Canigao Island: Overnight stay; Travel guide and Itinerary
One of my passion is to visit amazing places while spending less. Canigao Island is on top of my list. A few weeks ago, one of my friends shared a blog about this island. I was captivated even with just the pictures featured from the blog and instantly decided to visit the island.
How to get there
Ride a van to Maasin City, you can choose Duptours, Van-vans, or other shuttle services with a trip to Maasin City via Baybay City. The fare is Php 200 to Php 220. Ask the driver to drop you off at Matalom Municipal Hall. This is the only place to get to Canigao after the LGU took over the management of the island. The entrance fee is Php 20 for children 6-12 years old and Php 40 for adults. The pump boat fare is Php 55 although signs say it is Php 60. There’s no specific time when the boat will depart from Matalom port but, it seems that as long as the boat is full, they can sail to Canigao anytime. The first trip to Canigao is 7:00 am but, can be earlier depending on the number of passengers for Canigao Island. The last trip is 5:00pm.
Welcome to Canigao
The color of the sea, the white fine sand, and the coconut trees will surely give you a great welcome sign to the island.
Where to stay
You can rent a tent for Php 200 and space fee for Php 100. The tent is good for two persons. You can also bring your own tent. In addition, there are also some nipa huts and cottages where you and your friends and families can stay overnight.
Where to eat
If you were not able to bring food, don’t worry because there are “dampa”/”paluto” style canteens in the island. Scallops are P170 per order and fish is P170/kilo plus P20 cooking fee. They also offered to cook half a kilo of rice for P55.
There are sari-sari stores in the island that sells canned goods and other merchandise.
Toilets and showers are also available on the island for a fee.
Exploring the island
Canigao is a small island, about 400 sq. meters in area. Exploring the island will take about an hour or less depending on your usual walking pace, including stops to take photos and selfies.
One of the things that excites me is watching “paintings on the sky” as the sun sets.
Bonding moment with friends
The island is secluded, serene and unspoiled. It’s the perfect place to commune with nature and relax and at the same time have a good time with friends and family.
Wake up with Sun’s light flashing beside you.
See you later Canigao
After a long day and night stay, we thanked and bid goodbye to our wonderful host.
Sample Itinerary and Budget
|Date and Time||Activities||Budget||Remarks|
|Tacloban to Matalom||Php 200||Fare|
|Matalom to Canigao Island||Php 95||Php 40 Entrance Fee; Php 55 roundtrip fare|
|Setup the tent||Php 300||Php 100 space fee; Php 200 tent fee|
|Lunch||Php 145||Php 90 for cooked ½ kilo fish; Php 55 for cooked ½ kilo rice|
|Swimming and roaming around the island|
|Don’t care… Enjoy your stay, chat, drink, until you pass out.|
|Wake up and Breakfast|
|Departure or stay for the whole day and ride the last trip to Matalom|
|Total||Php 940||Php 200 fare back to Tacloban City|
April 1, 2017 Update:
I received many queries about reservations and contact numbers for the accommodation and tour packages in the comment section and even in my facebook page. So, here it is guys!
For reservation please contact these numbers
- 09069753053 – TM
- 09196678122 – Smart
- Contact Person: Mae Dungo
Kalanggaman + Canigao Tour Package
3 days and 2 nights
overnight in Kalanggaman island
overnight in Canigao island
10 pax of minimum
- Van transfer
- Tacloban to Palompon
- Palompon to Matalom
- Matalom to Tacloban
- Boat Transfer
- Palompon to kalanggaman
- Kalanggman to Palompon
- Matalom to Canigao
- Canigao to Matalom
- Entrance fee
- Tent in Kalanggaman
- Tent in Canigao
- Food for Kalanggaman
Php 3,300 each
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