Travel period – January 28 to February 01, 2017
Hi guys! It’s time to update my blog. I just came from a recent trip to Samar and Leyte provinces. I actually visited some of the provinces last year but wasn’t able to post. I don’t know I’m just so lazy last year LOL. If you are into PH81 project this blog might give you an idea or at least could help you plan your next travel to Eastern Visayas. Oh by the way I just finished Region 8 yay!
All my flights are cheap, if you are into budget travelling like me, piso (P1) sale is the best way to save money. It’s cheap also if you are travelling with a group. Anyway we booked our tickets last May 2016 and we got it for only P600+ round trip. Once your flight is confirmed, start saving for food, transportation, accommodation etc. Then do some research about the place you are going to visit.
First stop is my 45th province which is Eastern Samar. Honestly, I can’t think of a tourist spot here good thing someone from Instagram followed me, his name is Bryan (@discover_lawaan) he offers tour to the beautiful waterfalls of Lawaan. I contacted him and connect on social media until the day we went there.
How do we got here: ride a van going to Guiuan (Giwan) fare is P160 about two hours travel time. Tell the driver to drop you off Lawaan church. Make sure to contact Bryan (0927-223-4795) in advance for any help you need. He’s very nice and accommodating.
Trekked for more than a hour to get to Amandaraga Falls, the trail is easy but muddy because it was raining. Make sure you bring extra plastic to protect your gadgets and stuff. Spent an hour taking pictures then another 30-45 minutes to the second falls – Pange Falls. There are locals when we arrived and caught kiddos cliff diving. I just can’t do that so I just watched them haha.
Next stop is Southern Leyte – we could have explored Maasin but there’s no enough time so we decided to visit the tallest bridge in the Philippines the Agas-Agas Bridge in Brgy Kahupian, Sogod.
How do we got here: Went to Duptuors van terminal and took the earliest trip (05:30am) to Maasin, we reserved seats a day before, fare is P180. After almost two hours we alighted Mahaplag crossing and hired a habal-habal going to Agas-Agas bridge. The rate is P200 per person two-way and approximately 45-minutes to one hour travel time. Another activity you could try here is zipline or cable car but it is not operational anymore due to some political reasons.
After spending half day in Agas-Agas bridge, we went back to Mahaplag where we took another van going to Inopacan Leyte. Our itinerary includes island hopping to Cuatro Islas (four islands) in Leyte. The locals are so nice they helped us get a ride direct to Inopacan, fare is P100 each. We had lunch first in a carinderia and proceed to the local tourism of Inopacan where we rented a boat and settled other fees. Boat for overnight is P3,500 plus P60 each for environmental fee and LGU fee.
Next destination is supposedly Apid island but we opted not to explore the place because nothing much to see plus there’s a community already so expect garbage etc. We then proceed to the third island on the tour – Mahaba Island. It is a private island but you can still go here. We were advised not to stay long so we didn’t really explored the whole area. Please give a donation to the caretaker.
We stayed in the island for like 30 minutes only and went back to the mainland. There’s a public toilet where you can make banlaw – free of charge. After finalizing everything we had a quick lunch and prepared for another van ride going to Palompon. We’re going to another island again and that’s on my next post – Kalanggaman Island.
Special thanks to friends who took my photos. Comment below if you need a copy of the complete itinerary and expenses or message me on Instagram @wheresjoanne