Islands and Beaches

Commune with Nature at Lalaguna Mangrove Forest

, Samar, , Northern Samar

Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | Apr 26, 2016
Commune with Nature at Lalaguna Mangrove Forest

Lavezares, located in the coastal province of Northern Samar, has a land area of 11,950 hectares known for fishing, coconuts and eco-tourism.

A 5th class municipality bounded by the municipalities of Allen in the west, Rosario in the east, Biri in north, Victoria at the south and southwest, and the San Bernardino Strait in northwest.

The town is the jump-off point of visitors going to the famous Biri Rock formations at Biri Island.

Biri, Northern Samar; photo by Nelson Petilla

But unknown to many, Lavezares offers many attractions to tourists, both foreign and locals.

The Lalaguna Bay Mangrove Forest is one of the must-visit attractions in Lavezares. A marine protected area located in an island Barangay of San Isidro.

Lalaguna Mangrove Forest via DOT Eastern Visayas

Though this portion of the region was not terribly hit by Typhoon Yolanda (international: Haiyan) last November 2013, it was however seriously affected. The community also believed that if it’s not for the mangroves they planted, the small fish farms owned by underprivileged fisher folks would have been totally wiped out.

Lalaguna Mangrove Forest via DOT Eastern Visayas

Lalaguna is a perfect site for bird watching as it hosts to several species of migratory birds. Bats are also present.

Lalaguna Mangrove Forest via DOT Eastern Visayas

In order to explore the mangrove forest and get a beautiful spot for bird watching, you can ride a small boat or paddle boat to enter the nooks and niches of Lalaguna.

Lalaguna Mangrove Forest via DOT Eastern Visayas

For more information, contact the DOT Eastern Visayas Office at (053) 832-0901.

(Lalaguna Mangrove Forest photos from DOT Eastern Visayas FB unless otherwise stated)


How to Get There

From Manila, you can ride a bus (about 15 hours) with RORO vessels from Matnog, Sorsogon going to the port of Allen in Nortern Samar.

Or from Manila, you can fly to Catarman (estimated cost Php2,400++, round trip, 1 hour 25 minutes). From Catarman airport, you can ride a tricycle or jeepney to get to the town of Lavezares.

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