Ormoc (Photo: Gerry Ruiz)

Where to stay

  • Sabin Resort Hotel, Bantigue; +63 53 561 4243; sabinresorthotel.com. Located by the bay, this hotel offers 72 spacious rooms, a large pool, and an in-house restaurant serving up Filipino and Spanish cuisine.

Where to eat

  • Bebida’s Coffee Bar, G/F West Wing, Superdome Building, Malacadios St, +63 53 560 8098. A little café and bar serving up coffee and snacks, along with a decent selection of beer and cocktails. Free WiFi is available.
  • Lorenzo’s Café & Grill, Jose Navarro St, +63 53 561 6216. Chill out with a can of beer and some Vietnamese spring rolls at this popular waterfront café. The extensive menu also includes pastas, salads, grilled meats, coffees and more.

What to do

  • Alto Peak. From the base camp, embark on a three-hour hike through dense vegetation to reach the summit of the peak (also known locally as Mt. Mindieun). This is the highest mountain in the Eastern Visayas, standing at 1330m above sea level.
  • Kananga. Head to this municipality, located north of Ormoc, to purchase fresh and sweet Queen Pineapples, which make for great pasalubong.
  • Lake Danao. Ride in a kayak or a floating cottage on this guitar-shaped lake. You can also bring your own sleeping bag and tent to camp overnight on shore. Picnic tables and toilets are available.
  • Lake Janagdan. Take a refreshing dip in this crater lake, which occupies the caldera of the dormant Mt. Janagdan.
  • Leyte Golf and Country Club, Sitio Can-lado, Brgy Mabini; +63 53 255 4177. Play a few rounds of golf at this scenic 18-hole golf course, the only one of its kind in Ormoc.
  • Ormoc Bay. The perfect place for drinking in beautiful views of the sunset.
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