Leyte-Ormoc. This island province shies away from heavy tourism, making it ideal for tourists looking to ‘get off the beaten track’. Nevertheless, the island does boast several interesting historical landmarks, and unveils plenty of scenic spots to explore too. Travel Authentic Philippines offers a number of Leyte tours.
This Eastern-Visayan island might not have the international reputation like Boracay and Palawan. However, it stills features a host of fascinating sites. Lake Danao welcomes outdoor-lovers year-round with its natural ambience and entertaining activities. Kalanggaman Island rates as one of the Philippines most pristine virgin islands. In addition, the overall charm of this quiet and chilled-out provincial island is absolutely enticing.
Transportation to and from Leyte-Ormoc is in abundance. Flights from Manila to Tacloban Airport occur three times daily, and ferry routes between the Philippine capital and Tacloban are offered three times a week. Traveling by van or coach is also possible. Once in Leyte, transportation around the island can be somewhat unreliable, so patience is certainly a benefit for travellers. Jeepneys are common, and so are vans and coasters. Of course, kayaking the coast is always a popular option, and sea-faring bancas are a cheap method to island hop.
The eastern side of the island, including the capital city Tacloban, was hit by a powerful hurricane in 2013, leaving significant damage to the coastal areas. However, extensive work has been done by local and national governments to bring the province back to its former self. This is particularly evident with the sustainable agriculture trend sweeping the island.
The Eastern Visayas usually experience hurricane activity, and the island of Leyte is never spared when they hit. Heavy rainfall occurs between November and January, but most other months experience some rain, so it is rarely dry for long.