Want a good place to mix liberating adventure and conservative culture? Caliocan Island in Guiuan, Eastern Samar is an island located in the Eastern Visayas of the beautiful archipelago, Philippines. The island is a perfect spot for adrenaline-junkies since it is known for its waves for a good ol’ surfing action. It is bounded by the Pacific Ocean on the East then the Leyte Gulf on its West. The island is in contrast to other top Philippine destinations since the scenery is very much rugged; rocky and has different levels of terrain. This is why fearless travelers have an eye for Caliocan Island for its adventure aura.
The island is home to native surfers who were naturally born inclined to the water and usually, the people have surfing as a pastime. This island also plays a big part in the history of the Philippines and even the world since; Magellan was known to first land in Homonhon Island, an island nearby. Also, for its strategic location hundred thousands of U.S. troops were based on Caliocan for the infamous Battle of Leyte Gulf wherein the hundreds of U.S and Japanese warships clashed off the shores, the largest naval engagement in world history.
Caliocan Island can be a very accessible place either by land, sea, or air. There are chartered flights that can land in Guiuan’s airport which is 5 minutes away from the island. Also Tacloban City – a city 3-4 hours away, has regular flights from from Manila and Cebu. There are regular schedules of buses and vans going to Caliocan. Alternatively, some bus companies have land trips from Manila lasting for about 21 hours.
Spending time in Caliocan is an intimate touch of history with a twist of bold experiences with nature. Who would not want that complete sense of vacation?