CALICOAN ISLAND, Eastern Samar
Located at the southernmost end of the Island of Samar is the an island appendage of Calicoan Island. Linked by bridge to Eastern Samar, Calicoan Island is around 1,600 hectares in size and is bigger than Boracay Island.
Known as the “Surfing Capital of the Visayas“, it is currently being promoted as one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines. In addition to the lush and hardy landscapes and tropical forests, Calicoan offers wonderful lagoons, crystal clear water and stretches of beautiful white beaches facing the Pacific Ocean. If you desire to leave behind the rest of the frenzied crowd, then a weekend in this serene getaway is in order.
By air from Manila, Cebu or Davao, you can fly into Tacloban City on the Island of Leyte. Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines both have flights to Tacloban daily (always check airline flight schedules as they are subject to change). You can also get there by boat and by bus from other locations. From Tacloban City, it is about 3-4 hours across the San Juanico Bridge into Samar and along a smooth scenic highway to Calicoan. Along the way you will encounter the town of Basey, known for its woven mats and Marabut which is home to Sohoton National Part, and the limestone islands. Also you will pass through the town of Balangiga with its beautiful sculptured monument to the Balangiga Encounter done by national artist Napoleon Abueva.