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Tacloban

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Travel Warning WARNING: Unfortunately, Typhoon Haiyan destroyed most of Tacloban in November 2013.

Tacloban is a city in Eastern Visayas and the capital of the province of Leyte. It is home of the Pintados Festival, a cultural event in Leyte commemorating the life and culture of the early settlers of Tacloban.

Get in[edit]

Daily flights from Manila with Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Airphil Express, Zest Air and SEAir for about an hour. Cebu Pacific has flights to/from Cebu every afternoon and Philippine Airlines has in the morning. No shipping line is plying between Manila and Tacloban anymore.

Get around[edit]

There are many ways to get from the airport to all over Tacloban City, especially downtown, which is where most of the fun and excitement happens.

Jeepneys are the cheapest way to get downtown and cost average of ₱10 for a one way trip downtown, for a taxi or pedcap you are looking at around ₱50- ₱100. if asked for more then you are being ripped off.

Early in 2010, taxis now operate from the airport to any part of the city. MLhuiller Taxi have the most number of units. Taxi service is now available from the hotel to fetch you to the airport or any destination within the city and sub-urban towns around Tacloban at higher cost.For pick-up from downtown hotels in Tacloban to the airport, the standard price is ₱250. More than this amount is above the norm. Be prepared with the exact amount as drivers may not always have loose change. When wanting taxi service at your hotel, ask the front desk, they have contacts with taxi operators and drivers. For out-of-city points, price is negotiable.

Jeepneys are the cheapest way to travel all around the city, although confusing at first, it may take you a while to adjust to the directions and the naming of the different sections of the city, if in doubt ask a local, everyone is very willing to help.

When walking around the city, crossing the streets, intersections, observe traffic rules as the city imposes its "anti-jaywalking ordinance." Some tourists and visitors who are used to the indifference of pedestrians in other cities in the Philippines, Tacloban could be a different place for them.

The feel of the city is not as urbanized as in other highly urbanized cities in the Philippines. So every visitor and locals alike who come from rural towns may mistakenly take for granted traffic rules. There is tendency to disregard this local ordinance.

See[edit][add listing]

  • San Juanico Bridge. The longest bridge in the Philippines connects the city to the third biggest island of the Philippines, Samar. The bridge spans 2.14 kilometers and is one of the major tourist spots in the city.
  • MacArthur National Park.
  • Santo Niño Shrine

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Buy[edit][add listing]

Tacloban is cheap. Period. There is not a huge amount to buy in Tacloban, but there are various markets, bazaars and malls. The latest is the Robinsons malls

  • Melyn Aytona, 17 Panay St., Philam Village, Las Piñas, Philippines (Tacloban), +639179727659. Gaisano Mall as the homologue of Manila's Ever Gotesco Mall having much cheaper items perfect for backpackers.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Calle Z

For "bulalo" is along Independencia Street. Just ask the tricycle driver to bring you to this restaurant. It has the homey ambiance.

  • Ocho Grill
  • Zaibatsu Cafe Bar - along Sen. Enage Street, at right going to the provincial capitol from downtown Tacloban.
  • Elements Bar
  • Na Ning
  • Cafe Lucia
  • Karlos Coffee

Sample the best barbecues in the Philippines at very reasonable prices. You may choose to go to Real Street and look for Pindoko's or sample the best food-by-the-seaside in Lion's Den.


For visitors not familiar with the city, you hire tricycle to get to your destination. It costs a few pesos to reach these dining places, around 6 pesos. More than that, that would mean they are ripping off your pocket.

Drink[edit][add listing]

One should not leave Tacloban without trying the most famous Tuba. It is the regional drink in the islands of the Visayas. The mentioned wine is extracted from the coconut's heart.

For nightlife in the city, two hotspots are where the partygoers go clubbing; Club 65Hundred at the Leyte Park Hotel is complex of restaurants and bar while Tacloban Astrodome is surrounded by various bars. Open air kiosks at the Magsaysay Boulevard also offer drinks and foods.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • La Rica Hotel - downtown area.
  • GV Pensione, Corner of Juan Luna and Veteranos, (053)325 3142. Good budget option, safe and clean. 420 PHP.  edit
  • Melyn Aytona, 17 panay st. philam life vil laspinas, philippines (Tacloban), +639179727659. for a good authentic ambiance you have ever looking for is in Hotel Alejandro with reasonable price they could ever offer.  edit
  • Asia Star Hotel, in the downtown area
  • Leyte Park Hotel, one of Tacloban's well kept charm (actually a monument of its own comparable to the San Juanico Bridge). There you will see a bird's eye view of the Cancabato Bay.
  • GoHotels Tacloban, Tabuan National Highway, Marasbaras, Tacloban City Leyte, 09224646835, [1]. Go Hotels Tacloban, considered the biggest hotel in Tacloban City, includes a spacious conference room that can accommodate up to 50 persons. Located within the Robinsons Place Tacloban Mall, The Annex, this budget hotel in Tacloban is just a 15-20 minute drive from the airport. o 98 rooms o 50 Queen / 48 Twin o Cosina Don Vicente o Charito's Delights o MJ Lhuillier o IMD Wellness Spa o Il Migliore Laundry and Dry Clean o EMY Foreign Exchange o Robinsons Place Tacloban  edit
  • Ron and Fire's Place (Ron and Fire's Guesthouse), Brgy. 91 Abucay Tacloban City (Along Osmena Highway, going to New Bus Terminal, just across Kristina Heights), 520 9756, [2]. Ron and Fire's Place is a private backpackers guesthouse in Tacloban City. It is ideal for backpacker's and travelers who are on a budget. It has free Wifi, coffee, and tea. The guesthouse has a modest kitchen which guest can use to prepare their meals. There is a gas stove, rice cooker, refrigerator, and utensils. There is free coffee and tea too. P300 per person. (11.242725,124.990656) edit
  • Hotel XYZ, P. Zamora St., Tacloban City, Leyte 6500, Philippines, 63533213888, [3]. Hotel XYZ in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines is a hotel that offers an exquisite features and rooms that spelled with an X,Y, and Z (X Standard, Y Superior, and Z Deluxe). All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, LED/Plasma TV, refrigerator, safety deposit box, free WiFi and non-smoking rooms. It also features restaurant, coffee shop, swimming pools, sauna, spa, business center, meeting facilities and car park. Hotel XYZ's services include airport transfer, shuttle service, laundry service, room service and massage services.  edit

Contact[edit]

Department of Tourism - Region VIII Brgy. 25, Kanhuraw Hill, Magsaysay Blvd., Tacloban City, 6500 Leyte Phone (63 53) 325-5279 / 321-2048 Email dotreg8@yahoo.com / tiopeskrs@yahoo.com / dottacloban@yahoo.com Facebook: REGION VIII, EASTERN VISAYAS (Leyte, Samar, Biliran)

Get out[edit]

  • Sohoton National Park, one of the biggest cave systems in the world.
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