32 Best Tourist Spots in Samar: Home of Enchanting Forests & Caves

Here is your complete DIY travel guide to the tourist spots in Samar Island! We also included not only only the popular attractions but also the off-beaten destinations and the most adventurous things to do.

Samar is the third biggest island in the Philippines and is reputably one of the country’s last ecological frontiers. This as pristine rain forests cover much of the island, providing a safe refuge to numerous endemic wildlife species including the critically-endangered Philippine monkey-eating Eagle.

It’s untamed jungles, pristine rivers, unspoiled caves, and scenic waterfalls remain relatively unknown until then. There’s so much to explore here and the current list is just an icing to what the island potentially offers to the growing ecotourism market.

Sustainably and responsibly managing these natural spectacles could help boost community-based development.

If you’re up then to visit Samar, here are the destinations you should not miss. Take note. We also included the tourist spots in Northern Samar and tourist spots in Eastern Samar.

1. Pinipisakan Falls

Pinipisakan Falls is one of the tourist spots in Samar Island.
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Pinipisakan Falls is one of the picturesque tourist spots in Samar, owing to its enchanting and magical view. It has four layers with refreshing waters emerging from dense rainforests upstream.

The falls’ natural pool reflects the pale green color of the forest and one could not help but jump from one of the rocks and have an invigorating swim.

Until today, however, it remains one of the least accessible tourist spots in Samar.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Bai-ang, San Jorge
  • Trekking Time: 2 hours
  • Tour Guide Contact: 09192943865

2. Langun-Gobingob Cave

Langun-Gobingob is one of the tourist spots in Samar Island.

Langun-Gobingob Cave boasts of the largest karst in the Philippines while the same cave system ranks as one of the biggest in Asia. It’s only now, however, when both local and foreign tourists are starting to frequent the said cave.

Inside, there are stunning rock formations such as huge columns. Bats and other creatures also live within.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Panayuran, Calbiga
  • Tour Packages: Php 3000/head for one day, Php 10 000/head for three days

3. Lulugayan Falls and Rapids

Lulugayan Falls is one of the tourist spots in Samar Island.

Dubbed as the Mini-Niagara Falls of the Philippines, Lulugayan Falls is one of the most iconic tourist spots in Samar. It resembles a huge curtain cascading over a window.

Dense rainforests also surround the waterfall. Its crystal-clear waters carved deep pockets of the pool where you can have a rejuvenating swim. Try climbing on one of the rocks and jump to the deepest part of the pool.

Make sure you know how to swim though. Meanwhile, there are cottages where you can have a picnic and cook your meals.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Literon, Calbiga
  • Trekking Time: 30 minutes – 1 hour

4. Ulot River

Ulot River is one of the tourist spots in Samar Island.

Ulot River is the ultimate destination for those wanting to experience a thrilling canoe adventure dubbed the Ulot Torpedo Boat Extreme Ride.

Expect bumps and humps as the boat takes you to strong rapids of the river which ends at Deni’s Point. Here, you can have a picnic and swim in the cool and crystal-clear waters.

Huge boulders abound and you can try jumping or diving from one of these towards a deep part of the river.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Tenani, Paranas
  • Fee: Php 1,800 a boat for five pax
  • Boating Time: 45 minutes

5. Sohotan Caves & Natural Bridge Park

Sohotan Caves and Natural Bridge Park is one of the tourist spots in Samar Island.

The Natural Bridge Park came into fruition in 1935 to protect the exotic rock formations, pristine rainforests, and caves along the Sohotan River. It’s one of the most visited tourist spots in Samar and is a treasure trove for biological explorers.

Navigate along the park and you’ll find beautiful pools and limestone formations. There is also a cave that hosts numerous bats. Explore the jungle and you’ll find yourself in the middle of ecological bounty.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Guirang, Basay
  • Kayaking Fee: Php 150 each

6. Marabut Rock Formations

Marabut Rock Formations is one of the tourist spots in Samar Island.

Marabut Marine Park, located at San Pedro Bay, hosts numerous limestone rock formations, some towering for more than 30 meters high with their own vegetation.

They’re almost like floating islands in contrast with the blue sea. You can try jumping from one of these if you’re an expert diver and swimmer. If you’re done visiting them, you can proceed to a 16th Century Lighthouse, located on an islet.

Here, you’ll get a stunning view of the surrounding seascapes plus encounter different kinds of birds.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Osmena, Marabut

7. San Juanico Bridge

San Juanico Bridge is arguably one of the most easily recognized tourist spots in Samar province, being the longest bridge in the country. It connects Samar with neighboring Leyte island.

Aside from its length, the bridge boasts of an arch-shaped design and measures 1.34 miles in length. Add to that the breathtaking views of the seas and islands as you drive along the bridge.

8. Samar Archaeological Museum

The Samar Archaeological Museum is one of the recognized cultural tourist spots in Samar. Sitting near Samar’s premium beaches, the museum displays a varied array of historical and cultural materials such as burial jars, Chinese porcelains, religious statues, and log coffins containing skeletal remains.

  • Location/Jump-off: Calbayog City

9. Tarangban Falls

Tarangban Falls is one of the tourist spots in Samar Island.

Tarangban Falls is one of the less-known tourist spots in Samar province but it’s one worthy of further exploration and documentation. It boasts of several layers cascading on top of each other.

Collectively, the waterfall measures hundreds of feet, making it one of the highest in Samar and the region.

  • Location/Jump-off: Calbayog City
  • Trekking Time: 30-40 minutes

10. Biri Island

Biri Island is one of the tourist spots in Samar Island.

Biri Island lies in the northern part of Samar. It showcases stunning rock formations such as the so-called Magasang, Bel-at, Magsapad, Caranas, Macadlaw, and Puhunan.

You can explore all these if you want and take Instagrammable shots. Other favorite activities you can do here are snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, surfing, and paddle-boarding.

  • Location/Jump-off: Lavezares, Biri
  • Boat Ride: 20 minutes

11. Basey Church

Basey Church is one of the recognized historical tourist spots in Samar province, dating back during the Spanish times. It sits on an elevated spot and is distinct for its huge bell tower.

The church features creative stained glass and artistic depiction of biblical scenes on its ceilings and walling. Saint Michael, the town’s patron saint, rests on the altar and the locals celebrate his feast every September 29.

  • Location/Jump-off: Basey town

12. Capul Lighthouse

Capul Lighthouse was built to warn the villagers of impending raids from pirates or plunderers during the Spanish times. It’s one of the known historical tourist spots in Samar.

Aside from its historical significance, it offers a breathtaking view of the seas and the cliff. There is a site near the lighthouse where visitors can have a picnic.

  • Location/Jump-off: Capul Island

13. Calicoan Island

Calicoan Island is located some kilometers away from mainland Samar. It is a perfect getaway for those who prefer less touristy destinations. If you’re an introvert like me, there’s just nothing like it here.

Imagine just simply lying on the beach while gazing at the serene waters, the waving palms, and the unspoiled white beaches. Plus, you’ll feel a sense of belongingness here because the locals are friendly and hospitable.

  • Location/Jump-off: Guiuan

14. Lobo Cave

Lobo Cave is one of Samar Tourist Spots.

Lobo Cave is one of the legendary tourist spots in Samar province. Locals believe that fairies (called enkanto in the local dialect) inhabit the cave. When you get here, ask a local tour guide and you’ll hear a lot of fascinating stories about the cave.

Inside, you’ll find a large stalagmite formation that resembles a mythological angel. Lobo cave also features an underground river and cascading waterfalls.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Tagbayaon, Jiabong

15. Belat Pool

Belat Pool is one of Samar Tourist Spots.

Belat Pool is locally-known for its crystal-clear waters and the beautiful rock formations surrounding it. It’s fit for both diving and swimming. Even bachelors can easily learn how to swim here because of the calm waters. Just make sure an expert swimmer is always on the lookout though.

  • Location/Jump-off: Biri

16. Samar Island National Park

Samar Island National Park is one of Samar Tourist Spots.

Samar Island National Park hosts the Philippine’s largest contiguous tract of old-growth rainforest. Covering an area of more than 333, 300 hectares, the park is home to endemic and endangered species, making it a biological hotspot.

The park also includes some of Samar’s notable landmarks such as the Sohotan Natural Bridge National Park. Much of the park has been logged through the years.

Fortunately, more community-based initiatives are springing up to protect the park while espousing community-based development via ecotourism.

Explore Eastern Samar Tourist Spots

17. Minasangay Marine Eco-Park

Minasangay Island Marine Eco-Park is one of the tourist spots in Eastern Samar.

Minasangay Marine Eco-Park is one of the rising tourist spots in Eastern Samar. Both locals and foreign visitors love coming here to experience its lush forests, coconut plantations, mangrove forests, and rock formations on the beach.

  • Location/Jump-off: Balangkayan

18. Makati Island

Makati Island boasts of white beaches and crystal-clear waters. Coconut trees line the beach. Just like many islands in Eastern Samar, Makati Island is less touristy, thus, fit for those wanting to experience a rustic respite.

  • Location/Jump-off: Sulat

19. Canjuway Nature Park

Canjuway Nature Park is an idyllic escape for nature lovers and soul seekers. Tucked in a remote site, the park makes you feel like you are in times standing still.

Imagine sitting on one of the numerous rock formations while gazing at the crashing waves and the endless ocean. That is how it’s like here.

  • Location/Jump-off: Canjuway,  Borongan

20. Calicoan Island & Beach

Calicoan Beach is one of the tourist spots in Eastern Samar.

Also called ABCD Beach, Calicoan Island and Beach is one of the most frequented tourist spots in Eastern Samar. The beach lies on the Pacific Ocean which enables bigger waves.

That makes the island one of the best-surfing sites in the Philippines. Enjoy basking on the sandy part of the beach or you could try jumping/diving from one of the cliffs towards a deeper part of the sea.

  • Location/Jump-off: Calicoan Island

21. Homonhon Island

Homonhon Island is one of the tourist spots in Eastern Samar.

Homonhon Island is one of the recognized historical tourist spots in Eastern Samar. This is the first island which Ferdinand Magellan reached on March 16, 1521 on his mission to circumnavigate the world.

But more than that, the Homonhon Island is also an ecological paradise with white sand beaches extending for miles.

  • Location/Jump-off: Guian

22. Apiton Island

Apiton Island is one of the tourist spots in Eastern Samar.

Apiton Island is one of the promising tourist spots in Eastern Samar. Here, you’ll find breathtaking blue lagoons, tidal pools, and stunning rock formations.

Some of the rock formations are several meters high. Try jumping or diving from one of these towards deep pools. Just make sure you know how to swim. If you have time, avail of a guide and explore the dense forests.

  • Location/Jump-off: Apiton Island, San Policarpo

23. Divinubo Island

Divinubo Island is a promising ecotourism destination with its pristine white beaches, lush forests, and beautiful rock formations. Take a boat around the island and you’ll find numerous sea caves, tidal pools, and lagoons. Atop a hill, you’ll find a lighthouse overlooking the vast Pacific Ocean.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Lalawigan, Borongan City

24. Linao Cave

Linao Cave is one of the tourist spots in Eastern Samar.

Linao Cave is one of the least known tourist spots in Eastern Samar. However, it is a potential destination that could bring the local town into the ecotourism limelight.

If you’ve heard of the famous Enchanted River in Surigao, then you’ve got a similar picture of Linao Cave. It lies deep in the jungle, giving it a surreal view. The waters of Linao Cave are also crystal clear and bluish.

  • Location/Jump-off: Sulangan Island, Guian

25. Ban-awan Falls

Ban-awan Falls is one of the tourist spots in Eastern Samar.

Ban-awan Falls is one of the remotest tourist spots in Eastern Samar. But both locals and tourists keep coming here because of its majestic view, being the highest falls in the entire province.

It cascades on a massive cliff surrounded with green forests. Expect to trail on jungles and cross brooks before reaching the waterfall.

  • Location/Jump-off: Lawaan

Visit Northern Samar Tourist Spots

26. Matikawol Falls

Matikawol Falls is one of the tourist spots in Northern Samar.

Experience swimming in the vast pool of Matikawol Falls and let its cold and crystal-clear waters give you lasting rejuvenation.

Because of the waters’ pristine condition, locals claim that visitors can achieve healing from common illnesses especially colds. Lush forests surround the waterfall, giving it a dramatic view.

  • Location/Jump-off: Gamay town

27. Pink Beach

The Pink Beach is one of the tourist spots in Northern Samar.

Pink Beach is one of the most popular tourist spots in Northern Samar. Unlike the white, powdery sands in Boracay, the sands are literally pink! Who would not fall in love with such unusual landscape.

Aside from the pinkish sands, the waters here are also crystal-clear and these teem with marine life including coral reefs.

  • Location/Jump-off: Sila Island, San Vicente Island

28. Bel-at Natural Pool

Belat Pool is locally-known for its crystal-clear waters and the beautiful rock formations surrounding it. It’s fit for both diving and swimming. Even bachelors can easily learn how to swim here because of the calm waters. Just make sure an expert swimmer is always on the lookout though.

  • Location/Jump-off: Biri

29. Acapulco Beach

Acapulco Beach is one of the emerging tourist spots in Northern Samar. Both locals and foreign tourists love coming here because of its pristine condition. Its coastline boasts of both grayish and white beaches while the sea teems with marine life and coral reefs.

  • Location/Jump-off: Capul Island

30. Dalupiri Island

Dalupiri Island boasts of a long stretch of white sands complementing rows of palm. There are different accommodations to choose from. Aside from swimming the pristine waters, tourists could go for snorkeling sessions.

On the other side of the island, there is a marine sanctuary that is home to a myriad of species. Catch sight of these and you’ll get lost in amazement.

  • Location/Jump-off: San Antonia & Victorina town
  • Boat Ride: 30 minutes

31. Onay/Unay Beach

The Onay Beach or Unay Beach is one of the tourist spots in Northern Samar.

Onay/Unay Beach lies on the northeastern coast and is one of the secluded tourist spots in Northern Samar. Enjoy trailing on the golden beach sand while gazing at the serene and calm water of the sea.

On one end of the beach, you’ll find two massive rocks. For a thrilling experience, you can jump from one of these towards a deep part of the sea. Just make sure you know how to swim.

  • Location/Jump-off: Laoang

32. Biri Island Rock Formation

The Biri Island Rock Formation is one of the tourist spots in Northern Samar.

Biri Island Rock Formation is more than its pristine beaches and crystal-clear swimming pools. It also boasts of giant rock formations locally called Magasang, Bel-at, Macadlaw, Magsapad, Pinanahawan, and the Puhunan.

Because of the rocks humongous size, the island is also touted as the “battleground of the gods.” The island also offers tourist activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, and surfing.

  • Location/Jump-off: Biri Island
  • Boat Ride: 20 minutes

For Your Information

If you need more information that may help in setting up your itinerary to the tourist spots in Samar province, do contact the following:

  • Contact Number: (055) 543 8980
  • Email: spot.sparksamar@gmail.com
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Photos Courtesy of: Samar Provincial Tourism Office, Jon Piczon, Karl Jamandra, Ferdz Decena, Becoming Filipino

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