This famous island located in Northern Samar Province in the Visayas is one of my favorite blessed with beautiful coves, beaches, caves and hiking trails where only a few would venture on this nature trip. With less than 10,000 population in 2015 census, this tiny strip of the island can be navigated in an hour or two with a rented motorcycle. Laid-back and welcoming people is what will you observe right when you step unto this island. It’s also known as Dalupiri in the old times.

Arriving on the island

It’s been my longtime dream to step into this island every time the boat passes by to and from San Vicente Island. After my 6 months of hard work, I got the chance to relax and just lie on the beach, enjoyed the sunrise, grabbed a bottle of beer in my hand, sang our favorite karaoke piece with friends and get drunk.

Knowing someone in a place is a plus. Dr. Aldwin and I used to work together in San Vicente Island. Everything was settled down when we get to the island. There’s plenty of accommodation around the island depending on your budget.

Warm sea breeze greeted us on the island. We checked in to a nice cozy resort of Haven of Fun owned by Dr. Aldwin’s friend. It’s a nice and spacious cabana with a gorgeous view of the sea. A dinner of barbecue was served with a bottle of beer.

Island tour

The island can be navigated in half day. Roads were so accessible and get ready to face the dust when crossing the unpaved road. First stopovers were Lagbangan Lake. It has a ruin of unfinished construction of crocodile farm. According to Dr. Aldwin, the construction was halted due to some political issues. The island has also decent seaport which is seldom used. The trip was ended with a stopover and a sweet local berry called “lomboy” or duhat in Filipino offered to us by some locals.

Lagbangan Lake
Typical road when navigating around the island
San Antonio port
At the background are the islands of Capul and San Vicente.

Commonly known as duhat in Filipino or Black plum in English, this tropical tree is common around Southeast Asia.

How to get there:

From Manila, take a flight to Catarman then take a jeepney bound to Victoria. From there, take a boat to the island for 50.00 pesos.

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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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