How to Get to Cuatro Islas in Leyte

Philippines is full of jaw-dropping gorgeous islands. According to buddy Wikipedia, there are 7641 islands in the Philippines. Group island-hopping is something you cannot miss when you’re in Leyte.

Cuatros Islas means “Four Islands”. Cuatros Islas is a group og islands belonging to the municipalities of Inopacan and Hindang.

Since I am living in Leyte, I have contacts for pumpboat drivers.

GOING TO LEYTE

Via boat

Two shipping lines:

1. Roble Shipping Lines

Hilongos, Leyte (DAYTRIP) – Arrival Time in Hilongos – 5:30PM

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Hilongos, Leyte (NIGHT TRIP) – Arrival Time in Hilongos – 3:30AM

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Ormoc, Leyte – Arrival Time in Ormoc – 3:30AM

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For more information, you can contact Roble Shipping lines on these numbers:

Cebu Pier 3- (032) 412-3183 / 401-3971

Cebu Main Office- (032) 416 6256

Ormoc: (053) 255-7613 / 516-2801

Hilongos: (053) 567-8042

Baybay: (053) 563-7487 / (053) 335-3550

Or buy your tickets in Roble Shipping Lines ticketing office at Pier 3, Cebu City or their main office at E.S. Baclig Jr., Pier, 4 Sergio Osmeña Jr Boulevard, Cebu City, 6000. You can also visit their website, click here.

2. Medallion Shipping Lines

Bato, Leyte (NIGHT TRIP)- Arrival Time in Bato- 3:30AM

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* Rates are almost the same with Roble Shipping Lines via Hilongos.

For more information, you can contact Medallion Shipping lines on these numbers:

Cebu: (032) 412 1121

Bato: (053) 568-0341 / 0932-151-7908

Or buy your tickets in Medallion Shipping Lines main office at Pier 3, Cebu City. You can also visit their website, click here.

Via plane (Ormoc, Leyte or Tacloban City)

If you’re coming from Manila or Cebu, you can easily take a direct flight to Tacloban Airport (Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport) or Ormoc Airport.

Visit and check schedules in CebuPac, click here.

RATES AND FEES

1. Pump boat fee*
10 pax and below – PHP2,000
11-22 pax – PHP2,500 – PHP3,000
23 pax and up – PHP4,500

Pump boat drivers:

  • Kuya Ricky –  0939-254-9232 / 0935-301-7151
  • Kuya Loloy – 0906-500-4881

*The rates are ONLY good for visiting one island. You can’t go back to the island once you’ve done visiting.

2. Entrance fee: PHP70/person – No hidden fees. You can pay directly at the Port or you can ask the pumpboat driver for assistance.
3. Cottages: PHP350 for open cottages and PHP500 for closed cottages
4. Tent Fee: PHP50 for using your own tent, overnight

*For overnight stay and inclusion of island hopping to all four islands, the pumpboat driver will add PHP500. The rates are subject to change without notice.

What to bring during the trip?

These are my recommendations:

  1. Food and drinks – “THE MOST IMPORTANT REMINDER”. Make sure to bring food and drinks. Do you want to get hungry while hopping the islands? It’s a big no no no. Food and drinks are really important as you will easily get hungry and thirsty. What food and drinks to bring?:
    • Grilling/Barbecuing Pork Meats– you can grill the meats in Digyo Island with no charge.
    • Drinking water– there are limited drinking waters, so it’s a little bit expensive. Make sure to bring your own.
    • Fruits/ desserts – while waiting to arrive from one island to another, it’s more fun having fruits and desserts.
    • Sweet potato (Camote), Boiled banana, peanuts, and etc.
  2. Disposable utensils – I recommend bringing disposable utensils, especially spoon, fork, plate and cups to avoid hassle after eating.
  3. Tents, hammocks and mats– if you love camping and watching the stars at night, I highly recommend these. There are coconut trees in the island, thus, hammock would be ideal, too. Also, you won’t be needing to rent a cottage.
  4. Rash guard & Sunblock – If you want to hop around 9AM, you will surely be needing protection against the sun.
  5. Camera- If you didn’t bring your cameras with you, you’ll surely miss the seascapes and stunning landscapes of Cuatro Islas.
  6. Garbage bags – BE RESPONSIBLE.

FIRST STOP : DIGYO ISLAND

The smallest among the four islands of Cuatro Islas.
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Too small that you can even walk completely around the islet in less than half an hour. This is the obvious reason why the island is called Digyo, because from the old Cebuano, the word digyot means “little.”

Open cottages are priced at P350 for an overnight use.

There are also closed cottages for P500 if you prefer to sleep inside a cottage.

One of the main attractions of Digyo Island is the beauty of its long white sandbar that glares under the bright sunlight.

My friends and I thought that Digyo island is the most preferred of all the four islands to spend the night with since it has more cottages and more developed than the others. Himokilan and Apid Island are already populated islands, while Mahaba Island, though uninhabited, is undeveloped and doesn’t have toilets. But if you want more adventure, then go camp at Mahaba island.

*Estimated travel time to Digyo: 30-40 minutes

SECOND STOP : APID ISLAND

There are people living in the island and most villagers are fisherfolks. So if you want to buy fresh caught fishes, you may approach them and ask where to buy. Souvenirs are also sold here.

Apid Island is the second largest among the Cuatro Islas.

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THIRD STOP : MAHABA ISLAND

One of the four islands in the Cuatro Islas. The name Mahaba is from the Tagalog word haba meaning “long” after the visitors in the place described it to be. So they called it “Mahaba” because of its flat and elongated shape.

This island is probably the BEST in all of the Cuatro Islas. It’s our favorite island because of its rock formations, crystal clear waters and fine white sand beaches.

The clear and pristine waters in Mahaba Island are perfect for swimming and snorkeling. So better bring your snorkeling gears.

When we went to Mahaba, it was less crowded than Digyo Island during our trip.

So called because it is flat and elongated in shape.

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FOURTH AND LAST STOP: HIMOKILAN ISLAND

This island looks like a giant shoe floating in the sea.

Himokilan Island is the largest among the four islands. It is also the only island, which is part of the municipality of Hindang. The other 3 islands belong to the municipality of Inopacan.

Just like Apid Island, the island has also residents. I thought that the island is too crowded that’s why I didn’t take photos. We didn’t spend much time in Himokilan, just spent 15-20 minutes as we were planning to go to Canigao Island in Matalom, Leyte for our overnight trip. EXPORE LEYTE!

 

TIPS by Ninyappy:

  1. If you are planning to stay in Leyte a little bit longer, don’t forget to visit “Hindang Cave“, just few minutes from Inopacan Port. Or visit http://www.juanderlust.net/hindang-caves.html for more information.
  2. Canigao Island in Matalom, Leyte is a must visit beach, too. You will spend cheaper compared to any other Islands in the Philippines.
  3. Baybayon ni Agalon in Albuera, Leyte
  4. Sabin Resort Hotel in Ormoc, Leyte
  5. Pagatpat, Super Ball and Kiosko are famous seafood restaurants in Leyte. The foods are definitely delicious with cheaper prices.
  6. Hitoog Cave and Mahayahay Falls- visit http://www.freedomwall.net/travel/canigao-island-hitoog-cave-and-karap-agan-mahayahay-falls-a-travel-guide-to-matalom-leyte/
  7. Conception Dam in Hilongos, Leyte
  8. Neguilan Mountain Resort- you can also try trekking going to their mini-falls. Just click here for more information.

Carcar’s famous lechon and Villa Luz Resort in Carcar

After our trekking from Mount Naupa in Naga City, my friends and I decided to proceed our adventure to Carcar’s famous lechon baboy. My excitement was far beyond the excitement I had when I was on the peak of the mountain. Surely, I am a food lover.

Since we did our adventure to Mt. Naupa, from where the habal-habal dropped us off, we started from Sitio Rikio or at Park n’ Go bakeshop. You can take a jeepney going to Carcar market, fare is only Php20.00.

During our travel time, we thought that the lechon baboy would be best to have it at the beach. When we arrived in Carcar, main circle or main road, we asked few people to suggest us where is the best beach in Carcar, as we didn’t want to travel again to far places. The motorcyle driver suggested that they have famous beaches in Carcar, the Villa Luz Resort and the Ramos Private Resort. 

Villa Luz Resort is located at Sitio Bantayan, Tuyom, Carcar, Cebu.

For more information about Ramos Private Resort, you can visit this website: http://www.thebiyahero.com/2012/09/carcar-getaway-at-ramos-rest-house.html

Ramos Private Resort is owned by the Ramos family. The driver suggested this place first as it is available for everyone but he was not sure if it requires a reservation first. Ramos Private Resort is more expensive compared to Villa Luz Resort. So we chose the latter.

Villa Luz Resort provides no entrance fee and corkage fee.

Cottages: Price ranges from Php200.00 – Php300.00

First of all, we bought lechon baboy for only Php320.00, per kilo. It’s really cheap compared to lechon in Cebu City. We bought rice (puso), softdrinks, junkfoods, water, chili, soy sauce and vinegar. And that completed our lechon baboy.

Carcar’s famous lechon baboy was one of the delicious lechons I’ve tried in my whole life. YOU MUST TRY!

So here were some of the photos taken when we were in Villa Luz Resort.

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The sunset! You are so wonderful, God.

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You can take a good rest while chilling with your friends and families in Villa Luz Resort. Aside from the cheaper price, this place is so peaceful. You can even bring your girlfriends or boyfriends here. *heart heart*

Jeepney fare from Carcar to Mambaling Cebu is Php48.00. We dropped off in Mambaling Cebu because we wanted to try Melton’s halo-halo. The best halo-halo in Cebu. I will write the reviews and post some photos next time.

“EXPLORE, DREAM, DISCOVER”

Adventures to Mount Naupa in Naga Cebu

Indeed, what a one- day adventure to South!

We wanted to try trekking to South places and we found out that Mt. Naupa is worth to try. Aside from its breathtaking view and atmosphere, traveling to Mt. Naupa is a lot more cheaper than trekking to other places like Osmena Peak and Mt. Manunggal.

I would say my experience in Mount Naupa was quite adventurous than in Osmena Peak, a must- try experience.

With a height of 584 meters and ranks as the 8th highest mountain in Central Visayas and the 1,106th highest mountain in the Philippines.

How to get there?

From Cebu City

  1. Travel by bus at South Bus Terminal, Cebu City to Naga City
    • Student Fare: Php 25.00 
    • Regular Fare: Php 30.00
    • We got discounted fare because the conductor thought that we were still students and we just found out the regular fare from Cebu- Naga City or vise versa is Php 30.00 when we went home.
  2. Drop off point at South General Hospital
    • Other trekkers tried at Metro Minglanilla as their drop off point but for us, we chose South General Hospital, the fare is cheaper (as what most of the people told us).
    • If you didn’t bring your food or breakfast, there’s a small food store (carenderia) just beside the hospital.
  3. Find habal-habal at Sitio Rikio 
    • Across the South General Hospital, just a walking distance to find the area for those habal-habal. Landmark: Park n’ Go bakeshop.
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  4. Instruct the driver to drop you off at Brgy. Cogon.
    • Fare: Php 50.00 / head – one way fare only
    • Trekkers need to do is ride a motorcycle at Sitio Rikio and drop off point is at Brgy. Cogon.
    • All of the habal-habal drivers know where is the starting point going to Mt. Naupa.

The land mark for the starting point is the chapel. n1.jpg 

Read the rules and policies very carefully. naga2.jpg

Optional: If you are not confident finding your way up to Mt. Naupa, there are local kids to help you find your track, tour price just depends on how much do you want to give them. Tip: ranges from Php20.00 – Php50.00.

Tada! Our adventure began.

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My friend, Shaira, tasted the fresh air. 
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We rested for two (2) minutes here and then continued to walk up until we reached the small nipa hut.

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We regained our energy in the small nipa hut, the kids told us that it is a ship-shaped nipa hut. Well, it really is a ship-shape nipa hut.

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What a wonderful sight to look at. I can stare at you whole day.n9.jpg

You can take a nap here. It’s all free!n10.jpg

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Our little tour guides rested, too. Well, you can see this dog took a rest. He was one of the guides. LOL. The kids told us that his name is “Tiger” because of it’s fur color. Hi Tiger! Rawr.

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There’s a small food store, near the payag. They are selling food and drinks, as well as boiled eggs and banana-cue.

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We decided to put our t- shirts on our faces as we don’t want to get sunburns on our beautiful faces. HAHAHA

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Then, we continued to walk up and finally we got a glimpse of Mt. Naupa.

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Shaira and Chanee trying to help each other to climb up to the top. For your information, it’s not the peak, yet. This top is where you can see one of the most beautiful views in Cebu.n18.jpg

I’m glad that I’m physically fit and had never had muscle aches after our adventure.n17.jpg

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The kids told us that the part where the mountain seems like it’s bald, they call it Mt. Naupaw (Bald= Upaw) . LOL. Because of the business people wanted to get the soil, the mountains are starting to become bald.

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There’s more! We decided to go up to the peak. Actually, it’s not what you will imagine. You will experience struggles going up, wounds: scratches from the small branches and etc. BUT the greatest achievement would be, “FINALLY, I’M ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO REACHED THE PEAK”.

The peak!

One of the evidences was my face. You can see that my face were tired but I’m happy that I’ve reached the final destination. The trekkers put a small flag to acknowledge that adventurers reached the highest peak of Naga.

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My souvenir was my scratches. HAHAHA. And I didn’t care.

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We ate our snacks; biscuits, boiled egg, junk foods, candies, banana cue, and etc. One of the nice things about having a group hike is the sharing of food (HAHAHA) and telling funny stories and experiences making the climb more enjoyable and memorable.

Indeed, the memories during the climb are worth reminiscing.

So after our adventure to Mt. Naupa, we got hungry and thought that it was best to try Carcar’s famous lechon baboy, too.

Going back to where we started, we rode habal-habal again and paid Php50.00 each. From Sitio Rikio or Park n’ Go bakeshop, you can take a jeepney going to Carcar market, fare is only Php20.00.

For more information going to Carcar Lechon and wants to hangout to Bantayan Beach in Carcar, please visit CARCAR’S FAMOUS LECHON AND VILLA LUZ RESORT IN CARCAR.

TOTAL EXPENSES TO MT. NAUPA

Expense Name Breakdown Amount
Breakfast Php63 Php63.00
Bus Fare Php 25 + Php 30 Php55.00
Motorcycle fare Php50 + Php50 Php100.00
Tour guide Php50 (you can share) Php50.00
Water, snacks and etc Php100 Php100.00
TOTAL EXPENSES

PHP368.00

Important Tips:

  • You must train your body first, especially the legs or cardio part.
  • Bring lots of water.
  • Bring extra clothes (you will sweat like you’ve never sweat before)
  • Use sunblock, wear sunglasses, or cap for protection against the sun’s hottest rays.
  • You can also bring your umbrella (HAHA) but honestly, umbrella is useful too during day time when you arrived at the peak. It’s really really really hot.
  • You can proceed to Carcar and try their famous lechon baboy , for those who want food tripping.
  • If you feel like going to the beach to have your relaxation time, Villa Luz Resort in Carcar is my recommendation.

 

“Climb mountains not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world”.