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    Default CANIGAO ISLAND, Matalom, Leyte


    Visit Canigao Island in Matalom, Leyte!!!

    It's a white-sand island located at the small, peaceful town of Matalom, Leyte. Good for picnics and overnight camping. Easily accessible, just 10mins from the port of Hilongos, Leyte.


    I'll be glad to answer your inquiries if anyone is interested to visit there... just send me a PM or reply here * :mrgreen:
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    Default Re: CANIGAO ISLAND, Matalom, Leyte

    Very nice indeed.

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    Default Re: CANIGAO ISLAND, Matalom, Leyte

    Canigao: A Portrait of an Island Paradise Lost
    by: Arthur Q. Villordon

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    It juts out of the water, coconut-green on white sand. Canigao lies off the southwestern coast of Leyte, near Matalom on the Leyte-Southern Leyte border. To passengers on passing interisland vessels, the islet is no different from the many uninhabited islets in the Philippines: serene and unspoiled. However, there's more than meets the eye in Canigao.
    "They kept coming back for the corals and took some of the islet's white sand too," Nong Berto, a fisherman from Matalom declares. He is deeply tanned and his hair is a pale yellow from all the fishing he has done in the area. He takes his family each weekend to Canigao for picnics and spearhunting. The seabed around Canigao used to teem with corals and fish and now there is practically nothing but sand and the fish seem to be elsewhere. "We fish further to the south now, but the dynamite fishers aren't making things easier for us." He lets the banca drift with the current and calls out to the lighthouse keeper. It is early afternoon and nobody answers back. The lighthouse on Canigao helps ships navigate the channel during night; Nong Berto and other fishermen use the beacon when coming in late from fishing trips.

    The last typhoon didn't help any. It seems that both nature and man have been unkind on Canigao. The mangrove stand near the islet's western shore have been washed away and the once pristine beach is now ragged; unslightly coconut roots -- exposed by wind, wave, and tide -- dominate the shoreline. Fewer people come to Canigao on weekends now and the coral collectors have sought other areas. Nong Berto detects a squall developing and cranks up the banca's motor. He uses a bamboo pole to manipulate the rudder; the boat picks up speed and heads for the village. Canigao recedes in the distance, and the gathering clouds move rapidly from the south. Nong Berto looks looks out into the sea and says: "this squall will pass, it always does, and we will go out and fish and be back before the sunrise."


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    Default Re: CANIGAO ISLAND, Matalom, Leyte

    Okay kaajo diha sa Canigao, if sa Nonoc mo mag-gikan the mangutana napod mo ug asa mo maka palit ug fresh fish nga barato para mabalon ninjo padulong sa Canigao.

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    kung gusto pamong maka adto ug laing sugar beaches nga duol lang sa Canigao. Try ninjo ang isla sa Inopacan nga gitawag ug Tres Islas, deli man kaajo lajo. 20 - 30 mins up north gikan sa matalom by multi-cab then 10 - 20 mins pud padulong sa isla by bangka.

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    Default Re: CANIGAO ISLAND, Matalom, Leyte

    how do i get there?

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    Default Re: CANIGAO ISLAND, Matalom, Leyte

    by BOAT :mrgreen:


    there are 3 options:
    1. South Pacific (pier 3) - ETD 9pm ETA Bato port 3-4am (P180)
    2. Kinswell (pier 3) - ETD 6pm ETAe Bato port 9pm (P285)
    3. Oceanjet (pier 1) - ETD 5:30pm ETA Hilongos port 7:30 (530)


    from this port it's only 5-10mins ride by tricycle, jeepney or bus to Matalom, Leyte.

    to the island it's about 30mins by bangka

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    Default Re: CANIGAO ISLAND, Matalom, Leyte

    i see...

    ok ra didto even if karon na panahon or better jud if summer?

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    Default Re: CANIGAO ISLAND, Matalom, Leyte

    not necessarily summer but better jed if kana maayo ang weather so that you can enjoy the island more... pede paka mag overnight didto if you want to.. but you have to bring everything you need! The island is uninhibited.... no cottages.... no resorts....juz the white sand and the blue water for you to enjoy... plus some part of the island has been converted to a FISH SANCTUARY so nice jed kaayo mga corals didto... you can go scuba diving or snorkel

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    Default Re: CANIGAO ISLAND, Matalom, Leyte

    Quote Originally Posted by Pixie77
    pede paka mag overnight didto if you want to.. but you have to bring everything you need! The island is uninhibited.... no cottages.... no resorts....
    ahh, mura sa sumilon island before it beacmae the sumilon bluewater resort.

    mangulit na jud ko... are there places i can stay for the night in the mainland? sa maasin raman ako mastay-han mura an hour away from matalom man ciguro na.

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