Higatangan Island and Beach is located 45 minutes from Naval, Biliran by motor boat. Closer to the tip of Northern Leyte. Facilities include picnic tables and boats.
Attractions include a moving sand bar extending about 200 meters to the sea; one huge coral rock-a reef that was thrust up from the ocean's floor centuries ago. The fields are studded with gigantic clam shells measurin ...
g up to a meter wide.
The island has several white sand beaches sprinkled with exotic shells newly washed up from the seabed. Facing an open sea, the white sand beach, cool pristine waters and exotic rock formations of Higatanangan Island is itself nature at its best.
Higatangan Island and Beach News
Higatangan Island is only 45 minutes away from the port of Naval, Biliran. It has two barangays Brgy. Libertad and Brgy. Mabini, and hallowed with exotic and bizarre rock formations situated particularly on the islands posterior area. A white, long and shifting sandbar stretches out on its western portion. The blue waters are so tempting but be sure to wear slippers if you dont know how to float or swim. Spiny, globular sea urchins lie underneath, especially in the islands coastal surfaces, so be sure not to step on them.
Last year, my friends and I booked a flight to Tacloban in Leyte with one objective in mind Kalanggaman Island. Upon arriving at the airport, one year after that ticket purchase, we still had Kalanggaman Island as our main destination. However, it was hard to resist the beauty of Sambawan Island and its surrounding wonders. With a spontaneous change in plans, what was supposed to be a relaxing day on the sandbar in Palompon became an adrenaline-filled adventure in Biliran. No regrets.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has provided livelihood assistance to residents of this town's Higatangan Island to support the local tourism industry.
Perla Rojas, president of Mabilib Bayong (native bag) makers said Tuesday the DSWD assistance has been helping organization members to access funds if needed.
"With the program, less people have been dependent on fishing and more are engaged in making souvenir products for tourists," Rojas said.
The group has 20 members, all included in the national government's listing of poor individuals.
The local governme ...
Last March, we took a few days off from the hustle and bustle of Manila to go island hopping in Biliran, among other things.
Like I said previously, it was tricky planning this, especially since we were on a budget. From Talahid, a boat to Sambawan Island alone costs P3500, and this seems to be the price range from Kawayan Port as well. I'd hate to imagine how much we'd have to spend if we wanted to visit the rest of the islands in Biliran.
But the Universe is generous and all-giving.
Day tour for island hopping in Biliran
Lucky for us, we found a joiner day tour, which costs P1699 ...
The local government here is eyeing more tourists to visit picturesque Higatangan Island this year with intensified promotion in a bid to make it one of the region's top destinations.
Naval Mayor Gerard Espina voiced this optimism days after the first Higatangan Summer Festival, which had drawn about 4,000 visitors to the island with white beaches and exotic rock formations.
The island is also blessed with long stretch of coral sandbar, lagoon, a cave near the shoreline, an ideal site for sunrise watching, and a watch tower.
"The festival is a litmus test for our tourism and investmen ...
Now here's the technical part of our trip in Leyte: a travel guide to Sambawan Island in Biliran and Cuatro Islas in southern Leyte. I hope you weren't totally discouraged with what I wrote last time and have a better time than we did.
Exploring Biliran and Cuatro Islas in 4-5 days is actually a stretch. I know it's common for local backpackers to move around a lot in order to see as many places as possible. Still, I'll have to agree with others I've talked with that it's better to do a separate trip each for Biliran and Leyte.
In its own way, I did enjoy Biliran. If I were to do this ag ...