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Biri Island Chronicles: Return to the Rock Formations

By Wanderingjoshua
The first day of visiting the rock formations came to an end and our return to the town has come. Biri Island is a small sleepy town of only 7,000 people. The main transportation around the town is by habal-habal (motorcycle).
Biri Island Chronicles: Return to the Rock Formations
Biri Island Chronicles: Return to the Rock Formations
There was nothing much to do after seeing the rock formations. Biri Island seemed like the best place to just chill and enjoy the weather, ambiance, and rustic vibe. We were able to chat with fellow travelers who braved the weather and the waves, they told us that they would visit the rock formations again the next day since it would be low tide. We decided then and there to return to the rock formations the next day to explore more of it.
There were no restaurants on Biri Island just eateries and small stores. We bought canned goods (you can buy fresh meat, fish, and produce at the markets) and rice and just had them cooked at our hotel. By 7PM it seems as if the entire town was asleep already, talk about being a sleepy town. Electricity was shut off by 12MN till 12NN the next day.
The next day uneventfully arrived and we were off to see the rock formations again. This time the weather was still dark but better, and the tide and waves were low.
Biri Island Chronicles: Return to the Rock Formations
Biri Island Chronicles: Return to the Rock Formations
Biri Island Chronicles: Return to the Rock Formations
Biri Island Chronicles: Return to the Rock Formations
Biri Island Chronicles: Return to the Rock Formations
Biri Island Chronicles: Return to the Rock Formations 
The rock formations are definitely a sight to behold. We were able to walk through the places we could not get to just a day ago, so we took advantage of the better weather and took more photos. 
Biri Island Chronicles: Return to the Rock Formations
Biri Island Chronicles: Return to the Rock Formations
Biri Island Chronicles: Return to the Rock Formations
Biri Island Chronicles: Return to the Rock Formations
Biri Island Chronicles: Return to the Rock Formations
Biri Island Chronicles: Return to the Rock Formations   Biri Island's raw beauty and untouched aura make it a place to visit. I still hope that I could return to this illustrious place during the summer for better photos and landscapes.
Biri Island Chronicles: Return to the Rock Formations
Trip Summary & Expenses
How to get there: Book a flight to Catarman through Airphilexpress. From the airport hire a tricycle to the jeep terminal for P100, then take a jeep to Lavezares port for P50 one way. Then from the port ride a boat to Biri Island for P50-P100 depending on the number of passengers who will board.
Where to stay: There are homestays that cost only P150 a night but we decided to stay in Biri Dive Resort, (I didn't mind staying there because I was sharing the expenses with another person), the room cost us P850. Biri Dive Resort cooked the food we bought in the local markets.
Contact Persons:
Romualdo Rivera (Biri Dive Resort) 09292884904
Kuya Ronnie (guide and driver) 09165082828
How much we spent:
P50 - tricycle to jeep terminal (Shared expenses with a travel buddy)
P50 - jeep to Lavezares
P100 - boat ride to Biri
P425 - Biri Dive Resort (Shared expenses with a travel buddy)
P180 - food (bought food in local stores and had them cooked in hotel)
P250 - for transpo and guide in Biri rock formations, we got a guide because the weather was really bad (Shared expenses with a travel buddy)

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