How to go around Leyte
How to go around Leyte Reviews
Laid back travel in Leyte Oct 05, 2010
Leyte is one of those underrated destination spots in the Visayas. Located in the eastern part of the Visayas islands and bordered by Samar on the West, Cebu on the East...it is a laid back province waiting to be explored.
The island is characterized by extreme proportions. Some parts are bustling with too much activity, what with the teeming city life in Tacloban and the booming trade in Ormoc because of its proximity to Cebu. Then, there are the wide expanse of rice lands in the northern parts of the island...almost sleepy, idyllic with no regard for time.
If you are the adventurous type, there are jeepneys plying the routes of Tacloban to various parts of the island. The Tacloban terminal is the hub of all public means of transport. Then for the past 3 years, several airconditioned vans have mushroomed to cater to the discriminating traveler who does not want to be bothered by dust, or to be squeezing in with farm produce and animals in maximized jeepney space. The usual van terminal is at downtown Tacloban at the corner of Paterno and Burgos streets. There, you can choose whether to ride VAN-VAN or DUPTOURS depending on your destination.
Leyte is also mountainous and still laced with rough roads in some areas. It is best to travel via "habal habal" or the 2-wheel motorcycle with overhead cover from the sun and rain. The drivers are so experienced in the trade that they can accommodate up to 8 persons in the "habal habal" and some carry on "baggage" strapped to the sides to maximize the trip. Rest assured that any barrio has a fleet of these amazing and "not-for-the-faint-of-heart" means of transport.
Being in island and surrounded by water, bancas and motorboats are festooned at key piers and docks to allow Leytenos to go from one island to another. There are also fishing boats that set out early in the morning to make the catch.
I have seen also airconditioned buses that ply the Tacloban-Ormoc route. Of course, each town has the ubiquitous "pedicab". A 3-wheel carriage type vehicle, I think it is the closest brother to the "tuk tuk" of Thailand. The only difference is that the former is more colorfully painted and the driver comfortably pedals his way around town. This is ideal to go around in small town sight seeing.
Generally, it is a laid back travel if you are in Leyte. There are various modes of transport for the traveler depending on your mood and budget.
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