Introducing Catbalogan & Around
The provincial capital of western Samar, Catbalogan serves as a great base to explore the surrounding network of extraordinary caves and subterranean rivers that lay hidden beneath lush jungle and gorges in the region – which has done wonders in putting Samar on the tourist map. The town itself has a laid-back feel with a friendly atmosphere, and has the best variety of accommodation on the island.
There are no real sights but in Pita Park near the port there is a memorial to the terrible 1987 Doña Paz ferry disaster; most of the 5000 or so victims were from Catbalogan and elsewhere on Samar.
Internet cafes abound in town, and BDO and Metrobank have ATMs.