Monday, May 20, 2013

Posted by Glen Santillan in , | 6:42 AM

Everything you need to know about Biri, Northern Samar : Where to Stay, Where to Eat, What to Do and How to Get There

The island of Biri is located in the northernmost tip of the province of Northern Samar, facing the deep blue sea of the Pacific Ocean to the east and the popular San Bernardino Strait to the west. The island is home to a number of magnificent rock formations.
Bel-at Rock Formation
What to do in Biri / Places of Interest
Rock Formation
The island of Biri is gifted with awesome and towering rock formations sculpted through time by the ferocious waves of the Pacific Ocean and tidal currents of San Bernardino. Two of the most famous rock formations are the Magasang Rock Formation and the Bel-at Rock Formation. The local government is collecting P50 as an environmental user's fee for both local and foreign tourists. Here's the story of my visit to Biri Island.


Magasang Rock Formation


Cogon Surfing Site
Another frequented site in the island is the Cogon Surfing area. Waves are usually big during the month of September to December. 

Snorkeling and Dive Sites
The island is also blessed with marine sanctuaries that have various interesting marine species. The sanctuaries serve as a haven for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts.

Where to Stay in Biri
Villa Amor 
Delos Reyes St. Ext. Brgy. Poblacion , Biri
Rates start at P600 for a non-airconditioned room good for two people
Contact Number : 0947-405-4175
Villa Amor
Biri Resort and Dive Center
Delos Reyes St. Ext. Brgy. Poblacion , Biri
Contact Number : 0929-288-4904

Glenda's Bed and Breakfast
Brgy. Sto. Niño, Biri
Contact Number : 09082490590

Where to Eat in Biri
Rosie's Lutong Bahay
I highly recommend this place as the food serving is huge and affordable. The place is clean and homey. It is located near the national high school in Bare-is.
Mila's Eatery
Public Market Site, Brgy. Poblacion, Biri

Biri Beer Garden
Tourism Pavilion Municipal Compound 

How To Go to Biri
By Air
Cebu Pacific and Airphil Express have daily flights to Catarman which is the capital of Northern Samar. From Catarman, take a jeepney ride to the town of Lavezares, and from there, a 45-minute motorboat ride to the Island of Biri.

By Land
Airconditioned and non-airconditioned buses have daily trips from Manila to Visayas and Mindanao which will pass by the town of Lavezares. Alight at the municipal hall building and take a short walk to the market area. The boat terminal is located near the public market.

By Water
From Cebu, one can tae a boat to either Calbayog City or Ormoc City. From Manila, passenger boats travel via Tacloban or Calbayog. From there Take a bus or van to Allen or Catarman then Jeep to Lavezares.

There are also boats to and from Matnog, Sorsogon but the trips are infrequent. You will need to ask the boatmen in advance if they have trip on a certain day. If you travel in a group, you can charter a boat to Matnog, Sorsogon from Biri Island.

Local Transportation Rates
Lavezares to Biri (Motorboat) - P50
Around the Town (Motorcycle) - P10
Brgy. Poblacion to Magasang Rock Formation (Motorcycle) - P60 max 3pax
Brgy. Poblacion to Bel-at Rock Formation (Motorcycle) - P45 max 3 pax
Brgy. Sto Niño to Magasang Rock Formation (Motorcycle) - P90 max 3 pax
Brgy. Sto Niño to Bel-at Rock Formation (Motorcycle) - P75 max 3 pax
Magasang - Bel-at vv (Motorcycle) - P10 per head one-way
Brgy Sto. Niño to Kauswagan (Motorcycle) - P45/head one-way
Brgy. Poblacion to Kauswagan (Motorcycle) - P35/head one-way

Tour Guiding and Motorcycle Ride - P200/motorcycle max of 3 pax (maximum of 8 hours and P25/hour in excess)    

 
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