Setting a foot on the island where the first mass in the Philippines was held... surreal!

Limasawa Island of Southern Leyte

Limasawa Island, a town in Southern Leyte, is dubbed as the birthplace of Christianism in our country. Going beyond Limasawa’s significant history, it also has breath-taking views to flaunt. It is an underrated tourist spot, so you’ll probably enjoy the peacefulness of the town.

Limasawa has only six (6) barangays namely Cabulihan, San Agustin, Lugsongan, San Bernardo, Triana, and Magallanes. Given its small terrain, you can actually explore the whole island within a day.


After docking at the port of Limasawa, we were welcomed by several habal-habal drivers offering a ride. That’s how we met Kuya Jovan, the habal-habal driver who brought us to our resort and toured us around the town.

First stop, the famous shrine of the Philippine’s first mass.

Kuya Sam, a tour guide in the area, shared with us how the island of Mazua (previous name of Limasawa) and its people played an important role during Ferdinand Magellan’s expedition. After the lecture, we climbed 450 steps to see the first cross planted in our country. Aside from the cross, we had a glimpse of Limasawa’s neighboring islands like Bohol, Camiguin, and Surigao. The view from the top is amazing, I swear!

Our next destination was the island’s lighthouse in Barangay San Agustin. We failed to climb the lighthouse but seeing the cliff near the vicinity made my heart skipped a beat. If I have to choose, this is my favorite part of Limasawa.

On our way around the island, we noticed some locals drying few squids. Dried squid is one of the main products of the town. They sell a kilogram of dried squids for ₱450, way cheaper compared in the market.

And we can’t leave the island without swimming on its beach!


We booked a room (₱1000 per night) in Dakdak Beach Resort, the most relaxing beachfront resort I’ve checked in. There are only two rooms available, making the resort so exclusive and intimate. We even had the beach on our own!

Nanay Nokring (+63 915 520 3660), the owner of the resort, was very accommodating. She even offered to cook us our meal throughout our whole stay.

Dakdak beach does not have fine sand, but if you’re lucky, you might spot a sea turtle swimming around.


🚗 From Abucay Terminal of Tacloban City, take a van bound to Maasin (₱220).
🚗 Drop off at Maasin Terminal and take a jeepney to Padre Burgos (₱30).
The last stop of Padre Burgos jeepney is the town’s pier.
🚤 Catch the boat going to Limasawa Island (₱40).
The boat schedules are 6:00 AM, 6:30 AM, and 1:00 PM.

When I already visited a place, I rarely get the urge to visit it again. Limasawa, you are one of the exceptions.

P.S. If you want to see more of our Limasawa escapade, watch this video made by my awesome guy, Joff.

Limasawa Island, Southern Leyte from The Shoestring Travel on Vimeo.

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