Biri Island, an almost untouched beauty known for its majestic Six Rock Formations. This Island is located in Northern Samar, the northernmost part of the Visayan Archipelago. And also it is a part of the “18-piece Balicuatro Group of Islands”. It is not only the beauty of amazing Rock Formations you can enjoy here. Similarly, pristine beaches are present too, you can swim around the area and appreciate the calm and peaceful town with friendly and accomodating locals.
The best time to get visit Biri Island is from February to June, its where the summer season begins. This is to avoid flight cancelations and delays too. Samar region has its typhoon pattern that falls every July to November. So you can avoid this month to skip hassle trips.
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The rock formations
Biri Island ’s iconic rock formations were believed to be interconnected in the past. Twenty million years ago, it was acting like area’s gigantic barrier. Pacific Ocean, furious winds, and storms slowly transformed the formations of these rocks.
The term “gasang” is Bicolano word for corals. Live corals in filled the area from the past said by the Old folks. But little to none can be found nowadays. This is where you’ll spot the lion’s head, covered walk, and the vantage point for Mount Bulusan.
The term “malapad” is a word for wide when laid flat. Upper base of the rock itself is where you can observe its quality. You can find a nature statue that resembles and elephant’s tusk here. Including other fascinating walls of sedimentary rocks artistically crafted by nature as well
Derived from the root word “adlaw” or sun, it is a perfect spot for watching the sunrise (fee: ₱200). Be ready yourself to get wet as early as 4:30am since you need to walk through the seawater (depth: 2 to 3 feet), about 600 meters from the nearest drop-off point to the rock formation. Here, you can capture the best shots of the other four rock formations, except for Magasang, which is covered by Magsapad.
This location was believe where Yamashita Treasure hidden. The islanders named it “Puhunan” (which translates to investment or money) after the story spread.
The inhabitants and even Americans who landed on the island during World War II could hear a bizarre sound of a bell echoing in this area, which is why its name originated from the word “bell”. The strange sound served as their signal to prepare for the incoming bad weather. Interestingly, you can see a vertical orifice here that may create sounds when strong winds pass through it.
A 435-meter concrete boardwalk trail (before it was made of wood) will lead you to Bel-At and Caranas. In between these rock formations lies the blue lagoon or natural pool. Make this your last stop so you can enjoy a quick dip after visiting the rock formations.
It is named after a type of bamboo that grew in the area (no longer exists today) and was used for creating bamboo rods/mats, which were utilized for walling of the native houses. Some interesting finds here are the heart image engraved on the rock and a papaya-shaped lair.
How to get there
From Tacloban City or DZR Airport, chances of having stress free travel are yet to come. R8 Tourist Transport Cooperative can offer you a ride to Laveras Port or to Norther Samar where you can get a boat ride to Biri town that will take you 45 minutes of travel. Lastly, from Biri Jetty, you can take a habal-habal to your hotel or guesthouse.
Complete this journey by not taking it from these texts you are just reading. Come and talk to someone who can guide you all throughout this marvelous journey. Contact R8 Tourist Transport Cooperative now!