The Philippines is home to over 7,100 islands.
It offers just about everything to every kind of nomad out there. Just recently, Palawan was named the world’s most beautiful island for the second time in a row.
If you want to see beyond Palawan and the popular spots of the country, then look no further. We’ve got a budget backpacking guide for you should you ever find yourself in Northern Leyte.
There’s a lot to see in Northern Leyte, with its virgin beaches, lazy villages, and mountainous views. At least a week is adequate enough to see what this side of the country has to offer.
Despite the capital of Tacloban being hit by Typhoon Haiyan, it’s one place that’s showing a gradual recuperation and steadfast resilience. For one, the Yellow Door Hostel is just about every backpacker’s dream realized: A relaxing rooftop, a creative space, and a welcoming lobby.
If you’re seeking true refuge, a trip to the Kalanggaman Island should be part of your itinerary. The rest of the world is already calling it the country’s Maldives. Boasting of a breathtaking sandbar surrounded by crystal blue waters, a day trip here isn’t enough. In fact, we highly encourage you to stay the night with your tent and hammocks. The sunset here is unlike any other.
Sambawan is another place in Northern Leyte you shouldn’t skip out on. Apart from enjoying the island beach, get to the highest peak. The sunrise and sunset here are unmatched.
Other places worth visiting in the area are Naval, Tinago Falls, and Tabuk. Don’t forget to bring all your backpacking essentials.
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