Eastern Samar has been known as a place where the “sun rises on the east.” This place is also home to one of the Philippines’ best eco-tourism destinations. Minasangay Island Ecological Park and Resort was established in 2008 in the municipality of Balangkayan, Eastern Samar. It is a 50-hectare mangrove park and protected area having pristine waters, amazing rock structures, and breathtaking scenery.
When Typhoon Yolanda heavily damaged the Eastern Visayas region in 2013, Minasangay Island was no exception. Most facilities of the park were destroyed by the typhoon, and it was fully restored by the Balangkayan LGU and became operational again in 2015.
Taking a vacation here on this big island in Eastern Samar gives you a lot of activities with your friends and family! Since you’re having fun, enjoy your stay to the fullest. Here are some activities you can do on Minasangay Island:
Do you want to celebrate your birthday while away from the city? Or do you want to enjoy a simple get-together with your family or friends? Minasangay Island offers cozy cottages you can rent for various prices, depending on how many you are in the pack.
If you want to have some adrenaline rush, go jumping off a cliff - in a safe way of course! The cliff-diving platforms in Minasangay Island have various heights from five feet to 21 feet. You don’t need to worry about your safety as there are lifeguards ready whenever you need help. won’t surely experience this activity in no place other than this tourist spot!
The lagoons of Minasangay Island are perfect for those who want to go snorkeling and appreciate the beauty of marine life. While at it, you can take beautiful photos of the fish and corals underwater!
Exploring the island wouldn’t be complete without going around the island on your own with a paddle! Kayaking is one of the most common yet fun activities to do on Minasangay Island. You only need to pay Php200 to paddle for an hour.
Minasangay constructed a viewing deck for its tourists to get a larger view of the beauty of the ocean and mangroves. You can take a look anytime, but it’s much better to see the ocean during sunset and sunrise.
As mentioned earlier, Minasangay Island Ecological Park and Resort is a 50-hectare island full of mangroves and clear waters. But there’s more to see on this island. Let’s see what places you can check out.
Barangitaw is one of the largest lagoons on Minasangay Island. You can explore around and underwater – all you need is your goggles, your underwater camera, and your enthusiasm to see marine life. Here’s the fun part: visiting this lagoon is free!
Minasangay Island is incomplete without fish. Once you go here, you will be welcomed by more than a hundred fish in open water. However, you are not allowed to take them home as they are punishable by law.
The best time to visit Minasangay Island is during the summer season to beat the heat and see more clearly the beauty of the ocean, mangroves, and other parts of nature.
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Transportation to Minasangay Island is easily accessible anywhere. But most means of transportation are through land. Here’s how you can go to Minasangay Island in Balangkayan:
Take a flight from NAIA Terminal 4 Airport to Tacloban Airport.
Take a bus or van bound to Borongan, and inform the driver to drop you off at Minasangay Island. This will take you around three to four hours.
If you’re coming from Taft, you can ride a multicab or a jeepney going to Borongan City. Once you arrive at Borongan City Public Terminal, ride a multicab route to Llorente or Balangkayan. Then drop off at Minasangay Island Ecological Park and Resort. The estimated travel time would be one to two hours.
Ride a bus or van to Borongan City. From there, ride a tricycle to Borongan City Public Terminal and take a multicab bound to Balangkayan or Llorente. Inform the driver to drop you off at Minasangay Island Ecological Park and Resort. The estimated travel time would be around five to six hours.
If you’re from Guiuan, take a bus or van bound to Borongan City. Once you’re in Borongan, tell the driver to drop you off at Minasangay Island. Travel time will take around two to three hours.
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