Northern Samar is a province of the Philippines located in the Eastern Visayas region. Its capital is Catarman and is located at the northern portion of the island of Samar. Northern Samar is one of the three provinces comprising Samar Island.
Northern Samar is strategically located as the gateway to Visayas and Mindanao from Luzon. It is 743 kilometers from Manila and can be reached by 1 hour and 20 minutes plane ride to Catarman or 14 hours bus travel through the Pan Philippine Highway passing Bicol Region and traversing San Bernardino Strait via ferry boat in the primary ports of San Isidro and Allen, from Matnog, Sorsogon. The route to Mindanao is through Tacloban City, being connected to Northern Samar by the famous San Juanico Bridge, via ferryboat in Liloan, Southern Leyte to Surigao.
Northern Samar is famous for its natural rock formations found in Biri Island and white silky sand beaches in San Jose and Lavezares. A visit to the century old church in Capul Island brings you to the 16th century. Only missionary fervour made possible the building of this church on this island.