Located in the municipality of Guiuan in Eastern Samar is a paradise that had stood from the test of time. Always visited by strong typhoons including the strongest recorded typhoon Yolanda in 2013. This island is a popular destination among backpackers, travelers, nature-lovers, surfers and worshippers. My favorite hangout during college days usually after midterm and final term examinations. The unforgettable raw beauty and charisma of Calicoan were among the reasons why I kept on coming back whenever I got time.

Few structures were put up in the early years before Yolanda including the grand complex of yoga camp perched on top of a limestone cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Calicoan Villas all wiped out after the disastrous typhoon Yolanda.

What to do there:

CAMPING- I had tried camping in ABCD Beach thrice and it was a wonderful experience to be with nature. Just make sure that your tent is tightly tied up to protect from strong winds from the Pacific.

Just pick your camping site and pitch your tent. The background was a villa destroyed by typhoon Haiyan.

SURFING- Rent a surfboard and enjoy the long swell. Fee starts at 200.00 per hour. Or if you want to learn the basics, enroll at some surf school there for 200.00 Php per hour.

Surfboards are available at an hourly or daily rate. Inquire at Calicoan Classics Surf School.

CAVING- Hidden deep in the jungle, Linao Cave is a series of unexplored cave complex waiting to be discovered. Just endure a couple of minutes swimming into the cave system to access the lagoon inside. Bring your dry bag.

Landmark when visiting Linao Cave. Located on the right side going to Sulangan.
Cave entrance. Explore and enjoy at your heart’s content

BEACHCOMBING- You’ll find anything on the beach from old war remnants such as bottles. I always love to explore and check those limestone caves hiding some treasures.

Spend your day collecting recyclable materials for your DIY crafts. From driftwoods to old bottles, you can have them all.

Accommodation: There’s accommodation in Calicoan. You can choose from villa to hotel rooms depending on your budget. Another option would be to stay at Guiuan town proper. Or if you fancy watching the sunset, stay in one of the resorts in Sulangan and attend the daily mass at the famous pilgrimage church of Sulangan.  If you don’t want to spend anything, just choose your spot and pitch your tent.

After camping, we stayed in this villa to have decent accommodation. You can cook or simply order food there. Take note, they have a very limited menu.

Where to eat: This is one of the issues on the island. There is a fast-food chain Andoks where you can order some chicken meals or go straight to Sulangan and dine in some of the carenderias (eatery). You can also buy some fish from the fishermen and have it cook at your villa or hotel. We always brought our camping equipment so we can cook whatever we want.

 

Freshly-caught tuna you can buy st Sulangan after a refreshing walk at the beach
Tuna ceviche or kinilaw. Just utilize what is available on the island.

How to get there: From Tacloban, take a van or bus bound for Guiuan either in Abucay Terminal or private van terminals scattered across downtown  TaclobanIn Guiuan, take a multicab bound for Sulangan. They usually park at the plaza. Ask around. Instruct the driver in advance that you’ll alight in ABCD Beach. Fare is 40.00 Php to Sulangan so it must be 30-35 Php to Calicoan.  From there, you can choose from whatever activities you want to do.

The road to Sulangan.

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I live my life everyday celebrating. An easy go lucky guy. Always hungry for adventure and learning different cultures. If I'm not at the summit, I'm at the sea. Traveling is my way of life. Deeply in love with mountaineering, swimming, skinny dipping, island hopping, fishing, and cycling. Loves good food, beer, music, and good human conversation. At home, I used to cook, do yoga, and meditate. A coffee lover. Stay most of my time at the outdoors, breathing the cold air, tasting the saltiness of sea breeze, watch the waves swiftly caressing the sand, listen to the flowing water of the river, pitch my tent or hang my hammock and sleep under 5 billion stars. I hate manicured places (resorts). Adores sunrise and sunset which gives me extraordinary energy.