Canigao Island

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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

Php 987.00

 

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Beautiful sky.

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Mangroves are expected.

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Lots of flowers of this kind within the island.

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Early morning glimpse of sun.

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A tree along the shore.