Saturday, June 22, 2019

Cuatro Islas, which means four islands is a group of 4 beautiful islands in Leyte. Digyo, Apid and Mahaba are part of Inopacan while Himokilan Island is part of Hindang, Leyte. These group of islands is now an emerging tourist destination of Leyte. Aside from its crystal clear water and white sand beaches, Cuatro Islas is also known, for island hopping, snorkeling and beach camping.

Many of the tourist frequent Digyo and Mahaba. Apid and Himokilan are less visited as it is inhabited by locals.

Overnight Beach Camping in Mahaba Island, Cuatro Islas, Leyte

Digyo Island is more popular for visitors and beach campers, but since we wanted a more peaceful overnight stay we chose to stay in Mahaba Island.

There were a number of people when we got there but at night there were just 2 or 3 groups that stayed.  We immediately set up our camp and prepared our lunch.  A couple of my friends went snorkeling and they were able to spot sea turtles.

Sunset in Mahaba Island
There is a small store in the island owned by the caretaker where you can buy some food and drinks. We bought a couple of beer there.

Electricity is available for a fee. However, we weren't able to avail this since the extension wire they can provide us is not long enough to reach our camp. If you are a freelancer like me, taking your work in the island is not ideal. Aside from the lack of electricity, internet data connection is also really slow. Just don't forget to bring enough powerbank for your phone.

There is a shanty comfort room in the island but it closes at around 5:30PM. So do your  thing before the night comes.

How to go to Mahaba Island, Cuatro Islas, Leyte

From Tacloban, take a van going to Inopacan or Maasin and drop off in Inopacan. The fare is 170php and may take 3 hours, or if you are from ormoc, the fare is only 95php and may take 1 hour and 45 minutes.

The port and the tourism office is just at the back of the municipal hall. You need to register at the office and then you will be assigned a boat. The boat cost 3000 for a small boat for 10 while 4000 for a boat that is good for 20.

An environmental fee of 100php each will be collected by the DENR in Himokilan Island. You will get to drop by Himokilan Island, before you can go to Mahaba.

Himokilan Island, Cuatro Islas
Himokilan Island's sandbar

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