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Eastern Visayas to see boost in tourism with upcoming cruise ship visits

Eastern Visayas to see boost in tourism with upcoming cruise ship visits

The Department of Tourism in Eastern Visayas announced that at least three cruise ships will make stops in the region's picturesque islands, bringing in over 1,000 foreign guests and crew members. Photo for presentation only via Pexels

Eastern Visayas is poised for a boost in tourism as at least three cruise ships are scheduled to make stops in the area's picturesque islands. The Department of Tourism (DOT) in Eastern Visayas recently announced that over 1,000 foreign guests and crew members will visit the region in the coming months.

The first ship to arrive is owned by Silver Cruises and will make a port of call on Kalanggaman Island on February 10th. The island, located in Palompon, Leyte, is known for its crystal-clear waters and powdery white sand. Visitors can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and island-hopping activities while on the island. 

The island is also a protected area, and the local government has implemented strict regulations to preserve its natural beauty.

Meanwhile, the Swan Hellenic Cruises will arrive on May 2nd, bringing 152 tourists and 120 crew to Limasawa Island in Southern Leyte. It is an island municipality located at the southern tip of Leyte, and it is known for its historical significance as the site where the first Catholic Mass in the Philippines was held in 1521 by the Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan. The island is also home to the Limasawa Island Historical Marker commemorating the event. 

The ship will also stop at Capul Island in Northern Samar on May 5th, known for its unspoiled beaches and crystal-clear waters. The island is also home to the Capul Lighthouse, a popular tourist attraction.

The third cruise ship to visit Eastern Visayas is the Cora Adventurer, which will visit from November 1st to 13th. The ship will visit various islands in the region, including Biri Island and Capul Island in Northern Samar, Sambawan and Maripipi Islands in Biliran, Cuatro Islas, and Kalanggaman Island in Leyte, and Padre Burgos in Southern Leyte province. 

These islands are known for their unique natural beauty, rich culture, and historical significance. Maripipi Island, for example, is known for its limestone cliffs and stunning rock formations, while Sambawan Island is a popular diving and snorkeling spot due to its vibrant marine life.

These cruise ship visits are the result of promotion by local tour operators and will pique the interest of local tourists in visiting these destinations. According to DOT Eastern Visayas Regional Director Karina Rosa Tiopes, the visit of cruise tourism in Eastern Visayas will "ignite domestic tourism as well" and create a positive impact at the local level.

Cruise tourism in Eastern Visayas began in 2013, with one cruise ship stopping in Kalanggaman Island. Since then, the region has seen a steady increase in cruise ship visits, and this year's schedule is expected to bring even more visitors to the area. 

With its beautiful islands, rich culture, and historical significance, Eastern Visayas is quickly becoming a must-see destination for tourists worldwide. (Source: PNA)

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