Samar Island has been one of the main beneficiaries of the Philippine governments eco tourism programs. There are several extraordinary beaches in the various parts of the island, and the following are just some of them.
San Julian Beach
Of the numerous beaches in and around Samar Island, San Julian Beach is rapidly becoming the hotspot.
Only 10 miles (17 km) north of Borongan, the shores of the beach have managed to retain their immaculate condition notwithstanding the influx of people. With numerous palm trees, it provides a shade to the hot summer days; of course you can just as easily dip in the waters for refreshment.
Located in the small town of Santa Maria in Borongan Samar, Guintagican Beach is one of the finest examples of the white sand beaches in the island province.
Stretching over a mile across (2 km) the coastline consists of pure white sands, ideal for promenading, in the mornings or evenings. The waters are perfect not just for swimming, but on the right occasions the waves will come up, just right for surfing.
Divinuvo Island is also situated in Borongan Samar in Barangay Lalawigan. Comprising 1.5 sq miles (3 sq km), the island offers plenty for both diver and swimmer.
If you have ever envisioned paradise on Earth this is as close as it can possible get: the smooth white sands, the lush trees, and an exotic array of corals and fish, The number of visitors to this enchanting little island continues to increase as word of its immaculate surroundings spread.
For the beach lover spending the whole idling away on the beach and taking in the cool breeze from the ocean is perfect. If you are a scuba diver, the coral reefs beneath the waters will provide plenty to see and explore.
Some 8 miles (14km) from Guian you will find Sapao Beach, which is considered by frequent visitors to Samar as a must see.
For beach lovers, the best thing about being in Sapao is that you get a nice view of the Pacific Ocean. You can just back in the day and watch the sun come up, or watch a sunset. Swimming in its waters will find you in the company of some of the most dazzling types of fish in the country.
In Barangay Bua-Bua about a mile (2 km) from Guluan lies Mercedes Beach, one of the most popular summer destinations in Samar.
Mercedes Beach is always full of tourists and there are several reasons for this. Aside from the extensive white sand shore, the clean waters make it a great place for bathing and frolicking during hot days. You can also go diving or surfing.
Canhugas Beach is in Hernani in Eastern Samar, and is one of the provinces most renowned tourist hotspots.
The highlight of Canhugas Beach is the 200 meter (660 ft) foot bridge, extending from the reef to the sea. It is not clear who built the awesome looking structure but legends say a giant was responsible. Another attraction of this beach are its unusual rock formation, as the steps look as if they were artificially built.
Offering breathtaking views of Laoang Bay, Onay Beach in Laoang is yet another example of the many exotic beaches in Samar.
While most of the beaches in the provinces have palm trees, Onbay Beachs white sands are enveloped by coconut bearing trees. The cool breeze from the sea shore makes it one of the most idyllic places for taking leisurely swims or walks,
Sulangan Beach is situated 15 miles (25 km) from Guingan, and represents an exciting combination of swimming and diving delights for tourists.
A lot of the people that come to Sulungan Beach simply relish lying on the sands; if you are a diving buff, you wont be disappointed as there are plenty of colorful fish to be found.
These beaches certainly rank among the most exquisite in the Philippines. If you are looking for something different the next time you are in the country, then Samar beaches are the ideal choice.