Samar is the third largest island in the Philippines, next to Mindanao and Luzon. It covers three provinces—Northern Samar, Western Samar, and Eastern Samar. Together with the provinces of Biliran, Leyte, and Southern Leyte, they form the Eastern Visayas Region.
The Samar provinces are easily accessible from Manila via the airports of Calbayog, Catarman, and Tacloban. They are known for their cave system, which has been recognized as the second largest in Asia. Coming here for the Langon-Gobingob Caves in Calbiga and the Sohoton Cave in Basey are worth the effort. Samar takes pride of its God-given natural attractions, including Biri Islands and its network of rock formations; the Mangrove Forest Safari in Pinabacdao, where you can trek through 750 hectares of various mangrove species; and the Ulot River in Paranas, where you can experience the Torpedo Boat Extreme Ride.
After getting around the Samar provinces, you may also want to cross what was once the longest bridge in the country, the San Juanico Bridge, to access Tacloban City and other Leyte tourist spots.
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