we pay Php25.00 for an environment/entrance fee per head. There are tricycle drivers in the terminal that are offering a ride going to your resort of choice for Php20.00 per head.
What I truly like about the Island is it’s authentic province type of feels. You won’t see cars. Transportation they used is motorcycle or tricycle. Most of the accommodations, don’t have wifi and you have to rely to an intermittent cellular signal. A perfect place to unwind and disconnect to the buzz of life for a while and really enjoy the sun and the beach. Look at this beautiful road.
San Antonio, Northern Samar Resorts:
There are a lot of accommodation to choose from in this resort. The tricycle drivers at the terminal can even suggest a resort. This is not really a good option if your planning a weekend visit or during peak season.
Here are some of the resorts we often stay.
During our last visit, we stayed at Lagbangan Beach Resort. We checked in at the resort at 2PM. We stayed at their beach front villa. It has a complete fully furnished air conditioned room with a comfortable king size bed and an extra bed. We paid for Php3500 for 1 night. Link above is available in case you wanted to contact them to inquire. They only accept half or less than their normal capacity so much better if you can them first. Here’s my brother in front of our villa enjoying the sunset and his Hawaiian polo. ^_^
Staying at the island is best for family and “barkada” getaway. There’s a lot of things to so you will never get bored. Staying at the sand with the ocean view alone is so satisfying. Plus you can either stay at your cottage, try their floating cottage or do some exciting activities. You can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, jetski, kayakking or rent a motorcycle or bike and roam around the Island.
May I also remind you that there’s a limited stores in the Island so much better if you bring foods with you and the things you need. Not all resort has their own restaurant. We usually bring with us a portable cook-ware where we can cook rice and other meals. Try also to go to their markets for fresh fish.
Please note that rates might change because of the pandemic. If you can bring an extra would be safe. Rates below is already during the pandemic but still it might vary.
Van from Calbayog to San Isidro – Php 150.00
Boat Ride to San Antonio – Php 100.00
Environmental Fee – Php25.00
Tricycle to the resort – Php 50.00 each person
Resort Accommodation – Php 3500
I really enjoy our every visit. I hope this simple guide can simply gave you an idea on what to expect when you decide to visit the Island.