Top things to do in Samar

Top Choice Coast in Biri Island

Rock Formations

Some of the most renowned rock formations are 2km to 3km from Biri town. Head to the northeast edge of the island, where two boardwalks take you halfway out to the offshore formations. Many Filipino film directors h…
Top Choice Beach in Calicoan Island

ABCD Beach

The best surfing on Calicoan Island is at ABCD Beach, named after the four reef breaks along this coast, and also after 'Advance Base Construction Depot', which is one for the WWII buffs. It has great left- and righ…
Top Choice Filipino in Catarman

Our Nest Restaurant

This stylish restaurant is the best in town, serving great seafood, chicken, beef, pork and pasta and some Chinese-style dishes. Order the 'sexy ribs' (P300), sizzling squid (P280) or canton noodles (P200).
Island in Dalupiri Island


The forested island of Capul, west of Dalupiri, has a delightfully easygoing pace of life. It was a galleon staging post during Spanish days – the name probably comes from Acapulco, where the ships were headed – and…
Islands in Dalupiri Island

Seven Islands

This remote cluster of islands lies east of Capul. Previously virgin territory, a new beach resort has started to put them on the map. Sila Island is famous for its three pink-sand beaches.
Island in Borongan

Divinubo Island

Just offshore from Borongan, pretty little Divinubo is ringed by white-sand beaches and has a few secret surf breaks. There's a lighthouse built by the Americans in 1906. It's a good spot to take a picnic. To get he…
Viewpoint in Guiuan

Weather Station

During WWII, the US military transformed the area into a launching pad for attacks on Japan, and it was once the largest PT (patrol boat) base in the world, with as many as 300 boats and 150,000 troops stationed her…
Food & Drinks in Calicoan Island


This isolated roadside community centre (around 6km north of ABCD Beach) has an adjoining store which sells local produce such as honey and pickles, as well as souvenirs, handicrafts and gifts. There are some fascin…
Filipino in Calbayog

Kamayan Sa Carayman

The most authentic Filipino food in the area, served in an open-sided nipa hall. Feast on chilli crab or grilled fish, butter chicken and crispy pata (deep-fried pork hock or knuckles). Portions are huge. Located 4k…
Barbecue in Guiuan

Amy's BBQ

Norwegian Klaus and Amy run this friendly place in Luboc. They serve giant pork chops (marinated for 24 hours) or concoct a mean salad if you want some greens. There's live acoustic on weekends and a convivial crowd…