Tacloban is a city in Eastern Visayas and the capital of the province of Leyte. It's the home of the Pintados Festival, a cultural event in Leyte commemorating the life and culture of the early settlers of Tacloban.
Daily flights from Manila with Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Air Asia, about a 1h flight. Cebu Pacific has flights to/from Cebu every afternoon and Philippine Airlines in the morning. No shipping line plies the route between Manila and Tacloban any more.
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 an average of ₱10 for a one way trip downtown, for a taxi or pedicab you are looking at around ₱50-100; if asked for more, then you are being ripped off.
Taxis operate from the airport to any part of the city. MLHuillier 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 a higher price. 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, prices are 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 since 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 a tendency to disregard the local ordinances.
- San Juanico Bridge - the longest bridge in the Philippines connects the city to the third biggest island of the Philippines, Samar. The bridge spans 2.14km and is one of the major tourist spots in the city.
- MacArthur National Park.
- Santo Niño Shrine
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 Robinsons mall.
- Melyn Aytona, 17 Panay St, Philam Village, Las Piñas, ☎ . Gaisano Mall is the homologue of Manila's Ever Gotesco Mall, but having much cheaper items; perfect for backpackers.
- Calle Z
For "bulalo" is along Independencia St. Just ask the tricycle driver to bring you to this restaurant. It has a homey ambiance.
- Ocho Grill
- Zaibatsu Cafe Bar - along Sen. Enage St, 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 a tricycle to get to your destination. It costs a few pesos to reach these dining places, around ₱6. More than that would mean they are ripping off your pocket.
You shouldn't leave Tacloban without trying the most famous Tuba. It's the regional drink in the islands of the Visayas with the wine being extracted from the heart of the coconut.
- GV Pensione, Corner of Juan Luna and Veteranos, ☎ . Was a good budget option, safe and clean with small rooms - in Nov 2013 totally destroyed along with most other buildings. ₱420.
- Melyn Aytona, 17 Panay St, Philam Village, Las Piñas, ☎ . for a good authentic ambiance you have ever looking for is in Hotel Alejandro with reasonable price they could ever offer.
- Asia Star Hotel, in the downtown area
- Leyte Park Hotel, formerly one of Tacloban's well kept charms (actually a monument of its own comparable to the San Juanico Bridge) - now totally destroyed like most other buildings. There you will see a bird's eye view of the Canacabato Bay.
- Sohoton National Park, one of the biggest cave systems in the world.