After having a trip with Pondering Paodaolei in Tacloban, Palo, and Biliran, I headed down south of Leyte to a province less-traveled. Southern Leyte, for me, is like a new discovery. Historical hot spots, white-sand beaches, diving and snorkeling sites, exotic islands, and many more-- all are found in this simple yet beautiful province.
|Approaching Limasawa Island / First Mass National Shrine|
Padre Burgos Memorial / Lungsodaan Fish Sanctuary
The capital city and the religious center of Southern Leyte. I made a quick stop here, visited some high school friends in the area, and had a hearty lunch with them.
Discoveries: Locals quipped that Maasin City hosts some historic spots, a number of forest and adventure parks, an art museum, a cave, and a waterfalls.
An island off the coast of Southern Leyte is my first destination. April, of the Last Wild Place was in the island and I had a chance of meeting her. With some locals accompanying us, we journeyed to Surigao City for 2 hours by pump-boat, bravely crossing the seas dividing Visayas and Mindanao.
Discoveries: Limasawa island is home to the Philippines' first cross and first mass by the Spanish conquistadors. It has white-sand beaches, and great diving and snorkeling spots. The fishermen in the island manufacture their own pump-boats, and they paint them with beautiful colors.
|At a beach in Limasawa Island.|
The southernmost tip of the island of Leyte is my last destination. Here, I was invited by Ethel of La Viajera to volunteer in the Coral Reef Restoration Project being conducted by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
Discoveries: Padre Burgos is a peaceful town. Named after the martyr, Father Burgos, of the Gomburza. This place is Southern Leyte's diving capital because of its proximity to Sogod Bay. Don't you know that whale-sharks are spotted here too?
|I helped plant some corals for the Coral Reef Restoration Project.|
Photo Credit: Ethel Wagas
It's now time for you to check out Southern Leyte by yourself!