If there’s one thing I won’t forget every time I visit a new place, it’s the food.
Home-cooked meals prepared by the Raguirag family were incomparable. It’s really the heart-warming hospitality that tops the experience, even if we did not get to taste their local culinary specialties due to time constraints. However, I will always relish the days we had boodle fight at White Beach, barbecue party at Guiuan Terminal, and the sumptuous lunch we had at Sea Quest Lodge.
Sea Quest Lodge is a hotel and restaurant in Guiuan situated near Leyte Gulf. There is limited information posted online about it, but the reviews would speak for its notable food, affordable hotel accommodation and nice restaurant setting. There are no rates published in hotel booking sites, but the room prices range from Php 500 to Php 1750 per night. Cheap right? Tourists who would want an accommodation accessible to most tourist spots in Guiuan and bask in the nice view of the sunset are recommended to check this place out.
The restaurant’s commendable feature is the mesmerizing view of the Leyte Gulf and it’s more spectacular during sunset according to the locals. The boats docked are an added attraction to the restaurant view.
The outdoor dining area is surrounded by a garden, and alfresco eating can be enjoyed under gazebos.
Our heavy lunch consisted of breaded shrimps and chicken, chopsuey, vegetable soup and fried lumpia. I was not able to collect the actual prices of these and the restaurant has not posted yet its menu online. It’s a hidden gem you have to discover yourself. The food is good for group sharing and we paid Php 150-200 each for this heavy feast.
The food’s taste is consistent with that of the household cooking you always look forward to: no frills yet comforting and delicious.
The deliciousness of the food is evident in the batches of extra rice we ordered to satiate our hunger that afternoon.
Guiuan’s version of halo-halo was cute and colorful. I had this for only 65 pesos.
Here’s the lovely dining set-up at Sea Quest.
My friends and I had an enjoyable time at Sea Quest Lodge. It was a simple yet satisfying lunch that complemented our laughter, funny banters and conversations.
We were amused by the vintage collections of the owner: Coca-cola bottles and old cameras.
And here’s another fascinating collection of shells.
If I’ll go back to Guiuan, I’ll stay at the hotel and enjoy the sunset there!
Here are the room rates as of October 2018:
Some photos of the rooms:
Tanghay View Lodge
Brgy Lupok, Guiuan, Philippines
(no website, Facebook or Instagram address)
Note: As of this time, they only accept walk-in or phone reservations. Online booking is not available. If you have queries, send a message to the phone number indicated above or leave a comment to this post. We’ll try to reach the hotel through my friends in Guiuan.
Thanks to Helen Raguirag and Caleb Hernandez for helping me update this post. Til we meet again, Guiuan!