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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Snorkeling in Tankaan Beach, Padre Burgos
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.
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.
While we were there only another 5 or so people were about.
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.
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.
Snorkeling in Tankaan Beach, Padre Burgos, Video
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.
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 don’t need to. You could take one from the hotel to the hypermart to save you a 10-minute walk in the heat.
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.
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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