Province of Samar Travel Guide

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  • Young Coconut meat

    Basey Restaurants

    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 can eat it...

  • Dont expect that much!

    Basey Tourist Traps

    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...

  • Are you ready?

    Basey What to Pack

    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...



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    by eversure Written Mar 7, 2012

    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.

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  • The Best Halo-Halo

    Samar Restaurants

    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...

  • Getting Around

    Samar Transportation

    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...

  • Wear the Right Sandals...

    Samar Off The Beaten Path

    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...



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  • Explore the Caves

    Sohoton Things to Do

    There are several caves within Sohoton Park, the most popular of which is Panhulugan Cave. Actually Panhulugan is composed of 2 caves connected to each other forming 3 chambers. The entrance of the first chamber used to be a cemetery where probably hundreds of Spaniards were buried. In the course of digging their bones, an Austrian accidentally...

  • Knock three times

    Sohoton Local Customs

    Prior to entering a chamber, we noticed that our guide would knock several times on the cave's wall. When asked, he explained that it is a sign of respect and to seek permission from the cave's "unseen inhabitants" to allow us entry into the cave. We followed his example by way of cheerful greetings and saying "makikiraan po". The latter is the...

  • The Golden River

    Sohoton Things to Do

    The only way to reach Sohoton Park is through the Golden River. Rent a pumpboat from Basey or at the foot of Golden Bridge and cruise the long river for an hour where you will be treated to a "calming scenery". You will see tall coconut trees and lush vegetation lining the length of the river on both sides. This pattern is broken at some points by...


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