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Apart from being just a way-point in the country’s main transport corridor, the province of Southern Leyte is a truly great place to relax, meditate, or embark on your next adrenaline-boosting adventure. Around 200,000 local and foreign tourists visit the province each year,  with many heading for the popular dive spots in Sogod Bay, Limasawa Island and other nice destinations. Here’s a quick tour of Southern Leyte’s best and brightest beach destinations, such as:

Limasawa Island

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Located six kilometers off the coast of the province’s southern tip, Limasawa Island is not like any typical island in the archipelago. It’s because this is where the first-ever Christian mass was held in the country (in 1521), and the mass was participated by no less than the famed Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. The island is where the best Philippine beach holidays are.

Find lots of wonderful natural attractions, from white sand beaches to caves, dive and snorkeling spots, museums and more. The dive spots are a sight to behold, as both seasoned and novice divers will love making their way through eye-popping walls and drop-offs. Likewise, see lots of lovely corals, giant oysters, clams and tropical fish breeds.

Padre Burgos

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Laid back, relaxed and filled with friendly locals, the town of Padre Burgos is also famous for its great dive spots and pristine white sand beaches. One of the top tourist draws here is Tangkaan Beach, with its calm waters, interesting natural rock formations, and the annual Tangka-Tangka Festival. During the event, thousands join activities like the beach regatta, marathon, beach volleyball and the colorful beach jam party.

Visitors would also love going to Likay-Likay Beach, where you can go fishing and snorkeling, as well as get a glimpse of Limasawa Island from a distance. Tourists will further be eager to feast on “budbod”, or “suman”, a popular dessert made from sweet, sticky rice.

Liloan

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The town of Liloan is the first stop in Panaon Island. It’s more than just a transit point for motorists before they board the Ro-Ro ferries in the port, and head on to Surigao City or Allen, Northern Samar.

Quite surprisingly, from November to July, the waters within the town are visited by large, gentle whale sharks. Visitors will enjoy watching them or swimming alongside them at the Tagbak Marine Park.

Further, the town is proudly home to the biggest reef area in the province – blessed with lots of breathtaking coral formations and lots of aquatic life. Tourists can go drift diving in the channel underneath the Wa-Wa Bridge, although it’s only recommended for expert drivers, because of the strong currents in this area.

Yet if you don’t feel like swimming or diving in Liloan, you could just take a leisurely stroll along the stretch of white sand beaches near the lighthouse, and watch the sun set in the late afternoon. As darkness falls, check out the sparkling hordes of fireflies illuminating the area. Or, light a bonfire as well as have a barbecue cook-out. Don’t ever forget to check out Liloan, and the rest of Southern Leyte, and enjoy the best beach holidays Philippines!

With a land area of just 343.5 square kilometres, the province of Siquijor is the 3rd smallest province in the Philippines. Yet its small size can be truly deceiving, for there’s a lot of magic and mystery here. The island was formerly known as the “Isla de Fuego” or the Island of Fire during the Spanish era.  Today however, it still evokes an eerie yet magical charm perhaps because of all those stories about witches, love potions and magic spells. If you’re planning to visit Siquijor, here’s a peek at a few of the many wonderful sights and sounds of this magical island.

Go Diving And Snorkelling

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The waters around the island also have their fair share of magic and mystery, as visitors will truly be mesmerized by the stunning beauty of the various dive sites. The province has more than twenty magnificent dive spots where you can spend your Philippine beach holidays. From the famous Tulapu Sanctuary to Tonga Point, Daquit Shoal, West Point, Paliton, Solangon, Lala-O Sunken Island, Salagdoong, Tubod Marine Sanctuary, Tambisan, Candapino Point, and more, you certainly will never be left wanting.

The most popular places to go beach-hopping include Salagdoong Beach, Kagusan Beach, Paliton Beach, Siquijor Beach and San Juan Beach. For the more adventurous, you could perhaps try jumping off a cliff at Salagdoong Beach, where two cemented diving boards are placed at 17 and 20 meters each above sea level.

Relax Underneath A Balite Tree in Lazi

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If your foot (or your whole body) is still aching after spending a whole day snorkeling, scuba diving or riding a motor bike around the island, then try dropping by the enchanted, centuries-old Balite tree in the town of Lazi. The 400-year old tree gives visitors an eerie and mystical feel, because it’s so big, with lots of roots and vines hanging from it.

Underneath the balite tree is a pool, where fresh water flows from a spring, where you can rest your weary feet, and soothe those aching muscles. Nearby residents also get their drinking water from the spring.

Guiwanon Spring Park

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If you’re looking for a place which showcases the best of environmental protection and sustainable development, then visit the Guiwanon Spring Park. Here, visitors can enjoy being in the middle of a lush mangrove sanctuary, as they can walk along wooden bridges. The park also serves as a sanctuary for birds and various marine species.

Take A Dip And Refresh Your Senses At Cambugahay and Lugnason Falls

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For those who’d like to take a dip, and let the cool cascading waters fall on them, head on to Cambugahay and Lugnason Falls. The former is located in the town of Lazi, and the falls spill into a freshwater pool. On the other side of the falls is a large tree with sturdy, low-lying branches where you can swing your way like Tarzan and drop into the water. You could also climb up the waterfall, and jump from there.

For the more fearless, visit the island during Holy Week and feast your senses on lots of mystical stuff. From faith healers to black magic chants and rituals, and lots of herbal potions, Siquijor will surely enthrall you, and leave you speechless.

You can actually see the sights and feel the sounds of Siquijor in just one day. All you need to do is rent a motorbike (if you’re by your lonesome) or you could hire a multi-cab (if you’re with friends or family) and get an expert guide. Don’t forget to include magical Siquijor in your next best beach holiday Philippines destination!