Surprising Samar: Rock formations that will leave you in awe

Biri Island‘s claim to fame is the magnificent Biri Rock Formations. Located in the province of Northern Samar, this rugged island is a photographer’s paradise.  Untamed Pacific Ocean waves lapping on its eastern side, verdant mountains and mammoth rocks heavily eroded over time, etched with swirls and ridges, are the usual scenes in Biri.

The accommodating habal-habal (motorcycle) driver who drove me to Biri Rock Formations offered to guide me for my security but I politely declined. I preferred to commune alone with this splendid masterpiece of Mother Nature. 

Over the years, Biri Rock Formations were naturally carved by the wind, storms, and the monstrous waves. There are 5 formations, namely: Puhunan, Magasang, Bel-at, Caranas, Macadlaw and Magsapad.  The most famous rock formation is Magasang but the geological formations at Bel-at are more diverse.


I stood on the edge of the craggy cliff and watched how the waves crashed into the gnarled rocks, a process that continues to reshape the island.  I saw white feathered-birds that look like egrets frolicking near the edge of the sea.  From time to time they dart through the water to catch fish. Suddenly, laughter filled the air.  My lens caught a group of locals having picnic on the other side of the rock formations. Righfully so, Biri is a famous destination for family getaways. A few meters away, on the natural pool, a fisherman and his child, topless and wearing obsolete goggles, were patiently looking for shells.


If you plan to explore Biri Rock Formations, pack your bags with food since there is no store nearby. The heat of the sun is unforgiving so make sure you bring water to stay hydrated.  Go there during low tide because you have to walk a few meters to the rock formations.  I walked through the knee-deep water with baby mangroves planted everywhere.  Some slippery rocks underwater are covered with moss so take extra care to avoid tripping.  There is a bridge currently under construction that will easily take tourists to Magasang Rock Formations in a few months’ time.  I just hope they don’t overdevelop the place to preserve its natural charm.

I used to just look at the images of Biri Rock Formations online, but standing there, dwarfed by these gigantic formations and seeing its splendor up close is a totally different experience.

(Gael Hilotin is a female solo traveler currently traveling around the Philippines. Follow her adventures at The Pinay Solo Backpacker).

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Book chronicles efforts for PWD-friendly polls VERA Files - The Inbox
    Book chronicles efforts for PWD-friendly polls

    By Melissa Luz Lopez, VERA Files A lot have been done but much still need to be done for a hassle-free  participation of  Persons with Disabilities in elections,according to a book published by The Asia Foundation (TAF) and supported by … Continue reading → …

  • The other side of Palawan Ellen Tordesillas, Contributor - The Inbox
    The other side of Palawan

    By Ellen T. Tordesillas Mention Palawan and what comes to mind are Underground River and El Nido in the northern side of this richly-blessed province from its capital, Puerto Princesa. Three weeks ago, we went to the southern side- in … Continue reading → …

  • What can void a new car warranty? James Deakin - Wheel Power
    What can void a new car warranty?

    "I was denied warranty once for changing my horn!" One very annoyed reader wrote. "I was told that placing a backup camera will void my warranty" said another. The others are best left in my private inbox as Yahoo! have a swear jar in the office that I do not feel like donating this week's pay to. Continue reading → …

POLL
Loading...
Poll Choice Options