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Southern Leyte : Quiet please! PDF Print E-mail
Written by David BARRIE   
Sunday, 20 November 2011 10:33

South of Leyte is the final border of the Visayas before you can reach Mindanao, the large island in the South of the Philippines. Therefore, it is not a crowded place for tourism and it is still mainly untouched.


However, many foreigners have invaded the shores lately and have started building hotels and resorts. Yet, they are trying to respect the beaches and the landscape.


What makes it so attractive for tourists? First of all, the Sogod Bay is one of the best diving sites in the Philippines, if not in the world. Diving schools, foundations, and conservation societies have come from all over the world. In addition, Whale Sharks come every year in the bay from September to December. Eventually, the province is very quiet, rather well managed by the local government and is full of touristic ressources (not always well taken care of, though).

tortue clown fish

The area is completely different from the large touristic centres in the Philippines, such as Bohol, Boracay or Cebu. If you want to come here, you must deserve it: no direct flight less than a three-hour drive away; the easiest is a boat ride from Cebu or by road from Tacloban (and the North).

That is what makes is so great. Even in luxury expensive resorts (scarce, but there are some), the local population is never really far and all you love about the Philippines (and/or hate) is a stone throw away too.


This article is not a brochure to promote Southern Leyte as a touristic destination (well ... a little bit though); all is not perfect. The price for being so calm is a slow and limited development at all levels: infrastructure is rather poor (although progress has been made for roads and telecommunication) and there are only two urban centres (Maasin City which is the province's capital and Sogod on the way to Tacloban).



Southern Leyte is yet a place to visit. I personally enjoy going to Malitbog which has been clever enough to keep its Spanish specificity and has become a dynamic town in the province.


Last Updated on Sunday, 20 November 2011 18:56

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