Tourism Activities in Burauen
- Nature trail/trekking
Be it climbing mountains or chasing waterfalls, Burauen should be a haven for millennials who want this kind of thrill, like the family-friendly Mahagnao Volcano Natural Park (MVNP) Tanguile Trail or the more challenging Guin-aniban Falls trail. There is also the “Bulkan” Trail, whose come on is the portion where smoke emanates from the ground, and the “perch” that offers a very good view of Lake Malagsum.
- Bird watching and bird photography
With a bird hide among the expected structures to be set up inside the MVNP, bird watching and bird photography would be an exciting experience in Burauen. The protected area boasts of 110 bird species that include nocturnal species and those that can only be found in Eastern Visayas.
- Hot spring viewing
Being a delicate ecosystem, Burauen’s Calor Hot Spring is not allowed for bathing. But it is a good place for a good hike and for soaking in a good scenery, particularly the viewing of boiling hot water gurgling out from the ground as a testament of the place’s volcanic origins. Guests, though, are not allowed to go near the area where the boiling water is, to avoid accidents, as there are portions where the ground is bog-like and there is the possibility of getting stuck in a mixture of knee-deep mud and hot water.
- Water adventure
Guests could go kayaking or spend some downtime fishing at the lake. They could have a guided tour around the span of the lake, familiarizing with the flora and fauna, or just paddle by themselves and spend the time communing with nature, or just plainly enjoy the experience.
- Freshwater resorts
Burauen’s top tourist draw has always been its freshwater resorts, which features pools and amenities like karaoke machines and cottages for rent, with at least three offering accommodations for guests who want to stay overnight or longer.
- River fording and swimming
Experiencing the Guin-aniban Falls trail would not be complete without crossing and taking a dip in the Marabong River. While it may seem ordinary and non-special to Burawanons, it is a memorable one for visitors and would prove exciting and therefore attractive especially to millennials.
- Culinary and farm tour
Burauen has its own unique cuisine and delicacies, experience its farm tour is also a food trip experience to visitors, something that is very appealing not just to millennials but even to the young professionals and the silver market niche.
In Burauen, the culinary and farm tour is participated in by the Dumalag Integrated Farmers Association (DIFA), the Abrillo Farms, and the Paitan Farmers Association (PAIFA) Nature’s Farm.
• Dumalag Integrated Farmers Association, Abrillo Farms, Paitan Farmers Association Nature’s Farm
Taking its cue from the Department of Tourism’s national thrust to develop farm tourism, the Municipality of Burauen, Leyte did a soft launching of its culinary and farm tourism package last October 5, 2019 with three local “organic” farms participating.
In Barangay Dumalag, guests would have breakfast at the farm after being welcomed with a lei and a kuratsa dance presentation. The food is sourced from the farm, and guests get the opportunity to buy DIFA’s products like pure honey, homemade soap, coconut virgin oil, coco sugar, banana chips, and many others. Guests also get to see a typical Waray kitchen setup. That is on top of the farm tour where they could pick vegetables and then pay them to take them home. The farm also offers the traditional massage as an add-on service. A community-based enterprise, DIFA shares its income to all resident-members, who also get support from the organization through free organic fertilizer and valuable knowledge transfer.
From Dumalag, guests would be brought to Barangay Abri, where the privately-owned Abrillo Farms offers lunch creatively served in coconut bowls. Lunch includes fried quail and their eggs in a garden-to-table experience that would surely excite all those experiencing it. The farm also orders food items from the neighboring community. A tour here includes a brief walk with discussions on permaculture, edible landscaping, role of livestock in homesteading, quail poultry watching and feeding of pigs. Guests could also buy quail eggs to bring home, as well as ecofriendly products like bamboo spoon and fork, glass straws, bamboo tumblers, olive soap, rose-infused tea, insect-repellant lotion, and a lot more.
The last stop of the tour is at the PAIFA Nature’s Farm in Barangay Gamay, where guests experience chicken feeding and egg harvesting and being shown around the farm, whose vicinity includes World War II bomb craters and the Japanese bomb shelter in a nearby privately-owned property. The farm is also a good place to know more vermi-culture and to take a glimpse of old-time Waray farm life. The food here is superb, with guests being pampered with local delicacies that they could also take home with them.
- Japanese memorials tour
There are five shrines set up in Burauen for fallen Japanese soldiers during World War II. Three of the memorials are in Barangay Maghubas, one in Poblacion District 7, and another in Barangay Balorinay. Of note is the memorial in Balorinay, which has two crosses that bore the names of the two forces that clashed in Burauen. Its message is “May peace prevail on earth”, written in English, Nihonggo, and in Filipino, speaks of solidarity and reconciliation.
The Balorinay memorial also includes a steel Buddha mask, which the caretaker safekeeps and only place at the shrine whenever visitors, mostly Japanese nationals, come there to pay their respects.