The best way to get to Catbalogan is via Van hires from Tacloban in Leyte. You could share a van with other travellers or you could hire the whole van. The whole van could be had for Peso2500 last year. The journey takes 4hrs more or less and crosses the San Juanico Bridge. This bridge is by far the longest in the Philippines. There are three van companies servicing the Tacloban-Catbalogan route but we went with Duptours. The van was ok. Not the best but it was clean, the AC was cool and the driver was very helpful.
Have you ever tasted this ' buco ' in the local language, It is a young coconut with juice in it....I love it! you can eat this naturally and drink the sap..... you can also make it a BUCO SALAD made with cream, condensed milk and a few tropic fresh fruit, it has to be refrigerated first for the salad, but for the natural buco....you can eat it...more
Don't' expect "luxe" when you travel here in 'Western Samar', you cannot find any 5 star hotel or high class restaurant, unless you will go to Tacloban City. Western Samar is still in developing stage...nature are absolutely nice! people are friendly. Try to consider your trip as an adventure, feel the way of life in the province....don't expect...more
Back pack and belt bags are ideal. the more easy to carry is the best. Sport shoes and sandals are okey. Wear light clothes like T-shirs and shorts. Dont forget to bring some pants or something long sleeves clothes, it also help when it's getting dark, mosquito comes out and singing around you. I suggest to bring as much as possible your...more
Don't be deceived by the name. There is no garden here. However, they do have excellent Halo-halo. They also serve "hamburger," which isn't really a hamburger -- more like ground beef/pork between two slices of white bread. It's not bad, really. They also have mais con hielo. Tina's is more a "merienda" (afternoon snack) place than an actual...more
Only within Catbalogan -- the main form of transportation is by tricyle. The pedal-powered kind is call "traisikol" (say it with the accent), while the motor-powered type is called "pajero." Fare can range from Php5 - 10, depending on your location. Residents normally have motorbikes of their own, as cars take up too much space on the road. And...more
It comes in handy to wear the right sandals. You may come to find out that your sandals are useless when wet. I found this out the hard way. I found myself sliding from my sandals when it began to rain or when I went swimming. Luckily, some of my girlfriend's family was more than willing to share their pair even thought at times they were half the...more
there are buses though infrequent but a lot of vans go by the hour to Borongan or Guiuan passing by Marabut. Make sure though that the trip "is via Marabut" as there are those that go to Borongan or Guiuan "via Buray-Taft". Duptours and VanVan's are the most reliable van companies that ply the...more