Information about San Pablo Island
San Pablo Island
The islands of San Pedro and San Pablo off the coast of Hinunangan, Southern Leyte are tiny twin islands named after the patron saints of the town. These two islands both have beautiful, white pebble beaches and panoramic sunrise and sunset views without the typical high cost of other more popular beaches. You can camp, sail, swim, and snorkel on both islands, but you need to bring your own water, take your litter back to the mainland for proper disposal, and respect the island and its inhabitants.
Locally known as Pong Gamay (or small island), San Pablo is the smaller of the twin islands, approximately less than a kilometer long and half a kilometer wide. It houses a barangay with only less than 100 houses, and its small size makes the crystal waters and relaxing island more exclusive and endearing. Aside from the beach, there is a 12-meter deep lagoon in the area called the Lelang Lagoon, and at the southern end of the island is a resort called Tocmo’s Beach Resort. If you want privacy, you can even book the whole resort for yourself.
Tickets and entry
There is no entrance fee for both islands, but visitors must not leave litter on the island nor damage or destroy any of their natural resources.
Best time to visit
To get a better chance at clear weather, it’s best to visit San Pablo Island and Southern Leyte during the dry months of November to May, which is also whale shark season in the province.