Looking for an adrenaline rush? Then experience Samar’s accelerating torpedo ride in their longest river, Ulot river. It’s like water rafting but without the need of paddling since the wooden boats are equipped with engines.
Before we began the tour we had a quick but precise briefing at the drop-off point. The boat guys said it will take us 40 minutes before we reach Deni’s Point and 1 hour going back because of the current.
Deni’s Point is where we end the torpedo boat ride since there’s much to do in the area. We jumped off rocks, we ate, we took tons of pictures, and we got to relax underneath the shade of the trees from the scorching heat of the sun.
Activities: According to our guide, he said there are tons of attractions in Paranas, like a ride on a torpedo boat, swimming at Deni’s Point, bird watching, caving, cold springs, kayaking, trekking, waterfalls, and to visit a 16th-century church. But we weren’t able to do any of those since time was of the essence. All we did was the Torpedo boats and Denni’s Point. If you want to do all the activities, I’ll leave the contact details of the Municipal Tourism Officer.
Romelo T. Anade firstname.lastname@example.org
How much would it cost:
The Torpedo Extreme Boat Adventure package cost is PHP 1,825 (USD 36) for a maximum of 5 persons per boat. Package includes boat, guides, safety gear and community fees. The Guides are so nice! So don’t forget to tip the Guides generously!
What and Where to Eat:
You may bring your own food but can also add PHP 150–200 (USD 3-4) per person for food catering.
I borrowed my parents pick up to drive there and took us 2 hours. I asked the locals on the mode of transportation getting there. They said, from Tacloban, ride a GT Express Van headed to Catbalongan. The fare is PHP 120 (USD 2.20) one way. Buses to Catbalongan also passes by. Ask the driver to drop you off at Barangay Tenani. Getting back to Tacloban is the tricky part because you kind of has to wait for a GT Express van pass by. I would suggest that you rent your own van from Tacloban.
Haven’s Rent a Car http://havensrentacar.com/
+639266498009 / +639399359353
Where to stay:
We didn’t stay in Samar, but instead, we drove all the way back to Tacloban after the activity. But if you guys are too tired to drive back to Tacloban, you can always check in somewhere nearby. I’ll leave links down below.
Samar Island Natural Park Ecolodge Camp Uno, Barangay Tenani, Paranas, Samar
+639286095500 / +639266838836
Villa Escobar Resort Taft-Buray Highway, Barangay Patag, Paranas, Samar
Good things to know:
- The locals can provide small plastic bags for your phones and small cameras, but if you’ll be bringing big gadgets and big bags, I would suggest that you bring a garbage bag or a big plastic bag to put your stuff. Because during the torpedo ride, expect to get wet. Plus, you’ll never know when it’s going to rain.
- There is no cellular signal in Deni’s Point.
- Bring aqua shoes. On a sunny day, the rocks can get pretty hot to step on.
- Leave your dry clothes for changing later at the Drop off point.
If you’re feeling unsatisfied visiting only one destination, you may also visit Lulugayan Falls, it’s not far from Paranas. Check out details of Lulugayan Falls here. https://nanotreks.com/philippines/samar/lulugayan-falls-2017/