Canigao island

Canigao Island

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.

Wooden jetty, Matalom, Leyte
Wooden jetty in Matalom, Leyte reaches out to the sea.
Canigao island fees
Canigao island is very affordable for the tourist. Pump boat fare: P60; Entrance fee for adults: P40; children: P20.


Canigao island
The whole island of Canigao is lined by white to cream-colored sand.


Canigao island camping
Campers dot Canigao island with enough space for everyone even during the peak season.
Canigao island sunset
Canigao island offers a great view of the sunset.


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