Canigao Island of Matalom, Leyte is my first trip in Eastern Visayas as a tourist. I once visited Palo and Tacloban, Leyte during a leadership conference a decade back but didn’t have a chance to tour around.
At work, our colleague in UP Cebu pitched for this lovely island for our summer vacation / adventure last year. We conceded gladly after a quick check over the Internet of photos featuring Canigao Island (Due also to a hospitable offer that her family in Matalom will send us off with food :)).
We booked a Cebu-Hilongos boat (night trip) and proceeded to Matalom via jeepney by daybreak. Motorized bancas regularly ply Matalom to/from Canigao island so travelling there was not difficult despite the peak season.
Canigao island’s white/cream sands is a delight for a beach-goer. A great bonus is a magnificent view of the sunset (Related post: Around the Philippines as witnessed by the setting/rising sun). I guess Eastern Visayas has a lot more of this Canigao kind of gem.