I had been to this island several times but still didn’t write something. So far my favorite among all the scattered islands around Biliran province due to accessibility and affordability especially when traveling with a group. A few years ago, when I set foot into this paradise, there were no structures standing except those big boulders perfectly sitting on top of the hills. Last time I re-visited Sambawan in 2017, some cottages were in there. Rubbish became an issue. I would suggest to the local government to require all the guests visiting the island to bring all the rubbish they got to the mainland.

We were so lucky to have this gorgeous sunset view in Kawayan port while waiting for our rented boat.
Our kind of night. Grilled chicken and fish. Special thanks to Sir Edwards!
They saved a lot for camping fee. Totally free!
The view from the top! Maripipi Island on the background.


Bask at the wild boar bay
The boatman can pick you up at any time of the day. So communicate with them.

Sambawan is a group of islands located in the Municipality of Mariipi in Biliran Province. It is blessed with rich marine life, crystal clear waters and strips of white sand beach. It is one of the most-visited attraction in Biliran. A common side trip for mountaineers visiting Mt. Tres Marias, Mt. Panamao and Mt. Suero. All situated in the mainland Biliran. One will never be bored especially if you are a sea person. Snorkeling, diving, trekking, fishing, camping (Php 100.00 per tent) and beach combing are the common activities to indulge. Cottages are available for rent.

Enjoy the turquoise water! Choose from a number of swimming areas.

How to get there: From Tacloban City, take a van or bus going to Naval, Biliran for Php 140.00 then take a motorcycle/habal-habal to Kawayan, Biliran for Php 80.00. At the port, rent in one of the boat to Sambawan. Again, this is the Philippines so haggle. Boat rent starts at 3000 so it depends on your haggling skills.

Php 3000.00 boat for 4. Not bad.

What to bring: Food, water, sunscreen, snorkeling set, and camping equipment if planning to camp.

For boat transfer, rates, and other concern, contact Sambawan Island

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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.


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