We’re back from an unforgettable trip. Truly a reminder of how immensely rich this country is. There’s so much to write about Guiuan. Let’s take this one post at a time.
Guiuan Island is located at the southernmost tip of the province of Eastern Samar. One of the oldest municipalities in the country, the town is home to Homonhon Island where Ferdinand Magellan first stepped foot in Philippine territory.
Guiuan is bound by the Leyte Gulf in the West, with this part of the island bordered by a calm, silken coast. The photo above shows the scenery from Tanghay View Lodge, the hotel where we stayed for 3 days.
To the east is the Pacific coast where powerful swells abound, making the island a perfect spot for surfing. While we were greeted by the northeast monsoon during our visit this time of the year, the months from October to January is deemed the best season for surfing. The photo below is taken from Surf Camp, one of the more high end resorts in the island that caters to both local and foreign surfing enthusiasts.
Guiuan Island can be reached in a three-hour travel by land on a rented van or GT Express from Tacloban. Three hours may seem long but with paved roads and breathtaking views, the trip is all worth it. The flight from Manila to Tacloban is around 56 minutes. There is also an option to fly to Borongan instead but this one we didn’t take. We opted to pass by the legendary San Juanico Bridge instead.