E is for Eastern Samar

There are places which needed proper planning and schedule of visit or travel because it is very far and the option for transportation is close to none. Stories of isolation and the lack of available information could deter anyone from trying at least to schedule a trip to these unpopular land.

But for me, Eastern Samar is not one of those places. This province is just biding its time to be made known to the rest of country, or to the travelers, and perhaps to the surfing world.


Sidlangan Samar or Eastern Samar is my 63rd province to visit. This province occupies the eastern section of Samar Island, facing the Philippine Sea, which is a part of Pacific Ocean, to the east. It is bordered by Northern Samar to the north and the province of Samar (Western Samar) to the west. The Leyte Gulf is at the south.

Typhoons often come to Eastern Samar. Its southern town of Guiuan was one of the many places where super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) made landfall. Almost 3 years had passed since it was ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda, Eastern Samar is now back on its feet and has since moved on to face new challenges in the present time.

One of the challenges it might be facing is how to draw tourists and travelers to its shores. The province has a long shoreline and several islands which promise significant swells or waves that can attract surfers or the thalassophiles. Although the main roads going through Borongan City, the provincial capital, is good, options for transportation is still limited to mini-buses, vans and the tricycle.


My visit to this province was focused on Borongan City. How to get there?

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