Southern Leyte

Choose from the cool, clean waters of Canigao Island and Tahusan Beach or head straight for the white sands of Tangkaan Beach.

Meander down the quaint pebble beaches of the San Pedro and San Pablo Islands off the coast of Hinunangan.

Kuting Reef, in a private cove at Bay Asuncion in Macrohon, is another fine pebble beach that offers a simple tropical resort experience.

Dive deeper into the island experience. The waters of Panaon Island in Liloan are part of the Mindanao Deep — one of the deepest bodies of water in the world, second only to the Marianas Trench.

Sogod Bay is another option: it holds 350 of the world’s 500 coral species, several sunken wrecks worth exploring, and the promise of sea turtles, dolphins and whale sharks.

For landlocked fun, visit Magsuhot Park — a protected 500-hectare forest with four waterfalls that drop up to 60 meters.

If you prefer dry land, the Big Plain (Patag Daku) in Libagon poses a major challenge to trekkers and climbers, while the caves at Cambaro and Guisohotan are equally exciting.

The Agas-Agas Adventure Park also offers one of the country’s highest zip lines at almost 300 meters above ground.

Meanwhile, the less adventurous can while away time at the beaches of San Pedro and San Pablo in Hinunangan and the Sulphur Spring in Anahawan.

Those seeking more spiritual pursuits shouldn’t miss Limasawa Island, the site of the first Christian mass in the Philippines, held in 1521.

The Lady of the Assumption in Jalleca Hills is the country’s tallest private shrine, with a 30-foot Marian statue and an adjacent chapel some 300 steps up.

The San Francisco Javier Pilgrims Center in Hanginan is another chapel noteworthy for its location: 400 meters above sea level.