Canigao Island, Matalom, Leyte
Among the most beautiful beaches the province of Leyte has to offer can be found in the small island of Canigao off the municipality of Matalom.
White, fine, sandy beaches and crystal clear, unpolluted waters await nature lovers who visit the peaceful and serene island – a perfect place to commune with nature.
Canigao Island used to be under the jurisdiction of the Philippine Coast Guard – there is an existing lighthouse there – but now it’s been turned over and being managed by the Local Government Unit of Matalom. The tiny island is uninhabited and one can walk around it in less than half an hour.
It’s a great place for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and, yes, camping!
One gets to Canigao via a 2-and-a-half hour drive from Tacloban City over well-paved roads to Matalom, and a short 15-20-minute motorized banca ride from the poblacion.
We camped out recently at Canigao Island…
Getting across to the island (in the horizon in pic below) from Matalom, Leyte – a heady 15-min motorized banca ride. With a setting sun, the view was spectacular, to say the least!
Sunset at Canigao Island…
Update: We were at Canigao Island April 09-11, 2009. View my post here: