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« on: September 18, 2013, 10:29:11 pm »

I just want to add these information here.
All about Leytes spots and places.

Limasawa Island
Limasawa is a small island at the tip of the Leyte mainland. A short 45-minute banca ride from the town of Padre Burgos connects this historic island from the rest of Leyte. Historically Limasawa is the sight of the First Catholic Mass in the Philippines in 1521. This is a claim that has been attacked and refuted by other historians. However, the National Historical Institute still stands and acknowledges Limasawa as the sight of this historical First Catholic Mass.

A hike to the topmost hill of the island offers a stunning view of the sea and of Surigao on the horizon. The historical marker for the 1521 Mass also sits on the hill. Limasawa is a secret diver's paradise. It has magnificent walls and sheer drop-offs carpeted by with a variety of lovely fan corals. Natural underwater cavelets awaits the more adventurous divers. There is only one guesthouse on the island. It’s a 2 bedroom cottage. Each room costs P250.00 which comes with two single beds and a bathroom.

Magsuhot Park
Magsuhot is a 500 hectare forested area in Sogod Southern Leyte. The park is a protected area which covers four waterfalls, each one of the falls is more than a 20 meter drop. These falls feed into a common basin. Lumasan and Mahayhay Falls within the coverage of the Magsuhot Park are grander with a 60 meter drop.

San Pedro and San Pablo Islands
Off the coast of Hinunangan, in Southern Leyte are the islands of San Pedro and San Pablo. A 30-minute pump boat ride from the town of Hinunangan brings you to the islands. It is a pebble beach of natural beauty. The beach is a throw back in time, no electricity which means no blaring music, no TV, no cars. The island is a natural paradise away from the hassles of urban life.

Panaon Island - Liloan Southern Leyte
Panaon Island at Liloan is part of the Mindanao Deep, the second deepest body of water in the world after Marianas Trench. Panaon Island is known for its amazing dive spots. The world famous whale sharks also pass by Liloan Island in their migration route and spend months feeding on its coastline. It is also normal to encounter pods of dolphins while diving or snorkelling.

Tankaan Point/Buenavista Fish Sanctuary - Tankaan , Padre Burgos , Southern Leyte
Tancaan point is favourite spot for snorkelling and of course diving. This site is described by divers as a good dive site for exhilarating underwater tour.

Sun-ok Fish Sanctuary - Pintuyan Southern Leyte
A must diving site, Sun-ok Fish Sanctuary in Pintuyan, Southern Leyte. This sanctuary is an imposing rock terrace hosting a variety of marine life; of distinct coral formations inhabited by large species of fish. An array of soft and hard corals along cracks and crevices makes for an exhilarating dive experience.

Tabugon Fish Sanctuary - Liloan, Southern Leyte
This fish sanctuary in the coastal town of Liloan is one of the biggest reef areas under the aegis of Silliman University Marine Laboratory. Located in the protected bay of Sogod, this area is frequented by whale sharks

Napantaw Fish Sanctuary - San Francisco, Southern Leyte
Napantaw is another essential dive site which includes diverse underwater terrain, and rich marine life. Divers should expect to be treated to an amazing encounter with fully grown surgeon fish, sea turtles, and sharks.

Sogod Bay
This beautiful 713 sq.km bay has established fishing sanctuaries that makes it an important diving destination in the country. It has 350 of the 500 species of coral found in the world. The Sogod Bay diving adventure includes the world class dive site of Napantao in San Francisco, Tabugon in Lilo-an and Sun-ok in Pintuyan. The whole of Sogod Bay, including the islands of San Pablo and San Pedro, is also a good site for snorkelling. Whale sharks, dolphins, and sea turtles are regular visitors. Healthy coral life and diverse marine creatures makes it a dive paradise.

Patag Daku - Libagon, Southern Leyte
Patag Daku, in English, means big plain. It is certainly big but is never quite plain. It is actually a valley so dense in vegetations that novice campers and mountaineers will never come in or out without an experienced guide leading the way. But the trek to the valley comes big in every way. In mountaineering parlance, it is a major climb. Not the leisurely stroll that one might expect, the climb is an arduous six hour journey through a maze of trees, ferns, moss, grass and big trees.

Patag Daku is a 3 hour drive from Maasin City. While in Libagon, arrangements can be made with the municipal government for guides/porters, especially for first time climbers. Start the tour at about 7:00 to 8:00 in the morning; bring potable water; climbing / camping equipment is a must especially if the group wishes to stay overnight.

Cagnituan Caves - Cagnituan, Maasin
A river runs through Cagnituan Caves. One has to swim to explore the cave. Enjoy the amazing stalactites and stalagmites formation of the cave.

Cambaro Caves - Cambaro, Macrohon
Jaw-dropping and unique speleothems, rocky formations, cave corals, and clear cold cave pool for swimming.

Guinsohotan and Busay Falls - Maasin, Southern Leyte.
Clear blue waters ideal for swimming and picnicking.

Sulphur Spring - Anahawan, Southern Leyte.
Soak yourself in sulphur spring water believed to have curative powers for rheumatism, arthritis, and skin allergies.

Sta Sofia Beach, Tangkaan Point - Tangkaan, Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte.
Sta. Sofia is a white sand beach on the tail end of the Southern Leyte. Ideal for swimming and snorkelling. A concrete stairway leads to a watchtower overlooking Sogod Bay and a view of Limasawa Island.

Monte Cueva - Rizal, Maasin
An interesting ingenuity of building on what nature has created. This is a chapel built inside a cave, located on top of a hill. The hill overlooks the city, and is also a great place to catch the sunset and enjoy the breeze.

Festivals

Sinulog sa Malitbog - ( January 15; Malitbog, Southern Leyte ).
An annual religious street pageant celebrated as homage to the Holy Child Jesus (Santo Niño), patron of Malitbog. It has grown steadily with devotees from other places flocking to the town. The town’s pride, Tribu Malitbog, has been a consistent winner and crowd drawer in the Sinulog Festival in Cebu City. Understandably so because the people of Malitbog are a cultured lot having been exposed to zarzuelas, operas, and other cultural endeavors.

Sinugdan - ( March 31; Limasawa, Southern Leyte ).
Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese navigator, in the service of Spain landed on Limasawa Island on March 31, 1521 where the first Christian mass in the Orient was celebrated on Easter Sunday. This historic and religious event is commemorated with a cultural presentation and anniversary program dubbed as Sinugdan (meaning beginning).

For Inquiries and Information :
Contact
Provincial Tourism Office of Southern Leyte
(053) 570 8300 / (053) 570 9018
www.tourism-southernleyte.com


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