Ormoc City is more than just about the fresh seafood, strategic business location and Queen Pineapples. The port city that is located in the province of Leyte is also currently developing its mangrove tourism. Shout out to nature lovers, this small town is a perfect location for backpacking adventure with your friends or even a short family getaway from the busy city.
Instead of taking a ferry from Cebu to reach Ormoc City, why not opt for a flight instead? The only airport in Ormoc City is the Ormoc Airport which serves as a minor domestic flights airport. Airlines like the Cebu Pacific Air offers direct daily flights from Cebu to Ormoc.
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Ormoc City’s busiest month for tourism is during February, March and followed by April. During these months, the rates on flights and hotel prices will be higher than it would normally be. However, if you purchase your flights and hotels in advance, then you will be able to save on this cost.
During the final week of June, besides Tacloban, Ormoc City is home to the Grade Fiesta celebrations. During this time, you can experience festivities like street dancing, feasts and religious ceremonies. These festivities are all held in the honour of Senior Santo Nino. The famous pineapple plantation called SAL is the perfect stopover if you’re craving for some Queen Pineapples. You can have a stroll around the plantation, then pick your own pineapples and eat it there fresh! Although the pineapples planted here may be smaller in size compared to others, it is very sweet and juicy. Don’t let its size make you think otherwise. You may also try the seafood in Danao Lake. You can ask the stalls to cook the seafood according to your choice of dishes or even grill the seafood yourselves.
1. Lake Danao – You cannot miss a visit to Lake Danao when you are in Ormoc City. It is about half an hour drive from the city. The Lake Danao is a mountain lake which has about a total area of 139 hectares. Some of the activities that are offered there are boating, kayaking and fishing. You can rent a hut raft equipped with seats and a table to enjoy having your lunch literally on the lake. If you want to feel that adrenalin rush, you can solo kayaking at Lake Danao with a tour guide cost P150 for 30 minutes and P300 for an hour.
2. Alto Peak – Another perfect place to visit for you adrenalin junkies is the Alto Peak. Alto Peak is one of the most frequently visited places in Ormoc. Besides the challenging 90-degree angle slopes, the trail exhibits fabulous flora and fauna that are rare to see. Keep in mind though, since it is quite a challenging trail Alto Peak is not recommended to be hiked in one day. So you will have to make camp and hike back down the following day. A camping trip like this means stargazing at night and followed by the view of the breathtaking sunrises in the morning. Not forgetting also the breath of fresh air once you are that high up amongst the trees. What a prefect nature retreat.
3. Puente de la Reina – You should also enjoy a casual stroll at the Puente de la Reina, Ormoc City’s oldest bridge. It is also acknowledged as the “Bridge of the Queen”. The construction of the cobblestone bridge began during the Spanish period in the 1800s, therefore giving it a unique ancient feel and the best part about visiting the Bridge of the Queen is that there are no fees involved. It also photographs well, a bonus for your social media feed.