April 24, 2016

Quick Guide to Canigao Island in Leyte

Summer is here again!

And yes, I must admit, it has been a long time since I published a decent blog post such as this. So now, I'd like to push myself into writing more travel guides, itineraries, and stories.

Let's start off with the beautiful Canigao Island!

Canigao is a picturesque islet off the coast of the municipality of Matalom in the southern part of Leyte. It is now a famous go-to place in Leyte as it gives local and foreign tourists the chance to swim, snorkel, or dive.

How to get to Canigao Island?

1. When you are in Tacloban City or Ormoc City, just take a van bound for Maasin City in Southern Leyte. Just make sure that the van will pass by the municipality of Matalom.
2. Inform the driver that you will be going to Canigao Island so that he can drop you off at Brgy. Maitum in Matalom, Leyte. Travel time is approximately 3 hours. Fare from Ormoc City to Matalom is PhP150.
3. Then you can take a pedicab from the highway to the small pier area where boats are docked. Just negotiate for your fare. It is just a short ride.
4. Get on a boat that goes to the island. Boat fare with return trip and entrance fee is PhP100. Travel time is 15-20 minutes. 
5. Once you're there, remember to keep the island clean and enjoy!

What to do?

1. Enjoy the beach. Relax, swim, snorkel, or dive.
2. Walk around the island.
3. Take a lot of pictures.
4. Play beach volleyball.
5. Pitch a tent and camp for the night. 
6. Cook or eat some fish fresh from the sea.
7. Watch the sunset.
8. Be one with nature.

I hope this quick guide is helpful to you!

You can also read my previous posts of Canigao Island:

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  1. Good place to visit here...

    1. Hi May, have you been to Canigao Island?

    2. Hi,

      My name is Kim of Jacaranda Travels I saw your blog while looking top travel bloggers in the Philippines.
      Beautiful Canigao Island? wow! its nice blog for this, your blog is so informative to other to how to see this beautiful place.

      I was hoping if you are interested for an interview that we will post on our business travel blog at www.jacarandatravels.com (facebok page at www.fb.com/jacarandatravels).
      Thank you, hoping for your positive reply.

      Kimberly-Tourist spots in the Philippines
      jacaranda travels

    3. Hello Kim! Thanks for reading my blog!

      Yes, you can interview me. Email and contact me at ephraim.arriesgado@gmail.com.