San Juanico Strait

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San Juanico Strait (Filipino: Kipot ng San Juanico) is a narrow strait in the Philippines.[1] It separates the islands of Samar and Leyte, and connects the Carigara Bay (Samar Sea) with the San Pedro Bay (Leyte Gulf). It is about 38 kilometres (24 mi) long, and at its narrowest point, the strait is only 2 kilometers (1.2 mi) wide, said to be the narrowest strait in the world.[who?] However, Bosphorus, a strait between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea is less than 800 meters wide at its narrowest point.

It is crossed by the San Juanico Bridge. The HVDC Leyte–Luzon powerline crosses San Juanico Strait as overhead line at 11°23′36″N 124°59′04″E / 11.39333°N 124.98444°E / 11.39333; 124.98444, with a tower on an uninhabited island in the strait. The Port of Tacloban City, the main port of the Eastern Visayas, is on Cancabato Bay at the southern entrance of the strait.[2]


  1. ^ "San Juanico Strait: Philippines". Geographical Names. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Port Mananagement Office of Tacloban". Philippine Ports Authority. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 

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Coordinates: 11°21′N 124°59′E / 11.350°N 124.983°E / 11.350; 124.983