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“Visit the sight of the first Catholic mass in the Philippines!”
Review of Limasawa Island

Limasawa Island
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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 breath taking views to be seen.

According to the 2010 census this small island has a population of only 5,835 inhabitants, making it the smallest municipality in the province,

On the boat trip from Southern Leyte you may be lucky enough to see whale sharks or dolphins. We only saw dolphins upon returning back to Southern Leyte.

5  Thank tommomelbourne
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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 pay and support the initiatives to protect the environment and regenerate fish stocks.

4  Thank Hollies2010
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Reviewed 17 September 2012

I enjoyed this island on a day tour organised by the very helpful David Warren of Padre Burgos Castle Resort in the eponymous town on Southern Leyte (island).

At Limasaw one can inspect a room with concrete statues of Ferdinand Magellan (from Spain) and others involved in the First (Catholic) Mass on Filipino soil - Easter Sunday 1521.

There is also a 450 step climb to the First Cross.

I also enjoyed a BBQ lunch in a seaside nipa hut of the small Dakdak Beach Resort which only has two rooms for accommodation.

There is excellent snorkelling at an 800 metre plus long marine sanctuary on the same side of the island. I saw a good variety of small reef fish including a colourful purple starfish and black and white anenome fish.

10  Thank Victorianlad
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