Sweetly tucked between the islands of Samar and Leyte is this underrated island of Biliran. It is raw and untainted from tourism structures. This off-the-beaten-path travel destination is mostly coastal communities and rolling hills.
The island is brimming with beautiful natural wonders. It houses an abundance of waterfalls, beaches, islands and vast green rice fields.
It is an island province in the Eastern Visayas Region. It was first named Isla Del Panamao, which translates as an ethnic fishing net.
If you’re planning to go to this island soon, check out our list of our top nine places to visit in Biliran Island:
1. Sambawan Island – It has a view that looks like taken out straight from a postcard. The Island is very picturesque. It is a narrow strip of land floating in the Visayan Sea fronting the volcano Maripipi. The rocky strip of island gets divided into 3 islets during high tide. A climb to the summit of the central islet that has the best vantage point offers a panorama of sheer beauty. The dark rugged rocky outcrops have some resemblance to Palawan’s limestone karsts, though not as big but, still, dramatic. Aside from the awesome view, the island offers great snorkeling site.
2. Tingcasan Bat Cave – This is for adventure seekers. It is situated in the town of Kawayan, northern tip of Biliran Island. Aside from being a bat sanctuary, the area is good for diving and fishing. Town folks believe that Japanese soldiers made the square opening during the last world war.
3. Mainit Hot Spring – It is located in Caibiran, a municipality mostly covered with ricefields. It is a 40-minute jeepney ride away from Naval town. A dip into the warm waters is perfect to soothe tired muscles after days of exploration over and underwater in this lovely island. The spring has sulfur contents ideal for distressing and is said to be medicinal too.
4. Iyusan Rice Terraces – Travelers will surely be reminded of Ifugao’s uncanny ingenuity. The rice terraces in Iyusan is of smaller scale, but, nonetheless picturesque. It is located in the town of Almeria, a 15-minute ride a way from the central town of Biliran.
5. Nasunugan Watch Tower – The ruins of the watchtower is a remembrance of the island’s earlier Spanish settlers. Nasunugan is the Filipino word for burned. It is a half-hectare complex of ruins and sits atop a hill just outside of Biliran town. It is made of coral stones, the tower is restored and now, a popular spot for tourists.
6. Higatangan Island – It has a sandbar that is visible during low tides. The island is dotted with white sandy beaches ornamented by exotic shells freshly washed up from the seabed. It is blessed with exotic rock formations and pristine waters ideal for swimming.
7. Candol Beach – It is located in Barangay Agutay in Maripipi Island. It is the best beach in the island that has white sand and turquoise water with lush vegetation and a mountain as the backdrop. It is suited for swimming and snorkeling.
8. Ulan Ulan Waterfalls – It is also called Almeria Waterfalls. It is located in barangay Sampao in the main island of Biliran. A relaxinfg dip into the cool water is a well-worth reward to weary travelers.
9. Mt. Maripipi – It is an active volcano located northwest of Biliran. According to legend, ages ago, there were two lovers namely Maria and Pepe. Together they eloped to this island and when they died the volcano was formed now called Maripipi. The best way to explore the island is through a habal-habal. There is a circumferential road that ringed the volcano stretching to 23 kilometers.
And before you leave Biliran island make sure that you try their Suman Balintawak. Suman Balintawak is delicious rice desert is made from white and black rice. It is the specialty of Biliran.
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