I Left My Heart in Biliran (Part 1: How to go to Agta Beach Resort?)

Sunrise at Tacloban Airport

Every year, my husband and I would celebrate our birthdays together in an out of town trip. Call us nuts, but it's a big deal for the two of us if we don't go out of the metro for at least three days in October. It's our shorter version of a sabbatical. Hey, we've been on our toes working hard the whole year. We deserve this, don't we?

So, when I received an invite to feature the island province of Biliran (thanks to Sir Toni Noriega of Agta Beach Resort), we were more than happy to oblige.

As a sweet bonus, PBA Legends Jerry CodiƱera and Vince Hizon (and a lot more) was with us on the plane

Biliran is located in Eastern Visayas, off the northern part of Leyte. It used to be part of the former, but was declared a separate province in 1992. It is the fourth smallest province in the Philippines, and is comprised of two major islands: Biliran and Maripipi. Its capital is Naval.

How to go to Biliran:

Take a flight to Tacloban. Local carriers  like Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Tigerair and AirAsia Zest fly daily from Manila to Tacloban. To make the most of your stay in Biliran, get the earliest flight in and last flight out. Ours was at 4:20 AM.

From the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport, you can either take a jeepney to "Downtown" (Php 13/pax) or hire a taxi (price range from Php 200 up). Taxis here don't use their meters, so be ready to haggle. Our friend was able to bargain the price to Php 200 from the original price of Php 350. Tell the taxi driver to bring you to either Duptours or Van Van's terminal.

At the terminal, head to the ticketing office and book a seat to Naval. You will be asked to pay Php 140 at this point. Your ticket bears your seat number, so don't lose it! If you can get a seat at the row behind the driver's seat, better. We were at the last row and it was one bumpy ride!

Duptours Terminal

Ticketing Office

Our Van
Travel time from Tacloban to Biliran is about 2.5-3 hours. There are also buses that ply this route but taking the van is the fastest and most convenient way to go to Naval. At the terminal (located at the town proper of Naval), you can hire a tricycle (Php 200 and up) to bring you to Agta Beach Resort. There are also a few buses bound to Kawayan, which will pass by Agta Beach Resort. Or, if Agta Beach Resort's car is in the vicinity, you can definitely hitch a ride with them just like what we did.

At the Duptours terminal, our guide, Melo Sabitsana, fetched us just in time. Travel time from Naval to Almeria (Agta Beach Resort is located in Brgy. Talahid, Almeria, Biliran) is about 30 minutes.

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Almeria often bags the cleanest and greenest municipality award in Biliran. Look at these trees along the highway!

Agta Beach Resort

Ensconced on a quiet cove in Brgy. Talahid, Almeria, Biliran, Agta Beach Resort offers more than backpacker accommodations and a stretch of fine sand. The family-owned property is working in full swing to make Agta Beach Resort a scuba destination like no other. So my dear diver followers, here's another location you can include in your bucket list!

Beachfront at Agta Beach Resort

Agta Cafe

Agta Cafe interiors

Agta Beach Resort is known for its slow-roasted native chicken which they serve to their guests at their lone dining outlet, the Agta Cafe. Aside from the famous chicken, they also serve a variety of specialties. But, should you wish to take home a piece of Agta Beach Resort with you, tell Melo way, way ahead that you'd like to order their homemade tablea (chocolate tablets). It's to die for. I collect tablea from around the Philippines, and their version is on my number 2 (Argao's remains undefeated at number 1, and Taal and Bohol at number 3 and 4 respectively).

Agta Beach Resort's Slow-Roasted Chicken
Agta Beach Resort's homemade tablea and suman
Right now, the rooms are basic but clean  and spacious enough. Our room was "Sofia" located just a few steps away from the cafe. We were three and we fit perfectly. Soon, they will launch the Scuba House with larger rooms for big groups of divers and non-divers alike.

Our room 'Sofia'
Our airconditioned room also has cable TV, small dining area and a ceiling fan just in case you just want to savor the refreshing sea breeze.

Yey, we were able to watch the final game of UST-DLSU!!!
The bathroom

The bathroom is also spacious, clean and tiled. Water pressure is ok, and best of all, there's a water heater!

Agta Beach Resort's beachfront may not be as white as Boracay's, but the sand is fine and the water is clear, except during the habagat (southwest monsoon) season when seaweeds often land at the resort's shoreline. For daytrippers, there are cottages and tables available. These cottages and tables give a fantastic view of the sunset over the nearby Dalutan Island.

I see myself writing the 'Travelogues' book here =)

Agta Beach Resort was our home for our three-days, two-nights stay in Biliran. The place and the islands near the resort were all breathtaking. We should have stayed longer!

Up next, more of Biliran's beguiling wonders.


Agta Beach Resort
Brgy. Talahid, Almeria, Biliran
(63)927-9772867 / (63)927-2880331 / (63)927-3343934

Special thanks to 
Toni Noriega and Melo Sabitsana 
of Agta Beach Resort


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