Guiuan - Samar Destinations


It is a municipality in the province of Eastern Samar, Philippines.

Guiuan is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Eastern Samar, situated at the southernmost tip of Samar Island. It is 109 kilometers south of Borongan and 154 kilometers from Tacloban. Guiuan (also Guiguan) is bounded on the north by the municipality of Mercedes, on the east by the Pacific Ocean, on the south by the Surigao Strait, and on the west by the Leyte Gulf. Clustered around the municipality are numerous islands and islets, like Tibabao, Calicoan, Sulangan, Homonhon and Suluan.

Being a fishing community with the most number of island barangays, the town is rich in fishery and aquatic resources, and is considered as the best fishing belt in the region. The coastal waters offer almost all species of marine life like eucheuma, abalone, ornamental fish, lobster and the Golden Cowrie (known for its extraordinary golden sheen). They also offer delicacies, shellcraft products as well as fresh and processed marine products.

Calicoan Island is one of the islands of the town of Guiuan. It lies east of Leyte Gulf, off the southeast point of Samar. The island boasts of miles of white-sand beaches. With powerful swells rolling in from the Pacific over the 10,000-meter Philippine Deep, Calicoan is a surfer's paradise, with the season for the best waves occurring generally from October to March.

In the middle of the island are six lagoons ringed by forests, the largest being 30 hectares in size. At the cliffside margin of Calicoan's forests are dozens of caves. On the northern tip of Calicoan are wetlands like the Everglades, teeming with fish, shrimp, and crabs .The surrounding waters support several marine based industries such as fish, seaweed, and pearl farming.

Aside from its enchanting seascape, Guiuan has a rich history. The town's church, the Church of the Immaculate Conception, is one of the oldest in the country and regarded as the finest baroque church in Eastern Visayas. Built by the Jesuits in the early 18th century and further decorated by the Franciscans in the 19th, it had been renovated and enhanced a number of times. The decoration of shells and coral throughout the church and especially in the baptistry is most impressive and the only one of its kind in the country. The church's facade has three engaged columns, arches and carvings on the pediments. It has a beautiful hand carved altar with a retablo of saints and religious characters. Its main nave is two meters higher than the transept. The church is listed as a National Cultural Treasure.


Guiuan has an airport that welcomes chartered flights and flight time from Manila to Guiuan is about 2 hours. The nearby regional capital of Tacloban is only two to three hours away. Several buses and vans on regular schedules shuttle passengers to Guiuan via a scenic two-lane coastal highway which runs past mountains, steep cliffs, distant rock islands and boat-filled bays. Tacloban is regularly serviced by scheduled flights from Manila. Alternatively, several bus companies have daily trips to Guiuan from Manila. Travel time is approximately twenty-one hours. Guiuan is also 2 hours away from the provincial capital, Borongan.