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Address: Visayas, Philippines Southern Leyte Province, Southern Leyte Province 6518, Philippines
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2nd dive trip in Sogod

My first time in Limasawa. Surprisingly, the coral garden is well preserved. Its awesome! Table coral are just as twice as me, shy turtles are around, groupers about size of my... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 March 2016
MountainDiver11
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Manila, Philippines
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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2016 via mobile

My first time in Limasawa. Surprisingly, the coral garden is well preserved. Its awesome! Table coral are just as twice as me, shy turtles are around, groupers about size of my leg is also present with juvenile fish, likewise, you will easily the other sea creatures. I am dumbfound that this spot is underated. I can say that this is... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016

we were in Limasawa for 5 days and stayed at 'Dak dak' Airbnb. A fantastic and authentic stay . All our needs were catered for by the owner of the house:. We went snorkelling in the marine park ( a few times ) even motored over to leyte in the hope of finding whale sharks , (but alas, clean out... More 

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Torrevieja, Spain
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016

The island of Limasawa in Southern Leyte carved a very significant place in Philippine history. In 1521, a Portuguese-born Spanish explorer and navigator, Ferdinand Magellan and his crew came ashore and celebrated the first Roman Catholic Mass on the island. Incidental to the historic event, Magellan made peace with two Filipino rulers, Rajah Kolambu and Rajah Siani who subsequently were... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015

Ferry ride was fun for P50 and well worth it as we arrived on Limasawa and took a motorcycle ride to the site were the first Mass in Asia was held. We had a wonderful time and a great visit to this small out of the way piece of paradise.

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2015

I was surprised to visit Limasawa Island and found out what a picturesque quaint island town it is, beautiful sceneries, helpful community folks, peaceful fishing villages, and rich in tropical fauna. It boasts of vibrant ocean life perfect for diving, and snorkeling. A marine sanctuary is built to protect it's resources for future generation. It's strategic location made it's way... More 

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Maasin, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2015

45 minutes took us from Ibarra to Burgos by jeep. Fare is only 30 pesos. Then from the port, we took the boat for 1 hour ride. It cost us only 40 pesos per person. The staff are friendly. Limasawa had a resort called Dak Dak. We took a motorcycle to go around the Island which cost only 15 persos... More 

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Cebu City, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2014

Limasawa is a very beautiful Island with beautiful and helpful people.. It is one of those places that I would highly recommend visiting. There are markers for the the first mass in the philippines. Although, there are a lot of arguments if it really happens here.. The beach is nice, and there is a marine sanctuary.. Most of all, this... More 

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Tacloban City, Leyte
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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

Limasawa Island was on my bucket list of islands to visit. Rich in history, as written in the books, this is where Magellan held the 1st Catholic Mass. Surely a must visit island destination located in the southern part of Leyte

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2014

This island is surrounded by lovely white beaches and calm clear water and can be easily reached from Southern Leyte. It is well known to hold the first Catholic mass in the Philippines on Easter Sunday March 31 1521. To reach the site one needs to climb 400 steps. Upon reaching the top you wont be disappointed as there are... More 

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Chorley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2013 via mobile

After an incredible morning snorkelling with whale sharks at Panaon island, we stopped at Limasawa island marine sanctuary for some more snorkelling. The snorkelling at the marine sanctuary was wonderful, lots of healthy corals, abundance of tropical fish, we even saw some squid! There is a fee p100 per person to snorkel in the marine sanctuary, we were happy to... More 

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