Sharing with you an itinerary of my latest beach excursion at one of the beautiful beaches of Leyte.
As I’m only starting out to blog, this post might be a bit sloppy and messy, I know it isn’t an excuse, but I promise I’m gonna make something nicer and more decent entries on my next posts. Meantime, I hope this may be helpful if you’re planning to visit Canigao on a shoestring budget. Enjoy!
From Tacloban City New Bus Terminal to Matalom, Leyte ( airconditioned van via Baybay City or Maasin City) – Php 220.00 [ 3.5 – 4.0 hours ]
From Matalom town proper to Canigao Island ( inclusive of boat fare and entrance fee, back and forth ) Php 105.00 [ 15 minutes ]
For an overnight stay, the island offers a dorm type room at Php 1500.00 per night for four persons, you can also either pitch your own tent at Php 90.00 for the island fee or rent a tent at Php 300.00. Cottage prices is at Php 500.00 – Php 700.00 per night. To economize, I recommend you bring your own tent. It’s cheaper and there is always fun in pitching your own. 😉
Eat your lunch if you have a packed one, you can also cook your own meal as there are available kiosks for cooking and grilling. I packed mine.
Move around the island, you will have toured the entire island in 30 – 45 minutes.
Swim, swim, swim.
Eat dinner. As I only have junk foods with me, I had my dinner cooked. Costed me Php 150.00 for a cup of rice, blue bay tuna and a fried egg.
I stayed at a cottage where I pitched my tent, turned on the light and read Agatha Christie’s The Hollow. Stayed there until around 8pm then retired to my tent for a movie marathon. I slept at around 11pm. Unlike the other islands, Canigao is pretty cool at night so there was no need for me to sleep in an open tent.
Wake up at 4:00 am for another round of soul searching or picture taking. The birds’ chirps are quite literally the only noise you’ll hear this early. So peaceful and calming.
Pack up at 7:00 am, depending on the number of passengers, first boat to sail going back to the town proper is at 8:00am.
From Matalom town proper, ride a tricycle to the town of Bato where the vans bound for Tacloban are waiting. – Php 12.00 [ 10 minutes ]
Breakdown of my expenses:
Tacloban to Matalom – Php 220.00
Boat Fare/Entrance Fee – Php 105.00
Tent Fee -Php 300.00
Dinner -Php 150.00
Matalom to Bato -Php 12.00
Matalom to Tacloban -Php 200.00