Biliran – Philippines’
Little is known about the
province of Biliran. It was once a part of the province of Leyte
until it became independent in 1992.
As more is learned about
this hidden paradise, Biliran’s undiscovered and unexplored
wonders are starting unravel before the world. Among its well-kept
treasure is the Higatangan Island, famous for its moving sandbar
and the Tomalistis Falls, believed to have the clearest water
in the world. Biliran still has more beaches, caves, dives sites,
and other places of interest waiting to be discovered.
1.Population – 150,
031 (as of 2007 Census)
2. Land Area – 55.42 sq. km
3. Capital – Naval
4. Language/Dialect – Cebuano, Waray, English, and Filipino
The province is blessed with white sand beaches, majestic islets,
rich marine life and coral gardens, enchanting falls and springs,
and rice terraces replicating Ifugao creativity and ingenuity.
It has unbelievably clear and sweet-tasting water said to be
a wondrous elixir capable of healing powers.
The island is known for its moving sand bar extending about
200 meters to the sea. There is one huge coral rock, a reef
that was thrust up from the ocean’s floor centuries ago.
The fields are studded with gigantic clamshells measuring up
to a meter wide.
Places of Interest
Iyusan Rice Terraces
Location: Brgy. Iyusan, Almeria, Biliran
Similar to the Banaue Rice Terraces, it is located on a mountainous
terrain where each terrace threads on its natural slope. Although
not in the same scale as the famous Ifugao creation, this rice
terraces reflects the ingenuity and resourcefulness of Biliran’s
Location: Brgy Masagongsong, Kawayan, Biliran
Its twin pools are supplied with naturally flowing cool and
fresh spring water that came out from rocks in the creek. The
area is shaded by coconut trees and lush tropical plants. The
resort’s cool waters and invigorating atmosphere offer
absolute relaxation to any visitor. It has a conference hall,
kiosks, comfort and dressing rooms.
Location: Naval, Biliran
The island has several white sand beaches sprinkled with exotic
shells newly washed up from the seabed. Facing an open sea,
the white sand beach, cool pristine waters and exotic rock formations
of Higatangan Island are themselves nature at its best.
Location: Mariripi, Biliran
It has two main islets rich in marine life and coral gardens.
At high tide, Sambawan is transformed into three beautiful islets.
Sambawan Island is one of Biliran's sites for scuba diving and
and Bat Cave
Location: Brgy. Balacson, Kawayan, Biliran
The island is ideal for diving and spear fishing, made even
more appealing with the abundance of edible shells. In the island
is a bat-filled cave, where ancient secondary burial jars have
Location: Caibiran, Biliran
It is known for its crystal clear and sweet-tasting waters.
It is believed to be the clearest drinking water in the world
that even ships come to this place for water supply. Also, townsfolk
believe that the water from the falls has mystical healing powers.
Location: Almeria, Biliran
This 30-feet waterfalls is located amidst tropical forest is
a potential source of hydroelectric power. The Philippine National
Oil Company found out that the falls could generate 3.5 hydropower
Location: Cabucgayan, Biliran
The falls are hidden in dense and huge mahogany trees. A narrow
steep trail surrounded by lush foliage leads to this 40-foot