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Dalutan Island: A Heaven in Biliran to Watch Out For

Last year, my friends and I booked a flight to Tacloban in Leyte with one objective in mind – Kalanggaman Island. Upon arriving at the airport, one year after that ticket purchase, we still had Kalanggaman Island as our main destination. However, it was hard to resist the beauty of Sambawan Island and the natural wonders of Biliran. With a spontaneous change in plans, what was supposed to be a relaxing day on the sandbar in Palompon became an adrenaline-filled adventure in Biliran.

June 19, 2017 — Dalutan Island was first on our island hopping tour. From Naval, it took us 40-minutes of changing landscape before we arrived at Kawayan Port. Kuya Roldan assisted us in booking the island hopping tour with the accredited boatmen of Kawayan Motorboat Services Association (KAMASA). It was Ate Malou whom we talked with regarding the setup. Since we were only a group of four, they allowed us to haggle the price from ₱5,000 down to ₱4,000.

 

Kawayan Port Island Hopping Tour Rates

Kawayan to Binalayan / Binongtoan (one-way)
P 600

Kawayan to other Barangay in Maripipi
P 700

Kawayan to Sambawan Island (one-way)
P 1,500

Kawayan to Sambawan Island (waiting)
P 2,000

Kawayan to Sambawan Island (overnight)
P 2,500

Island Hopping (Kawayang to Higatangan, Dalutan, Tingkasan, Tagsipol/Tagnukan, Sambawan and back to Kawayan
P 5,000

Kawayan to Dalutan Island (waiting)
P 700

Kawayan to Dalutan Island (one-way)
P 300

Kawayan to Puro Island (waiting)
P 300

Kawayan to Puro Island (one-way)
P 300

 

At almost 9 in the morning, we have arrived in Dalutan Island. The Dalutan Island is a privately owned beach which lies 8-kilometers away from Higatangan Island. The waters on this part of the island boast clear turquoise hues while the sound marine life invites the tourists for a day of snorkeling and diving. The entrance fee to the island is ₱20 per head.

 

Dalutan Island Biliran Leyte

Dalutan Island Biliran Leyte

Dalutan Island Biliran Leyte

 

The beach is blessed with towering coconut trees, nipa palms, and ipil-ipil trees in almost every corner. Thus, with a good coverage from the tree shades, the island goers are protected from the blazing heat of the sun.

 

Dalutan Island Biliran Leyte

 

The management is still constructing a huge part of the island, but as of today, it already has numerous nipa cottages, basic bathing area, and a very well-maintained beach. A few minutes away from the Dalutan Island is another beach that takes pride in its crystal clear waters – the Capiñahan Island.

 

 

 

Contact Persons

Sambawan Island Hopping Tour Operator

Person to look for: Ate Malou
Mobile Number: 0921-262-8154

 

Biliran Waterfall Hopping Tour Guide

Person to look for: Kuya Roldan
Mobile Number: 0926-727-6011

 

Mabini Lighthouse Tour Guide (Higatangan Island)

Person to look for: Kuya Joy
Mobile Number: 0916-507-6402

 

TJ Pensionne (Naval, Biliran)

Person to look for: n/a
Mobile Number: 09060753213 / 09994226274

 

Biliran Island Inn (Naval, Biliran)

Person to look for: n/a
Mobile Number: 0917 321 9953

 

 

Itinerary and Budget

Note: This itinerary was based on an actual trip of 4 persons in 2017.

Day 1 (June 18) 1:42 PM Arrival at D.Z. Romualdez Airport ₱ 300 / head (roundtrip airfare during AirAsia 2016 seatsale)
2:00 PM Lunch ₱ 55 per head (lunch in a nearby eatery)
2:35 PM City Tour ₱ 1000 / group
5:00 PM End of tour / ETD to downtown terminal to Naval
5:50 PM ETD Van ride to Naval Biliran ₱ 100 per head (van ride)
8:24 PM ETA Naval / Check in Biliran island inn ₱ 1400 for 4 (accommodation)
9:00 PM Dinner at Jelo’s ₱ 612 for 4 pax (dinner)
Day 2 (June 19) 5:30 AM Wake up/prep
6:30 AM Check out/eat breakfast ₱ 65 / head (breakfast); ₱ 76 / head (packed lunch)
7:00 AM ETD to Kawayan Port ₱ 600 / 4pax (two-way transport service)
7:40 AM ETA Kawayan/register/buy food ₱ 62 / head (snacks)
8:15 AM Start of Island hopping / ETD to Dalutan Island ₱ 1000 / head (tour)
8:55 AM ETA Dalutan Island ₱ 20/ head (entrance fee)
9:50 AM ETD to Kapinyahan Island
10:00 AM ETA Kapinyahan Island
10:05 AM ETD to Higatangan Island
10:55 AM ETA Higatangan Island / lunch
11:20 AM Higatangan Sandbar
12:10 NN Mabini Lighthouse trek ₱ 150/head (lighthouse tour)
12:35 PM Reach the lighthouse / picture taking
1:00 PM Trek back to beach
1:20 PM Back to boat
1:30 PM ETD to Tingkasan Island
2:25 PM ETA to Tingkasan Island
2:45 PM ETD to Sambawan Island
3:40 PM ETA to Sambawan Island / Set up tent in Sambawan Resort ₱ 100 / head (entrance fee); ₱ 450 / one big tent (good for 4 pax); ₱ 30 / cooking service (cook rice)
4:25 AM Trek to hilltop
4:30 PM Reach hilltop / take photos
6:00 PM Back to camp / swim / prepare dinner
7:00 PM Eat dinner/ socials / wash up
5:00 AM wake up / breakfast / sunrise view
6:30 AM Wash up ₱ 25 / pail of water
7:15 AM ETD to Kawayan Port
8:15 AM ETA Kawayan Port/buy snacks
8:20 AM ETD to Almeria
8:40 AM ETA Almeria / eat breakfast ₱ 50 / head (breakfast)
9:10 AM ETD to Ulan-ulan Falls ₱ 2,000 / Biliran group tour (for 4)
9:35 AM ETA registration site ₱ 20 / head (environmental fee)
9:45 AM Trek to Ulan-ulan Falls
10:20 AM ETA Ulan-ulan Falls / swim
12:10 NN Trek to Recoletos Falls
12:25 NN ETA to Recoletos Falls
12:55 PM Trek back to registration site
1:30 PM ETD to Tinago Falls / Stop to see the rice terraces / stayed at Kuya Roldan’s house because of heavy rain
3:05 PM ETA Tinago Falls ₱ 20 / head (entrance fee)
4:00 PM ETD to Mainit Hot Springs
4:20 PM ETA Mainit Hot Springs ₱ 10 / head (entrance fee)
4:45 PM ETD back to Naval
6:00 PM Check in at TJ Pensionne ₱ 1150 / 4 pax (accommodation)
6:15 PM Dinner at Naval Port / socials ₱ 100 / head (dinner)
Day 4 (June 21) 6:00 AM Wake up/ prep/ checkout of inn
7:00 AM Breakfast at Goldilocks ₱ 65 / head (meal)
7:30 AM Secure van slot back to Tacloban ₱ 120 / head (van fare)
7:45 AM ETD from Naval to Tacloban
10:45 AM ETA Robinson’s Tacloban
11:00 AM Lunch
12:45 PM Tricycle to airport ₱ 50 /head (fare)
1:00 PM Airport Check-in ₱ 150 / head (terminal fee)
ETIMATED EXPENSES ₱ 4,182 / head (including food, exclusive of airfare)

 

 

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