Biri Island Sample Itinerary

Here’s a sample itinerary patterned after my own when I went to Biri Island.  Hope it helps.  (For a Biri Island travel guide, please click here.)

DAY 1

8:00am – Airport check-in for Catarman flight
10:00am – ETD from Manila
11:15am – ETA at Catarman
11:45am – Board tricycle going to jeepney terminal
11:55am – Board jeepney going to Lavezares
12:45pm – Arrive at Lavezares and negotiate with boatmen going to Biri (or eat lunch, if you haven’t yet)
1:00pm – ETD from Lavezares
2:00pm – ETA at Biri Island
2:10pm – Check in at lodging house and prepare for tour
2:30pm – Leave for tour of the Macadlao rock formation.
6:00pm – Return to Biri town to buy dinner
6:30pm – Return to lodging house, wash up and wait for food to be cooked
7:30pm – Dinner and socials
9:00pm – Lights out (flexible)

*Note: ETD from Manila might be earlier, depending on the carrier.

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DAY 2

4:00am – Wake up and prepare for sunrise shoot
4:30am – Leave for sunrise shoot among baby mangroves
6:00am – Return to nearby Macadlao (or proceed to Magasang)
8:30am – Return to town for breakfast
9:30am – Wash-up and rest
11:00am – Return to town to buy food for lunch
12:00pm – Lunch
1:00pm – Rest/Siesta/Prepare for afternoon tour
2:00pm – Leave for tour (or return) to Magasang and Magsapad rock formations
6:00pm – Return to town to buy dinner
6:30pm – Return to lodging house, wash up and wait for dinner to be cooked
7:30pm – Dinner and socials
9:00pm – Lights out (flexible)

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DAY 3

6:00am – Wake up
6:30am – Breakfast
7:30am – Leave for tour of Bil-at and Karanas rock formations
12:00pm – Return to town to buy food for lunch
1:00pm – Lunch
2:00pm – Wash-up, and prepare to check out.
3:00pm – ETD from Biri Island
4:00pm – ETA at Lavezares
4:15pm – Board jeepney going to Catarman
5:00pm – ETA at Catarman
5:30pm – Check in at Catarman lodging house and prepare for next day’s flight back to Manila

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This entry is part of the Biri Island series dated April 8-10, 2011:

1. Biri Island, Day 1
2. Biri Island, Day 2
3. Biri Island, Day 3
4. Biri Island Travel Tips
5. Biri Island Sample Itinerary

9 thoughts on “Biri Island Sample Itinerary

  1. Thanks for sharing your experience. Planning to explore this place on my vacation next year. But in a different way. I’m thinking of taking with me my inflatable kayak and spending the night in a tent. Since you’ve seen almost all rock formations, which one do you think is the most ideal to camp? The one with animals, is there a permanent residence on top of that rock formations? Which part of the island has mangrove trees? Are the rock formations surrounded with water during high tides? Pasensiya na kung marami akong tanong hehe….

    Thanks again,
    g300

    • Hi Gideon,

      The best place to camp would be the Macadlao rock formation. (That’s the one with the animals.) The ground is inclined, but I guess that’s not an issue for campers. There’s no fee that I know of but you’d have to stock up with supplies since the high tide can isolate you from the main island. I know a few people who spent the night in the rock formations without a tent because they lost track of the tides and and the time when shooting pictures. Not really a fatal mistake, but it can be very inconvenient, especially during the rainy season.

      Nowadays, I heard there are concrete footpaths constructed leading to some rock formations, so it’s easier not to get stranded. But they’re ugly and totally ruin the natural view. Wading through knee-deep to waist-deep water for 1 kilometer used to be the only way to go to the rock formations, and it was fun!

      Finally, the rock formations and mangroves are located in the northeastern coast of Biri island. So you have the coast, then around 1 kilometer of shallow water that have mangroves of varying growths, then you have the 6 rock formations at the outermost wall. The whole thing acts as a buffer for the strong waves from the Pacific.

      Check my Biri Island Travel Tips entry for more information. 🙂

      • Ok tnx. I think it would be beneficial for me if I arrive during high tide if I bring along with me my inflatable kayak. And I think the waves are not big in that 1 km zone because it’s already broken there near the rock formations.

      • Actually, I think the area between the island and the rock formation is good for kayaking in low tide because it’s deep enough. The only problem I see with that is you’d have to make the very long walk from your lodging house to the rock formations on the other side of the island, while carrying your kayak. When I was there, the only vehicles in Biri are motorcycles (no tricycles), and it might be too hard for you to transport a kayak via motorcycle.

      • It will not be a problem for me sir. My kayak could be folded in a duffle bag and load it to habal-habal. Done it when I went to Caramoan🙂

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