Northern Samar: Landing at Catarman Airport

Map of Northern Samar

Map of Northern Samar

Together with the Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA), our purpose is to explore Eastern Visayas and made Northern Samar as our entry point landing at Catarman Airport.


It was my first time in Northern Samar and it was also my first propeller-type plane ride via Airphil Express. :) I was very excited as what this part of the Visayas have to offer.

Discover Northern Samar

Discover Northern Samar

Catarman Airport is the usual provincial airport that you would expect but the people are very warm and welcoming. I didn’t feel like someone from the distant land of Manila.

With regards to sites, of particular interest is the group of islands on the tip of Northern Samar collectively called Biri Islands. It can be reached from land with the best routes via Lavezares or San Jose, I believe.

Sago and PHILTOA

Sago and PHILTOA

Sagos First in Airphil Express Propeller Plane

Sago's First in Airphil Express Propeller Plane

Catarman Airport

Catarman Airport

Map of Northern Samar

Map of Northern Samar

We hopped on land transportation to Lavezares, or more specifically the Lavezares Public Market. Large fishes of sizes we rarely see are probably a common sight in this market. The vendors were all smiles distinguishing us as visitors; while proudly showing their catch.

The area also served as a port for small banca or vessels which can take you to different islands. For us, it is Biri-bound.

Lavezares Public Market

Lavezares Public Market

Lavezares Northern Samar

Lavezares Northern Samar

Lavezares Copra

Lavezares Copra

Lavezares Beach / Port

Lavezares Beach / Port

Northern Samars Lavezares

Northern Samar's Lavezares

Lavezares Fish Catch

Small Manta Ray on his right hand

We then got on a boat for half an hour before reaching the main Biri Island. Upon touching land once again, we rode a habal-habal. It took us another half an hour to see the majestic Biri Rock Formation beyond a farm of young mangrove trees.

The Lavezares Boat Ride to Biri Island

The Lavezares Boat Ride to Biri Island

DOT Officer Pointing to a Northern Samar Secret Surfing Spot

DOT Officer Pointing to a Northern Samar Secret Surfing Spot

Btw, Sago was joined by the famous travel blogger Byahilo.com :)

Btw, Sago was joined by the famous travel blogger Byahilo.com :)

That was my initial experience of Northern Samar and landing in Catarman Airport. What followed was mind blowing and it hit like a rock, literally. :) Check it out in my earlier article about my Biri Rock Formation experience.

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