Provinces

Leyte Province

Written by Patrick

ABOUT

Leyte is a province occupying the northern part of the island of Leyte in the Visayas in the Philippines. Its capital is Tacloban. Leyte today is notable for the geothermal electric power plants near Ormoc. However, Leyte is most famous for its role in the reconquest of the Philippines in World War II.

LOCATION

Layte

Coordinates: 11°00′N 124°51′E

FAST FACTS

The following are a few useful and interesting details about this province.

Province:
Leyte
Location:
11°00′N 124°51′E View Map
Year Founded:
1783 or 1909
Capital:
Tacloban
Area:
6,313.33 km2 (2,437.59 sq mi)
Population:
1,776,900
Density:
270/km2 (710/sq mi)
Division:
Region:
Cities & Towns:
2 Independent cities, 1 Component city, 40 Towns (Municipalities)
Demonym(s):
Leyteño/a
Elevation:
(Alto Peak) 1,348 m (4,423 ft)
Time Zone:
PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code:
6500–6542
Area code:
+63 -(053)-XXX-XXXX
Electricity:
Standard voltage is 220V.
Plug commonly used is Type A but Types B and C are used as well.
Bring A to B adapter(s).
Currency:
Philippine Peso (PHP)
Exchange Rate:
Approximately 1 USD = 50 PHP | click for exact exchange rate
Income Class:
First Class
Religion(s):
Predominantly Roman Catholic
Language(s):
Waray-Waray, Cebuano, Baybayanon, English
Known For:
Geothermal electric power plants, role in the liberation of Philippines during WWII
Major Industries:
Agriculture (rice, coconut, abaca fiber, banana, corn), Fishing, Power
Climate:
Tropical
Best Time to Visit:
March to June
Clothing:
Casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.
Bus Terminal(s):
COMING SOON
Website:
None

CLIMATE

The climate in this province has two types: Type II and Type IV. Type II is characterized by the absence of dry season with a very pronounced maximum rainfall occurring in the months of November to January.

It rains more often from November up until January, with typhoons passing by every once in a while. But if you want to be there to take part of grand fiesta celebrations, you can go to Ormoc on the last week of June, and the Pintados Kasadyaan Festival of Tacloban every 29th of June

The most appropriate clothing in this province is casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.

READ MORE: Climate & Weather in the Philippines

CITIES & TOWNS

Leyte Province Map

The Leyte province is divided into 40 Municipalities, 2 Independent Cities, 1 Component City:

  • Abuyog
  • Alangalang
  • Albuera
  • Babatngon
  • Barugo
  • Bato
  • Baybay
  • Burauen
  • Calubian
  • Capoocan
  • Candijay
  • Carigara
  • Dagami
  • Dulag
  • Hilongos
  • Hindang
  • Inopacan
  • Inopacan
  • Isabel
  • Jaro
  • Javier (Bugho)
  • Julita
  • Kananga
  • La Paz
  • Leyte
  • MacArthur
  • Mahaplag
  • Matag-ob
  • Matalom
  • Mayorga
  • Merida
  • Ormoc
  • Palo
  • Palompon
  • Pastrana
  • San Isidro
  • San Miguel
  • Santa Fe
  • Tabango
  • Tabontabon
  • Tacloban
  • Tanauan
  • Tolosa
  • Tunga
  • Villaba
 

ISLANDS

  • Kalanggaman Island
  • Tabuk Islet

POINTS OF INTEREST

The following is a list of points of interest relating to the Leyte province:

  • Agta Beach
  • Alto Peak
  • Aqua Azul
  • Bituon Beach
  • Busay Falls
  • Candol Beach
  • Canigao Island
  • Digyo Island
  • Gunhuban Falls
  • Kalanggaman Island
  • Lake Danao National Park
  • Leyte Landing Memorial
  • Limasawa Island
  • Lintaon Peak
  • Mahagnao National Park
  • Monte Cueva Shrine
  • Napantao Marine Sanctuary
  • NATURE & PARKS
  • Palompon Eco-Terrestrial Adventure Park
  • Robinsons Place Tacloban
  • Sambawan Island
  • San Juanico Bridge
  • San Pablo Beach
  • Silago Beach
  • Sogod Bay
  • St Francis Xavier Church
  • Tabuk Marine Park and Bird Sanctuary
  • Tahusan Beach
  • Tangkaan Beach
  • Visayas State University
 

If you plan to visit the province of Leyte, you can use the following sites to determine the best places to stay:

FESTIVALS

The following is a list of festivals celebrated in Leyte throughout the year:

  • Sanggutan Festival (May 18) – Barugo

FAQs

The following are the most frequently asked questions about the Leyte province.

Where in the Philippines is Leyte located?
Leyte is located on Eastern Visayas Region.

Is Leyte a city or province?
Leyte is a province.

What is the Capital of Leyte?
The capital of Leyte is Tacloban.

What is Leyte famous for?
Leyte is famous for geothermal electric power plants and role in the liberation of Philippines during WWII.

How do I get to Leyte?
There are several ways to get to Leyte, the most common being from Manila:

  • Plane | 1.5 hours | $34-$180
  • Ferry | 26 hours | $33
  • Bus ferry | 30-32 hours | $33-$50

RESOURCE: Best Online Transportation Resource for the Philippines

How many islands are in Leyte?
There are 2 islands in the Leyte province.

How Safe is Traveling in Leyte?
Leyte is very safe for locals and tourists.

Is the climate in Leyte the same as the rest of the Philippines?
The climate in Leyte province is considered tropical with significant amount of rainfall during the year.

To learn more about the various climate types in the Philippines, and for a Climate Map, click the link below…

READ MORE: Climate & Weather of the Philippines

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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