3 Reasons Why You Should Visit Calbayog, Samar: The City of Waterfalls of Eastern Visayas!


Calbayog City, also known as the City of Waterfalls is located on the northwestern coast of Samar Island abundant of land and water area. There you’ll find black sand beaches for deep sea diving, sea corals and rare white pebbles, city forest, waterfalls, hot-spring, and caves. The island also boasts delicious local cuisine. If you’ve been meaning to go to Calbayog, travelers can stay in an affordable Lodge/Motel, Airbnb, or Luxurious hotel within the City. Read to know more reasons on why you should visit Calbayog, Samar!

Calbayog City, the 6th Largest City in terms of Land Area and was included in the Top 100 wealthiest cities in the country with 4.65 Billion total assets according to Commission on Audit report for 2019-2020.  

Here are the 3 Reasons Why Calbayog Should Be Your Next City Destination

1. The City Has Become Accessible

First reason on why you should visit Calbayog, Samar is that there are many ways to get to Calbayog it can be by ferry, bus, or plane making travel accessible.

If you are from Manila, you can visit Calbayog via air travel. You can find cheap and promo Direct flights from NAIA to the New Calbayog Airport. There are available flight schedules in Airasia and Philippine Airlines. The new Calbayog Airport was inaugurated by Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade last 5 of May 2021. 

You can also land travel through Araneta Bus Terminal in Cubao, Quezon City there are several trips by different bus companies routing from Manila to Davao and vice versa where their terminal stops in Calbayog City. 

If you are from Cebu Province via Sea Travel is the way to go. There is an available Cokaliong ferry that has a weekly schedule of trips from Cebu to Calbayog and vice versa. Its schedule is every Wednesday at 7:00pm.

2. There are affordable accommodations in the City. 

As a growing city, Calbayog Samar offers affordable accommodations that can make your stay more comfortable. Its affordability and comfort is one of the reasons why you should visit Calbayog, Samar.

3. Calbayog is a Home of Unspoiled Majestic Waterfalls, Caves, Hot springs and Adventure, and the best Tasting foods! 

Of course, in every travel, one might look forward to majestic adventures and great tasting foods. As a place known to be the city of waterfalls in Eastern Visayas, another reasons to visit Calbayog Samar is to experience and see the beauty of the falls you can find here.

  • Bangon-Bugtong Falls 

Located in Barangay San Joaquin, Tinambacan District Calbayog City, Samar. Traveling to this waterfall from Calbayog takes a 1-hour and 15-minute ride to Barangay Tinaplacan from City Proper, and then around a 10-minute ride from the highway. You can also opt to ride a habal-habal to go to this tourist attraction. 

  • Tabokno Falls

Located in Barangay Cagbayang, Oquendo District, an hour drive from Calbayog City and a 40-minute walk from the villages. A beautiful and scenic waterfall. This wonderful creation of nature is a favorite picnic site of local residents and their source of potable water.

  • Tarangbang Falls 

Located in Barangay San Joaquin, Tinambacan District Calbayog City, Samar. Traveling to this waterfall from Calbayog takes a 1-hour and 15-minute ride to Barangay Tinaplacan from City Proper, and then a 10-minute ride from the highway. You can also opt to ride a habal-habal. Once you reached the Bangon Falls. You need another 30 mins trekking to Tarangban Falls. 

  • Malajog Ridge Nature Park 

Located in Barangay Malajog, Tinambacan District. a 20 mins drive from Calbayog Proper. Before you reach the zip line launch deck, You have to climb the 915-meter steep ridge in Malajog, uphill, and downhill. It is almost a one-kilometer hike. Once you reached the top, you’ll see the spectacular view of the sea – Daraga Islet, swaying palm trees, and the shoreline of Malajog Beach. You can also do deep sea diving to see exotic marine life.

  • Mapaso Spring 

“Mapaso” literally means hot. This spring is located in Barangay Rizal II, Oquendo District, Calbayog City. From the city, it is a 30-minute ride going to Oquendo through a motorcycle. When you arrive at oquendo poblacion, you need to hike for about 15 minutes, reaching Brgy. Rizal II. Fresh crustaceans (pokot) abound when dropped on the spring because of this spring’s temperature.

  • Danao Cave 

Located in Brgy. Danao I, Tinambacan district. It is made up of seven (7) chambers inhabited by various species of snakes and bats as evidenced by a good deposit of guano.

  • Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral 

Located in the Center of Calbayog City, along the National Highway. In front of sacred Heart Plaza, Calbayog City Hall, Calbayog Legislative Hall, and beside the Calbayog Pilot Central School. The 233-year-old cathedral is considered the oldest Cathedral in Eastern Visayas and was given by The National Historical Commission of the Philippines a Marker as included in the list of Philippine Registry of Cultural Property. If you are interested in historical places, you should also check out Samar archaeological museum houses.

  • Sarakiki Hadang Festival

Each Province has its own festival that they are very proud of. Just like in Calbayog, a one-week festival is held every September 1-8. In earlier times, the locals would use black and white chicken feathers as an offering to venerate the spirits.

After fulfilling your thirst for adventure. Let’s make our tummy full. Here’s the list of where to eat in Calbayog City!

  • Kamayan in Carayman 

A Family owned Restaurant serving Fresh Seafood in a Nipa Hut is located in Brgy. Carayman. Their BEST SELLING is Chili Crab, 2-3 hard-shell crabs cooked in a flavorful sweet, salty, chili-hot tomato sauce per serving! And it cost around 1,000, a seafood dish that can be truly enjoyed with lots of rice. 

  • Marcial’s Grille 

Celebration and Gatherings, good ambiance, affordability, and good customer service! Marcial’s Grille offer’s the best baby back ribs in town! Located in Brgy. Matobato. 5-8 mins ride from proper.

  • Sky Viu Bar – Bay Park Hotel 

If you want to chill and enjoy the night sky, you can visit Sky Viu Bar in Brgy. Capoocan. They offer different dishes and cocktail drinks for you to enjoy the night in Calbayog.

  • Carlo’s and Carmelos Bistro

Home of the Best Grilled Pork Barbecue Ribs in Calbayog City and more Bistro Specials! Located in the heart of Calbayog. Along Nijaga Street. 

  • Agueda Kitchen + Bar

If you want to try different dishes yet is unfamiliar with Calbayog, you should try the Tinapa pasta. Visit Agueda Kitchen + Bar located in Altura Village, Brgy. Matobato. 

  • 4th StrEAT

Located in Magsaysay blvd, is another newly open chill night bar in the center of Calbayog. They offer different cocktails and you can chill on their rooftop with a nice view of the sky.  

  • Itadaki- Japanese Restobar & Grill Calbayog

If you are craving for a Japanese dish during your visit in Calbayog, no worries because the newly opened resto is just 5 mins away from Calbayog Proper. Located in Brgy. Rawis. 

  • Rebelito’s Snack House

Every Calbayognon knows Rebelitos with their famous Siopao paired with Halo-halo! 

Located in Magsaysay blvd. cor. Rueda st. 

  • Bean There Coffee

If you are not into alcohol or any hard drinks, there’s a Local Coffee shop in Calbayog that offers drinks at an affordable price. Located in Magsaysay Extension infront of J&F Department Store. 

For more tourist attraction recommendation like the Turtle Island, Pan as Falls, and Calbayog river, you may check out Calbayog city tourism office.

Since Calbayog is one of the developing and fast-growing cities in Region 8, more investors are starting to invest in the city. Others have already acquired land for future developments.

There are already 4 big investors. 2 are Shopping Mall chains, 1 is a Water services provider and one of the leading integrated property developers, and the largest homebuilder in the Philippines providing homes to every Filipino since 1977. 

Bria Homes, Inc. is a company owned by the Villar Group. Bria Homes Executive Calbayog is the first project in Samar by a national developer. With a total of 55 Hectares Masterplan. It is situated along a diversion road for easy access and wherein City expansion will develop.

Bria Homes Executive Calbayog, Samar is located along diversion road, Barangay Nijaga, Calbayog City with 10 Hectares of Residential and with 40 hectares of commercial/ showcase area and central open spaces and future developments. 

It has a total of 1,148 units. We are offering provision for 1 bedroom, 2 bedrooms, 3 bedrooms and 4 bedrooms house and lot and Lot only packages. 

Every Bria Community offers first-rate amenities that are perfect for starting families, millennial investors, retirees, and entrepreneurs!

  • Covered Basketball Court 
  • Parks and Playground 
  • Landscaped Gardens 
  • Subdivision Maintenance Team 
  • Shuttle Service 
  • Tree-lined Avenues
  • Guarded Entrance Gate 
  • Perimeter Fence
  • Neighborhood Commercial 
  • Wide Roads
  • 24/7 Security 
  • Property Management

It is the ideal community for homebuyers from Calbayog who wants to attain AFFORDABLE, HIGH QUALITY, and BEAUTIFUL HOMES amidst a peaceful community.

Written by Paul Philip Cui