Catbalogan Travel Guide

Catbalogan is Samar’s premier commercial, trading and financial hub, with a port that serves inter-island boats, and the land here is mountainous and coastal.

The town is the capital of Samar Province and acts as a gateway to the rest of the region. The area sees few visitors, which is a shame as the natural beauty here is breathtaking and largely unspoiled. The coast is littered with secret bays and coves that run for 10 miles.

There is a large shopping mall known as Centro Mall that proves popular with the few tourists that make it this far and the town is serviced by the Pan-Philippine Highway, making it easy to get around. There are a few places to stay and a handful of tourist amenities, but the main attractions are the natural environments that are untouched by roving tourists.

Getting There & Away

Manila has the nearest international airport but there are no flights between it and Catbalogan. There is the chance to hire a private jet to nearby Buri Island, a 2-hour flight. From Cebu there are regular boats that go to Catbalogan that take about 10 hours.

Things to Do

Catbalogan Attractions

The Obelisk

Is situated in the center of samar provincial capital park, it stands in memory of four major events in samar’s history.

Bangon Falls

A pretty waterfall set in the mountain at the back of catbalogan.

Side trips from Catbalogan

Waray Banwa Coral Reef

Located one mile off shore from guinsorongan, this is a stunning place for snorkeling and diving.


Manaragat Festival

In the first two weeks of june, the colorful celebrations are held as a tribute to local fisherman.