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Sambawan Island

Maripipi Island | Biliran Island, Leyte, Visayas, Philippines, Philippines
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Breathtaking Virgin

Sambawan Island is considerably a virgin when it comes to tourism. There's no electricity but... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2017
Benedict A
Highlight of my trip!

Sambawan is an incredibly beautiful little island, and I almost feel like I don't want to review it... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2017
Karla C
Columbia, Maryland
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“naval port” (5 reviews)
Maripipi Island | Biliran Island, Leyte, Visayas, Philippines, Philippines
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Reviewed 29 October 2017

Sambawan Island is considerably a virgin when it comes to tourism. There's no electricity but decent water supply is available. Overnight camping is encouraged for those who are up for it. Sambawan offers one of the clearest and cleanest waters in the area, housing hundreds...More

Thank Benedict A
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Sambawan is an incredibly beautiful little island, and I almost feel like I don't want to review it because I don't want other people to know. But it left such a mark on me that I'm compelled to tell others about it. The island is...More

Thank Karla C
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

This is a must see place in Leyte. They have the magnificent view of Mt Marikiki. Activities include snorkling diving and trekking. Very impressed with management. I suggest you stay overnight or 2 days. They have fan nipa huts that can fit 2 to 8...More

2  Thank cititourist
Reviewed 24 September 2017

From Maripipi, you'd have to endure a long boat ride. It was probably more than two hours. Along the way, you'll see a few interesting-looking, small islands. However, once you reach the island, you'll know it's all worth it! There are a couple of huts...More

Thank Grace V
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

We came here to Sambawan during a 3 days tour of Biliran. The hilltop place have a great picturesque view of Maripipi and the whole island. This island has a similar structure of Isla Gigantes in Ilo-ilo. You have to bring you own food if...More

1  Thank Renz jay D
Reviewed 29 August 2017

Upon arrival at noon Saturday we were enthralled as there was NOBODY but a few workers there. Later in the afternoon quite a few boats showed up, and some stayed overnight. The bungalow was 1500P per night and VERY rustic. Electricity from 6 to 6...More

1  Thank NewWorldSurfer
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Definitely worth coming to. A little touristy, but you can tell its only those who can afford to come who do. I came from Tacloban. Had to take a van to Naval, then a carrier boat to maripipi, and then another small traditional boat to...More

1  Thank hasconure
Reviewed 25 May 2017

before i came to malapascua i found this island in the dive site introduction and got great interest in it, also the pics i saw online of it and the maripipi volcano told me that they were waiving their hands to me at my request,...More

2  Thank annamarie Y
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

We came here for an overnight stay and found the cottages a bit overpriced, probably as we had foreigners in our group. Mainly for local tourists and not much to do apart from a hill lookout to climb and a bare rocky beach to swim...More

2  Thank daCoach420
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

It is okay but for the entrance and all the unbelievable fees that you need to pay, there are far better islands that are more worthy to visit. You can find less corals and fishes. Not value for money.

1  Thank 707gerardo
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Nancy N
13 May 2017|
Response from Jack C |
From Tacloban catch a van going to Naval, Biliran. And then hire a tricycle or motorcycle going to Kawayan town. Then charter or hire a boat going to Sambawan Island.