|Region||Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)|
|Mayor||Vicente C. Labuac, Jr.|
|Area|| 532.7 km²|
|Total (2000)|| 43,809|
The town's name is pronounced "bAsay", not "basEY. This mispronunciation was propagated by American soldiers in the early days of the American colonial period. There is no "ey" sound in Waray. Basay is from the Waray word "mabaysay," meaning beautiful. Basay is said to be the Leyte's capital during the American period. It is the current record holder of the world's longest mat ("banig"), which is presented in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The town's name was originally founded by Alejandro Basey who traveled with William Dampier. Dampier landed in Malaysia and there Alejandro and others on board with Dampier refused to continue. Alejandro fell in love with one of the Malay women who happened to be a daughter of a tribal chief and they stole away by boat settling in Samar.
Basey is politically subdivided into 51 barangays.