Samar

Samar

Samar is a province in the third largest island in the country. The province gets its name from the Visayan word for “wound” or “cut”, in reference to its rough topography. Perhaps this is why it is considered the “Caving Center of the Philippines”.

There are two popular caves to go spelunking in. The Sohoton Caves are expansive limestone caverns with underground rivers, and the Langun-Gobingub Cave is one of the largest karst caves in Southeast Asia, made by the dissolution of soluble rocks. Other great caves are the Panhulugan, Bugasan and Kapigtan Caves—all smaller caves within Sohoton National Park. Farther off are the Guinogo-an Cave (Barrio Longsob, Oquendo District) and Guimit Caves (Talalora).

There are several places you could go for a swim in Samar, including Lo-ok Beach and Malajog Beach. For those in the mood for an adrenaline rush, you could check out waterfalls such as the Bangon-Bugtong Falls and the Lulugayan Falls. There are also the Lulugayan Rapids for those who want to go white water rafting. For something completely different, try the Mawacat Slide, a natural mossy “slide” incline that flows neatly into a natural pool.

There are also places of interest for the historically inclined: there are ruins of a 15th century church in Catbalogan, as well as a 17th century church in Basey—the latter of which was called “Tinago Church” as it was a hideout for Spanish missionaries. There is Samar Archeological Museum in Calbayog, where one can see important anthropological artifacts like coins and chinawares.

The island is connected to Leyte via San Juanico Bridge, the longest bridge in Southeast Asia. Both Samar and Leyte fell victim to Super typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) in 2013. There was extensive damage done to the buildings, environment, and most importantly the people.

The resilience of the people of Leyte, as well as the goodwill of volunteers, has helped restore the island to its former glory. There are currently a number of monuments in both provinces that commemorate the fallen, as well as the heroes, of the supertyphoon.

Top Rated Restaurants in Samar Browse All

  1. Ocho Seafood and Grill
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  2. Sunzibar
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  3. Giuseppe Pizzeria and Sicilian Roast
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  4. Chew Love
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  5. Calle Zaragosa
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  6. Young Attitudes
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  7. Cosina Juan Luna
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  8. Martinelli Pizza Deli
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  9. San Pedro Bay Seafood Restaurant
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  10. Huhku Hotpot Express
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Top Rated Hotels in Samar Browse All

  1. The Coral Reef Beach Resort
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  2. Hotel Alejandro
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  3. Hotel XYZ
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  4. Peachtree Lodge
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  5. Ciriaco Hotel
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  6. Ormoc Villa Hotel
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  7. Yellow Doors Hostel
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Top Rated Places in Samar Browse All

  1. Ocho Seafood and Grill
    4.5 Stars
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  2. San Juanico Bridge
    5.0 Stars
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    4 Reviews View
  3. Sambawan Island
    5.0 Stars
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  4. The Coral Reef Beach Resort
    5.0 Stars
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    3 Reviews View
  5. Sunzibar
    4.5 Stars
    Mexican
    4 Reviews View
  6. Giuseppe Pizzeria and Sicilian Roast
    4.0 Stars
    Italian
    5 Reviews View
  7. Chew Love
    4.0 Stars
    International
    5 Reviews View
  8. Calle Zaragosa
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    3 Reviews View
  9. MacArthur Park
    4.0 Stars
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  10. Hotel Alejandro
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Popular Areas in Samar

  1. Calbayog

    Calbayog

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  2. Catbalogan

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