Southern Leyte Diaries (Part 3): Priceless Paradise of Padre Burgos

Home to world-class diving destinations and fringed with pristine beaches, the town of Padre Burgos in Southern Leyte is a haven for beach bums and underwater sports enthusiasts. A white sand beach that will not cost you an arm and a leg? Then, Padre Burgos is the place to be.

How to go to Macrohon:
By Air
From Manila, take a one-hour flight to Tacloban. Domestic airlines such as Airasia, Cebu Pacific, and Philippine Airlines fly daily to Tacloban City. From the airport, ride a jeepney or a tricycle to the downtown. If riding a tricycle, you may ask the driver to bring you directly to either Duptours or Van Van's terminal. These shuttle services both have regular trips to Maasin City, your jump-off point to the many destinations in the province. Travel time from Tacloban to Maasin is about four hours, passing through Dulag, Baybay, Inopacan, Hindang, and Hilongos, among others. Fare as of writing is Php 220. From Maasin terminal, take a multicab to Padre Burgos.

By Sea (from Manila)
There are buses that ply the Manila-Maasin route like Philtranco.These will pass along the provinces of Quezon, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Legazpi and Sorsogon where it will board a barge from Matnog to Allen in Northern Samar. The journey continues on to Samar and Leyte, and off to Southern Leyte. It's a long, butt-numbing ride! Fare as of writing is Php 220. From Maasin terminal, take a multicab to Padre Burgos.

By Sea (from Cebu)
From Cebu, take a ferry to Ormoc City and from there board a van shuttle to Maasin City. Travel time from Ormoc to Maasin is around three hours. FFare as of writing is Php 220. From Maasin terminal, take a multicab to Padre Burgos.

A glimpse into the sea
What to do in Padre Burgos:
Diving and snorkeling are the main attractions in Padre Burgos. There are many dive shops and resorts here--from backpacker-friendly to luxurious. Southern Leyte Divers ( is one of the famous resorts in this town. The resort is owned and managed by a couple named G√ľnter and Alona Mosch, who were very accommodating and easy to deal with. Unfortunately, their snorkeling and diving trips were fully-booked when we visited their resort during our SoLeyte trip but the two were helpful enough that they taught us where we can go snorkeling instead. If you have a day or two in Southern Leyte, make sure to explore the rich marine sanctuaries of Napantau, Santa Sofia, Tangkaan, among others. Of these, we were able to go to the latter.

Tangkaan Beach
Tangkaan Beach is a public cove where locals love to congregate on weekends and holidays. It is a stretch of white and coral sand bordered by azure waters and a marine sanctuary. Entrance fee is Php 5 per person and table rental (which includes four monobloc chairs) is Php 100. You may bring your own food and drinks. There are also small stands there where you can buy snacks and booze, well, at a heftier price.

Since our trip was during the northeast monsoon season, the waves at Tangkaan Beach were a bit unforgiving. Needless to say, it was a struggle for us to see clearly underwater. The current was also not favorable so we were not able to go to the marine sanctuary, which, according to the beach's caretaker, is accessible by a pump boat (Php 1,000).

Team Snorkeling in action
Sun, sea, and sand
This tour was made possible through the assistance of the Region 8 Tourism Office as well as the Provincial Tourism Office of Southern Leyte. For questions, you may reach them at and


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