Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any questions on any aspects of your visit to Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte we will be delighted to respond promptly to e-mails and phone calls. In the meantime, you may wish to read the answers to several FAQ's below.
What are your booking conditions?
Bookings must be secured by credit card (not debit card) or by a deposit. Charge for cancellation more than 30 days in advance is 50%, and thereafter is 100%. For full details of the cancellation policy see our Terms and Conditions page.
How do I get to Padre Burgos?
International connections are via Manila and Cebu, with onward flights to Tacloban, Leyte. From Cebu there are also several ferries to ports in Leyte. We can arrange private land transport from your point of arrival in Leyte, and public transport is also available. For more details see the Location page.
Do you offer full board?
Our standard bookings are for Bed & Breakfast or for Half Board, which also includes our superb 4-course dinners. We are happy to provide quotations for full board packages upon request.
Are there restaurants nearby?
There are places to eat in Padre Burgos town, which is 5 minutes away by public transport. We pride ourselves on serving the finest food in the most beautiful location in Leyte and most of our guests take their meals at the resort.
Are there activities for non-divers?
More than 50% of our guests don't dive, and there are plenty of wonderful things to do if you don't dive. Snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, dolphin watching, island hopping, peaceful beaches, caving, waterfalls, historic and cultural sights, etc. Relaxing at our secluded private beach, taking a massage and sipping cocktails at the poolside are also firm favourites. For more information see our activities page.
How do I arrange scuba diving?
We can make the arrangements on your behalf or you can contact the dive centre directly.
How long does it take to get to the dive centre?
The dive centre is 10 minutes' drive away and free daily return transportation is provided.
Are scuba diving lessons available?
Yes. Lessons and courses are available for complete beginnners right up to dive master level.
How do I book a whale shark tour?
Call or e-mail us and we will book you in for one of our fabulous whale shark tours. If you do not book in advance, we can almost always arrange a whale shark tour for the following day.
What are the chances of seeing whale sharks?
Whale sharks are usually found in Sogod Bay from November through May. Once they arrive in the bay the chances of seeing them on any particular day are about 95%, but sightings can never be guaranteed. For up-to-date information on whale shark tours and sightings see our blog or our mobile site.
How frequently do you run whale shark tours?
We run whale shark tours upon demand for a minimum of just 2 people.
Are whale shark tours suitable for young children?
To be able to see the whale sharks well you need to be a competent swimmer and know how to snorkel. We have taken children as young as 7 who have had a wonderful time swimming with the whale sharks. Children younger than that will probably not get to see the whale sharks but will enjoy all the other activities that form part of the tour.
Can I rent diving and snorkeling equipment?
Yes. Snorkeling equipment is included with our whale shark tours. If you are particularly large or very small, please check in advance that your sizes are available.