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Caluwayan Palm Island Beach Resort, Marabut, Samar
While re-tracing his earlier trip to the town of Basey and again failing to explore Sohoton Cave due to inclement weather and lack of time, Tutubi wandered past Basey and Marabut and stopped for late lunch at an eponymous resort he found in Barangay Caluwayan, Marabut town famous for it's magnificent rock formations.
Formally named, Caluwayan Palm Island Beach Resort and Restaurant, the beach resort has a nice view of Marabut Rock Formations on the beach where you can also kayak on the serene bay with fine gray sand (and lots of jelly fishes) with the rock formations acting as natural breakwater. A restaurant and grill serves usual menu of fresh seafood (and a "shortage" of meat at that time) while an infinity pool beckons for people looking for a dip. Photos of Caluwayan Beach resort:
a green lagoon on the resort facility leads to the restaurant and grill near the beachfront beside the infinity pool
dining at Caluwayan restaurant and grill's cottage with a great view of Marabut Rock Formations
the gray sand of Caluwayan, Marabut with the rock formations in view
Caluwayan Palm Island Beach Resort's infinity pool sans people... the swimming pool area beside the restaurant grill
Review of Caluwayan Palm Island Beach Resort:
Tutubi doesn't have a full review of Caluwayan resort for he merely passed by the place in search of a place to eat late lunch before hurrying to another interesting place in Leyte and catching his return flight to Manila later in the day. For the food, his companions ordered sinigang na hipon (with souring ingredient from a leaf, not the usual tamarind), sizzling squid and vegetables with prices about P200/head. Service was fast, as expected, for they were the only guests at the beach resort at that time.
Resort facilities and activities as claimed include scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, caving/spelunking, rappelling, beach bumming, eating, sleeping...Did you notice the dark skies showing signs of impending rain? It's just because Tutubi took these photos of Caluwayan last December 2009 :P
Caluwayan Palm Island Beach Resort and Restaurant Address: Barangay Caluwayan, Marabut, Samar Tel. No.: +63.55.276.5206; +63.920.938.2510 Official Website: http://www.caluwayanresort.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Overnight Accommodations Rooms Rates (Source: Caluwayan Beach Resort's Official Website)
Our Room Types:
1. Open Cottage - Php 1,600 2. Beach Villa- Php 5,200 3. Beach Villa Suite - Php 5,900
On low season* the following prices applies:
1. Open Cottage Php 1,300 with breakfast for 2 pax 2. Beach Villa Php 4,200 with breakfast for 2 pax 3. Beach Villa Suite Php 4,800 with breakfast for 2 pax
low season dates are:
* 13 January - 14 March * 1 June - 30 September * 10 November - 14 December
For updated resort room rates, day tours, entrance fees, reservations and other inquiries, please call Caluwayan resort's published contact numbers, visit their official website or email them directly. As always, Tutubi has nothing to do with the resort nor received anything in exchange for this, he just happened to pass by the place for late lunch.
How to get to Caluwayan Beach Resort, Marabut, Samar:
From Tacloban Airport, you can hire a JEGA Spider taxi :P board a jeepney going to Tacloban terminal then take a bus going to Marabut for about an hour travel time. If you have your own van rental, it's just a straight drive to Marabut town after crossing San Juanico Bridge