ABOUT CUATRO ISLAS
In the down south part of Leyte, in Inopacan, there are 4 Islands known as Cuatro Islas. Digyo, Mahaba, Apid & Himokilan. Yes, cuatro, meaning four. Amazing isn’t it? just imagine, experiencing the beauty of nature 4x the level of charm! I cant say no for this. 🙂
THINGS TO DO
Take a photo from the boat
I can see the Islands from afar. I can tell, this will be a great one.
Prepare also your cameras, you might also be able to see group of dolphins in the area.
The best Island among the rest for me.
The island has white sand, pristine beach and coconut trees.
With open air cottages for your convenience.
They also have sari-sari stores for drinks and snacks.
The view when you approach the Island is just beautiful.
Setup a tent below the trees.
Space rental for tent is 50 pesos.
I suggest to rent a cottage also.
It will be much more convenient to cook your own food.
The island also allow overnight stay.
This cottage can be rented at 500 pesos.
1 monoblock table and 4 chairs included.
Tour around the Island
Digyo Island is not big enough that you can actually walk around for 15 mins.
The best time to walk around is in the morning.
Bring your coffee with you.
Locals are friendly so as their dogs.
Actually, the dogs were sleeping next to us during the night.
I can see Apid Island from here.
Apid Island has residents. Their main livelihood is fishing.
Some fishermen from Apid go to Digyo to sell fresh fish.
They can also cook it for you with extra fee.
Mandatory group shot
Always have a good group shot.
Pictures will bring back memories.
Bring your gears if going to this Island
The water is clear and its perfect for snorkeling.
I had a great time swimming and enjoying the view of corals beneath.
I saw Lionfish and Nemo in the area.
Catch the Sunrise / Sunset
Watching the sunset will always put you in a good mood.
As much as possible, I travel during new moon so I can do my milkyway photography.
Too bad, the weather has another plan.
We had a quick dip at Mahaba Island.
It has rock formations, crystal clear waters and fine white sand.
Perfect for swimming and lounging around.
Mahaba by the way means long.
Take a picture on these rock formations.
Overall, I enjoyed my Cuatro Islas adventure.
The Lionfish encounter alone was worth the trip.
Hoping to go back and have an aerial footage for the rest of the Islands.
TIPS FOR YOUR CUATRO ISLAS TRIP
-Contact a tour guide first to book a pumpboat going to the Island
Our contact was Loloy – 09065004881
-To fully enjoy its beauty is to travel and stay overnight on weekdays where it is less crowded.
-Bring life jacket, aqua shoes and flippers (snorkeling gears).
Believe me, this island is one of my favorite for snorkeling spots!
-Bring your tent and sleeping to save extra money
-Bring flashlights and ledlights
-Bring your cooking set
-Sunblock and Sunscreen
-Camera / underwater camera to capture your memories
-Drone to capture the other perspective view from above
-Make sure to bring your own food and drinks before jumping off to the boat.
There are few sari-sari stores on the island, they have snacks, drinks and food (canned goods) for sale.
The locals can also cook food for you with extra fee.
-Electricity for streetlights only and available from 6pm to 6am. Bring your power banks with you.
HOW TO GET THERE
From Tacloban Airport, ride a jeep going to Tacloban City downtown area, then go to Abucay Bus Terminal, Take a van to Inopacal, Leyte which is 3 hours ride away from Tacloban. Tell the driver to drop you off in Inopacan near the town hall. Head straight to the towns baywalk at the back of the hall where the docking area of the pumpboats going to the Island are located. It takes 1 hour pumpboat ride going to Digyo Island.
Pump boat 10 pax and below – 2,500 Overnight / 2,000 day tour
Entrance fee – 50 pesos each
Cottages – 500 pesos
Tent Fee – 50 pesos for space rental
Manang who cooked our food – 200