Sambawan Island (Biliran, PH)

Sambawan Island is a top destination of the 4th smallest island province in the Philippines, Biliran. Part of the island municipality of Maripipi, this up-and-coming gem  is a world of enchantment with its shifting blue to green crystal clear waters, undulating cliffs, teeming corals, IIndian almond (talisay/Terminalia capitata) trees dotting the white coralline and sandy shoreline, and a few karst formation. The best part? The island’s irresistible charm is not messed up by commercialism (yet, and hopefully would be kept that way).


Personally, the view offered by this island from the top of its hills has to be one of the most picturesque I have seen. I can just sit down all-day and gaze my eyes at the very pleasant, 360-degrees sight that can make you forget how life can be torturing at times. Since I cannot fully describe how lovely and stunning and lovely and stunning and (you see I am lost for words)… I will just have to allow my photos to do the talking… (And oh, did I mention that the sunset is as glorious as one could imagine. Check photo below. I am betting that the sunrise is as equally glorious as the sundown from this island).


If you are interested in staying overnight at the island, a kiosk or an open cottage (no walls) are available in the area. These can accommodate 5 persons, with which they charge P500 for a 12-hours stay and the bigger kiosks they call kamalig for P1,000 per night. There are also three-beach cottages with three large beds, with own comfort rooms and attic. The cost of stay is at P2,500 to PHP3,000 that can accommodate 10 persons. They have a generator that runs from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. and solar lamps.  If you are on a tight budget, you may pitch your tent for a Php100 fee.


However, visitors are advised to bring food (although there is a small store in the island). A grilling area is available so one can buy some fresh sea produce and prepare it in the island. Drinking water is said to be available for free. The fresh spring water of the famous Viga Water Springs in Maripipi serves as the source.


How to Reach Sambawan Island:

From Manila (or Cebu), the fastest way to reach Sambawan Island is through plane via Tacloban City. From city airport, take a cab and alight at the van terminal bound (Duptours) for Naval, Biliran located at the corner of P Burgos and Salazar Streets (van fare as of this writing is around P150). Travel time is around 2 to 2.5 hours.

There are also ferries from Cebu City that directly goes to Ormoc, Leyte. From Ormoc, there are vans bound for Naval.


Once in Naval, ride a bus or jeepney bound for Kawayan. If you opts for a faster means, you can take a habal-habal ride too. Once in Kawayan, walk your way to their port. Rent an outrigger boat that will take you to Sambawan. For a boat that can accommodate upto 10 people, the price ranges from P1,000 to P2,000 (depends if you are for a day or overnight stay + your haggling skills). The travel time is 45-60 minutes depending on the time of day and current of waves.


A cheaper alternative (but longer) is to take the public ferry boat to Maripipi that leaves Naval at 10:00AM and goes back to Naval from Maripipi at 5:00AM the following day. Ferry schedule is on a daily basis except Sundays. The fare is P60 and the travel time is about 2 hours. In Maripipi, you can hire a boat to Sambawan and back to Maripipi for P500 (again, depending on your haggling skills). The travel time is around 20-30 minutes.


Don’t be a wasted soul, be ‘juan’derlust.

Kalanggaman Island (Palompon, Leyte)

““Let the sea water wet your feet, and the sand be your seat…”


The moment I saw several photos of my friend on an island’s sand bar and its ever clear turquoise waters wayback 2013, it never left my mind. Every now and then, I would seek for opportunities as to when I could possibly make my way to this indescribably beautiful island.


Fastforward 2015. July. Rainy season in the Philippines. And I found my way going to Leyte – the home of the very paradise-like Kalanggaman Island. This uninhabited island that is 753 meters in length, is now considered a dream beach destination, not only in the Visayas, but in the entire Philippines. Located in the municipality of Palompon and the province of Leyte, it is known for its stunning sandbar that seem to stretch endlessly into the cerulean waters. The white coralline and sand shoreline and crystal clear waters along both sides of the island adds more beauty to this pristine place.


FYI: In 2013, the island gained attention after a big cruise ship stopped there to let its guest relax for a few hours.

There are no resorts on Kalanggaman Island. However, the local government of Palompon have established some basic amenities for the comfort of visitors. There are also policemen stationed on the island for the guests ‘security If you intend to stay overnight in the island, make sure to bring your tent and food as there are no available cottages for sleeping and store to buy food.


So if you want to relax and perhaps, get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, take time to go and see Kalanggaman Island. Bring with you a book to read or walk along and capture how photogenic the island is. Wait for the sun to set or rise, or just laze around and get your skin some sunshine vitamin early in the morning. Of course, swimming and snorkelling are some of the usual activities one can do.


*Take note of the following reminders: 

Regular Rate (Day Tour)
International Tourists – P500
Non-Palompon Tourists – P150
Non-Palompon College Tourists – P40
Non-Palompon High-school Tourists – P30
Non-Palompon Elementary Pupil – P20
Non-Palomponganon Senior Citizen – P120
Overnight Rates
International Tourists – P750
Non-Palompon Tourists – P225
Non-Palompon College Tourists – P60
Non-Palompon High-school Tourists – P45
Non-Palompon Elementary Pupil – P30
Non-Palomponganon Senior Citizen – P180


The rates for pumpboats (round trip) are as follow:

P3,000 – for 15 people and below
P3,500 – for 25 people and below
P4,000 – for 30 people and below


Where to Stay in Palompon Town:

Hutton Lodge
Cor. San Francisco St. & Evangelista St.
Contact number: (053) 338-3098Juan Titang Beach Resort
Brgy. Buaya, Sabang
Palompon, Leyte
Contact number: 0917 741 0259
Rizal Street, Palompon, Leyte
Contact number: (053) 338-2880Whispering Beach Mini Hotel
P. Del Rosario Ext., Brgy. Guiwan I
Contacts numbers: (053) 338-2135/555-8045

*I personally stayed at PACCI House as it is the nearest to the Liberty Park where one has to pay the necessary fees.


How to Reach Kalanggaman Island?

Fastest way is by air. From Manila, go to Palompon, Leyte via Tacloban Airport or Cebu Airport (a.k.a. Mactan International Airport).

From Tacloban Airport, ride a van going to Palompon. Van rides are found at the Abucay terminal in Tacloban. Trip takes about 4 hours.

From Cebu Airport, ride a taxi and choose from among the following location of shipping lines:

Super Shuttle Ferry (Bogo, Cebu – Palompon Leyte)
– Bogo, Cebu to Palompon, Leyte at 12:00PM daily
– Palompon, Leyte to Bogo, Cebu at 7:30PM daily

Super Shuttle Ferry’s office is located at 38 Gorordo Ave, Cebu City

Cokaliong Shipping Lines, Inc. (Cebu City – Palompon Leyte)
– Cebu City Pier 1 to Palompon at 08:00 PM (Mon, Thu)
– Cebu City Pier 1 to Palompon at 12:00 NN (Sun)
– Palompon to Cebu City Pier 1 at 08:00 AM Tue, Fri)
– Palompon to Cebu City Pier 1 at 10:00 PM (Sun)

Once in Palompon, go to Palompon Liberty Park and pay the necessary fees for the Kalanggaman EcoTour. The boat ride from this point to Kalanggaman Island takes about an hour for regular boats .


Don’t be a wasted soul, be ‘juan’derlust. Take it easy ebri’juan’.

Malcapuya Island (Palawan, PH)

“We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.” – John Hope Franklin


Palawan is undeniably one of the Philippines’best destination (if not the best). Having travelled to a number of beaches for the past years, I sometimes feel that they all look the same. During my 4th Palawan trip (and 2nd Coron trip), I decided to include Malcapuya Island in my itinerary.


And was I glad I did include it this time!!! Malcapuya is such a sight to behold. Well, there is still the white sand dotted shore touched by cerulean waters character that is typical of a Palawan beach. But there is something refreshing that my senses could not pinpoint specifically. I was actually lost for words that I don’t know which superlative to use to depict its beauty.


The boat ride from Coron mainland to Malcapuya Island takes about 1.5 to 2 hours depending on how rough the waters are. The boats usually dock at the north side of the Island, from there; a short walk is made over to the south side. A long stretch of glimmering white powdery sand greets every visitor.


The water is way more than inviting that one would jump their way to it. It is a delight to snorkel because a lot of fishes would swim with you. Together with Dicalubuan Island (Banana Island), I regard them as my best island beaches in Coron.


The costs of going to Malcapuya include the following: The entrance fee is 200 Php per person and hiring a boat from Coron Town over the day will cost around 3500 to 4000 Php. That would also include 2 other islands to visit (Dicalubuan and Bulog Dos).


Heads up: Heard from the grapevine that the island has been acquired by the Henann Group of Resorts and will soon be establishing a 5 -star luxury resort which is set to be the next big thing in Coron, Palawan. OH NOOOOOOO!!! I am not sure if this is really a good thing. But my wandering soul is quite dreaded about this news… Oh well…


How To Get There

From Manila, tourists who wants to visit Malcapuya Island can take a flight going to Busuanga, Palawan. Upon reaching Busuanga, tourists should take a 40-minute land trip (usually a van) bound for Coron town proper. There are also various passenger ships that ply the Manila-Coron route. Once in Coron, hire boat to Malcapuya Island.



Where To Stay in Coron:

Apartelle de Gabrielle  –  #231 National Highway Poblacion 5, Coron, Palawan; Contact Nos: 02-7882468 / 0921-4520473 / 0921-4521009 / 0905-3640753;

Balay Majika Lodge – Real Street, Poblacio 3, Coron, Palawan; Contact Nos: +63 919 3169030 / +63 9178563187 / +639087316543; Website:

Busuanga Island paradise – Km. 12 ,Hi-way, Brgy. Guadalupe, Busuanga Island, Coron – Busuanga Road, Coron, Palawan; Contact No. (02) 911 9180; Website:

Coron Backpacker Gusethouse- Coron-Busuanga Road, Coron; Contact No: 0916 400 4871; Website:


Coron Ecolodge – Calle Real Poblacion 2, Coron, Palawan; Contact Number: 0919 204 8824; Website:

Coron Gateway Hotel – Barangay Poblacion 1 , Coron, Palawan; Contact Nos: (+632) 887-7107 / 887-2420. Website:

Centro Coron Bed & Breakfast – National Highway, Barangay 4, Coron, Palawan: Contact Nos: 09277454625 | 09491414177; Website:

Coron Village Lodge ­– Brgy. Poblacio 1, Coron, Palawan; Contact Nos: +639081089772 / 4252231; Website:

Princess of Coron Resort – Nueva Street, No.6 Barangay Poblacion, Coron, Palawan; Contact No. 0916 540 0288; Website:


Nonetheless, don’t be a wasted soul, be ‘juan’derlust. Take it easy ebri’juan’.

Anguib Cove (Cagayan, PH)

“Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.” – Robert Henri


Who does not love the sea? To most people I know, the beach is a place of healing and happiness. The salt in the air and the water somewhat cleanses our soul and the sun cuddles us in its warmth. So if you have been reading my posts, by now you are pretty much acquainted that The Philippines is indeed a haven of some of the best beaches in the world. This is my 111th post here in WordPress and its again a write-up about a beach you might want to explore sometime soon.


Santa Ana, the northernmost town of the Province of Cagayan in the Philippines, is known as the Game Fishing Hub of the Philippines since it is bounded by teeming and vast marine life. I just featured a must-see place (Palaui Island) in this town a few days ago. Now, here is another one that is worth visiting too. The place is called Anguib Cove. (Check out Palaui Island write-up here at


I was fortunate to have visited this beach on two occasions: first in 201, and then again during the following year. Anguib Cove, a pretty much secluded beach, has become the pride of the town. It features startlingly blue, clear waters that touch the fine, white sand alongside its shores.  Being in a cove, the waters are calm and display stillness as the waves are mild, making the place safe for swimming.


The presence of agoho and coconut trees around the beach and some rock formations at one end of the cove, add up charm to its enthralling landscape.


During the time I have been to the beach, it was still underdeveloped as there are very few structures there (which I personally like).  Only a few cottages abound the area. We chose to pitch tents near the shore and it was more than perfect. There is no electricity at this far end of Sta. Ana so those who plan to come here must bring the basics whenever they can.


How to Reach Palaui Island:

The fastest way to reach Anguib Cove from Manila is to take a commercial flight to Tuguegarao City (capital of Cagayan Province). Another way (long way) is for you to endure a 14-16 hours bus ride to Tuguegarao City, Cagayan. Recommended Bus Companies are Victory Liner, Dalin Bus and Florida Bus Liner. (Terminal of these bus lines can be found in Sampaloc and Cubao). From there, take a three-hour van or bus ride to the fishing town of Santa Ana. From the town of Santa Ana, you need to ride a tricyle (P15 per passenger) to reach the port of San Vicente. Hire an outrigger boat that will take you to the cove OR you may rent a tricycle or van to get you to the far-end of Santa Ana, by land, where the cove can also be reached.


Don’t be a wasted soul, be ‘juan’derlust. Take it easy ebri’juan’…

Malapascua Island (Cebu, PH)

The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder. – Ralph W. Sockman


Malapascua – an island situated in the Visayan Sea across a shallow strait from the northernmost tip of Cebu Province.

The island became well-known during the early 1990s as a must-visit dive destination. However, even before its dive wonders rose to fame, Malapascua has been famed for its stretch of white sand beach called Bounty Beach; moreover, it has also been identified for its stunning seascape that boasts off wondrous coral gardens


Today, a great number of divers – local and international alike – come to the island and see for themselves Monad Shoal and Kemod Shoal. Monad Shoal specifically is an underwater plateau where thresher sharks and manta ray are seen on a regular basis.


What else can one do in Malapascua?

  • Ask your boatman to take you to various snorkelling sites including those with shipwreck wonders.
  • Do cliff diving. Not for the faint-hearted but for those with beaming adrenaline in them. Los Bamboo Point is a good place to do this.
  • Have lunch or picnic along one of the beaches that surround the island. We enjoyed the ones at Bounty Beach and Bantigue Cove when me and my friends where here.


  • Wait for the sunset, it may be along the beach or make your way to an old lighthouse and wait for the golden hour.
  • Take a motorcycle ride as a means of exploring other parts of the island.
  • Eat lechon! We were surprised that even in such tiny island, lechon Cebu is also available. Yummy!


How to Get to Malapascua Island:

From Manila: There are a number of airlines flying from Manila to Cebu regularly. Once in Mactan – Cebu, ride a metered taxi going to the North Bus Terminal. Take a bus (usually a Ceres Bus) bound for Maya-Bagay, Daanbantayan in Northern Cebu. Bus ride may take 3 – 4 hours.


At the Maya Wharf, a large boat will serve as a means of transportation to Malapascua. They also offer special trips of P800.00 – P1,000.00 where you will charter your own boat and you will not have to wait for other passengers before it leaves.

Once you set foot on the island, you take a motorcycle ride to wherever you wish to be brought to.


Don’t be a wasted soul, be a wanderlust. Take it easy ebriwan. Roamulofied out.