The Ultimate Travel Guide to Tacloban City
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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
Things to do and see in Tacloban City (and neighboring towns)
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.
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 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.
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.
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”.
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.
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
- 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.
- The same concept applies if you are going to places with fees like Sohoton Natural Bridge National Park.
- Tacloban is a predominantly Waray-speaking city.
- 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.
- If you want to visit in time for the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival, schedule your trip on June.
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*Price of Hotels in Tacloban City are subject to change without prior notice, Always check Agoda for updated and lowest rates available.
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