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Majority of the Filipinos know that Cebu is the main attraction of Central Visayas, being the premier tourist hub of the region, as well as an important city for trade and commerce. What many do not know is that, somewhere in the easternmost part lies a province teeming with several different exhilarating attractions. We’re talking about Samar Island.
For those who don’t have any idea, Calbayog City in Samar can now be considered as one of the promising Philippines beach holiday destinations. Aside of course, from its lovely beach fronts, the city is blessed as well, with several lovely natural attractions, among which are as follows:
The Treasures Of Samar
- Tarangban Falls, Calbayog City
Just close to the Bangon Falls, Tarangban can be found in Barangay Tinaplacan, around 45.2 km from the city proper, going north. The falls is still 4 kilometers away from the national highway, meaning it entails around an hour of trekking inorder to get to the said scenic destination.
Or, you may also take the habal-habal which the locals would gladly tell you where they are stationed. Nice thing – the falls has never been rated for difficulty to reach such as easy, medium, hard, and so on.
Visitors who have experienced the adventure swear about its uniqueness since the waters crisscross onto many rock formations, and cascade rapidly towards the river. You also have to tread on many of the cascades to get to the main falls.
To enjoy your swimming, bring your own provisions of food and water as food outlets are not yet available in the area. The local tourism officials recommend both the Bangon and Tarangban Falls for great outdoor fun, besides magnificent photo opportunities!
- Haven of Fun Beach Resort, San Antonio, Northern Samar
The perfect getaway for those escaping the hustle and bustle of modern living, this resort is located in the heart of Dalupiri Island, in the northern part. The Haven is touted to be the best alternative to Boracay’s high-end resorts.
Here, visitors are treated to a slow-paced beach life where a quiet frolic in the white sand and clear blue waters can surely rejuvenate tired spirits. You will instantly feel safe away from home. What’s more, they have several choices for accommodations that will suit any budget regardless of whether you are a foreign or local tourist.
How To Get To Calbayog
Catch the Philippine Air Lines (PAL) Express that flies to Manila to and from Calbayog and Catarman City. Calbayog is around two hours travel by van from Catarman. Those who opt to take the long ride may catch the bus that plies the Luzon-Visayas-Mindanao route since it treads the Maharlika Highway which runs through the entire province.
The buses are stationed at the Ali Mall Bus Terminal in Cubao and the various Pasay City terminals. At the southern tip of Luzon, a ferryboat will take the bus for a 30-minute ride to the northern tip of Samar, after which you may proceed to your chosen destination.
After your Samar escapade, proceed to Mindanao to experience the must-visit sites in the island. Don’t forget to explore top restaurants in Davao City for a truly delightful gastronomic experience.
If there’s one unique and extremely fantastic attraction you shouldn’t miss seeing, that would be the Banana Beach Resort. Why the name? Of course, it’s nestled inside a sprawling 760-hectare banana plantation in Brgy. Madaum, just a 15-minute drive from Tagum City, Davao del Norte! Also, it’s merely an hour away from the City of Davao.
Touted to be the world’s only beach resort found within a banana plantation, this must-visit place is undoubtedly one of the best beach holidays Philippines. An upscale resort boasting of A-one facilities, the place offers great food and renders world class service. Away from the maddening noise of the metropolis, the Banana Beach is your perfect hideaway.
What To Expect
- Water Adventure And Other Activities
You may be wondering where the beach could be since it’s a plantation. Well, it has a coastline beach spanning 4.5 kilometers of a flat and even seabed, hence, water activities are safe even for children! No worries since lifeguards are strategically positioned in the beach areas for close guarding.
Kids will surely love building sand castles, frolic in the fine gray sands or play to their heart’s delight in the children’s playground. Small wonder it’s hailed as the most child friendly resort in the said City.
Adventure aficionados will certainly enthrall in such pulse pounding water activities as banana boat riding, kayaking, skimboarding, water trampoline, paddle boarding, or take a dip in the famed infinity pool, overlooking the serene beachfront. Exciting land activities include beach volleyball, Frisbee throwing, and more.
- Twilight Safari
And still you thought this is just a luxurious beach resort? Nope, you’re wrong – not far from the beach lies a sprawling 60-hectare lush forest where a guided tour called Twilight Safari can be enjoyed by interested guests.
Among the lushness of huge trees and bamboos, giant Anahaw trees, and some species of rattan, live the monkeys, wild boars, snakes, monitor lizards, heron, egrets and some bird species roaming freely. A touring cab provided by the resort will take guests to the forest starting from 5:30 in the morning up until 9:00 in the evening.
- The Spot
The most popular place inside the resort is where visitors can do fishing for bangus, kitang, lapu-lapu, talakitok and pompano. They can opt to find their own “spot” for fishing, hence the name, and further, they can savour their day’s fresh catch at the pavilion overlooking the iconic view of the pond, mangroves, and the Madaum River.
Likewise, there’s a trail for biking and horseback riding, plus, this spot is ideal for corporate and social events such as weddings, family reunions, debuts, and birthday parties as well.
How To Get There
There are daily flights to Davao City from Manila and Cebu. From Davao, take the bus, jeepney or van bound for Tagum, When in the place, ride the multicab jeep to Madaum. Those with private cars can take the Panacan route to Tagum, turn right for the road heading towards the Hijo Plantation in Madaum before you reach the city proper.
For day tours, the resort charges P750 per head fully consumable, where kids 10 years old and below are charged free. Browse these pages for more exciting details. When done with your Tagum escapade, you may now proceed to explore the exciting attractions of nearby Davao City. Just don’t miss to sample the best food in Davao by visiting the many reasonably prized restaurants.