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Travel Guide : Northern Samar - How To Get There, Accommodations, Transportation, Expenses, Itinerary and Contact Details


HOW TO GET THERE

From the airport to the City center
Walk a few meters outside the airport and take a tricycle going to the city proper. Fare is 10 pesos and travel time about 10-15 minutes.

From Catarman to Allen
Take a jeepney bound for Allen at the city's central terminal. Fare is 60 pesos and travel time is around 1.5 hours.

To UEP and White Beach
From the central terminal, take a tricycle going to Makiwalo. It will pass by UEP and White Beach. Get off at white beach then pass by UEP on your way back to Catarman City proper. Fare is around 15 pesos, travel time is about 10-15 minutes.

From City center to Airport
Take a tricycle bound for Airport Village at the city central terminal. Fare is around 10-15 pesos, travel time is 15 minutes.


ACCOMMODATIONS

There are a number of cheap inns and affordable lodging houses available at the City center. But, if you are on a tight budget (like me), I would recommend North Hill Pension House.

North Hill Pension House

Address: 3rd Floor, Catarman CellZone, Marcos St. Catarman, Northern Samar

Room Rates: starts at 380 pesos per night for an air-conditioned single room

Contact Details: 0906-5535318 / (055)5009085

Notes: Clean and spacious room. Toilet and bath is a bit small but clean. I highly recommend this hostel when you stay in Catarman.


Other Options:
Bahay Pinoy and Restaurant: Starts at 650 for an Air-conditioned room
Mijares Pension House: Starts at 350 for a non-Aircon room
Pink City Pension House: Starts at 750 for an Air-conditioned room
SaSa Pension House: Starts at 380 for a non-Aircon room
GV Hotel: Starts at 375 for a non-Aircon room

EXPENSES

DAY 1
NAIA Terminal 3 Fee
Breakfast
1L Water
Pedicab
Tricycle to City Proper
Accommodation (1 night)
Lunch
Jeepney Fare (Catarman to Allen)
Jeepney fare (Allen to Catarman)
Tricycle (City Proper - UEP White Beach)
Entrance at UEP White Beach
Pedicab (White Beach to UEP Campus)
Tricycle (UEP Campus - City Proper)
Dinner
Foot Spa + Tip
TOTAL

DAY 2
Tricycle to Airport
Coffee
Terminal Fee
TOTAL

Round Trip Air Fare

GRAND TOTAL

PHP
200
60
30
10
10
380
70
60
50
10
10
10
10
80
200
1,190


20
20
25
65

378

PHP 1,633


ITINERARY

Here's my suggested itinerary for a day tour in Northern Samar.

08:00 AM - Breakfast/Check-in
09:00 AM - ETD for Allen
10:30 AM - ETA at Allen Central Terminal
11:00 AM - ETA at Spice of Life Beach
12:00 NN - Lunch
01:30 PM - ETD for Catarman
03:00 PM - ETA Catarman
03:30 PM - Visit University of Eastern Visayas
04:30 PM - Go to UEP-White Beach, Watch sunset/Swimming
06:00 PM - ETD for Catarman Proper
06:30 PM - Back at North Hill Pension House/Freshen up
07:30 PM - Dinner
08:30 PM - Massage/Foot Spa at North Hill's Bliss Touch


If you have more time, you can visit other tourist spots such as Biri Rock Formations, Capul Lighthouse and church, the old town of Catubig, Pinipisakan Falls and more. Click here for other things to do in Northern Samar.

For more tips, check out Journeying James' blog posts where he unveils the Secrets of Norther Samar.

I only had a piece of Northern Samar, there are still a lot of things to do, sights to see and unknown places to explore. I will definitely come back again soon! 'Til next time!




This is a series of blog posts on my "off-the-cuff" weekend getaway to the province of Northern Samar last July 16-17, 2011. To date, this is my 6th solo trip and the 30th province on my list.
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20 comments :

Lei said...

sir!!!

i just wanna tell you somethin'!

i love you!! and i love youre blog!!

heheheh! gulat ka noh! hihiihi!

sana makapag explore din ako sa buong philippines. saya nyan! i love travel also.! at sinusulit ko yun pag may pag kakataon.!

ill keep in touch!
more powers!more blog sir!

"thinking if you want me to be your travel bussy"^_^wink!!!

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Lei - wahahaha! thanks po! :)

Nortehanon said...

Hi Mervin,
Honestly, I wouldn't recommend a day tour around Catarman if you'll be coming from Manila. Sayang kasi pamasahe at effort hehehe. There's not much to see around Catarman kasi. The tourist spots are either in the Pacific area (towns of Catubig, Las Navas, Palapag, Mapanas), in the Balicuatro area (Allen, Victoria), or in the island towns areas (San Vicente, San Antonio, Biri). Unfortunately, kulang ang isang araw to travel to and explore these places. Saka isa pa, hindi lahat ng towns dito ay may accommodation.

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Nortehanon - yeah, 1 day is not enough to really see the real beauty of Northern Samar... I wish I had more days to explore... Thanks po... :)

Pinoy Boy Journals said...

this is truly helpful. i am booked and ready to fly late this year to Northern Samar! Bahala na si batman sa plano!

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Pinoy Boy Journals - thanks po... go go go! exciting din yung walang plans eh... :)

lakwatsera de primera said...

Samar is high on my wish list as well, hope to explore it for many days. Thank you for coming up with this post Mervs.

dong ho said...

detalyado talaga. daming maitutulong to sa mga pupunta sa northern samar.

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@lakwatsera de primera - i can't wait to read your stories about it... thanks again Claire... :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@dong ho - ahahaha! salamat Dom! :)

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

wow! ang tiyaga mu grabeh ka! ang helpful neto na naman. will keep this in mind kapag nagtravel uli ako. thanks for sharing!

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Tripper10 - thanks po! :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@thepinaysolobackpacker - Thanks Gael! :)

Jim said...

Very informative! Just stumbled and shared this!

Christian | Lakad Pilipinas said...

Di ka nag biri mervz? planning to go there later this year :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

di na ako nakapunta ng Biri kc kulang na sa oras... over the weekend lang kc ako... hehehe!

Christian | Lakad Pilipinas said...

hehe okay thanks mervz!

jeedeeceemee said...

I agree with Nortehanon... napakaganda talaga ng lupang sinilangan! :D

Anonymous said...

me and my offismates/ friends are planning to visit catarman leyte this year ...

Anonymous said...

Very helpful. thank you so much Sir.

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