Gallery: Biri Island

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I looked through my past entries and noticed that the photos contained in each one increased progressively as a new one came out. This had the unintended effect of making my early Biri Island blogs look really plain in comparison to the later ones.  So to rectify the situation and to generate interest in Biri as a tourist destination, I’m posting this slideshow.

The photos shown here are of the Macadlao rock formation, taken during my solo trip to Biri Island in April 2011.


Which is better, Kapurpurawan or Biri?

The context obviously is on which place has the better rock formations.

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.)


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. Continue reading

Biri Island Travel Tips

This photo shows the basic seaside geography of the Northeast coast of Biri: (1) the island itself; (2) the mangroves; and (3) and the rock formations at the outermost.


If you’re from Metro Manila, the simplest way to get to Biri Island involves the following 4 steps: Continue reading

Biri Island, Day 3

The elusive avian wildlife of Biri

For this last day in Biri Island, we planned to go to the two southernmost rock formations of Bil-at and Karanas.  Bil-at is primarily known for the natural saltwater pool that separates it from Karanas.  This saltwater pool is larger, deeper and supports more aquatic life than the one which separates Magasang and Magsapad. Continue reading

Biri Island, Day 2

Waves pounding against Magsapad.


I got up very early the next day for the intended sunrise shoot among the baby mangroves.  We had to get to the spot by 5 am and so, Orlando picked me up at the ungodly hour of 4 am.  The major mistake I made was to intentionally leave my tripod in my room.  It was one of those silly decisions one makes when one is not accustomed to waking up that early. Continue reading

Biri Island, Day 1

Magsapad rock formation, Biri Island

Biri Island is geographically located north of the island of Samar and belongs to the Balicuatro island group.  It’s administratively under the the province of Northern Samar and is locally governed by its own self-named municipality.  Biri Island is mainly famous for its very picturesque rock formations in its northeast coast facing the Pacific Ocean. Continue reading