March 19, 2013

The Solo Trip to Limasawa Island

I've always wanted to go to this tiny and beautiful island. My high-school classmates would usually share their experiences while living in the island. They would say that the waves going there would be as tall as houses especially during rainy and stormy seasons. Oh, how I long to venture and explore this place!

One day, I got a call from a friend who was planning to go there. She told me that she would like to meet me in the island.

At the last minute, I decided to go. I packed my bag, readied myself, and went to the terminal.

The previous days before this trip to Southern Leyte were busy yet enjoyable ones. I had a trip with Pondering Paodaolei in Tacloban, Palo, and Biliran. After that, we had a week-end camping in Albuera, Leyte. So, I was quite hesitant to go because I was so tired.

Yet, I can't resist that strong urge to travel and meet new friends.

From Ormoc City, I traveled to Maasin City, the capital of Southern Leyte. There, I met my high-school classmates who gave me tips on how to go and explore the island. From Maasin City, I traveled again to Padre Burgos, the town at the tip of Southern Leyte.

When I arrived in Padre Burgos, I had a bad feeling. There were no boats that would ferry me to the island. I was sad, yet hopeful.


I was walking along the port, when I met some fishermen. I talked to them and I discovered that they were going to Limasawa Island. They said, they were Seventh-day Adventists too and they knew the families of my high-school classmates. Wow! That sadness was turned to joy.

Then, I was there. My eyes were fixed on the island.


Their pump-boat was enough for the four of us. Me, the grandfather, the father, and the son. It seems that I belong to their family!


Going to the island was smooth. No big waves, only ripples and small ones. It was calm and peaceful. And I was happy!



Once I stepped out of the pump-boat, I can feel the unity and simplicity of the people living there. When I turned around to bid my big THANK YOU to the fishermen, I saw them carrying the boat off the shore.


Yes! This is Limasawa Island, an island off the coast of Southern Leyte. A paradise to me.


My arrival was made even more delightful when I was welcomed by these cute and smiling pupils of Lugsongan Adventist Multigrade School.


Travel Notes:
1. Ormoc City to Maasin City - Fare: PhP170 / Travel Time: 3 hours / By van
2. Maasin City to Padre Burgos - Fare: PhP30 / Travel Time: 45 minutes / By multicab
3. Padre Burgos to Triana, Limasawa Island - PhP50 / Travel Time 45 minutes / By pump-boat

13 comments:

  1. Lucky for you! :) I hope I will have the same luck. I'd really like to go there one day. Oh, and how about Homonhon Island? :)

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    1. Thanks, Claire! Hope you will. Explore this island soon! Homonhon? I'd like to go there too. :)

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  2. On my list...on my list...on my list!

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    1. Yeah! I hope one day you will get to explore this beautiful island.. :)

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    1. Thanks Che! Yeah, explore this island in Southern Leyte! :)

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  4. i went there when i was in college and the waves were really tall. hehe i want to go back sana soon. hehe

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    1. Oh, so you've been to Limasawa Island before! I am quite fortunate that the weather during my trip was calm and peaceful. :)

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  5. Saw your entry on Rappler about Unspoiled white beaches: Visayas and while I was happy that you feature our place (Limasawa & Padre Burgos) I was also under the impression that the photo posted was actually the Tangkaan Beach in Padre Burgos and not Limasawa. Is this correct? Hope you don't mind. But great article though! Keep up the good work.

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    1. Hello Teejay! You're impression was wrong. The photo I submitted was taken in Limasawa Island particularly in Dakdak Beach. Personally, I will never submit an entry especially for Rappler if it is not true or correct. Thanks though for your comment!

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  6. Hi Ephraim, Thanks for sharing your adventures! Me and my family also plan to visit Limasawa Island on Jan FY15, any recommendation and tips not mentioned in your post?

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    1. Hello Joie! You're welcome and thanks for reading my blog. Oh, so you will be going there this January, that's great! Ahmm, it's good to travel from Padre Burgos, the mainland Southern Leyte to Limasawa Island on a sunny day, at least it's sure that the weather is good. You can book your family at Dakdak Beach. I can give you their contact numbers through email. Kindly send me your email, here's mine: ephraim.arriesgado@gmail.com. Limasawa is a not so big island and you can explore it by habal-habal or motorcycle. I think I will create a quick guide for Limasawa Island this week. I hope you will have an enjoyable trip there! Then share your experiences too! :)

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  7. Hi, do you know the scheduled trip to limasawa and back to the mainland?

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