Biri Rocks Formations in Samar is to Kapurpurawan Rock Formations in Ilocos Norte. The latter is known for it's white rocks while that of Biri are rather dark as if volcanic in nature. Between the two, Biri is the standout when it comes to grandeur. Its rock formations are giants.
Itinerary: Day 1
6:20am -ETD Manila
Of Big Waves
The first thing you will remember on the way to Biri Island are the giant waves. We were witness to the tantrums of these waters. First of alp, one has to cross the San Berbadino straight to et to Biri, either you are travelling from Matnog Port (the southernmost part of Luzon) to Allen Port which is the gateway Samar and Leyte or go straight to Biri Island from Matnog. We have contacted a guide prior to going here and it proved to be very helpful as we got tips along the way. It was him who told us of the giant boat from Biri that brings good back and forth Biri and Matnog.
We took that boat to save on travel time but there was a thunderstorm before we left Matnog and we encountered two more while en route to Biri Island. Say hello to giants waves. And that's not even the Pacific Ocean. We were so wet and rattled the moment we set food in Biri Island.
HOW WE GOT HERE:
- Manila-Legazpi by plane
- Legazpi-Sorsogon City by fx
- Sorsogon City - Matnog via jeepney
- Matnog- Biri via big boat for goods
-Biri- Lavezares via small boat -Lavezares
- Allen Port via tricycle -Allen Port
- Matnog via RoRo -Matnog-Legazpi via van
- Legazpi - Manila by plane
Van instead of taking the bus from Allen to Legazpi by Roro.
We ended at the back of a private van as some private car owners get
passengers along the way. I find it more fast and convenient
7:00 am -Start Rock FormationsTour
12:00 noon- end part 1 tour
1:30 pm - resume tour
5:00pm - end of part 2 tour
6:30pm - dinner
8:00pm - socials
12:00MN - lights off
May, June, July, August
That's summer in Biri Northern Samar. Weird right? Just when we thought our schedule of early November was perfect, we were wrong. Summer in Biri starts late compared to Luzon. Also note that June is the start of rainy season in most parts of Luzon. But that's the season in Biri. Locals and our guide told us. Time you travel so as not to be traumatized by the rough boat rides.
The island's electricity shuts down every 12 midnight til 8:00am due to supply restrictions. That means a fan room is the most practical way to go. I have to admit though, it was such a struggle to sleep that not even a fan is on from that period. Better sleep before electricity turns off and make sure you keep a flashlight handy should you require moving around or say go to the toilet during that period. It takes a lot of getting used to.
Adviseable Days of Stay
Time could be the challenge when going to Biri Island especially if you plan to take the long bus ride from Manila to Legazpi City. Imagine 18 hours on the road if you are to take the bus from Manila. That's a lot of time on the road.
6 Rock Formations
There are 6 notable rock formations in Biri. We only had whole day to explore, whole 8 hours but we only got close three (3) of them. Some were impossible to go to because of high waves. Even with only three, our day was already packed. We started with Bel-at on the extreme right of the formations. A wooden bridge put up by the local tourism authority greeted us. The bridge is up for renovation and turnover to the local government unit but despite its condition, it was still intact. We had to be watchful of our steps though as some of the steps and rails are already gone. Very good view of mangroves below.
The island of Biri has intensifies its mangrove planting efforts to provide additional protection from big waves during rainy season. From Bel-at, we were able to explore the nearby rock formation of Caranas. We spend the whole half day of the tour here appreciating the view from top to bottom, all vista points as well as the beautiful patterns on the rocks.
Macadlaw has a grassy top which means one can camp here overnight should you secure a permit from the local authorities. According to the guide, the local tourism office was not strict about camping here before, not anymore. Still, some manage to camp here secretly.
The rock formations of Biri are jaw dropping not only because of their sheer sizes and perfect alignment but also because of the patterns created by years of erosion caused by the wind and slamming of the waves. This is nature sculpting artwork at its finest. The trick therefore is not just climb up and appreciate the view, go around the formations and one can appreciate the beautiful patterns. Take note that this is not possible in all rock formations. It's not just a pleasant subject for photography, it is equally stunning in person.
(Per person for 2 pax)
700 - Biri Accommodation (Fan room Villa Amor)
300 - Rock Formations Tour
50 - Environmental Fee
500 - Legazpi-Matnog Port vv
300 - Ferry Matnog-Allen Samar vv
40 –Allen Terminal to Lavazeres vv
100- –Lavazeres to Biri vv
TOTAL: 1,990.00 php
Food in Biri is rather simple. Expect karinderya-stule dining. No food unique of Bii but the typical dishes you can find anywhere in the Philippines especially Bicol. Mostly pork dishes and seafood. Eateries close at around 8pm so be sure to have your dinner before that. Even with these simple eateries, we enjoyed eating in Biri as food are cooked like your mom use to cook them, unlike in Manila where many eateries simply cook for mass feeding if you know what I mean.
8:00am -Leave for Lavezares
10:00am -arrive at Matnog Port
4:00pm -arrive in Legazpi (via van)
5:00pm -check in hostel Legazpi
7:00pm -dinner + explore city
11:00pm Lights off
Legazpi City Tour -am
Flight back to Manila- pm
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