Liloan is usually just an exit point from the Visayas to Mindanao or an entry point for people who are traveling overland from Mindanao to Visayas and Luzon. Not known to many, it can also offer travelers a reason to stay for a while and experience its beauty. [Check out our list of top tourist spots in Southern Leyte]
I’ve been passing by this town several time already and decided to stop by for a while. There are not many things to do here so a night or two will be enough. I wanted to do a slow travel this time so I decided to stay for two nights. This allowed me to just sit down and watch the locals do their thing. It actually feels good when you don’t have to hurry yourself to catch the next bus or van to your next destination.
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Tourist Spots in Liloan, Southern Leyte
Tagbak Marine Park
Tagbak Marine Park is located in Sitio Tagbak, Tabugon, Liloan, Southern Leyte. It’s an emerging tourist destination in the province. I never heard about it before. I recently just saw a video about Southern Leyte on Facebook and it caught my attention. So, I went there hoping that I’ll be able to visit the place. I didn’t really search for information (my bad) about the place. I did not know that I should have booked in advance in order to go there. Yes, I only googled it as I am writing this article. Hahaha. Anyway, I settled in the viewing deck and it was nice.
If you also plan to go there, you can call them at 0997 372 1452 to arrange your visit. The fee is Php500 good for 10 pax. You may also visit their Facebook Page.
How to get to Tagbak Marine Park
From Tacloban or Ormoc, you can take a bus bound for Liloan. Buses going to Davao and other parts of Mindanao also pass by Liloan so you can take them. Tagbak Marine Park is situated before the Liloan Port and Liloan town proper. Actually it;s before Wawa Bridge. It’s a walking distance from Wawa Bridge and Liloan Port.
If you come from Davao and other parts of Mindanao, you can take a ferry to Liloan. From the port, you can either walk to the marine park or take a tricycle.
If you love the beach, then this place is for you. It’s located about 5 kilometers away from Liloan Port. I was lucky I visited on a weekday so I was literally alone in the beach area. I would normally feel happy when I’m in a secluded beach but for some reasons, I felt the other way around. Anyway, I suggest you bring a book when you visit there on a weekday. You’ll definitely enjoy the calmness of the beach and the relaxing sounds of the waves hitting the shore. Don’t forget to bring a beach towel and lie down on the beach under the coconut trees!
How to get to Molopolo Beach
From Liloan Port, walk towards the national highway and take a tricycle to Molopolo Beach. If you’s alone, be prepared to pay more. I paid Php50 to get there which I think is very reasonable for a 15-minute ride. On my way back to my accommodation, I only paid Php15.
Wawa Bridge is not as grand as the famous San Juanico Bridge but it has its own charm. It’s a walking distance from the posrt so don’t miss your chance to visit it. From the port, you can already see the bridge so it is that near. Hahaha.
Where to stay in Liloan?
My Casa Inn
I stayed in My Casa Inn, just a walking distance from Liloan Port. It’s a simple accommodation that offers cheap but comfortable rooms to sleep. It’s pretty basic but I kinda like how friendly the people managing the place.
Their room rates range from Php500 to Php1,000. I got my airconditioned room with shared T&B for only Php600. It’s pretty comfortable and a good deal. Just bring your own towel as they do not provide one.
You can call then in advance to reserve a room at: 0977 801 3713
Have you been to Liloan, Southern Leyte? Tell us your experience in the comment section.