20+ Tourist Spots in Southern Leyte (COMPLETE GUIDE)

Here is your complete travel guide to the tourist spots in Southern Leyte province!

There comes a point in our lives when going through the daily routine becomes dull and boring. That is exactly how I was starting to feel after just a year of working in the bustling city of Manila. I knew I needed an escape and for me, travel was the ultimate respite. So with my backpack ready and with my swelling eagerness for adventure, I set off on a journey to Southern Leyte.

Southern Leyte may not be as popular as other tourist destinations in the Philippines. Unknown to many, however, it hosts fascinating tourist spots worthy of exploration. Take note. Many of these are off-beaten.

Now if you’re planning to visit as well, don’t miss out on these beautiful tourist spots in Southern Leyte.

Tourist Spots in Southern Leyte Province

1. Limasawa Island

Limasawa Island is one of the tourist spots in Southern Leyte.

Limasawa is one of the recognized historical tourist spots in Southern Leyte. It is where the first Christian mass in Asia was held, sparking the growth of Christianity in the Philippines. But there is more to that. The island boasts of stunning beaches with rock formations where you can dive towards the turquoise waters of the sea. You can go snorkeling or swimming all day long with the locals and the marine species. The Island also hosts other interesting sites such as the National Shrine of the First Catholic Mass in the Philippines, and caves.

  • Location/Jump-off: Limasawa
  • Boat Ride: 45 minutes from Padre Burgos
  • Best Time to Visit: March to early June/October to December

2. Ilijan Point/Napantaw Fish Sanctuary

  • Location/Jump-off: San Francisco
  • Boat Ride: 2 hours from Maasin
  • What to See: Healthy Corals, Crystal-clear waters, Rich Marine Life, Underwater Terrain
  • Things to Do: Diving, Snorkeling, Swimming

3. Tagkaan Beach

Tagkaan Beach is one of the tourist spots in Southern Leyte.

Tagkaan Beach makes up a good choice if you’re after less touristy destinations in Southern Leyte. Catch sight of white sand beaches with coral fragments mixed with the sands. Here, you’ll find amazing rock formations, crystal-clear waters, verdant beach forests, and rich marine life. If you’re lucky, you’ll see dolphins and pelagic fishes when you snorkel.

  • Location/Jump-off: Padre Burgos
  • Entrance Fee: Php 5

4. Sulphur Spring

Want to experience the healing effects of thermal waters. Then Anhawan’s Sulphur Spring should make up to your bucket list. Here, there are pools where you can just relax or chat with fellow visitors.

  • Location/Jump-off: Anawahan

5. Agas-agas Bridge

Agas-agas Bridge is the Philippines’ tallest bridge. Catch a spectacular view of the mountains as you drive along the bridge. Surely, you’ll feel both excited and afraid but there’s just nothing like the thrill of it. It is one of the most popular tourist spots in Southern Leyte, along with the famed San Juanico Bridge, the country’s longest.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy. Kahupian, Sogod

6. Patag Daku

  • Location/Jump-off: Libagon
  • Vehicle/Bus Ride: 2-3 hours from Maasin
  • What to See: Dense forests, Wildlife, Mossy forests, Giant trees

7. Panaon Island

Panaon Island is one of the tourist spots in Southern Leyte.

Panaon Island is internationally known for its rich corals and marine wildlife, being a part of the Mindanao Deep or Philippine Trench. Among the species which inhabit the surrounding seas are whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins, seahorses, and turtles. You can hire boats to catch sight of these. The island is connected to mainland Southern Leyte via Wa-Wa Bridge.

  • Location/Jump-off: Panaon

8. Maasin Cathedral

Maasin Cathedral is also called Our Lady of Assumption. Built in the 17th century, the church plays an important historical role among the locals. The majority of the population are Roman Catholics and the cathedral is a popular pilgrimage site.

  • Location/Jump-off: Maasin

9. Magsuhot Park

Magsuhot Park consists of more than 500 hectares of dense forests. Hiking in the park will lead you into at least four waterfalls with beautiful pools where you can have a rejuvenating bath.

  • Location/Jump-off: Sogod

10. Bitu-on Beach

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy. San Roque, Liloan
  • Boat Ride: 30 minutes from town proper
  • Sights to See: White sandy beaches, various kinds of shells
  • Things to Do: Picnic, Swimming, Fishing, Shell Hunting

11. Camboro Caves

Camboro Caves is one of the tourist spots in Southern Leyte.

Camboro Cave is just one of the hundreds of caves in Southern Leyte which await discovery. Inside, you’ll find spectacular and bizarre rock formations, cave corals, and glistening pools.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy. Cambaro, Macrohon

12. San Pedro and San Pablo Islands

The islands, considered as the most beautiful islands in the province, are named after the patron saints, San Pedro and San Pablo. Who would not love sunbathing on its coral beaches or swim in its crystal-clear waters? Other fun activities to do here are surfing, skiing, diving, and water sports events.

  • Location/Jump-off: Hinunangan

13. Guinsohotan Cave

Guinsohotan Cave is one of the tourist spots in Southern Leyte.

Guinsohotan Cave is one of the top tourist spots in Southern Leyte because of stunning stalactite and stalagmite rock formations inside. Before the cave’s mouth, you’ll pass by Guinsohotan Falls where you can take a relaxing dip before spelunking.

14. Tancaan Point/Buenavista Fish Sanctuary

  • Location/Jump-off: Padre Burgos
  • Sights to See: White beaches, coral reefs, marine wildlife, holes and cavelets, canyons, mini-trenches
  • Things to Do: Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving

15. Tagbak Marine Park

Tagbak Marine Park is one of the tourist spots in Southern Leyte.

Tagbak Marine Park is one of the best tourist spots to see in Southern Leyte. Here, you’ll catch sight of crystal-clear waters, beautiful inlets, and mangrove forests. You can hop on one of the boats to explore the rich sea.

  • Location/Jump-off: Liloan

16. Kuting Beach Resort

Kuting Beach Resort is one of the best family getaways in Southern Leyte. It has wide stretches of fine sandy beaches.

  • Location/Jump-off: Macrohon

17. Napantao Marine Sanctuary

Napantao Marine Sanctuary is one of the tourist spots in Southern Leyte.

Napantao Marine Sanctuary is one of the protected tourist spots in Southern Leyte and one of the best sites for scuba diving and swimming. Who would not love gazing at the colorful corals and swimming with countless fish species? Occasionally, you’ll chance on reef sharks and turtles.

  • Location/Jump-off: Ilijan Point, San Franciso

18. Wawa Strait

Wawa Strait is one of the emerging tourist spots in Southern Leyte. Here, you’ll catch spectacular views of the ocean and craggy beaches.

  • Location/Jump-off: Macrohon

19. Sun-ok Fish Sanctuary

Sun-ok Fish Sanctuary is one of the well-preserved tourist spots in Southern Leyte. You’ll find here stunning coral formations where different fishes dwell. During November until May, you can glimpse of whale sharks. To protect the sanctuary, the locals prohibit fishing and gathering of shells.

  • Location/Jump-off: Pintuyan
  • Best Time to Dive: October to May

20. Maamo Beach

Maamo Beach is one of the tourist spots in Southern Leyte.
  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy. San Roque, Liloan
  • Things to Do: Swimming, Fishing
  • Attractions: White sandy beach

How to Reach Southern Leyte

If you’re coming from Manila, you can reach Southern Leyte by riding a plane via Tacloban. There are local airlines that operate from Manila to Tacloban – the gateway to Southern Leyte.  From Tacloban City, take an FX van or bus to Hinunangan – one of the towns in Southern Leyte. There are also buses from Pasay or Cubao that operate direct trips to Hinunangan.

For your Information

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