Leyte Gulf

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This article is about the body of water. For the World War II battle, see Battle of Leyte Gulf. For the cruiser, see USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55).
Leyte Gulf near Guinsahugon

Gulf of Leyte is a part of the Philippine Sea of the Pacific Ocean, immediately east of the island of Leyte in the Philippines, at 10°50′N 125°25′E / 10.833°N 125.417°E / 10.833; 125.417Coordinates: 10°50′N 125°25′E / 10.833°N 125.417°E / 10.833; 125.417. The Gulf is bounded on the north by the island of Samar, the latter of which is separated on the west from Leyte by the narrow San Juanico Strait, and on the south by Mindanao Island, the latter of which is on north separated from Leyte by the Surigao Strait.[1] Dinagat Island partly encloses the Gulf to the southeast, and the small Homonhon Island and Suluan Island, sit astride the eastern entrance to the Gulf. It is approximately 130 km (80 mi) north-south, and 60 km (40 mi) east-west.[1]

Leyte Gulf was also the scene of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the largest naval battle of World War II.


  1. ^ a b Woodward, C. Vann; Evan Thomas (1997). The Battle for Leyte Gulf: The Incredible Story of World War II's Largest Naval Battle. Skyhorse Publishing Inc. pp. 3–7. ISBN 1-60239-194-7.