Canigao Island: The Ultimate Travel Guide to Exploring Leyte’s Tropical Gem

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Leyte is an amazing destination to visit in the Philippines and no doubt, when someone hears it, Kalanggaman Island first comes to mind. While Kalanggaman is undeniably beautiful, there are more beaches in Leyte that are just waiting to be discovered like Canigao Island. 

The island boasts a mix of white powdery sand and gray little stones with stunning blue waters ideal for swimming.

Canigao Island Location

Canigao is an islet located in Eastern Visayas near the municipality of Matalom, Leyte island in the Philippines. It is known for abundant fishing grounds and scenic coral reef areas great for diving. 

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Read this Canigao island paradise travel guide to help you plan your trip.

Canigao Island History

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Canigao used to be a secret little paradise in Leyte but in 2005, it gained popularity. Tourists have flocked to the island because of its beauty. 

During the Spanish era, it was said that there were Spaniards who saw the flaming red of the fire trees that dotted the shores of Matalom Beach and the scenic Canigao. They asked the natives what’s the local dialect for “hermosa” or beautiful. The natives answered “Matahum” or “Matalom.” And this was the origin of the town’s name.

Best time to visit Canigao

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Just like other beach destinations in the Philippines, the best time to visit Canigao Island Leyte is during summer between the months of March to May. The weather is also good from May to July. Avoid the rainy season from the months of August to November if you want to make the most of your Canigao Island diving experience.

Canigao Island Map

Check out this Canigao Island description map to help you plan your itinerary well. 

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How to Get to Canigao Island Leyte

Going to Canigao Island resort is easy. From Manila, book a flight going to Tacloban and head to Tacloban New Transport Terminal. Upon arrival at the terminal, ride a van bound for Maasin and ask to be dropped off at Matalom Municipal Hall. Travel time is around 3 hours. Ride a passenger boat to Canigao paradise, which takes around 15 minutes.

Where to stay in Canigao

There are no hotels on the island but there are cottages that you can rent overnight for a minimal fee. You can also bring your own tent and camp.

Rates And Other Information In Visiting

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Here are some of the rates you need to prepare for your budget to help you figure you out if you’re going to book a Canigao Island tour package or just do it yourself. 

Entrance Fee: PHP 20 for children 6-12 years old; PHP40 for adults

Boat Fare: PHP 65/person

Open Cottage Day rental: PHP 500

Open Cottage overnight fee: PHP 700

Rooms for rent: PHP 1,500

Tent pitching: PHP 100

Things to do in Canigao

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Here are the fun things to do in Canigao Leyte. 

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  • Swimming
  • Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Beach volleyball
  • Fishing with locals
  • Sunbathing
  • Camping 
  • Exploring other attractions in Canigao like lighthouses
  • Watch the amazing sunset
  • Stargazing 

Frequently Asked Questions About Canigao

Q: Where is Canigao located?

A: It is an islet located in Eastern Visayas near the municipality of Matalom, Leyte island in the Philippines. It is known for abundant fishing grounds and scenic coral reef areas great for diving. 

Q: How to get to Canigao from Manila?

A: Going to Canigao Island resort is easy. From Manila, book a flight going to Tacloban and head to Tacloban New Transport Terminal. Upon arrival at the terminal, ride a van bound for Maasin and ask to be dropped off at Matalom Municipal Hall. Travel time is around 3 hours. Ride a passenger boat to Canigao paradise, which takes around 15 minutes.

Q: Is it expensive to travel to Canigao?

A: Traveling to Canigao is not expensive unlike other beach destinations in the Philippines.

Q: Is Canigao open for tourists? 

A: As of writing, Matalom, Leyte has been open for tourists since November 2020.

Source: Philippine News Agency

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