Quick facts of Cuatro Islas
Cuatro Islas (Spanish, meaning “Four Islands”) is a group of islands belonging to the municipalities of Inopacan and Hindang, in the province of Leyte, Philippines. This group of islands is composed of Apid, Digyo and Mahaba, which belong to the administrative jurisdiction of the municipality of Inopacan, while Himokilan belongs to the administrative jurisdiction of the municipality of Hindang.
Sunset is a proof that no matter what happens – everyday can end beautifully.
Need more motivation?
Watch this video I created on our Cuatro Islas adventure!
You’ve come so far! I hope I have convinced you enough to visit this place. So, here’s what you need to know:
How to get there?
Via Tacloban City, Leyte
From Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport, Tacloban City, ride a jeepney (fare is only P13) and ask the driver to drop you near Van-vans, Duptours or Grand tours. These shuttle providers have hourly trips to Inopacan, Leyte. Fare from Tacloban to Inopacan is P200 . In Inopacan, ask the driver to drop you near the Municipal hall. The “bay walk”, as the local calls it, is located just right behind the Municipal Hall. The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Inopacan is now managing the dispatching of the boats to Cuatros Islas.
Additional things to know about going to Cuatro Islas:
- They don’t accept reservations.
- Visitors are entertained on first-come, first-served basis.
- The first trip is at 6AM.
- During peak season, your boat might not stay on the island as they will try to accommodate as many tourists as possible. TIP: Go there during weekdays!
- Boat Rates:
Number of Passengers Price Inclusions 10 and below Php 2,500 Island Hopping/Overnight Php 2,000 One island only 11-22 Php 3,500 Island Hopping/Overnight Php 3,000 One island only 23 and above Php 5,000 Island Hopping/Overnight Php 4,500 One island only
- Maintenance fee is Php 50 per person must be paid during registration at the Inopacan LGU Office.
- Contact Numbers (LGU Office):
- Landline – 565-0200, 565-0311
- Mobile – 09989864865, 09103649464, 0926803113, 09486231860
- All contact numbers are LGU tourism staffs.
Now you know how to get there. The next question is…
Where to stay?
Cuatro Islas offers several types of accommodation, especially at Digyo Island. There are multiple cottages you can choose from and here are the rates:
|Closed Cottage||Php 500|
|Open Cottage||Php 300|
|Portable Tent||Php 200 (+ Php 50 space rent)|
|Camping Tent||Php 150 (+ Php 50 space rent)|
In addition, you can also rent tables (Php 50) and chairs (Php 10). There are no fancy 3 or 5-star hotels and resorts on the island. On the bright side, the serene ambiance will keep you away from your stress. That’s why we travel right?
Where to eat?
There are stores at Digyo that sells basic grocery items, but to save money, bring your own food.
Luckily for tourists, residents at Digyo Island built comfort rooms and bathrooms. After a long day of island hopping and swimming, you can take a bath and change clothes comfortably. However, water is not included on you accommodation because it is transported from Inopacan mainland. You have to pay Php 40 for a 20-25 L of water or Php 60 for 30-40 L of water. If you want to save on cost, you might consider bringing your own supply of water.
At Digyo Island, there are solar-powered street lights on the other side of the island that lights the place at night. The street lights are positioned near the cottages that will shed light on your night festivities and games.
Finally, how much will it cost you if you go there with your “plus one”?
Here is the sample itinerary and budget for two
|Date and Time||Activities||Budget||Remarks|
|6:00AM||Tacloban to Inopacan||Php 400||Fare @ Php 200 each|
|10:00AM||Registration||Php 100||Cuatro Islas Maintenance Fee @ Php 50 each|
|10:30AM||Inopacan to Mahaba Island||Php 2,500||Island hopping and overnight stay for 10 persion and below|
|11:00AM||Preparation for Lunch|
|12:00PM||Lunch||Bring your own food.|
|1:00PM||Swimming and roaming around the island|
|3:00PM||Pack up and go to Digyo Island|
|3:30PM||Set up of Tent||Php 200||Php 150 for tent and Php 50 for space.|
|4:00PM||Swimming and rinse.||Php 60||For the water.|
|6:00PM||Preparation for Supper||Bring your own food.|
|7:00PM||Supper and night activities.|
|6:00AM||Wake up and breakfast|
|8:00AM||Swimming again and rinse||Php 60||For the water.|
|10:00AM||Preparation for departure|
|11:00AM||Depart from Digyo to Himokilan||Php 500||Additional fee if you opt to go to Himokilan|
|12:30PM||Lunch at Inopacan||Php 200||Food @ Php 100 each|
|1:30PM||Inopacan to Tacloban||Php 400||Fare @ Php 200 each|
It is a fact that these “undiscovered” beaches and islands are gaining popularity through social media, the internet, or even word of mouth. Concomitant to that is the risk of environmental problems such as water pollution and waste disposal. At Mahaba Island, there is fly infestation especially on the cottages and on the tree line which is possibly caused by poor sanitation. Garbage, leftover food and feces attracts flies because it provides food and breeding grounds.
Although the government proclaimed Cuatro Islas as Protected Landscape and Seascape it is not enough to prevent tourists from playing and eventually killing marine species like starfish.