Photo Blog: The Beautiful Marapipi & Sambawan Islands

Photo Blog: The Beautiful Marapipi & Sambawan Islands


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Finally, I have been waiting for this day to go to Sambawan Island. I have been nagging people to come with me to Sambawan, and just so timely that the pastors and workers in Eastern Leyte had quarter fellowship in Marapipi Island. We arrived at Naval at 6:30 AM, way too early for the trip to Marapipi Island. We had our breakfast just beside the bus terminal and bought our tickets to Marapipi Island for P60.

Almost Marapipi Island…
The jump-off point to Sambawan Island.

Le bring it on!
The breath-taking view of Sambawan Island, and Marapipi Island from afar.
And this for the other side view of Sambawan Island.
inarte langs! 😀
That’s Biliran from afar.

Sambawan Island’s lighthouse.

Sambawan Island’s sole restaurant/canteen.
Rent starts at 1500 – up.

We went back to the Marapipi at 3 PM. Joshua had an arrangement with our driver to go around

The spring is divided in 3 parts: (1) The other side of that blue wall is for drinking, (2) This part is for bathing, (3) And the other side is for laundry.

Afternoon bum.
I guess, it’s the only eatery in the island… I guess.
…and the biggest store.
Sambawan Island from afar.

Pastors & Workers Fellowship

Homeward Bound

The next day, I prepared for the 4AM trip. I woke up at 3AM, while everyone was still sleeping and all the lights in the island were off. Joshua lost Kuya’s phone number, reason why we weren’t able to text him earlier. We Waited until 3:40AM, and we decided to just take a different motorcycle. I arrived at the port at 4:07, and there were only few people that I have seen. They were talking in Waray, and I didn’t get the whole gist. The driver told me that the 2 boats just departed at 4AM, but I haven’t seen any boats in the seas. The other boat was there but will not leave because there were no passengers. It was very unfortunate. I can’t miss my Wednesday shift.The only option left is to rent the whole boat.

I was blessed because the owner of this boat should have gone fishing that time, kuya- the driver asked him if he can send me off to Kawayan. Without hesitations, I also agreed to that no matter how big the boat was. The sea condition wasn’t that peaceful until we almost reached Kawayan.

Another first on my list – first time to ride in this kind of boat.
Halfway.
Almost Kawayan!
Finally, I was able to breath and smile as we are almost reaching Kawayan.

Waterproofing! 😀
Just fit and right!
Thankful. Just thankful.

Seems the seas were very peaceful huh! Beautiful island of Marapipi from afar.
Buses going to Ormoc & Luzon.
I arrived in Cebu at 1230NN and I rewarded myself — this, and a thanksgiving for a safe and sound trip.

Trip Notes:

  • If you are travelling to Marapipi Island & Sambawan Island:
    • Make sure to know the boat schedules, else you will need to have a chartered boat from Kawayan as there is only 1 trip to Marapipi Island per day.
    • Electricity will be turned off at 1AM, so please carry and save your power banks.
    • You can tour around Marapipi Island for 45mins to 1hour via habal-habal which costs P350.
    • Bring your essentials (meds, toiletries, etc).
    • Bring your food and beverages if you are planning an overnight.
    • As what I have mentioned above, there is only 1 store and 1 eatery that I have seen in the area.
    • Boat to Sambawan Island costs P600-P700.
    • Entrance Fee – P100/head

“Is Sambawan Island part of your travel list? Here’s how to get there.

Option 1: Ormoc > Naval  > Marapipi Island > Sambawan Island

  • Ormoc – Naval
    • Fare: P130
    • Travel time: 2 – 2.5 hrs.
  • Naval Port – Marapipi Island
    • Fare: P60
    • Travel time: 2 hrs
  • Marapipi Island – Sambawan Island Jump Off Point
    • Fare: P40
    • Travel time: 20minutes
  • Sambawan Island Jump Off Point – Sambawan Island
    • Fare: P600-700/4pax
    • Travel time: 20-25 mins depending on the sea condition.
  • Sambawan Island Entrance Fee: P100/pax

Option 2: Palompon > Naval > Marapipi Island > Sambawan Island

  • Palompon – Kanangga/Tacloban ask the driver to drop you at Libongao.
    • Fare: 80
    • Travel time: 1.5 hrs
  • Libongao – Naval
    • Fare: P100
    • Travel time: 1 hr.
  • Naval Port – Marapipi Island
    • Fare: P60
    • Travel time: 2 hrs
  • Marapipi Island – Sambawan Island Jump Off Point
    • Fare: P40
    • Travel time: 20minutes
  • Sambawan Island Jump Off Point – Sambawan Island
    • Fare: P600-700/4pax
    • Travel time: 20-25 mins depending on the sea condition.
  • Sambawan Island Entrance Fee: P100/pax

Option 3: Cebu > Naval > Marapipi Island > Sambawan Island

Travel time: 12 hrs

Fare: P380 – P400

Shipping Line: Roble Shipping Inc. & Lite Ferries

Note: Check or call the shipping line website for the accurate schedules. Trips from Cebu are not available every day.

Reference: https://tourism.biliranisland.com/shippingschedule.php

Travelling from Naval Port – Marapipi Island

Fare: P60

Travel time: 2 hrs

  • Marapipi Island – Sambawan Island Jump Off Point
    • Fare: P40
    • Travel time: 20minutes
  • Sambawan Island Jump Off Point – Sambawan Island
    • Fare: P600-700/4pax
    • Travel time: 20-25 mins depending on the sea condition.
  • Sambawan Island Entrance Fee: P100/pax

Option 4: Naval > Kawayan > Marapipi Island > Sambawan Island through a chartered boat.

  • Naval – Kawayan
    • Fare: P150 via habal2
    • Travel time: 45 mins

Kawayan – Marapipi Island

Fare: P500-up

Travel time: 1 hr depending on the sea condition.

Naval to Marapipi Island Schedule vice versa

Take note that there are only one (to three) schedule/trip from Naval Port to Marapipi Island. If you arrived late in Naval, you can always proceed to Kawayan for an hour to rent a chartered boat for P500-P700.

Naval to Maripipi Island
Frequency From Departure To Arrival Vessel
Daily except Sunday Naval 10:30 AM Poblacion 12:30 PM Brian Claire
Daily except Sunday Naval 10:30 AM Poblacion 12:30 PM Maria Lourdes
Daily except Sunday Naval 11:00 AM Binalayan 1:00 PM Viga Express
Maripipi to Naval
Frequency From Departure To Arrival Vessel
Daily except Sunday Maripipi 4:30 AM Naval 6:30 AM Brian Claire
Daily except Sunday Maripipi 4:30 AM Naval 6:30 AM Maria Lourdes
Daily except Sunday Binalayan 5:00 AM Naval 7:00 AM Viga Express

 

Schedules are subject to change without prior notice. For daily schedules, fares and other destinations, please check out the shipping website.                                                          

Reference: https://tourism.biliranisland.com/maripipi-regular-boat-schedules.phpHelpful Links:

BILIRAN FAQs: https://tourism.biliranisland.com/biliran-faqs.php

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