July 11, 2013

The Adventurer's Guide to Ormoc City, Leyte

(Note: The Adventurer's Guide is a new feature in this blog. This travel guide series aims to give you quality and relevant travel information and tips regarding the featured destination.)

Today, I will be giving you my very first travel guide featuring the province of Leyte, my home province. You can also view my Leyte Travel Series.

The Destination: Ormoc City, Leyte
Ormoc City is located in the western part of the province of Leyte and is fondly called as the "Beauty by the Bay." It is a first class city and the largest city in Leyte by land area. It is approximately 104 kilometers away from Tacloban City, the capital of Eastern Visayas. Today, Ormoc is a progressive city and a major transportation center in western Leyte. Ormoc City offers many historic and natural attractions.

Cebu City to Ormoc City - PhP430 (slow boat) / approximately PhP800 (fast craft)
Tacloban City to Ormoc City - PhP120 (van, 2 hours travel time)

Places to Explore

1. Lake Danao
It is Ormoc's main natural attraction. Previously, it was named Lake Imelda, but was changed to Lake Danao Natural Park afterwards. Lake Danao is a violin-shaped lake on the mountains of Ormoc. It has about 139 hectares of total area and is about 700 meters above sea level. The lake is a great place for boating, kayaking, or fishing. And the area around the lake is also ideal for sight-seeing, camping, trekking, picnics and retreats.

-- Near Ormoc's new market is the terminal for jeepneys and multicabs bound for Brgy. Lake Danao.
-- The lake is just a 5-minute walk away from the barangay.
-- Travel time to Lake Danao is about 30 minutes to 1 hour.
-- Fare is approximately PhP25-30.
-- You can also ride a habal-habal from Ormoc City, though not that common. You can negotiate for your fare.

2. Lake Kasudsuran
Named by the locals as "The Little Lake Danao", Lake Kasudsuran is also a place to explore in Ormoc City. The lake is a beauty to behold with surrounding fresh green trees and vegetation, and a calm and serene atmosphere.

-- The lake is only accessible by foot.
-- You can ride the jeepney near the market bound for Brgy. Gaas. The jump-off point is Sitio Maglahug.
-- Fare is about PhP30-50.
-- The trek to the lake is about 2-3 hours .

3. Lake Janagdan
This lake completes Ormoc's three lakes. Lake Janagdan is the smallest of the three and is accessible only by foot. The jump-off point is at Brgy. Cabingtan. Going there is about two hours trek.

4. Alto Peak
It is the highest mountain in Eastern Visayas. Alto Peak stands at 1,332 meters above sea level. You can also read Pinoy Mountaineer's post: Alto Peak (1,332+).

Photo Credit: Nick Jed Donaire

5. Veteran's Park
It is a park located near Ormoc's sea wall and is a memorial of the veterans who have fought during the liberation of Leyte and the Philippines.

6. Centennial Marker
This beautiful monument is located near the Veterans Park and is a tribute to the Western Leyte Guerilla Warfare Forces.

7. Ormoc City Superdome
It is Ormoc's pride and one of the city's landmarks. It is within the city proper and a venue of many sports and socio-cultural events.

8. Puente de la Reina
This historic bridge was built during the Spanish times and was known as the "Bridge of the Queen". This is the city's oldest bridge and is the last existing structure that gives evidence to the Spanish colonization of the city. The bridge was used as a docking area for ships or sailboats of the Chinese and Javanese merchants who are selling their products to the locals. Puente de la Reina is included in the Puentes de España en las Filipinas or the Spanish Bridges in the Philippines.

Puente de la Reina marker

9. Agua Dulce
Ormoc City has one of the sweetest water in Eastern Visayas. They say it is second to the sweet water of Biliran. Agua Dulce literally means "sweet water", a testament to its sweetness. You can quickly find two of these within the city proper.

10. You can also explore these places: Old City Hall, New City Hall, Leyte Geothermal Production Field, Leyte Golf and Country Club, JICA Flood Mitigation Project / Riverwalk, Pineapple Plantation, Ormoc's Mangroves, Philippine-Japan Peace Memorial, Flashflood Memorial Marker, Bantigue Beach Resort, Sals Beach Resort.

Additional Feature:

Sunsets at Ormoc Bay

For Your Taste-buds

1. Queen pineapples
A must-try in Ormoc is its queen pineapples. These pineapples are big and are famous because of its sweetness. You can find these pineapples on fruit stalls along the streets.

2. Cassava cakes
It is one of Ormoc's best and delectable delicacies. Choose Young Attitudes' cassava cakes.

Travel Tips:
1. The fastest way to go to Ormoc from Tacloban and vice versa is by van.
2. You can do a walking tour around the city.
3. Visit the tourism office near the port area or view their website here.
4. For your accommodation, I recommend Hotel Don Felipe, IALodge, Pongos Hotel, Ormoc Villa Hotel, and Sabin Resort Hotel.

Where is Ormoc City, Leyte on the map?
Map by: Wikipedia

I hope this Adventurer's Guide is helpful to you.

Feeling the moment at Lake Kasudsuran.

If you have questions and inquiries, comment below or e-mail me at rokx_iphe@yahoo.com.

View my previous posts of Ormoc City, Leyte:
-- How to Get to Ormoc City, Leyte?
-- Take Time to Explore Ormoc City, Leyte
-- 10 Must-See Places in Ormoc City, Leyte
-- Travel Photo: Queen Pineapples
-- The Calm and Serene Lake Kasudsuran
-- Photo Essay: Adventures at Lake Kasudsuran
-- Snapshots of Ormoc City, Leyte
-- A Collection of Ormoc's Sunsets
-- Photo Essay: Ormoc's Sunsets and Magsanga Peak
-- Travel Colors: Intensely Hued Sunset
-- Travel Colors: Sweet Sunrise


  1. Cool blog! I'll surely visit those spots if ever I'll be in Ormoc!:)

    1. Hello Jo! Thank you for leaving a comment here! Thanks too for the compliment.. Yeah, include Ormoc when you will visit Eastern Visayas.. :)

  2. This really makes me wanna visit those places~~^^*
    Thanks for diligently writing those very helpful info.

    1. Hi there, thanks for dropping by! You're welcome. Yeah, i really intended this guide to be a quick guide to travelers. Inform me if you are coming to Ormoc. :)

  3. I miss the cassava! I remember I bought a box but I did not get to take it with me! sayang! :-)

    1. Yeah, so sorry, I really forgot to bring the cassava. Next time ulit! :)

  4. Wow Ormoc City looks clean. Wanna visit it too and sail on the boat <3

    1. Hello Riza! Yeah, Ormoc City used to be the cleanest and greenest city in the Philippines in the late 1990s. Visit my hometown soon! :)

  5. That Lake Kasudsuran is so enticing to visit among all the places. I think it's time to pencil in Ormoc in my itinerary for next year. :D

    1. Thanks for leaving a comment, Lance! Wow, you like Lake Kasudsuran. Yes, it is indeed a great place to relax and be quiet. It's so nice that you'll include Ormoc in your travels next year. Awesome! :)

  6. If I get a chance to visit abroad definitely I will visit to Ormoc City, Such a wonderful place.

    1. Hey there! Thanks for leaving a comment here! Yeah, explore the Philippines and visit Ormoc City too, my hometown..

  7. Hi. Thanks for this. I look forward to going to Ormoc for work soon. Will try to visit Lake Danao. Excited.


    1. Hello Sheryl. Yeah, never miss to visit Lake Danao! I hope you will have a good time here! :)

  8. Hi, been to ormoc twice but never seen of those attraction!
    Will make sure to include in my itinerary next time :-)

    1. Yes! Explore these places on your next visit in Ormoc!

  9. Replies
    1. Experience the excitement for yourself here in Ormoc City!

  10. Is there any tour guide that will lead the traveller to the lakes that needs to be trek?. I would love to be in Ormoc this year.

  11. sure to visit Beautiful Ormoc City in the next few months, any suggestions to go other place after Ormoc to maximize 4 days travel in Leyte..thanks

  12. How much is there cassava xake?

  13. all attraction in ormoc was great and good as will you go here!!

  14. How can i get to lake danao from ormoc port? Where to ride jeepney? Is it one ride only? I'm planning to visit ormoc next month

  15. How to get to Lake danao from sabin resort? Is it one ride only?

  16. i'm planning to go there, next week but i need more suggestions what tourist attraction is the best for a Day travel... Thank You!