Provinces

Southern Leyte Province

Written by Patrick

ABOUT

Southern Leyte is a province in the Philippines located in the Eastern Visayas Region. Its capital is the city of Maasin. Southern Leyte forms an important part of the inter-island transportation system of the country, with ferries transporting people and goods between Liloan and Surigao del Norte in Mindanao. The province is well known for its quality abaca products and is the country’s major producer of abaca fiber.

LOCATION

Southern Leyte

Coordinates: 10°20′N 125°05′E

FAST FACTS

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

Province:
Southern Leyte
Location:
10°20′N 125°05′E | View Map
Year Founded:
1959
Capital:
Maasin
Area:
1,798.61 km2 (694.45 sq mi)
Population:
429,600
Density:
230/km2 (610/sq mi)
Division:
Region:
Cities & Towns:
1 Component city, 18 Towns (Municipalities)
Demonym(s):
Southern Leyteño/a
Elevation:
(Mount Nacolod) 948 m (3,110 ft)
Time Zone:
PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code:
6600–6618
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:
Third Class
Religion(s):
79% Roman Catholic Church, 14.51% Iglesia Filipina Independiente, 2.04% Evangelicals
Language(s):
Cebuano, Baybayanon, Kinabalian, English
Known For:
Abava products, 1st Christian mass in the Philippines
Major Industries:
Agriculture (coconut, abaca, banana, rice, corn), Tourism, Handicraft, Fishing
Climate:
Tropical
Best Time to Visit:
November, January, 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

CLIMATE

The climate in this province has two types of climate according to the Coronas Classification. These are Type II and Type IV.

Type II is characterized by the absence of dry season with a very pronounced maximum rain period occurring from November to January. This type prevails in the eastern half of the province that includes the municipality of Sogod, Libagon, Liloan, San Francisco, Pintuyan, San Ricardo, Saint Bernard, San Juan, Anahawan, Hinundayan, Hinunangan and Silago. On the other hand, Type IV has a rainfall that is more or less evenly distributed throughout the year. This type prevails in the western part of the province that includes the City of Maasin and the municipalities of Macrohon, Padre Burgos, Limasawa, Malitbog, Tomas Oppus, Bontoc and little part of Sogod.  

It rains more often from November up until January, with typhoons passing by every once in a while. Better visit the province during summer (March to May).

The most appropriate clothing for 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

Southern Leyte Province Map

The Southern Leyte province is divided into 18 Municipalities and 1 Component City:

  • Anahawan
  • Bontoc
  • Hinunangan
  • Hinundayan
  • Libagon
  • Liloan
  • Limasawa
  • Maasin
  • Macrohon
  • Malitbog
  • Padre Burgos
  • Pintuyan
  • Saint Bernard
  • San Francisco
  • San Juan (Cabalian)
  • San Ricardo
  • Silago
  • Sogod
  • Tomas Oppus
 

ISLANDS

There are 4 outlying islands surrounding the mainland of Southern Leyte which are under the jurisdiction of the province.

  • Limasawa
  • Panaon Island
  • San Pablo Island
  • San Pedro Island
 

POINTS OF INTEREST

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

  • Agas-Agas Bridge
  • Banahaw Cold Spring
  • Cagnituan Caves
  • Cagnituan Falls
  • Cambaro Caves
  • Danao Forest Park
  • Demoloc Caves
  • Dongon Hillside Resort
  • Guinsuhotan Cave
  • Limasawa Island
  • Luman Falls
  • Maamo Beach
  • Maasin Cathedral
  • Magsuhot Park
  • Mahayhay Falls
  • Monte Cueva Shrine
  • Napantao Marine Sanctuary
  • Our Lady of the Assumption
  • Panaon Island
  • Puting Buhangin Island
  • Sagbok River
  • San Pablo Beach
  • San Pablo Island
  • San Pedro Island
  • Santa Sofia Beach
  • Silago Beach
  • Tahusan Beach
  • Tangkaan Beach
 

FESTIVALS

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

  • Pagkamugna Festival (Maasin City) – July 1
  • Pabulhon Festival (Maasin City) – August 10-15
  • Karomata Festival (Pintuyan) – April 3-5
  • Tangka-Tangka Festival (Padre Burgos) – August 26-28
  • Manha-on Festival (Macrohon) – September 2

FAQs

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

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

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

What is the Capital of Southern Leyte?
The capital of Southern Leyte is Maasin.

What is Southern Leyte famous or known for?
Southern Leyte is famous or known for abaca products and 1st Christian mass in the Philippines.

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

  • Plane to Tacloban | 1.25 hours | $34-$160 + Bus to Maasin | 3.5 hours | $5
  • Bus ferry to Maasin | 33 hours | $28
  • You can fly to an alternate airport including Cebu and Butuan. Travel time will be shorter compared with bus ferry, but the cost will be significantly more.

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How many islands are in Southern Leyte?
There are 4 islands in Southern Leyte province.

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

Is the climate in Southern Leyte the same as the rest of the Philippines?
The climate in Southern Leyte province is considered tropical with significant rainfall throughout 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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