Sambawan Island
Sambawan Island
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Melody_GK
Cebu City85 contributions
Friends
I have always been fascinated by this place. Almost everyone thought that this is part of Leyte Province, when in fact; Sambawan Island is located on the northwestern part of Biliran Island and is 20 minutes away from the smallest town of Biliran, Maripipi Island (from a blog on net). Going there was not that easy, because we travelled on a weekend. There were few options in going there, and what we opt to was the almost 13 hrs vessel ride from Cebu to Naval, the proper of Biliran. Having a friend in the area was an easy access for us, because he brought us to Kawayan port, another municipality of the province and a 30 minute ride from Naval port. From Kawayan, we rented a boat for 3 thousand pesos for a roundtrip to the island (group of 10-13 can accommodate). When we reached our destination, a pure awe and admiration were in our eyes as we saw the place. The land area is surrounded with pebbles, not sand; the clear and crystal water is inviting you for a swim right then and there. Cleanliness is one of the reasons why no pest will ever harm you. FYI, no store in the island, please do bring your own food and water. Entrance fee of 50/head is needed for the maintenance, 500 pesos for the cottage. For sleeping, you can bring tents or you can check their rooms for rent (2,500) for the latest price.
Written October 9, 2014
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RayGohetiaJatico
Davao City, Philippines100 contributions
Solo
Sambawan Island is the Best Island Destination in the Philippines' most beautiful region (region 8!). It is part of the Municipality of Maripipi province of Biliran. Its location is just so perfect for someone to take thousands of different, amazing photos. It is in the middle of great looking islands in the Visayas and the 360 view from the island's highest point is just perfect! Swimming and any water activity here would be fantastic. A visit to Sambawan will make one's stay in the Philippines the most memorable. I always recommend this island to my friends who are looking for great adventure.

Thank you Jesus for the Very Very Beautiful Sambawan!
Written January 7, 2014
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Billeah10
Seattle, WA27 contributions
Couples
We sailed for 3 hours from malapascua island, cebu to get into this little paradise.. And the place took our breath away.. Though it does not have a fine white beach but the pure white pebbles turned the crystal clear sea water like a mirror of the blue sky.. Diving is terrific around the island if u wanna see some black tip sharks, sea turtles and even manta rays.. The only problem on this island I guess is the source of fresh water since its pretty far from the mainland.. And u can never find any restaurant on this place so better bring your own foods on your visit. :-)
Written May 21, 2013
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Karla C
Columbia, MD19 contributions
Family
Sambawan is an incredibly beautiful little island, and I almost feel like I don't want to review it because I don't want other people to know. But it left such a mark on me that I'm compelled to tell others about it.

The island is a 45-min local fisherman boat ride from Almeria, Biliran. We didn't need to call ahead or reserve anything and we were actually worried we wouldn't get a ride because the dock looked empty. But as soon as our car approached, a representative came and told us all we needed to know. We packed our own food for our overnight stay but we bought ice for our coolers at a local store near the dock. One thing we loved about leaving from Almeria was we were allowed to park our car at the police station lot, so we knew it was going to be safe.

Sambawan itself is breathtaking. There are a lot of things to do on the beach - swim, snorkel, kayak. Or you could hike to the top for one of the most amazing views of your life (promise!). It's not a strenuous hike at all, if you're relatively fit, it would take you less than 8 minutes to the top. I am an avid snorkeler and I found the fish there to be satisfactory. A huge one up for me was the beach being so close to a reef, where there was plenty to see.

We were lucky enough to be there when it wasn't busy. A huge group retreat was just concluding when we arrived and we practically had the place to ourselves (2-3 other groups, but still!) My group of 4 stayed the night in one of their huts, which was basic but clean. Falling asleep with the cool ocean breeze and the sound of the waves was pretty awesome.

Overall, I don't think Sambawan is touristy at all... especially compared to Kalanggaman (which I visited right after). Again, I want to keep this place a secret for fear of spoiling its charm! That said, you should definitely go and admire its beauty.
Written October 2, 2017
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windfang05
160295453 contributions
Friends
Sambawan Island is located on the Northwestern part of Biliran Island,Leyte and is 20 minutes away from Maripipi Island. It was once a no man's land but it is now a fast becoming popular tourist attraction. The island doesn't have powdery sand but the torquoise clear water,golden rolling cliff, karst formation,is already enough attraction.We went on snorkeling and we are so amazed with the stunning corals in different colors as well as fishes like dancing below us.We also saw two small sharks and two crocodile fish. You can also see rock formation on the other side of the island.There are also endless of dive sites,It was such an adventure with my God sister and niece that I will treasure in my life from being amazed of the enchanting island.
To get there from Tacloban airport, take a jeepney going to the terminal located at the back of the market.Take Van Van to Naval,Biliran,travel time from Tacloban City to Naval is approximately 2 hrs and van fare is Ph120.00.drop off point is Naval Port.At the Naval port, there are three ferry boats (Ma. Lourdes, Viga Express, and Brian Claire Cruise) that leave Biliran Port to Maripipi Island,fare is Ph60.00 per person,terminal fee Ph25.00 and the schedule of these trips (Monday to Saturday only) is at 10:00-10:30 in the morning and the trip going back to mainland Naval is at 4:30 to 5:00 in the morning the following day. This means that you have to stay a night at Maripipi town, especially if you are going to this island the local way. Travel time from Naval port to Maripipi is roughly 1.5 hours. Once you reached the town of Maripipi, you can hire a habal-habal that could take you to barangay Ol-og fare is Ph30.00 per person,where you can hire motorized boat that can take you to Sambawan Island. Travel time (Maripipi to Sambawan) is 20 minutes and it should cost only Ph500.00 for the whole boat two way trip. Other option is, you can also hire a habal habal in Naval for Ph300.00 that could take you to Brgy. Kawayan and hire a motorized boat that can take you to Sambawan Island for Ph2,000 for whole day and they will also take you to Maripipi Island. travel time is 1hr to Sambawan island and 20 minutes to Maripipi Island.Pls bring your own foods because there no store or restaurant but a common grilling area is available. You can stay over night in the Island.there are only six kiosk available.for a kiosk,or an open cottage that can accommodate 5 persons they charged Ph500.00 for 12hr stay and the bigger kiosk they called Kamalig is Ph1,000 per night.
The three beach cottages with three large beds,has own comfort rooms and attic are pegged at Ph2,500 to Ph3,000 that can accommodate to ten persons.For a budget conscious, your Ph100 will go along way in pitching a tent. Drinking water is available for free for all taken from the fresh spring water of the famous Viga Water Spring in Maripipi.They have generator that runs from 6Pm to 5 Am and solar lamps.

The entrance fee Ph100.00
Environmental Fee: Ph50.00
Snorkel: Ph350.00
Fins: Ph350.00
Booty: ph350.00
Tourist came by word of mouth.Highly recommended..
Written June 26, 2015
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imitheos92
Leyte Island, Philippines116 contributions
We took an hour boat ride from Sunset Resort in Cawayan to reach Sambawan. The water was clear with different hues of blue. The sand is made up of corals. You can buy chips and drinks from the sari-sari store in the island. I had to say that climbing the hill with a scenic view of Maripipi was the highlight. We also brought a kayak with us. The only reason why I gave 4 stars only is because I saw some rubbish by the port. I hope they maintain the area. After all, it's a fish sanctuary.
Written February 21, 2018
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cititourist
Luzon, Philippines23 contributions
Friends
This is a must see place in Leyte. They have the magnificent view of Mt Marikiki. Activities include snorkling diving and trekking. Very impressed with management. I suggest you stay overnight or 2 days. They have fan nipa huts that can fit 2 to 8 people. Canteen available in the island but costly. You can contact travel and tours "3KR travel and tours". The best tour and travel that can take care of you. You will never regret it.
Written September 25, 2017
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yaYita06
Beirut, Lebanon7 contributions
Couples
It's a MUST visit island.. Biliran Province Best island destination. Enjoy the islet sight seeing on your way, who knows you have extra added surprise to watch the dolphins dance. I had one :)
Written April 24, 2015
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rpantoni
Melbourne, Australia836 contributions
Couples
The place is really mesmerizing!!! One of the picture-perfect places in the philippines... I would really consider it one of the top three in the Philippines.

Not so much crowd, pristine beach, good coral reefs. It is really heaven.

Going there by public transport, you can go to Naval in Biliran via Ormoc. Once in Naval, you can ride another Jeepney/Motorcycle to Cawayan. From Cawayan, there are many boats that can bring you this very beautiful Island.
Written November 20, 2014
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juniusrachus
Philippines116 contributions
Upon arrival at Naval, Biliran proceed to their terminal or market and look for either public jeepney or motorcycle (Habal-habal) bound to Kawayan port. I suggest for a motorcycle to save time from waiting. That would cost you P150 for 30 minutes ride. From Kawayan port, boatmen will approach you to make deals. I suggest you take a bigger boat for the sea can get rough. Their boat rate is P2,500 two-way and P3,000 if you want to stay overnight in the island, that means you will be picked up the following day.
Written January 4, 2016
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