Itinerary : 4D 3N Biliran & Leyte - Sambawan Island, Biliran Waterfalls, Kalanggaman Island, Lake Danao Covered

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Read up for those wanting to try the four days itinerary we had during our trip from Biliran to Leyte which covers Maripipi Island, Sambawan Island, Naval Tour, Waterfalls in Biliran, Kalanggaman Island, Ormoc Tour, Lake Danao and Sabin Resort. It was such an adventure that I will treasure in my life from being amaze of the enchanting Sambawan island, chasing elusive waterfalls in Biliran, uncovering secluded rice terraces in Palayan, beach bumming in world class beaches of Kalanggaman Island and relaxing on the serene Lake Danao. Hope you will find this itinerary useful and watch for the individual blog post for each destination soon. Cheers!




Day 01 ( Sambawan Island ) 
click --> Travel Guide : Sambawan Island

7:57 am : Naval Port Arrival
8:00 am - 9:00 am : Meetup with others, breakfast in Public Market near the port
9:00 am - 10:15 : Paid Terminal Fee Php 25.00 per pax & waiting time in the terminal  
10:20 am : Boarding Time to Lourdes Ferry / Paid Passenger Fee Php 60.0o per pax
10:30 am - 12:00 pm : Maripipi Island Sea Travel
12:00 pm : Maripipi Island Arrival
12:30 pm : Checked In at Judith Gaviola Homestay paid Php 300.00 per pax ( number 0929 766 9790 )
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm : Habal-habal travel to Baranggay Ol-og paid Php 30.00 per pax
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm : Waiting Time for the Small Boat ( first come first serve basis )
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm : Maripipi to Sambawan Island paid Php 500.00 for the whole boat two way trip
3:00 pm : Sambawan Island Arrival paid entrance fee of Php 50.00
3:00 pm - 6:30 pm : Enjoying Sambawan Island
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm : Sambawan to Maripipi Island 
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm : Baranggay Ol-og to Maripipi Port Town ( Php 30.00 or more )
7:40 pm - 8:30 pm : Dinner at BBQ place in town
8:30 pm - 9:00 pm : walk back to Gaviola House ( star gazing is a must try while walking )
9:00 onwards : Rest / Preparations for next day



Additional Tips: 
  • It is best to make a deal with the habal-habal drivers to fetch you on your way back to the town after Sambawan. It might cost you more ( Php 100 per pax for us ) but it will be convenient for your sake.
  • You can stay in Sambawan island but it will probably take you three days because the only ferry going back to Naval from Maripipi will leave at 5:00 am and it will be difficult to catch it if you made an overnight stay in Sambawan. You can bring tent, rent a cottage ( Php 500.00 ), rent a bungalow ( Php 2500.00 ) or bribe the caretaker with liquor to stay in the watchtower for free.

Day 02 ( Waterfalls in Biliran )

4:00 am : Wake Up Call 
4:30 am : Checked-out of Gaviola House
5:00 am : Ferry to Naval Boarding Time 
5:30 am - 7:00 am : Maripipi Island to Naval Port paid Php 60.00
7:00 am - 8:00 am : Breakfast / Preparations for Supplies / Making Deals with Habal-Habal Driver ( the best deal we made  : Php 500.00 habal-habal one day rent fee & Php 84.00 gasoline refill )
8:00 am - 8:20 am : Naval to Almeria Travel
8:20 am - 8:40 am : Climbing down the mountain to Bagongbong Falls
8:40 am - 9:00 am : Bagongbong Falls Photo Taking
9:00 am - 9:20 am : Climbing up the mountain to the habal-habal driver
9:20 am - 9:35 am : Bagongbong Falls to Gateway for Palayan, Ulan-Ulan Falls, Tres Marias
9:35 am - 10:30 am : Trekking to Palayan
10:30 am - 11:30 am : Trekking to Ulan-Ulan Falls ( Dako )
11:30 am - 12:45 pm : Enjoying Ulan-Ulan Falls ( Dako )  
12:45 pm - 1:10 pm : Trekking to Ulan-Ulan Falls ( Gamay ) 
1:10 pm - 1:30 pm : another picture taking in Ulan-Ulan Falls ( Gamay )
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm : Ulan-Ulan to Palayan Trekking
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm : Cooking / Eating Late Lunch
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm : Trek from Palayan to Gateway where the habal-habal drivers are waiting
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm : Travel to Tinago Falls
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm : Tinago Falls Photo Taking
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm : Tinago Falls to Naval
7:00 pm : Checked-In at TJ Pensione ( room rate Php 1000.00 for 5 pax + Php 180 for 1 pax & extra bed )
7:30 pm onwards : Dinner & short Naval tour



Additional Tips: 
  • There are so many waterfalls to choose from in Biliran I recommend to take out the Ulan-Ulan Falls because of its super long trek and maximize the remaining time with other waterfalls with short trek. You will miss the Palayan Rice Terraces though.
  • WARNING! The area in Tinago Falls is quite dangerous and is known to have many bandits so it is best to go in the waterfall during daytime and avoid late afternoon trip.
  • Other waterfalls : Casiawan Falls, Tomalistis Falls, Recoletos Falls, Sampao Falls, Kasabangan Falls

Day 03 ( Kalanggaman Island )
click --> 10 Secrets of Kalanggaman Island

4:30 am : Wake Up Call 
5:00 am - 7:30 am : Naval to Palompon Van Ride total fee of Php 190.00 ( to Libungao Php 100 + to Palompon Php 90.00 )
7:30 am - 8:30 am : Negotiate for boat transfer at Tourism Office & Registration
8:30 am - 10:00 am : Breakfast / Supplies Preparations
10:30 am - 12:00 pm : Palompon to Kalanggaman Island ( regular rate = Php 2500.00 )
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm : Kalanggaman Island beach bumming with entrance fee of ( Palompon Locals of Php 50.00, Filipino Tourists of Php 150.00, Foreign Tourists Php 500.00 )
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm : Kalanggaman Island to Palompon
6:30 pm onwards : Dinner & Rest






Day 04  ( Lake Danao & Sabin Resort )

8:00 am : Wake Up Call
8:00 am - 9:00 am : Breakfast
10:30 am - 12:30 pm : Palompon to Ormoc City
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm : Lunch
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm : Ormoc City to Lake Danao ( regular rate during morning Php 40.00 one way )
3:15 pm - 4:30 pm : Lake Danao Tour
4:30 pm - 5:15 pm : Lake Danao to Sabin Resort for Php 40.00 ( jeepney ) Php 7.00 ( motorcab )
5:15 pm - 6:15 pm : Photo taking & sunset watch at Sabin Resort ( admission is free as long as you eat in the restaurant )
6:15 pm - 8:00 pm : Dinner at Mario's Resto Bar
8:30 pm - 8 : 45 pm : Sabin's Resort to Ormoc City ( Php 7.00 )
9:00 pm : Boarding Time for Lite Shipping
10:00 pm : Lite Shipping departs Ormoc's Port




Additional Tips :
  • It is best to start the Lake Danao in the morning ( especially if you are on a solo travel ) to get the regular rate of jeepney ride of Php 40.00 but if you did come late in the afternoon you can make a deal of Php 120.00 per pax two way with the driver depending on how many you are.

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Chris just loves to travel, and for a long time now has been drifting from place to place around the Philippines. With his combined passion for travel and photography, he’s managed to find himself in the middle of some magical moments and mind blowing scenery. The Bisdak Explorer is Chris’s way of sharing his experiences with you, and showcasing not just his travel photography, but the moments and stories behind those photos.

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