To treat your tummy, affordelicous restaurants and café are as follows Ocho Seafood & Grill, Royal Restaurant, Hukad, Calle Z Café, Café Pablo, Café Lucia and so much to mention. All of these hotels, eat places and shopping malls are in the downtown area. Talking of shopping centers, you can buy in Festivali Boutique, for native items like bags made of tikog (special reed grass), home decors made of shells and other delicacies’ of Leyte.
Now that you’re already well-informed if where to stay, dine and shop in Leyte, it’s time for backpacking. In any order, below are lists of must have essentials to bring in an Island Hopping trip.
- Water Container with a Strap.
- Camera/Mobile Phone.
- Medical Kit.
- Precise Apparels for the Tour.
- Snack Food
- Waterproof Bag
- Backpack to place the essentials listed above.
- Enough money reserve just to make sure.
All your essentials are packed and ready with the trip, I have here a bucket list of must-visit islands in Leyte and the
Canigao Island. Is the picturesque islet of Matalom, Leyte. Tourists of the island love go snorkeling to see the underwater world because of its white sand beach, tropical sea creatures and coral reefs. A tree house is present on the island, cottages and rooms are available too for those who wants to stay overnight. The fee is around Php500.00 to 1,500.00 good for group compose of 4 to 6 pax. Staying in a tent is allowed, they have tent for rent at Php 100.00 to 200.00
Here’s how to get there:
- From the bus terminal of Tacloban City, ride a van or bus going to Matalom, Leyte (about 4 hours of travel) and tell the driver to drop you off in the municipal plaza of the town. Cost of trip Php150.00
- Once you’re in the municipal plaza, you can ride a tricycle heading to the pier for Canigao Island. Cost Php7.00
- At the pier, you’ll have to ride a motorboat going to the island. The travel time is 15-20 minutes and it will cost an amount of Php80.00 which covers entrance fee.
Kalanggaman Island. This islet is in Palompon, Leyte. The magnificent sandbars, both stretching at the end of the island makes it a unique one from all islands in the Philippines visited by foreign and local tourists. Kayaking, swimming in the crystal blue beach, snorkeling are activities you can do on the stunning island. What I love most here is the not so crowded island.
Here’s how to get there:
- From the bus terminal of Tacloban City, ride a van going to Palompon, Leyte. It takes about 4 hours travel. Cost Php150.00
- Once you arrived in Palompon, go to Palompon Liberty Park. You can ride a tricycle going to the park, which cost Php7.00. From this point, you can ride a pumpboat going to Kalanggaman Island. Rate are as follows (round trip):
Php3, 000 – for 15 people and below
Php3, 500 – for 25 people and below
Php4,000 – for 30 people and below
- Pay for entrance fee. Below are the rates:
Regular Rate (Day Tour)
International Tourists – P500
Non-Palompon Tourists – P150
Non-Palompon College Tourists – P40
Non-Palompon High-school Tourists – P30
Non-Palompon Elementary Pupil – P20
Non-Palomponganon Senior Citizen – P120
International Tourists – P750
Non-Palompon Tourists – P225
Non-Palompon College Tourists – P60
Non-Palompon High-school Tourists – P45
Non-Palompon Elementary Pupil – P30
Non-Palomponganon Senior Citizen – P180
Travel while you are able and enjoy the amazing gift of Almighty Creature to us. Always keep in mind to be prepared in all your travels. Keep safe and enjoy!