October 20, 2013

8 Exciting Things to Do in Ormoc City, Leyte

Ormoc City is located in the western side of the province of Leyte and it is the largest city in the province by land area. It is a progressive city and is aptly named as the "Beauty by the Bay." Ormoc City is approximately 104 kilometers (or 2-3 hours) away from Tacloban City, which is the capital city of Eastern Visayas.

Read some quick guides here: The Adventurer's Guide to Ormoc City, LeyteHow to Get to Ormoc City, Leyte?Take Time to Explore Ormoc City, Leyte.

Ormoc City is my wonderful hometown and I'd like to give you these eight great and exciting things to do in this beautiful city!

1. Row your boat at Lake Danao.
Lake Danao is the city's foremost natural attraction. It is shaped like a violin or guitar, and the verdant mountains and vegetation surrounding the lake- all make the place so tranquil. Lake Danao is a great place for swimming, camping, trekking, sight-seeing, boating, kayaking, and fishing.


2. Chase Ormoc’s three well-known lakes.
Aside from Lake Danao, Ormoc has two other lakes situated on its mountains: Lake Kasudsuran and Lake Janagdan. These lakes are accessible by foot from Brgy. Gaas and Brgy. Cabingtan, the jump-off points.

Read: The Calm and Serene Lake KasudsuranPhoto Essay: Adventures at Lake Kasudsuran.

TAMAK boys waiting to for the boat that will ferry them to the other side of Lake Kasudsuran.

3. Take a glimpse of the Leyte Geothermal Production Field.
When you are on the mountains of Ormoc, especially if you are exploring Lake Danao, never forget to turn your eyes to the distant mountains where you can catch a glimpse of the Leyte Geothermal Production Field. The white steam that rises to the air is the evidence that it is the Philippines' largest producer of geothermal energy and it is the world's largest wet steam producing field. The Leyte Geothermal Production Field supplies power to the Eastern Visayas region, Central Visayas, and Luzon.

Read: 10 Must-See Places in Ormoc City, Leyte

4. Climb Alto Peak.
Alto Peak is the highest mountain in Eastern Visayas. It is a favorite mountain to climb in Leyte and is a famous spot for training climbs among the various outdoor clubs of the region. It stands at 1,332 meters above sea level. The jump-off point is Brgy. Cabingtan.

Alto Peak rises above the horizon.
Photo Credit: Nick Jed Donaire

5. Walk across Puente de la Riena.
This is the oldest bridge in the city and it is truly historic. It was built during the Spanish times and was recognized as the "Bridge of the Queen." It is the last existing structure that gives evidence to the Spanish colonization of the city. Puente de la Reina is included in the Puentes de España en las Filipinas or the Spanish Bridges in the Philippines.


6. See Ormoc’s famous landmarks.
The Ormoc City Superdome, the Veterans' Park, and the Centennial Marker are just some of the prominent landmarks of the city. These are strategically located near the port and terminal area.




7. Witness the sunset at Ormoc Bay.
Sweet and spectacular sunsets can be seen at Ormoc Bay. This is actually my favorite spot for sunset watching in Leyte.

View: A Collection of Ormoc's SunsetsPhoto Essay: Ormoc's Sunsets and Magsanga Peak,
Travel Colors: Intensely Hued Sunset


8. Taste Ormoc’s queen pineapples and cassava cakes.
This is the last but not the least! Never leave Ormoc without tasting its queen pineapples and cassava cakes. The pineapples here are so sweet and these are sold along the streets of the city. Best tasting cassava cakes can be found at the Young Attitudes store.

View: Travel Photo: Queen Pineapples



So, what are you waiting for? Plan a trip to Leyte and visit Ormoc City!

View more posts about Ormoc City, Leyte here:
Travel Colors: Sweet Sunrise
Snapshots of Ormoc City, Leyte

26 comments:

  1. I can't wait to see and explore all of these noteworthy sites in Ormoc (all except #4 --- not a fan of climbing! hehehe)

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    1. Hello Mai! I'm excited to tour you around Ormoc too! Actually, I've never scaled Alto Peak too, but I really to climb it as soon as possible.. Thanks! :)

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  2. I'm fortunate to have visited the Punta de la Reina... I'm actually an old bridge enthusiast... Sana, tumagal pa siya ng matagal na matagal na panahon... :)

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    1. Yeah! Personally, I want this bridge to be preserved for a long time so the next generations can still see it as part of the city's history. Thanks sir!

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  3. i hope i could revisit ormoc.city asap! :)

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    1. That's a great plan! At least, you now have a guide on what to do and where to go in Ormoc! :)

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  4. Di ko pa natry magtravel in Visayas and Mindanao. I used to live in Ilocos provinces when I was a kid and this post gives me an idea on where to go pag nagtravel ako sa Ormoc :) Thanks for sharing this, I hope makapagtravel ako by 2014 ;)

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    1. Hey, thanks for visiting my blog! Yeah, if you plan to explore Leyte include a side trip to Ormoc City. There are many great and exciting things to do here. Travel na!

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  5. I missed the old and beautiful ormoc before the typhoon. I hope they can recover as soon as possible.. I've been to ormoc many times but i was not able to take pictures of the beautiful places i visited.. NAGMAHAY ko. But i know soon mobalik og mobangon ra ang ORMOC and i promise akong suruyon og balik ang mga lugar og d na kalimtan mgtake og picture :-) #bangonormoc

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    1. Yeah, that's right. We will rise again. We will rebuild and move one. And things will become much better soon. Thanks! #BangonOrmoc #BangonLeyte

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  6. Hi, is it possible to climb mt. alto for a day? like start the climb in the morning?

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    1. Hello! Actually, I have not climbed Alto Peak. They say that it can be climbed in a day. If you start in the morning, you will definitely reach the peak by noon, and you have enough time in the afternoon to go down to the barangay at the foot of the mountain.

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  7. I was in Ormoc City in June 2014 to visit my fiancée. It was recovering nicely from the typhoon. I plan to return at Christmas.

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    1. Yeah! Ormoc City is doing well now. Though some government offices and buildings have not finished its renovations. I just went home to Ormoc this October 2014. And oh, so you will spend your Christmas there? Enjoy! :)

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  8. I'm going to visit my brother in Zambales end of Feb 2015 but then I'm off to Ormoc. Thanks for the info here brother. Will give me something to do during the day when the girlfriends at work.. :)

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    1. Hey George! I hope you enjoyed your visit here in my hometown in Ormoc City! :)

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    2. Hi Ephraim,
      I really did enjoy my visit.
      Ive been back three times since and I'm going back again.
      Great city, friendly people and the pineapples are 'awesome' ;)

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    3. Wow! It's really great to hear that you had a wonderful time in Ormoc! Nice. :)

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  9. Hi, I wanted to hike Alto Peak, do you know any mountaineering group or tour guides? Thanks!

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    1. Hello! I think you need to get in contact with the Ormoc City Tourism Office. Before you climb, you can visit their office at the pier area in Ormoc. From what I know, I think there is one group who can guide you to Alto Peak and you can also find guides in Barangay Lake Danao. There are many locals who can guide you there.

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