The Ultimate Travel Guide to Tacloban City

Tacloban is a first class city in Eastern Visayas and is the provincial capital of Leyte. It is one of the most populous cities in Eastern Visayas, with 138 barangays and over 250,000 residents. It is located right at the edge of Leyte, facing the San Juanico Strait and the distant mainland Samar.

Leyte Provincial Capitol photo via Wikimedia Commons
Leyte Provincial Capitol photo via Wikimedia Commons

Although it was devastated by typhoon Yolanda (or Haiyan) in 2013, and is, undeniably, most known for the tragedy that hit it, the city and its residents show how resilient Filipinos can be. It is not just a tourist destination that boasts the San Juanico Strait, the MacArthur Landing Memorial, or the Madonna of Japan Park—it is a mark of the Filipino people that should not be missed.


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Tacloban City Budget Travel Guide
Tacloban City Budget Travel Guide

How to get there

To get from Manila (MNL) to Tacloban (TAC), you can book a flight from airlines like Philippines AirAsia, Philippine Airlines, and Cebu Pacific. The longest of these connecting flights last for less than three hours.

Getting around

Like most cities in the country, the main modes of transportation in Tacloban are jeepneys and tricycles. However, since the routes of the jeepneys and the name of the streets might confuse tourists, taxis, which can cost around Php 50 to Php 100, may be a better option for first-time visitors.

Places to stay in Tacloban City

Z Pad Residences

Z Pad Residences
Z Pad Residences

Location: Dadison St., Tacloban City, Leyte, Tacloban, Tacloban City, Philippines, 6500

Price: Php 664 via Agoda.com

Do not let the cheap price make you think twice of staying at Z Pad Residence. Its rooms are complete with basic amenities like private bath and Wi-Fi, and its perfect location makes it all the more worth it.

Hotel XYZ

Hotel XYZ - Hotels in Tacloban City
Hotel XYZ – Hotels in Tacloban City

Location: P. Zamora St. Tacloban City, Tacloban, Tacloban City, Philippines, 6500

Price: Php 2,663 via Agoda.com

For just less than Php 3,000, you can get a comfortable, queen-sized bed with private shower in central Tacloban. And, you also get free breakfast inclusive of your room. Facilities include a sauna and airport transfer.

Danel Pensionne House

Danel Pensionne House
Danel Pensionne House

Location: Brgy 77, Greenville Street 1, Greenville Subdivision, Marasbaras, Tacloban, Tacloban, Philippines, 6500

Price: Php 1,200 via Agoda.com

If you are planning to stay longer than one night, then it is worth booking a room in Dannel Pensionne House. The rooms are cozy, and the garden that surrounds the property gives a nice and fresh feel to the atmosphere.

The Ambassador Hotel

The Ambassador Hotel Tacloban
The Ambassador Hotel Tacloban

Location: Real Street Brgy. 31, Tacloban, Tacloban, Philippines, 6500

Price: Php 2,000 via Agoda.com

Do not miss the excellent location and rooms of The Ambassador Hotel. Each room is equipped with toiletries, linens, a telephone, and flat screen television, and it’s fairly priced. The hotel also has a small café.

Travelers Suite

Travelers Suite
Travelers Suite

Location: Rizal Avenue, Tacloban, Tacloban, Philippines, 6500

Price: Php 450 via Agoda.com

If you are on a tight budget or are traveling in a group, places like Travelers Suite can come in really handy. Rooms are clean and spacious enough and works even for solo travelers. Check-in time is 1 PM, and check out time is 12 NN the following day.

Basic Rooms Hotel

Basic Rooms Hotel
Basic Rooms Hotel

Location: Brgy. 63 Corner Real Mannga Sagkahan Tacloban City Leyte, Tacloban, Tacloban City, Philippines

Price: Php 1,039 via Agoda.com

Economy single rooms give you a shower and bathtub, Wi-Fi, and a comfortable bed, and it fits any mid-range budget. Despite being called Basic Rooms Hotel, the hotel is actually complete with all, and not just basic, amenities and hotel services.

Also See: Ultimate List of the Best Hotels in Tacloban City

Leyte Provincial Capitol at Night photo by Storm Crypt Flickr
Leyte Provincial Capitol at Night photo by Storm Crypt Flickr

Things to do and see in Tacloban City (and neighboring towns)

Madonna of Japan photo by pixietux IG
Madonna of Japan photo by pixietux IG

Visit the Madonna of Japan Park and Kanhuraw Hill

During the Second World War, Japan briefly entered the Philippines as colonizers. Tacloban was one of the cities that the Japanese forces camped in. Although the Philippines and Japan were not in good terms during then, the residents of Tacloban erected the Maria Kannon, or the Madonna of Japan, after the two nations reconciled. The park is located in Kanhuraw Hill.

Panhulugan Cliff at Sohoton Natural Bridge National Park
Panhulugan Cliff at Sohoton Natural Bridge National Park By Lawrence Ruiz [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Have a river cruise at the Sohoton Natural Bridge National Park

This National Park, which was built in 1935 to preserve the geography of this part of Tacloban, is one of the most visited natural tourist destinations in the city. Besides picture-taking beside the caves and mysterious rock formations, activities here include river cruising and kayaking. Make sure to visit the three huge caves.

Visit MacArthur Park photo by Ken Rai Lang via Instagram
Visit MacArthur Park photo by Ken Rai Lang via Instagram

Visit MacArthur Park in Palo Leyte

The MacArthur Leyte Landing Memorial National Park is a protected area of the Philippines that commemorates the historic landing of General Douglas MacArthur in Leyte Gulf at the start of the campaign to recapture and liberate the Philippines from Japanese occupation on 20 October 1944. The war memorial is located in the municipality of Palo on Leyte island in Eastern Visayas and is one of the region’s major tourist attractions.

Ocho - Baked Scallops
Ocho – Baked Scallops

Food trip in Rizal Avenue

Filipino are foodies. This is evident in literally every city that you go to. And in every city, there is one spot where all the goodness of food are gathered. In Tacloban, that’s in Rizal Avenue. Tacloban is famous for its barbecue, and the consecutive smoky barbecue stalls here in Rizal will keep you company throughout the night.

Busay Falls in Babatgon Leyte photo via FB Page Tacloban City Travel Guide
Busay Falls in Babatgon Leyte photo via FB Page Tacloban City Travel Guide

Bathe in Tulaan Falls and Beach

Less than an hour from central Tacloban is Tulaan Beach in Babatngon, Leyte. This distance from Eastern Visayas’ urbanized center promises a peaceful trip. It’s so idyllic here, that you will fall in love right after seeing it. Tulaan Beach is actually a basin of sorts, because it is margined by Leyte and distant Biliran. Tulaan Falls is about 30 minutes of trekking from the beach.

See the Yolanda Memorial Monument

Yolanda Shrine, or better known as Yolanda Memorial Monument, is a shrine or a monument located at Barangay Anibong, Tacloban, Leyte in Eastern Visayas. The monument was named after Typhoon Haiyan of 2013, which is known in the country as “Super Typhoon Yolanda”.

San Juanico Bridge
San Juanico Bridge Photo by yoodz on Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

Jog on the San Juanico Strait

It is iconic, it’s free, and it gives you a view of the connecting land masses and the open ocean.

Tacloban Philippines Catholic Church
Tacloban Philippines Catholic Church

Also Read: Food Trip: A Taste of Tacloban

Sample Tacloban City Itinerary and Budget

  • 10:00 AM Arrival at MNL airport
  • 10:30 AM to 12:05 PM MNL to TAC airport
  • 12:05 PM to 1:00 PM Hotel check-in and lunch
  • 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Gallivanting
  • 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM Go to market or shops for souvenirs
  • 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Food trip or dinner
  • 7:00 PM onwards Rest

Tourism Contact Info

Department of Tourism – Region VIII
Address: Brgy. 25, Kanhuraw Hill, Magsaysay Blvd., Tacloban City, 6500 Leyte
Phone (63 53) 325-5279 / 321-2048
Email [email protected] / [email protected] / [email protected]
Facebook: DOT REGION VIII, EASTERN VISAYAS (Leyte, Samar, Biliran)

Tacloban Travel Tips

  1. Traveling in groups can drastically reduce your expenses, especially transportation- and accommodation-wise. There are many specialty lodging, hostels, and inns where you can spend the night with your group.
  2. The same concept applies if you are going to places with fees like Sohoton Natural Bridge National Park.
  3. Tacloban is a predominantly Waray-speaking city.
  4. Unlike most parts of the Philippines, the rainy season in Tacloban is during November and December. If you don’t fancy the idea of having some downpour during your stay, visit the city earlier in the year.
  5. If you want to visit in time for the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival, schedule your trip on June.
Tacloban City Hall photo by Tacloban City Government FB
Tacloban City Hall photo by Tacloban City Government FB

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