Located on the Eastern Visayas region, Eastern Samar is known for being the province where the explorer Ferdinand Magellan first landed in the country, specifically in the island of Homonhon. Filled with natural wonders and discussed in history books, Eastern Samar is a great destination for tourists who wish to know more about the country's past while enjoying the distinct qualities of its islands.
Much has been said about Homonhon and its history. Its natural resources were a welcoming sight, as described by Antonio Pigafetta while aboard Magellan's ship. Its characteristics continue to impress tourists today: the powdery sand and lovely blue waters are must-see wonders for beach lovers. Divers can also enjoy a view of its coral reefs and other marine life.
Another destination for divers it the Kantican Island, also known as Pearl Island. The fish sanctuary is 52 hectares and was developed in 1972 by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR). Divers and snorkelers will be able to feast their eyes on schools of colorful fishes, corals, shells, crustaceans, and other underwater creatures.
Tubabao Island is another tropical paradise that makes Eastern Samar a natural wonderland. Boating and enjoying the sunset are some of its popular activies. But more importantly, the island is a place that reminds us of the compassion of Filipinos. In 1949, Tubabao Island became the temporary home of 6,000 anti-communist Russians who fled from Russia and China. The Philippines was the only country that opened its doors to the refugees.