Thursday, May 17, 2018

Travel Guide: Biliran Itinerary and Expenses

I squeezed in a trip to Biliran after a writing assignment in Samar. The province is a nice, laid back and idyllic place to visit. Sambawan Island has a beautiful overlooking view of the cove and the rock formations and the waterfalls are good places to hang out in.


Expenses



Here's a breakdown of the expenses I incurred during my trip to this province:

*everything's in PHP unless otherwise stated

240 - Grand Tours van to Naval from Tacloban (round way)
570 - Food and drinks
900 - 1 night at Qutcerr Inn (I checked out late)
200 - Guide fee Ulan-Ulan Falls (it's P300 for a group of 2 or more, I negotiated the price)
500 - Motorcycle taxi to Ulan-Ulan and Tinago Falls
300 - Motorcycle taxi to and from Kawayan (round way)
20 - Transportation
500 - Boat to Sambawan Island
70 - Sambawan Island to Maripipi Island boat ride
100 - Maripipi Island to Kawayan boat ride
900 - 1 night Etsu Hotel in Tacloban                                                                
4300 - Total for 3 days and 2 nights

*Excludes round trip airfare from Manila to Tacloban

You could spend less by staying at a cheaper accommodation and eating cheaper food. I was willing to spend more on the two during my stay. I didn't look too far for a guesthouse, I just went to the nearest one outside the van terminal. I spent less than what I saw online (around P3000+++) for the boat ride to Sambawan and back because I went with other groups after arriving at the port.

How to Get to Biliran

Biliran is easily accessible via van ride from Tacloban City. There are many vans that ply the Tacloban-Naval route. I would recommend Grand Tours; their terminal is near Save More, Etsu Hotel, McDonald's and Jollibee among other establishments. The fare is around P120 per way.

Where to Stay in Biliran

I didn't wander too far away from the van terminal when I looked for a place to stay in Naval. I researched online and the prices were quite similar, so I decided to spend the night in Qutcerr Inn. The room I got from the latter costs around P750, I paid an extra P150 for late checkout. Their accommodation was just outside Grand Tours' terminal.

Getting Around Biliran

There are jeeps, tricycles and motorcycle taxis (habal-habal) to take you to and from places within and outside of Naval. A ride to different parts of town costs around P10 for tricycles and motorcycles. A jeep ride is cheaper for long trips to another town but don't or rarely travel late in the afternoon or evening. One of the ways to visit the attractions is to rent a motorcycle taxi for the day or ride one yourself. Since I didn't know how to ride one I hired Kuya Jating (09358565409). I paid him P500 to visit two waterfalls during my visit.

*If you want more information about Sambawan Island, click here.

*If you want more information about my trip to two waterfalls click here.

Itinerary











Day 1
Depart Tacloban for Naval
Check in accommodation
Eat, sleep, explore the town

(Depending on what time you arrive, you can visit the waterfalls on the same day you leave Tacloban)

Day 2
Depart for Kawayan Port en route to Sambawan Island
Share a boat with another group if you're traveling solo, or rent a boat if you traveled with others
Beach bum, have a picnic, swim, go to the view point on Sambawan Island
Return to Kawayan then back to Naval
One more night in town

Day 3
Check out of accommodation
Chase waterfalls (Ulan-Ulan, Tinago or others)
Return to town and depart for Tacloban

*I didn't put exact times to make your trip flexible. You don't need to spend two nights in Naval to visit the places I went to, if you leave Tacloban early in the morning. 


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