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 a quiet, white pebble beach, undisturbed marine life, and scenic view of the sunrise and sunset without the usual hefty price of popular beaches. On both islands, anyone is free to camp, surf, scuba dive, and snorkel, if you bring your own water activity equipment and respectfully keep their shores clean.
The bigger one of the ‘Twin Unspoiled islands’, San Pedro Island is known to the locals as Pong Dako, which means “big island”. It has a community of less than 500 people and has limited electricity; it only runs from 6:00 pm-6:00 am with an allotted time for charging electronic devices (6:30 pm-9:00 pm). Removed from modern distractions, visitors are free to visit the beach and spot the wildlife living on the island. They have rentable cottages as well with Abuhan, a built-in fire pit where you can grill your prepared food.
Because the locals live a rural lifestyle, it’s best to carry with you the things you need (Food, sports and camp equipment), as there are no big establishments within the vicinity. Though there are sari-sari stores open for common things. To get to San Pedro island from Cebu, take a southbound PUV or bus traveling to St. Bernard from the Tacloban city bus terminal. Make sure that the PUV or bus traverses through Silago Municipality. Go down at Barangay Canipaan, then take a pump boat to San Pedro Island.