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May 22nd, 2009 – by: ntgerald
Last May 22 I went with a group of seven to Cuatro Islas, four small islands that are part of Inopacan and Hindang towns of Leyte province. Actually we went only to Digyo Island, the smallest and prettiest, and the outrigger boat made a sweep of the other islands before landing at Digyo.
From Manila, I took a Philippine Arilines first flight to Tacloban, where the group was waiting for me in a rented van at the Daniel Z. Romualdez airport. It was a bit less than two hours to Baybay, the big town in the western shore of the island.
We bought more supplies before we left the town.
The island was so pretty. The sandbar had fine white-pink sand, and the water was crystal clear. No other tourists were around. One can walk around the island in 20 minutes.
(Downside: amongst the seaweeds and corals around the island were some bits of trash, that irresponsible campers probably left. The caretakers and the boatmen told us that there were a number of campers during holy week. I am glad we didn't go during that time).
Our two boatmen were very hospitable. They told us that from the 2500 pesos that we paid, 500 would be commission for other boatmen who led us to them.
I gave the boatmen 300 pesos tip. One US dollar is roughly 50 pesos. As reference point, the minimum wage in the Philippines is roughly 350 pesos, and 200 pesos for agricultural workers.
The boatmen brought with them tuba from the main island, and I was persuaded for a tagay (a round from the same glass). Tuba is slightly fermented sap form the coconut tree immature spike (main stem for the bloom, from where coconut fruit would come later). This has some alcohol content, and one can get pleasantly buzzed.
We left before 5 PM so we can catch the sunset from the Inopacan town wharf.
The hotel was a dump. The lobby was OK, but the rooms were definitely substandard. For the price of the deluxe room, the room at Hotel Alejandro in Tacloban was a steal.
After breakfast at Jolibee the following morning we left for Tacloban.
Definitely a great trip. I would recommend it.
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