Snorkeling in Tankaan Beach, Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte, Philippines

The main reason I went to Leyte was to go snorkeling in Tankaan Beach. Tankaan Beach is a white sand beach with clear water. It is a ten-minute ride from Padre Burgos in Southern Leyte. I wouldn’t ay the snorkeling there is amazing, but considering it is right on the beach it was pretty good.

Cost(s): 5 PHP per person entry free. 100 PHP for a table (optional).

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To get to Tankaan Beach we took a ferry from Cebu to Maasin. There isn’t much to see or do in Maasin. They do have a small beach but I wouldn’t swim in it. The local kids don’t seem to care though.

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From Maasin you can go to Padre Burgos and from there go to Tankaan Beach. There are more detailed instructions on how to get to Tankaan Beach toward the end of this post.

Tankaan Beach itself was very peaceful. I imagine on the weekends it gets pretty busy with locals.

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While we were there only another 5 or so people were about.

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At first, I thought the snorkeling wasn’t that good. The coral was dull and so were the fish. After a little swimming around it got better.

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It was nice for a 30-minute swim. I would have swum for longer but my goggles kept leaking. The whole area is very peaceful and clean. There are also freshwater showers for 5 PHP per person.

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Getting to Tankaan Beach

This explains getting from Cebu City to Tankaan Beach using local transport.

After 3 days solid travel from Colombia to Cebu I caught a taxi to pier one. I read online there was one ferry from Cebu to Maasin at 12 pm on Sunday and that it would take 6 hours. Nowhere did I see anything about a fast craft, but there is one every day.

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You can take a Weesam fast craft from Cebu to Maasin at 6 am. A return one also goes daily at 9:30 am (from Maasin to Cebu). It takes 3 hours and the tickets start at 550PHP.

We stopped in Maasin for two nights, but you do not need to stop at all. The jeepney from Maasin to Padre Burgos leaves from close to the port. It costs 30php per person and takes about 50 minutes.

From Padre Burgos catch a Habal Habal (motorbike) to Tankaan. They leave from around the gas station. The journey should cost about 12PHP per person and takes about 10 minutes. To get back you may need to walk up the street a little to find a Habal Habal.

Accommodation in Maasin

While in Maasin we stayed at the GV hotel. It is in a great location. There is wifi (although temperamental), Cable TV (also temperamental) and aircon. A double room (fan only) costs 550 PHP per night. Add a few hundred for air-conditioning.

Taking a tricycle around Maasin costs 8php per person, but it is a small place so you donโ€™t need to. You could take one from the hotel to the hypermart to save you a 10-minute walk in the heat.

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Accommodation in Padre Burgos

In Padre Burgos, we stayed in Leyte Dive Resort. It is actually closer to Maltibog than Padre Burgos. A nice, tranquil place and lovely staff. I booked the cheapest room which was 1000 PHP a night. No TV and no hot water. Very expensive restaurant (for the Philippines), and shoddy internet.

Amazing view. This is at sunrise.

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Location was ok. From the street, you can get to Maltibog, Padre Burgos, and other places via local transport.

To get to Leyte Dive Resort from Padre Burgos catch a collective tricycle for 20php per person. The public jeepney to Maltibog will also drop you off on the way for 15php per person. You can also catch a jeepney from Maasin for 40 PHP per person.

If coming from Maltibog the tricycle will cost under 10php per person. A bus from Sogod is about 30 PHP.

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Comments ( 41 )
  1. Sreekar
    December 5, 2017 at 03:11
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    Oh. Love the waters and the marine life. Would dearly love to have a swim around there. Very kaliedoscopic! Keep em coming!

  2. Amalia
    December 5, 2017 at 07:29
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    Wow, this place looks incredible for snorkel!! The Philippines have been on my list for so long and to see your photos with so many colorful fish just makes me want even more!!

    • Bert Luxing
      December 5, 2017 at 20:17
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      If you like snorkeling and diving then the Philippines is definitely a place to visit!

  3. Mike
    December 5, 2017 at 09:29
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    I have not been to the PHILIPPINES yet, but it is on my list. Wifi, Cable, and Air con are temperamental? Sounds about like every hotel I stayed at in South East Asia. I am going to have to plan a trip for next year.

    • Bert Luxing
      December 7, 2017 at 18:04
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      haha… yeah. All of SE Asia is pretty much the same when it comes to those things.

  4. Ali Rost
    December 6, 2017 at 11:47
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    My husband is the snorkler in our family and many of our vacations have been planned around the best spots. He says being underwater is like experiencing a whole other world. What is the coolest thing you’ve ever seen when You’ve been snorkling? ps: Love the photo of the sunrise. Mother Nature sure outdid herself on that one! x

    • Bert Luxing
      December 7, 2017 at 18:03
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      Probably big turtles, but I also enjoy the colorful fish and corals. What are some spots your husband recommends?

  5. Aditi
    December 6, 2017 at 14:25
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    Haven’t snorkeled in a long time! Your post and beautiful pictures have inspired me!

    • Bert Luxing
      December 6, 2017 at 17:34
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      That’s awesome. I hope you get to go soon ๐Ÿ™‚ !

  6. emman damian
    December 6, 2017 at 19:40
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    I havenโ€™t been to leyte yet. I have to visit this place and snorkel. As they say, Itโ€™s more Fun in the philippines!

    • Bert Luxing
      December 7, 2017 at 00:59
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      It definitely is more fun in the Philippines! And this particular place was so quiet, though I expect it gets a lot busier on weekends.

  7. Ut Minh
    December 7, 2017 at 07:14
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    The Philippines has many beautiful beaches. I have many friends there. Coming to visit this place. I will definitely go to Tankaan Beach. Your photos are great!

    • Bert Luxing
      December 7, 2017 at 17:53
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      Thanks! Actually, I don’t think my photos are very good but want to get a new camera soon. Your words encourage me ๐Ÿ™‚ .

  8. Rhian Westbury
    December 7, 2017 at 08:34
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    I love going snorkelling although I am still trying to get my padi diving qualification too x

    • Bert Luxing
      December 7, 2017 at 17:54
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      I hope you get it!

  9. Sarmistha Goswami
    December 7, 2017 at 08:59
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    I have never gone under water, I don’t even know swimming! So, naturally i have never tried SNORKELLING. But I would love to someday because your post really inspired me to. Thanks for sharing.

    • Bert Luxing
      December 7, 2017 at 17:52
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      I hope you get to go soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Sheri
    December 7, 2017 at 10:33
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    I love snorkeling, it is wonderful! I have been a few time and the next thing i want to do is scuba diving.

    • Bert Luxing
      December 7, 2017 at 17:51
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      I tried scuba diving in the Philippines once. It was a great experience but I prefer snorkeling. I think being in all that gear is a little too restrictive for me.

  11. Agnes Dela Cruz
    December 7, 2017 at 18:52
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    I will include this on my bucket list. Definitely, a place to visit in the Philippines.

    • Bert Luxing
      December 8, 2017 at 01:10
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      That’s great. I would love it if you updated us with information when you go. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ !

  12. eliza
    December 7, 2017 at 20:54
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    Yeah, this is one of the good spots for snorkeling. As Philippines has so much island and seas to explore, you might also want to visit Palawan (also in Philippines.

    • Bert Luxing
      December 8, 2017 at 01:10
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      I did go to Palawan for a week or so but wasn’t into snorkeling so much back then. I will have to go again for sure. Thanks for your comment.

  13. CLAIRE
    December 7, 2017 at 22:58
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    Omgosh! I really love snorkeling and reading this post made me want to just dive in! I’m so jealous right now! HAHA.

    • Bert Luxing
      December 8, 2017 at 01:06
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      haha. thanks for your comment!

  14. Manoj
    December 7, 2017 at 23:02
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    Beautiful place. It is blessed with natural beauty & we will feel that we’ve reached the end of the world. Perfect place to spend your vacation and refresh the mind.

    • Bert Luxing
      December 8, 2017 at 01:05
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      It does feel a bit like the end of the world since there was hardly anyone there. Not too hard to get to either.

  15. kavita
    December 8, 2017 at 00:14
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    this place looks incredible for snorkel!! I have never tried SNORKELLING but I would like to do someday. Inspiring post and beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing.

    • Bert Luxing
      December 8, 2017 at 01:04
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      I hope you do get to try it one day. Thanks for reading!

  16. London Mumma
    December 8, 2017 at 02:13
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    I have never snorkelled before, as i am a not a strong swimmer. but seeing your vid and pics makes me want to give it a go.

    • Bert Luxing
      December 8, 2017 at 03:09
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      You definitely should! thanks for your comment ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Annemarie LeBlanc
    December 8, 2017 at 02:36
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    I used to do snorkeling when I was younger. It is such a joy to see the corals and the fishes up close. Tankaan looks like an ideal dive/snorkeling spot. Hopefully we get a chance to visit the philippines soon.

    • Bert Luxing
      December 8, 2017 at 03:08
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      It is a nice spot, although if in Cebu I recommend Moalboal for snorkeling.

  18. Akamatra
    December 8, 2017 at 04:47
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    I love snorkeling so much! I have a favorite beach in Crete I go to but these are also wonderful to explore.

    • Bert Luxing
      December 8, 2017 at 05:20
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      Wow, that’s cool. I’d love to hear more about your favorite beach. Where is it exactly?

  19. Dena
    December 8, 2017 at 04:56
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    i absolutely love snorkelling. I find it so fun exploring the water. Looks like a lovely place to snorkell x

    • Bert Luxing
      December 8, 2017 at 05:18
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      Yes, it really is a great activity. One of my favorites also.

  20. Amber s.
    December 9, 2017 at 16:29
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    wow! ive never been SnOrkeling. Your underwater photos are so nice! Dull coral or not, i would have been super excited. Thanks for sharing your experience!

    • Bert Luxing
      December 9, 2017 at 18:53
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      Thanks. I hope to get a better camera soon also. Hopefully, the pictures will “pop” a bit more next time I go snorkeling.

  21. Kristina
    December 10, 2017 at 03:21
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    this looks like such an amazing experience! I haven’t been snorkelling in ages and really miss it, i wish i could go to the beach and do it right now but it’s currently snowing in the uk haha

    • Bert Luxing
      December 10, 2017 at 03:25
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      Haha. Yeah, the UK isn’t the warmest place at the moment. Are there any good snorkeling spots there? I used to live there but it was before I was into snorkeling.

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