Top 10 Things to do in Southern Leyte Province, Philippines

December 2, 2017 Emerita Lamoureux

Southern Leyte (Cebuano: Habagatang Leyte, Filipino: Timog Leyte) is a province in the Philippines located in the Eastern Visayas region. Its capital is the city of Maasin. Southern Leyte was a sub-province of Leyte until it was made into an independent province. Southern Leyte includes Limasawa, an island to the south where the first Roman Catholic Mass in Philippine soil is believed to have taken place and thus considered to be the birthplace of Roman Catholicism in the Philippines.
Restaurants in Southern Leyte Province

1. Napantao Marine Sanctuary

Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte Province, Philippines
Excellent
97%
Good
3%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
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5 based on 29 reviews

Napantao Marine Sanctuary

Reviewed By SaranganiDiver - Manila

Most people arrive in Padre Burgos for the first time with Napantao Marine Sanctuary on their Bucket List of dive locations. They leave Padre Burgos with an annual return visit on their Bucket List.

2. Tangkaan Beach

Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte Province, Philippines
Excellent
51%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
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4.5 based on 28 reviews

Tangkaan Beach

Reviewed By davidvictorwheeler - Carlisle, United Kingdom

Buy a roast chichen from the shop and take a motorcycle from Padre Burgos to the end of the point where you will find tables, changing rooms, a statue of St George (?) excellent snorkelling and family friendly Beaches. Lots of locals there at the weekend - great fun!

3. Agas-Agas Bridge

Sogod, Southern Leyte Province, Philippines
Excellent
27%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
31%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 29 reviews

Agas-Agas Bridge

Reviewed By Sverrir J - Torrevieja, Spain

I have seen few videos from this place and I was expecting to see what I had seen on these videos but that turned out wrong. The Cable car was parked at the top and had obviously been used for a long time, the Zip lines were gone and the whole place looked run down. I asked the lady in the refreshment shop and she told me that it had all been closed for over a year and the authorities would not grant them a new license to operate. Hence it is just another bridge crossing a deep ravine but you can see them anywhere.

4. Limasawa Island

Visayas, Philippines Southern Leyte Province, Southern Leyte Province 6518, Philippines
Excellent
42%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 14 reviews

Limasawa Island

Reviewed By rpantoni - Melbourne, Australia

Limasawa is a very beautiful Island with beautiful and helpful people.. It is one of those places that I would highly recommend visiting.
There are markers for the the first mass in the Philippines. Although, there are a lot of arguments if it really happens here..
The beach is nice, and there is a marine sanctuary..
Most of all, this is not a crowded place, and you can actually meditate here:)

5. Our Lady of the Assumption

Maasin, Southern Leyte Province, Philippines
Excellent
60%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Our Lady of the Assumption

Reviewed By LomMatt - United Kingdom

Lady of Assumption atop Jalleca Hills can pretty much be seen from anywhere in the town of Maasin. It's only 5 - 10 minutes walk from the port. After climbing many steps, you will be at the top of the hill with a giant statue of Mary. Religious subject aside here, it's more than worth the visit for the spectacular views it affords of the town of Maasin.

6. Maasin Cathedral

Main Street, Maasin, Southern Leyte Province, Philippines
Excellent
36%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 11 reviews

Maasin Cathedral

Reviewed By islandsoft_2010 - Matawan, New Jersey

This small and lovely Cathedral is made of coral blocks carved from the ocean lying before it.
Maasin is the capital of Southern Leyte and there are a reasonable amount of resources there, including food and housing, to facilitate your trip to Maasin.
Facilities are very near but obviously the church does not serve lunch!
The Cathedral can be seen in more detail in http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/651921
Just flip through the book, no need to buy.

7. Monte Cueva Shrine

Maasin, Southern Leyte Province, Philippines
Excellent
40%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Monte Cueva Shrine

Reviewed By Sverrir J - Torrevieja, Spain

MAASIN CITY— boasts of the most amazing shrine, the Monte Cueva Asuncion dela Virgen Shrine, or simply Monte Cueva, The shrine is called Monte Cueva (172 meters above sea level) because its chapel is inside the cave. Canonically established by the bishop of Maasin, it is officially called the Shrine of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus and the Our Lady of the Assumption, the city’s patroness. There are two long stairways on both sides. The right one with about 550 steps is the upward entrance “path,” while the other, with over 300 steps, leads downward to the exit. It was said that the previous owner of the land had a dream about the Lady of Assumption, who asked him to build a shrine. True enough, he built it and subsequently donated the property to the diocese.

8. San Pablo Beach

Hinunangan, Southern Leyte Province, Philippines
Excellent
52%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
16%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 6 reviews

San Pablo Beach

Reviewed By Elmo B - Manila, Philippines

Hinunangan is the town and San Pablo island is the smaller island (bigger is San Pedro) off the coast of town. A small boat can take you across at approximately 25 minutes.
There is a community in the island. A few homes have solar electricity or a generator set. Tourists can rent the house that comes with a toilet.
The beach has course white sand with clear blue green waters. Be careful, the current can be strong at times.
The island does not promise much. There are resorts nearby San Pedro, Tahusan or Silago.

9. Bituon Beach

Padre Burgos, Limasawa Island, Southern Leyte Province 6618, Philippines
Excellent
33%
Good
67%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Bituon Beach

Reviewed By Liz K

Bitoon beach is now limasawa lagoon. You should visit this place one day. Its like virgin resort. You can experience jumping in the rocky hill and a floating raft. You can find also an underwater cave. Limasawa lagoon has everything can offer. Limasawa lagoon is located in limasawa island.

10. Puting Buhangin Island

Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte Province 4303, Philippines
Excellent
22%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
45%
Poor
11%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 9 reviews

Puting Buhangin Island

Reviewed By Gracia M - Cyberjaya, Malaysia

This is the first stop of our 3-beach weekend getaway. As I remember, this beach has the cleanest water of the three Beaches. You can explore the island, pass through Kwebang Lampas or just swim. Entrance fee is P80, which you need to pay asap (we're not even out of the boat).
The best time to be here is during off peak season when you can enjoy view quietly :p
The standard boat rate is P1800 (good for 6) for a 2-day Puting Buhangin - Dampalitan - Borawan Trip from Padre Burgos. There's another entry point (Pagbilao?) where the boat ride is shorter.
After roaming around we headed to Dampalitan to set up camp and eat lunch.

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