Well, I never thought I could travel this year at all. Unexpectedly, my best friend asked me to come with her to Limasawa, Southern Leyte. This island is known in history as the place where the colonizers held their first mass in the islands of the Philippines- March 31, 1521.
But before we go into historical details, I will be sharing with everyone how I went there. This will be any person’s guide to conquering Limasawa!
If you are coming from the capital-Manila, do take a plane ride from Manila to the City of Tacloban. From Tacloban, go to Van Van’s and ride a van to Maasin City. The fare is PhP 220.00 only as of March 2018. From Maasin, ride a tricycle to the terminal of cabs going to Padre Burgos and pay PhP 8.00. The trip will be approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Lastly, from Padre Burgos ride a pumpboat for PhP 50-100.00. When I went there, the public pumpboats were chartered by a group of old ladies for their retreat. It was hard for me at that time but thank the heavens a group of friends sought help from a local and they luckily found a boat that would bring us to Limasawa (thus the reason I paid PhP 100.00 as it was not a public boat, in effect it was as if we chartered the boat. And by “we”- me with the group of friends.) In short, for the one way fare alone, you will be paying PhP 328.00.
Upon arriving at Limasawa, you will be docked in the resort where the most passengers ask to be dropped off . In my case, the residents opted to choose that the boat dock in the area where their houses were located.
For starters, you will be asked this question: where are you staying? I could not answer as I was not prepared. I did know of the resorts but I could not answer them at all! So what I did was to follow the group of friends. 😉 Wise, huh? Yep. I did just that.
We had three choices, Limasawa Island Lagoon Resort, Evashore Beach Resort or Dakdak Beach Resort. We stayed at Dakdak Beach Resort (a friend who went to Limasawa recommended that I stay in Dakdak Beach Resort.
From the port, I rode a motorbike (habal-habal in the vernacular) and paid PhP 15.00 to be driven off to Dakdak Beach Resort. The driver of the motorbike offered me a whole day tour of the island priced at PhP 175.00 (I will discuss this in detail later).
This is the view from Dakdak Beach Resort. I arrived Sunday at about 12nn and it was raining. So much for the summer heat. Damn!
Here in Dakdak, you will be paying PhP 50.00 for the entrance and PhP 700.00 for the bunk house/ cottage or PhP 200.00 if you will pitch your own tent. Mind you, they do cook food for their guests but they should be informed in advance. The food is not that expensive. Rice costs about PhP 20.00, if fried rice about PhP 25.00, fish stew costs about PhP 50.00 and eggs costs about PhP 20.00. Fair price for me. Warning! Rice servings are big!
After checking my stuff in, I availed of the tour offered by the motorbike driver. 😉 Since I did not have the luxury of time, I just shortened my list of what to visit. Ta daaaaaaaah!
Sooooooo! I have never been so wrong in my entire life! I should have made this my last part of the trip! Going to the cross alone consists of 450 steps.
450 steps is fine when you are on flat land! But never going uphill! (I went to Limasawa on the 4th of March but until now, 7th of March, my legs are still sore. I know you won’t believe me.)
I do not know if the old cross is encased in that one. I am a 100% sure that is not the old cross in the background though because I have read in a few blogposts that the original cross planted have been ruined already due to its exposure to the elements.
As a Catholic, I kind of feel happy to be here in Limasawa. I wish you’d see how hard it was for mw to climb this. 😂
This is the chapel that they have when having masses. Too bad I did not catch the mass in Limasawa.
Side note, on 2021 March 31, they will be celebrating the 500th year when the first mass was celebrated.
The distance of the church to the lighthouse is a bit far. Never believe in anyone saying that you could trek it because I sure as hell will not attempt to trek Limasawa. For someone who has no exercise, I won’t ever do it.
LIMASAWA ISLAND LAGOON RESORT
Yep, the lagoon is just down there. But wait! Before you get to see that beauty, you have to go through a steep cliff. The owner of the resort made stairs to easily descend to the cliff side. It was still too steep for me and for a 60kg woman- it was so hard! Gravity was pulling me down.
That is just a small portion of the stairs. The photo aboves was taken from the cliff side.
If ever you are interested in staying at Limasawa Island Lagoon Resort, the only advice I can give you is that you better not try to pitch a tent. It costs PhP 300.00, and I would not recommend it because it is rocky there. Any camper would know that it would be hard to pitch a tent on a rocky side as you would not be able to poke your metal rods in the soil.
Warning: The salt water is cold. Wear rashguard if it can help with the cold. Don’t bathe topless (for men).
There are seagrasses in the area of the lagoon. If I were the government, I woupd not have allowed entry on this area because the habitat of the fishes is destroyed by human activities. Nature should have not been interrupted. There are also trash just beyond the rocks of the lagoon.
The photos above were taken from the Island Lagoon. All of which have been underwater. For the action camera, I used a Supremo 4k to film all of these photos. This camera is cheaper than the GoPro but also serves its purpose.
FOURTH AND LAST STOP:
DAKDAK BEACH RESORT
As the day ended, we rode back to our resort to enjoy its own view. We had our dinne rprepared by the staff of the resort. Dinner in Dakdak resort is not that extravagant but it is the best and it filled my tummy really good! Dinner for 2 did cost around PhP 150.00.
During nighttime, if you are feeling sentimental, you can just enjoy the sea breeze and watch the stars shine brightly on the vast sky.
Upon waking up, the cool waters of the beach is enough yo give you chills. I bet it is good to get your tan from noon to mid afternoon. 😉
But for us we packed up at around 9am, ate breakfast, walked around Dakdak Beach Resort’s premises.
Upon arrival, children are enjoying the made up swing attached to the coconut tree. These are the playtimes that children indulged in gadgets cannot have at all. Socializing and making friends.
I never rode this swing! I should have done so at that time. This is the peaceful beach I have visited in Limasawa.
See those small houses, those are the “kubo” that they rent out for PhP 700.00 to guests. With sockets, a mattress, and lights. Hmmmm, sounds like a good night rest for visitors huh?
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