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Philippines :: Leyte

Leyte is situated in the Eastern Visayas and measures some 180km in length by 65km in width. It lies to the northeast of Cebu and the north of Bohol.

All the diving here is concentrated at the southern part of the island and can effectively be split into three main areas - around and off the coast of Limasawa Island, Pananon Island and Libagon.

All the above areas offer good diving, but southern Leyte is best known for the chances to come across whale sharks that migrate through these waters. The best time to see them is from November to the end of May.

The area is still being discovered and as a result, facilities are not as well developed as other parts of the Philippines, but they are improving all the time.

Leyte is also steeped in military and naval history. It was the island onto which General Douglas MacArthur stepped ashore uttering the immortal words "I have returned". What was left of the Japanese fleet was destroyed around the island, but wreck diving is not possible due to the depths and uncertain locations of the warships.


Leyte at a glance

Accommodation : various

Currents : can be strong

Average cost of a dive :

Dive Sites : 10+

Dive Operators : 5+

Getting there : regional flights to Cebu, then ferry. Or domestic flights from Manila to north Leyte with bus transfer 40 min

Off Season : June-Oct


The map below is interactive so click on the dive site to get more details.


limasawa island pananon island libagon