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2018 BIRI ISLAND, SAMAR TRAVEL GUIDE
Awe-inspiring, marvellous, magnificent…just a few adjectives one can describe the Rock Formations in Biri island.
For me, Biri Island is the most interesting town in Northern Samar. It is known for its splendid rock formations carved thru time due to ferocious waves of the San Bernardino Strait that lap up the eastern portion of its shore.
I have never seen a beautiful rock formation such as this before.The picturesque Biri Rock Formation is composed of seven gigantic limestone rocks, showcasing itself as an awe-inspiring natural wonder with unique carved forms.The Biri Rock Formation has been depicted as a consequence of the “battle of the gods” since pounding winds, tectonic plate movements, raging storms, and ruthless waves crashing against the rocks created its magnificent beauty.
What makes Biri Rock Formation an even more interesting natural attraction are the surrounding white-sand beach, a lush mangrove forest with dwarf mangroves and open waters through which I can see live sea urchins, and other sea living creatures living along a healthy seagrass bed.
It was quite a challenge to even get there. From Catarman we took the jeepney; then ride the Bangka and habal-habal. Tiring indeed! Only the astonishing sight of Biri Rock Formation took away all the pains in my legs.
For an outdoor buddy, Biri’s rocky landscape leaves the huge potential for exploration. At that place are hundreds of spots and thousands of routes waiting for the courageous climber. Biri Rock Formation has been a favored spot for surfing, diving, and mangrove tour. Berry Rock Formation is also a favored destination for photography enthusiasts, and picnickers, especially during summer when the weather is good and the sea is tranquil. In fact, during our visit, we spotted 2 groups doing some photo shoots.
The Island became very popular when some of the scenes of the romantic movie entitled “Iisa Pa Lamang” starred by Richard Gomez, Dawn Zulueta, and Maricel Laxa were taken shot on the Island. If you have seen the 2003 Spirit Warriors Movie by Chito S. Roño with stars Vhong Navarro, Jhong Hilario and Danilo Barrios, most scenes were also taken with the place.
If you are into photography and wanted to get the magical hour, you can remain overnight along the Island. There are plenty of Pension Houses and Inns available. Simply bring along with you one local to be your scout.
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Visitors can spend the day relishing the site and taking a dip in the cool crisp blue water.
ABOUT BIRI ISLAND
Biri was originally an island barangay under the jurisdiction of Bobon, municipality In Northern Samar until its conversion into a new municipality on June 21, 1969. Biri became the 21st municipality of Northern Samar.The island used to be Tingiao, as referred to in the navigational maps of the Spanish Galleons and was the entry point to Luzon and Visayas.
As a navigational landmark, the name “Biri ” was derived from the Spanish word to”barrer”, meaning to sweep. Every time the Spanish captain of the Galleon would sight the San Bernardino Isle and Biri of Tingiao, the captain would order his men “barrer” or clean the galleon deck in preparation of their berthing to the Capul Island for their trip to Manila. On some occasions, the Spanish Galleon would anchor at Biri Bay before proceeding their navigation to Manila.While in the Island, inhabitants would hear the Spaniards naming the Island “verey”.From then on, the word “verey” was popularly known as Biri.
WHAT TO BRING WHEN VISITING BIRI ROCK FORMATION
- Bottled water, no sari-sari store on the island.
- Use appropriate footwear. The stone can hurt your feet.
- Food. The tour guide can help you carry your stuff, just give a little extra afterward.
- If you are into scuba or snorkeling, don’t forget to bring your own gear. There’s no shop renting out these gadgets.
- Camera with an extra battery. Don’t forget to bring zip plastic for your cell phones and camera.
GETTING TO BIRI ROCK FORMATION
By air. Catarman Airport is the main gateway to the province coming from Manila.
By land. Buses from Manila going to the Visayas and Mindanao pass through its roll-on/roll-off port of Allen on the western side, which is about 45 minutes from Catarman. Some of the buses roll on to their destinations in the Visayas and Mindanao and the rest roll to their destinations in the eastern coastal towns of Northern Samar passing through Catarman. Buses and vans connect the capital town of Catarman to the cities of Calbayog, Catbalogan, and Tacloban.
From the Catarman, you can take a jeepney for more than an hour to Lavezares for PhP 40.00-50.00. From Lavezares, you can rent a boat for approx PhP1,000-1,500.00 depending on the size of the boat. The boat can be rented from 1,000-1,500 depending on its size. The boat will stand by for the whole day.
A local tour guide is also available to assist you in all your needs. The tour guide can also serve as your porter their rates starts from 300-500 pesos depending on your number, but this is already for the whole day. From Lavezares, the boat will dock in San Fernando and you will still travel for approx 2 kilometers via motorbike or habal-habal. The bike can accommodate 3 passengers but they normally get only 2 passengers per bike.
Maupay ng Pagbiyahe sa Biri (have a Happy Trip to Biri) !
FACES OF BIRI ROCK FORMATION