Canigao Island Paradise : Travel Guide

Canigao Island Paradise : Travel Guide
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Ever heard of Canigao Island Paradise before?

In those few opportunities, I get to go home to Leyte in the Philippines, I always make sure I visit Canigao island paradise. It is tucked away in the middle of nowhere. Few know about it and fewer have been there. Every time, I post pictures of Canigao on Facebook and Instagram, people always ask, “where is that?”, and “how do I get there?”.

It has dawned on me the privilege I had of growing up in such a beautiful place, where tropical beaches and islands are the norms and are considered ordinary everyday things. Now that I am living abroad, I find myself appreciating this very special place even more.

So where is Canigao Island?

Canigao is actually an islet. It has powdery white sandy beaches, that you can walk around it for about 20-30 minutes. Getting there is the trick, though! First, you will have to get to Leyte, before you even get close to finding it. Canigao island paradise can be found on the outskirts of the small town of Matalom (known to locals as a municipality of Matalom), Leyte in the Philippines.

Canigao Island Paradise


There are many ways of getting into this paradise island. If you’re coming from Luzon (northern islands) and Mindanao (southern islands), take the plane to Tacloban, as the nearest airport in Maasin city isn’t functional yet (hopefully, someday!). It is about 3-4 hours van ride to Matalom.

However, if you are coming from Visayas area (central), you can take boats going to the nearby cities and towns like; Maasin, Bato, Hilongos, Baybay and Ormoc.

Canigao Island Paradise

A few tips, a little heads-up and a few cool things to know

Going to places like this in the Philippines is pretty basic unlike in other developed islands. Booking for a boat has to be done in the respective ticket outlets, and not online. It can be irritating at times especially if you’re traveling in high season, as there is a high chance of tickets getting fully booked or cancelled schedule. So, if you visit Leyte by boat, I advise you to buy your tickets a few days in advance.

Canigao Island Paradise

Since Canigao is an islet, it is unoccupied and pure nature. Therefore, don’t expect any hotel or resorts on the island. However, as you can see in the rates mentioned below, they do have cottages available for rent, bathrooms and a store where you can buy some refreshments and some basic things that you might need for cooking and grilling.

Canigao Island Paradise

Canigao Island Rates ( from their FB Page)

Canigap Island Paradise(By the way: Canigao island in Leyte is now under the management of the local government. And I must say their system in getting to and from the island is much improved.)

Preserved Nature

What I like most too, about Canigao island paradise is that the local government did some nature conservation and protection in some parts of the island. Therefore, any activities are limited to those areas. Around Canigao island territory is rich in natural resources and sea creatures. It is a perfect place for diving too.

Canigao Island Paradise

Canigao Island Paradise

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So, are you ready to visit Canigao island paradise now? What is your favorite island paradise? I hope this article inspires you. Thank you for reading and please share to inspire others too! 😉

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  • That certainly does look like a paradise! Look at that blue, calm water! I want to book a trip right now!

    • Crizzy Kiss

      It really is! Go, book that trip now! 😉

  • I wish my “home” looked like that. There are no surrounded beaches and all of our sand and water looks dirty (mostly rivers lol). This looks beautiful.

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Actually, it is the same in most cities in the Philippines too. But my hometown is in the countryside, so we have the opportunities to enjoy places like this. 😉

  • Beautiful islet! Just wondering, how peak is peak season over there?

    • Crizzy Kiss

      The peak seasons are those big holidays like Christmas, Easter, etc..It’s impossible for you to get a ticket for example if you book a day before or the same day (to Leyte, the big island). And during the peak season, most of the cottages in the islet are occupied too, but you can always find a place to lay down anywhere in the islet. So, it’s better to go there during the weekdays and non-holidays, so you can have the island to yourself. Most tourists there are the locals.

  • looks like a great island paradise. We must visit the Philippines one day soon as its so close to Australia.

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Yes, you should when you can! And I must visit Australia too, someday! 😉

  • Abbie Sue Bauer

    I miss the Philippines! I was there 3 years ago!! Island hopping is the best! love the blue water in your photos!!

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Thanks! It was great to be home in the Philippines after 2 years of my last visit. Great to hear that you’ve been to my home country! 😉

  • Aperture Of My Soul

    Canigao Island looks wonderful! I would love to rent a cottage, pull up a chair and stare at the water. I look forward to the day I can visit the Philippines. You photos are beautiful!

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Thank you! Reading your comment makes me wanna go back to Canigao right now, Lol! 😉

  • Claire

    This is absolutely amazing – a real paradise island! So lovely it’s kept uninhabited too, I do think there’s some places that should just be left so they stay the utopia they are.

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Thanks! I totally agree with you Claire 😉

  • The Philippines continues to move up on my list of places to visit within the near future, and this post just bumped it up another notch. Looks lovely and I hope to walk those beautiful beaches one day! Cheers!

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Ohh I hope you will make it there too! I recommend to spend at least a couple of weeks or more to really discover places and stay outside the big cities. Check this out for more inspirations here 😉

  • I have got to get the Philippines! Canigao Island looks beautiful. My favourite island would probably be Gili Air. 🙂

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Yes! You gotta go! 😉

  • Girl Unspotted

    This is the first time I’ve heard of this island/islet and I’m intrigued. I’m obsessed with virgin Islands! I still need to get to Kalanggaman Island too.

    • Crizzy Kiss

      It’s still a hidden paradise (until we start blogging about it..) 😉 You can hit both islands when you get to visit Leyte. 😉

      • Patrick Egan

        Please don’t start blogging about it. Pretty much every secluded place I have been stay that way until people blog about it. Then it becomes overcrowded and ruined. Nice looking place.

  • Maggie

    Wow, that looks awesome! I’m hoping to make it to the Philippines this fall. 🙂

    • Crizzy Kiss

      That sounds exciting! I hope you’ll make it there too! 😉

  • Lawrence

    Wow. Everything is so beautiful. I have to go to Caniago Island. Soon!

  • Weng Rosagaron

    hi crizzy. wer planning to go to canigao next week. do you have contact of their municipal LGU that’s managing the tour to this island? how much is the pump boat fee going there? what other fees do we need to pay? kindly share some details, so we will be guided on what to do. hoping to.hear from you. thanks a lot! ☺