Travel Itinerary: Labor Weekend to Southern Leyte

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Conclusions and Sidenotes:

  • I came from Bohol and rode a ferry straight to Bato, Leyte from Ubay, Bohol
  • It’s a 3-hour boat ride.
  • We stayed at a friend’s house. Accommodation is not part of the budget.
  • We were 11 in our group including our host.
  • Me and Fati (our host) did the groceries for our food (will list the budget below)
  • No one in our group knows how to drive so we had to commute.
  • If you’re planning to go island hopping to Cuatro Islas, be early.
  • Be at the wharf as early as 6 AM.
  • There will be people queuing for a boat (especially on peak season), so the earlier, the better.
  • Island hopping prices starts at Php 2,500 for 10 pax to Php 4,500 for 20 pax and more.
  • We personally didn’t contact anyone. We ended up not going because of the queue.
  • Going to Canigao island is easy (see post below).
  • It is only a 15/20-minute ride away from the wharf.
  • There are a lot of people who goes to the island and can be crowded for your liking.
  • We brought our own food for the night. There are grill stations around the island too if you want to cook your food.

FAQS

Getting to and around Southern Leyte:

  1. By plane – Nearest airport is in Tacloban (Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport), commute your way to Southern, Leyte (bus or van)
  2. By Boat – Almost every municipality has a port bound to and from Cebu (see list). There are also ferries from Bato, Leyte-bound for Bohol.
  3. By Land – Bus, van, and tricycles are the most common mode of transportation. It depends on how far you’re traveling to or from. If it’s a short distance, try riding a tricycle. For longer rides, vans and buses are advised.  (Note: It is hard to commute

Getting to Cuatro Islas:

We didn’t go there personally but I tried following another blog (Refer here)

Getting to Canigao Island:

  • Matalom, Leyte is the drop off point to and from Canigao island. They don’t have any port, only a wharf.
  • Landmark would be the wharf behind Matalom’s Municipal plaza.
  • There will be a ticketing area. You need to register and pay the designated fare for the boat, entrance fee, and overnight stay fee.
  • I paid Php 65.00 for the boat fare, Php 40.00 for the entrance fee. There should have been an additional fee for sleeping in a tent but nobody asks us for the payment.
  • Boats bound for Canigao starts traveling as early 6 AM. The last trip ends at 5 PM.

Personal Itinerary (starting from Bohol)

 Day 1 (Friday)

9:30 AM Ride a bus bound for Ubay, Bohol
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM Bus ride to Ubay, Bohol
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Arrived at Ubay market, went to the port (walking distance), also had late lunch
2:00 PM  ETD of ferry bound for Bato, Leyte (boat got delayed departing)
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Boat ride to Bato, Leyte
5:00 PM – Onwards Arrived in Bato, Leyte Port. Free time

Day 2 (Saturday)

5:00 AM Wake up call
5:00 AM – 6:00 AM Fetch a few friend from the port, running errands (buying groceries and essentials)
6:00 AM – 8:00 AM Cooking time and preparing of the things to bring.
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Van ride to Inopacan, Leyte
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Last minute buying of food.
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Stayed in Inopacan wharf to plan out something else (Too many people queuing that we just cancelled going to Cuatro Islas)
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Van ride to Bato, Leyte
11:00 AM – 11:20 AM Multi-cab ride bound for Kiosko, Matalom
11:20 AM Arrived in Kiosko, Matalom
11:20 AM – 11:30 AM Trek to the spring ahead of Kiosko
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM Stayed at the spring, had lunch a few drinks
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Packed up and ride a multi-cab back to the house
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Rest and prepared the things for Canigao island
4:00 PM – 4:15 PM Multi-cab ride bound for Matalom
4:15 PM – 5:00 PM Arrived at Matalom wharf, waiting time for the boat bound for Canigao
5:00 PM – 5:20 PM Boat ride to Canigao Island
5:20 PM – 6:00 PM Set up the tents, Sunset photo shoot and started cooking
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Free time while waiting for the food
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Dinner Time
8:00 PM – onwards Late night drinks

Day 3 (Sunday)

6:00 AM Wake up Call
6:00 AM – 8:00 AM Breakfast time
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Free time (swimming/ photoshoot)
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Pack up time
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Boat ride back to Matalom, Leyte
11:30 AM – 12:00 NN Tricycle ride back to Bato, Leyte
12:00 NN – 1:00 PM Lunch at a restaurant
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Rest at home and start packing up clothes
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Hang out in Bato Bay walk (walking distance from house), ate dinner
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM Went back to the house to fetch our stuff.
7:30 PM – 7:45 PM Pedicab ride to the port
7:45 PM Road a ferry back to Cebu

BUDGET BREAKDOWN:

BUDGET INDIVIDUAL AS A GROUP REMARKS
Transportation:
Bus PHP 90.00 (to Ubay, Bohol)
Pedicab PHP 20.00 (from Terminal to Ubay port)
Boat PHP 225.00 (Ubay to Bato)

Student price – Economy

Terminal Fee Php 12.00
Van PHP 30.00 (Bato to Inopacan)
Van PHP 30.00 (Inopacan to Bato)
Multicab PHP 15.00 (Bato to Kiosko, Matalom)
Tricycle PHP 15.00 (Kiosko to Bato)
Boat PHP 65.00 (Matalom to Canigao)
Entrance Fee PHP 40.00 (Entrance to Canigao)
Tricycle PHP 15.00 (Matalom to Bato)
Pedicab PHP 10.00 (Bato to Bato Port)
Boat PHP 247.00 (Bato to Ubay)

Student price – Tourist

Terminal fee PHP 10.00
Van PHP 150.00 (Ubay to Tagbilaran)
Food Contribution PHP 247.00 PHP 2,830.00 Includes Day 2 lunch and dinner)
Personal Expenses:
Lunch PHP 70.00 Day 1 lunch at the Ubay port
Lunch PHP 115.00 Day 3 Lunch
Dinner PHP 55.00 Day 3 BBQ Dinner
Others PHP 520.00 Essentials
Total PHP 1,981.00

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