Information about San Pedro Island
San Pedro Island
Off the coast of Hinunangan, Southern Leyte are small ‘twin’ islands named after the patron saints of the town, San Pedro and San Pablo. These two islands offer quiet, white pebble beaches, undisturbed marine life, and scenic sunrise and sunset views without the usual hefty price of popular beaches. Anyone is free to camp, surf, scuba dive, and snorkel on both islands, but they need to bring their own equipment and keep the shores clean.
The bigger one, San Pedro Island, is also known to the locals as Pong Dako, which means “big island.” It has a community of fewer than 500 people and has limited electricity, which only runs from 6 PM to 6 AM with an allotted time for charging electronic devices (6:30 PM to 9 PM).
Removed from modern distractions, visitors are free to visit the beach and spot the wildlife living on the island. Visitors can rent cottages with abuhan, a built-in fire pit where they can grill food. It’s best to bring the things you need (food, sports, and camping equipment), as there are no big establishments nearby.
Tickets and entry
Entrance is free, but everyone who visits the island is expected to clean up after themselves.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit San Pedro Island and the rest of Southern Leyte is during the dry months of November to May. This also coincides with whale shark season in the province.