Leyte is an oft-overlooked destination in the Visayas. Known chiefly for its role in the American conquest of the Philippines and the site of General Douglas MacArthur’s infamous “I have returned” speech, Leyte still has a lot to offer in terms of tourism and leisure value.
1. MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park
This site commemorates the American military general’s return to the Philippines to claim the country from the grasp of the Japanese. It is located at the Leyte Gulf and features 7 bronze statues of American soldiers wading in a shallow pool towards the island.
It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Leyte due to its historical significance as well as the awe-inspiring view of the double life-sized statues.
2. Napantao Marine Sanctuary
A world-class dive site, Napantao Marine Sanctuary featuring stunning coral reefs, aquatic flora, and beautiful schools of fishes that you can discover underwater.
Napantao goes as far down as 50 meters deep, so there’s definitely plenty to see when you strap on your diving gear and explore its depths.
The sanctuary employs professional divemasters to guide you during your dives and uses state-of-the-art equipment to ensure your safety during your explorations in the ocean.
3. San Juanico Bridge
Spanning 2.16 kilometers, this bridge connects two Visayan destinations – Samar and Leyte. It is the longest bridge in the country that spans the sparkling San Juanico Strait.
A quick road trip down the whole length of the San Juanico Bridge would make a memory to cherish, offering unforgettable views of the little islands and the whirlpools in the strait.
If you’re headed to Visayas, you’d want to know where to stay in Leyte. Look no further than the Oriental Leyte. This resort in Leyte offers you glamorous accommodation as well as beautiful facilities to make your stay enjoyable and hassle-free.
After a tiring day spent discovering the wonders of the city, recharge in your well-appointed room or wind down with a meal at the Samsara Restaurant and Sand Bar. Check availability and prices through the Oriental Leyte website.