BIRI, NORTHERN SAMAR, PHILIPPINES — Biri Island has recently gained fame because of its rock formations. However, there are other activities that the island municipality has to offer. One is surfing at Sitio Cogon during the months of September until December. The other is scuba diving through its unspoiled dive sites. One of my goals for my Northern Samar Solo Birthday Backpacking series is to try scuba diving in Biri. This has become my second diving experience after Anilao, just a few weeks ago.
Since I have limited budget, not good at swimming and is just a novice and unlicensed diver, I have opted for the beach dive package instead of the boat dive. Biri Resort & Dive Center is the only dive operator in the town that can cater diving and snorkeling needs. I have finalized the dive schedule with Marlou of Biri Dive Center at 7:00am the next day (right after my dawn visit to Macadlaw Rock).
Our jumpoff was somewhere between Brgy. Poblacion and Brgy. Sto. Niño. The beach dive will start from this jumpoff and head northwards near Magtutuka Rocks and then finish the dive near Brgy. Poblacion.
I had difficulty breathing and exhaling with my regulator on the first shallow dip, so I had to resurface a little. Turns out the mouthpiece of the regulator I chose have a chipped “bite-on” part. I forgot that there were two mouthpiece, good thing Marlou reminded me. Breathing became fine on the second dip.
We were supposedly swimming near Magtutuka Rocks but the current was too strong that time. Since I am not a good swimmer and a poor user of the fins, we have aborted that part of the dive. On the way back to the shore of Poblacion, I have encountered another sea snake (walo-walo) in my direct path. It seemingly stared at me. Got scared for a moment as the snake is venomous. It just continued to pass by after the “stare” though.
Just a beach dive yet I have encountered nice reefs. What more if I have tried the actual dive sites near the rock formations. Check-out Lakwatsero’s dive report near Magtutuka Rocks & Magsapad Rock to appreciate what I am talking about.
Note: According to the dive guide, during the months of December to May, the strong current of San Bernardino Strait brings a plentiful supply of microscopic plankton, small fishes & crustaceans. These are the ideal diets of mantas and whale sharks. Thus if you’re in luck, you may encounter a group of manta rays or even whale sharks from the nearby Sorsogon.
This post is part of my Northern Samar Birthday Solo Backpacking series. Please also check other posts
- Solo Birthday Travel: My Backpacking Itinerary in Northern Samar
- Out-of-Luck in Lulugayan Falls
- Getting a Taste of Tranquility in Capul
- Beach Dive in Biri