Where nearly a third of the island is a natural park, Samar is a gold mine of awe-inspiring attractions that have remained relatively untouched or well below the radar. From surfing to island-hopping to game fishing and significant historical landmarks, the provinces of Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, and Western Samar, have plenty of adventure zones waiting to be pinned down on your bucket lists and adventure maps. Here are 11 more destinations to add to your list.

Hanging hammock at Huplag Adventure Camp. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Huplag Adventure Camp in Borongan, Eastern Samar is one of the province’s newest ecotourism playgrounds that highlights the island’s natural features.  A full island experience includes rappelling, survival instruction, an island food tour, and, most recently, a hanging hammock adventure that offers a truly unrivaled view of the Pacific.

Swimming in the waters off Minasangay Island. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Minasangay Ecological Park & Resort in Balangkayan, Eastern Samar is a marine ecological resort and extreme adventure hotspot known for high-adrenaline activities like cliff-jumping, diving, snorkeling and mangrove explorations.

Canhugas’ waves and rock formations. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Canhugas Nature Park in Hernani, Eastern Samar is a unique attraction in Hernani – where strong waves are anticipated as they crash onto picturesque rock formations facing the Pacific Ocean. It is also a good snorkeling and swimming spot, with small, natural lagoons.

Apiton Island Tide Pools. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Apiton Island in San Policarpo, Eastern Samar lies near Apitong Island, southeast of Bunga Point. It is dotted with interesting rock formations and tide pools that hide exciting nooks and crannies for exploration.

Kayaking in Lalaguna Mangrove Eco Park. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Lalaguna Mangrove Eco Park in Lavezares, Northern Samar conceals a stunning cove filled with marine life, seagrass, and coral. It is a popular watersports and hiking location.

Ziplining in Malajog Ridge. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Malajog Ridge Nature Park & Zipline in Calbayog, Western Samar is an ecotourism destination known for its 850-meter zipline. It allows thrill-seekers to soar over the water and land on an islet. It also has an eco-trail that runs through a thick forest and past limestone structures and viewing platforms.

Kayaking in Sohoton Caves & Natural Bridge National Park. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Sohoton Caves & Natural Bridge National Park in Basey, Western Samar  is a protected natural area with caves, subterranean rivers, waterfalls, limestone formations, dense forests and a natural stone bridge where tourists can kayak through – reminiscent of Puerto Princesa, Palawan’s subterranean rivers.

Ulot River Torpedo Extreme Boat Ride. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Ulot River Torpedo Extreme Boat Ride in Paranas (Wright), Western Samar is an adrenaline route for thrill seekers. This whitewater course features exciting turns and bends fringed by a lush landscape.

Discover more destinations to see, experience, and savor in Samar. Visit these links to map out your next journey across the Philippines.

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