Northern Samar is bounded on the north by the San Bernardino Stait, on the east by the Pacific Ocean, on the west by the Samar Sea, and on the south by Western Samar. Its total land area is 3,498 sq. kilometers.
The province is composed largely of low and extremely rugged hills and small lowland areas. It also has small and discontinuous areas along the coasts and its rivers are usually accompanied by alluvial plains and valleys. The province is endowed with relatively rich and fertile soil that most crops can grow on it. Corn and rice are grown in the surrounding district.
Cruises on the Catarman River attract tourists.
Catarman is home to the University of Eastern Philippines, which is the biggest university in Region 8 having 3 campuses (UEP Main, Laoang and Catubig) and some extension programs scattered across the Samar Island.
PAL flies between Manila and Catarman once a day on PAL Express-operated flights under our Code Share Agreement.