Provinces

Biliran Province

Written by Patrick

ABOUT

Biliran is an island province in the Philippines located in the Eastern Visayas Region (Region VIII). Its capital is Naval. Biliran is one of the country’s smallest and newest provinces. Most part of the province has narrow coastal areas or lowlands with mountainous exteriors except for the municipalities of Naval and Cabiran that have wider plains.

LOCATION

Coordinates: 11°35′N 124°29′E

FAST FACTS

The following are a few useful and interesting details about this province.

Province:
Biliran
Location:
11°35′N 124°29′E | View Map
Year Founded:
1992
Capital:
Naval
Area:
536.01 km2 (206.95 sq mi)
Population:
179,400
Density:
320/km2 (830/sq mi)
Division:
Region:
Cities & Towns:
None
Demonym(s):
Biliranon
Elevation:
1,340 m (4,400 ft) (Mount Biliran)
Time Zone:
PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code:
6560–6567
Area code:
+63 (053)-XXX-XXXX
Electricity:
Standard voltage is 220V.
Plug commonly used is Type A but Types B and C are used as well.
Bring A to B adapter(s).
Currency:
Philippine Peso (PHP)
Exchange Rate:
Approximately 1 USD = 50 PHP | click for exact exchange rate
Income Class:
Fourth Class
Religion(s):
Predominantly Roman Catholic
Language(s):
Waray, Cebuano, English
Known For:
Isla de Panamao
Major Industries:
Palay, coconut, banana, mango and citrus
Climate:
Tropical
Best Time to Visit:
March to June
Clothing:
Casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.
Airport(s):
Biliran Airport
Seaport(s):
Bus Terminal(s):
COMING SOON
Website:
None

CLIMATE

Biliran’s economy is predominantly agricultural. The major agricultural products of the province include palay and coconut. With the potential of major fruits such as banana, mango and citrus grown in the area, the province is aiming to be the fruit basket in Eastern Visayas.

The climate in this province is a combination of warm and cool climatic zones, thus the prevailing climate is ideal for the cultivation of a wide range of agricultural crops. There is no distinct dry season but the heavy wet season generally occurs in December.

Since its an island destination, Summer which is from March to June are the best months to visit the island of Biliran.

READ MORE: Climate & Weather in the Philippines

CITIES & TOWNS

Biliran Province Map

The Biliran province is divided into 8 Municipalities:

  • Almeria
  • Biliran
  • Cabucgayan
  • Caibiran
  • Culaba
  • Kawayan
  • Maripipi
  • Naval
 

ISLANDS

There are 4 islands in Biliran:

  • Dalutan Island
  • Higatangan Island
  • Maripipi Island
  • Sambauan Island
 

POINTS OF INTEREST

The following is a list of points of interest relating to the Biliran province:

  • Banderahan Beach
  • Biliran Volcano
  • Busai Falls
  • Canaan Hill Farms
  • Capinahan Island
  • Casiawan Falls
  • Dalutan Island
  • Higatangan Island
  • Kasabangan Falls
  • Kinaraha Cascades
  • Libtong Hot Spring
  • Libtong Strawberry Garden
  • Mainit Hot Spring
  • Marienor Mountain Resorts
  • Masagongsong Spring-fed Pool
  • Mt Busale
  • Mt Camalobagoan
  • Mt Capinyayan
  • Mt Guiauasan
  • Mt Magsayao
  • Mt Maoc
  • Mt Sayao
  • Mt. Panamao
  • New Naval Gallera
  • Recoletos Falls
  • San Fernando Swimming Pool
  • Tinago Falls
  • Tomalistis Falls
  • Ulan-Ulan Falls
 

FESTIVALS

The following is a list of festivals celebrated in Biliran throughout the year:

  • Hudyaka Festival (May 11) – Naval
  • Ibid Festival (July 23) – Caibiran

FAQs

The following are the most frequently asked questions about the Biliran province.

Where in the Philippines is Biliran located?
Biliran is located on Eastern Visayas.

Is Biliran a city or province?
Biliran is a province.

What is the Capital of Biliran?
The capital of Biliran is Naval.

What is Biliran famous or known for?
Biliran is famous or known for Ulan-Ulan Falls and Sambawan Island.

How do I get to Biliran?
There are several ways to get to Biliran, the most common being Tacloban City:

  • Van | 2.5 hours | $3

From Manila:

  • Bus | 20 hours | $28-$40
  • You can fly to an alternate airport (Cebu Airport), however you will need to travel through fast craft or ferry to get to Biliran.

RESOURCE: Best Online Transportation Resource for the Philippines

How many islands are in Biliran?
There are 4 islands in the Biliran province.

What does Biliran mean?
The name was derived from the word “bilir” which means “corner or edge of a boat, vase or anything protruding, like veins, or the furrow made by the plow”.

How Safe is Traveling in Biliran?
Biliran is generally safe for locals and tourists.

Is the climate the same as the rest of the Philippines?
The climate in Biliran is considered tropical with significant amount of rainfall during the year.

READ MORE: Climate & Weather in the Philippines

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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