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This travel guide will provide you with basic information on how to get there, things to do, where to stay, suggested itinerary and estimated budget that will help you plan your visit to the "undiscovered paradise of Biliran".
HOW TO GET THERE
Tacloban City is the gateway to Biliran Island. Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, AirPhilExpress and Zest Air has several flights daily from Manila to Tacloban City. From there, you could take a passenger van (Duptours, Van-Van's) going to Naval (130 PHP), the capital municipality of Biliran. Travel time from Tacloban to Biliran is around 2.5 hours.
If you're coming from Cebu, you could ride a ferry boat going to Ormoc City, Leyte (several departures daily, 3 to 5 hours travel time), then take an aircon shuttle van that connects the trip to Naval, Biliran. You can also take a direct ferry ride from Cebu to Naval (travel time is around 8 hours, 2 times per week only).
There are a number of accommodations available in Biliran, from expensive hotels and resorts to cheap and affordable hostels, inns, pension and lodging houses. If you are on a tight budget (like me), the cheapest hostel could be the El Roman Pesionne located at the town proper.
El Roman Pesionne
- Address: 2nd & 3rd floor Limpiado NL Building, P. Inocentes St. Naval, Biliran
- Types of rooms:
Airconditioned and Non-Airconditioned single/double occupancy/family Rooms
- Room Rates: starts at 160 PHP per night for a single fan room with common toilet and bath.
- Contact Details: (53)5009100-4729 / 09215749080 / 09173107476
- Notes: As it is located at the town proper, it is very accessible and near the business establishments and the port. Clean and spacious rooms.Toilet and bath is small but neat. The staffs are courteous and very helpful.
Biliran Garden Resort
Villa Cecilia Sitio, Lomboy Barangay Calumpang, Naval, Biliran
(+6353) 500-9232 / (+63921) 983-7936
Brigida Tourist Inn
Castin Street, Naval, Biliran
Barangay Catmon, Naval, Biliran
Higatangan Beach Resort
Higatangan Island, Naval, Biliran
(+63927) 697-9804 / (+63905) 262-2010
Agta Beach, VRC Resort, Biliran, Biliran
M and M Inn
Biliran Town, Biliran
(+63920) 393-0162 / (+63921) 200-4536 / (+63949) 717-5182
Marvin’s Seaside Inn
Brgy. Atipolo Naval, Biliran
(+6353) 500-9171 / (+6353) 500-9688
Redstone Ville Beach Resto Bar and Inn
Brgy. Pulangbato, Almeria, Naval
5 kms from Naval town proper and 1st barangay of ALmeria
Please Contact Diana Bernardes-Chawdhury
Villa Antonia Masagongsong Kawayan, Biliran
Barangay Talahid, Almeria, Biliran
There are buses that has cross-country trips from Naval to the eastern coastal town of Caibiran which takes about 1.5 to 2 hours. Jeepneys are also available if you're going to nearby towns. And renting a boat is needed if you want to visit the nearby islands. Otherwise, take a habal-habal (motorcycle), it's the most common mode of transportation around the island as most of the roads outside the circumferential highway are rough roads. Be sure to haggle with the price to get the best possible rates. You may also hire them on a per-day basis.
If you wish to have a tour in Biliran, I highly recommend to you my guide, Kuya Jun Murillo. You may call or send him a text message at 09396049242. Rate is 500 pesos for a tour.
NAIA Terminal 3 Fee
Jeepney Fare, Airport to Downtown
Van Fare, Tacloban - Naval
Accommodation (1 night)
Snacks / Dinner
Habal-habal, Naval - Almeria
Entance Fee, Agta Beach
Entrance Fee, Tinago Falls
Entrance fee, Casiawan Falls
Van Fare, Biliran - Tacloban
Downtown - Sto. Nino Shrine
Entrance and Camera Fee
Sto. Nino Shrine - Airport
Here's my suggested itinerary for a 2-day weekend getaway in Biliran.
04:30 AM - ETD in Manila
05:30 AM - ETA in Tacloban City
06:00 AM - ETA in Van Terminal for Naval
06:30 AM - Breakfast
07:00 AM – ETD for Naval, Biliran
09:30 AM – ETA in Naval, Biliran
10:00 AM - Check-in, Hostel
10:30 AM - Lunch
12:00 NN - ETD for Almeria
12:30 PM - ETA Agta Beach Almeria / Swimming
02:30 PM – ETD for Buenviaje Shrine
03:00 PM – ETA Buenviaje Shrine / Take Photos
03:30 PM – ETD for Naval
04:00 PM - ETA in Naval / Explore the town center
07:00 PM – Dinner
09:00 PM – Lights out / Sleep
05:00 AM - Wake-up / Prepare
06:00 AM - ETD for Brgy. Iyusan / Bagongbong Falls
06:30 AM - ETA Brgy. Iyusan / Start Trek / Take photos of the rice terraces
07:00 AM - ETA Bagongbong Falls / Explore / Swim
08:00 AM - ETD for Caibiran
09:00 AM - ETA Tinago Falls, Caibiran / Explore / Swim
10:00 AM - ETD for Mainit Hot Spring
10:20 AM - ETA Mainit Hot Spring / Swim
11:00 AM - ETD for Cabugcayan
12:00 NN - ETA Casiawan Waterfalls / Swim / Packed Lunch
01:00 PM - ETD for Naval
02:00 PM - ETD for Tacloban
04:30 PM - ETA in Tacloban City / Airport
06:00 PM - ETD Manila
THINGS TO DO, TOURIST SPOTS AND ATTRACTIONS
- Agta Beach
- Nuestra Señora dela Paz y Buenviaje Church
- Bagongbong Falls
- Tinago Falls
- Casiawan Waterfalls
- Iyusan Rice Terraces
- Mainit Hot Spring
Other tourist spots and attractions
Pulang Yuta Falls
Ulan Ulan Falls
Masagongsong Swimming Pool
San Bernardino Swimming Pool
For additional information on Where To Go, What to do, Where To Shop and Dine, Where To Stay in Biliran, you may click here.
El Roman Pesionne
(53)5009100-4729 / 09215749080 / 09173107476
Kuya June Murillo
This is part of my solo weekend adventure in the province of Biliran last September 3-4, 2011. Dubbed as "undiscovered paradise", I was able to see great sights and panoramas such as waterfalls, islets, hot spring and rice terraces. Biliran is the 35th province on my list and this weekend adventure is my 9th solo trip. A side trip to Tacloban City, Leyte (my 36th province) is an added treat for this great weekend adventure.
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