Philippines has a lot of islands to choose from and every island has its own beauty to show off. I got a chance to visit one of those paradise in Visayas.
Its name is Kalanggaman Island, which is part of Palompon, Leyte, Philippines. It is famous for its long sandbar, blue-green water and the not so crowded beach. If you like the pictures I bet you’ll fall in love when you see it with your own eyes.
It’s a 1 ½ hour boat ride to Kalanggaman Island.
We went to the other side of Kalanggaman island.
If you’re lucky you can see dolphins along the way.
Your’s truly playing at the beach.
It’s already high tide when we arrived.
The side of the island that has a lot of rocks.
Cute little coconut trees.
There are restrooms for campers.
Be careful not to go too far from the island.
You can only take pictures at the sandbar.
This tour was not included in my itinerary since the rent for the boat is expensive. I was lucky to met a couple and shared the rent for the boat. Yey!
Jen and John, my new-found friends from U.S.
Here’s how to get there
- From Malapascua Island, you can hire a boat for P 3,500. Boat ride takes around 2 hours to the island. There’s an entrance fee of P 250 for locals while P 500 for foreigners, read the travel guide to Malapascua Island here.
- From Cebu City, take a taxi going to Pier 3. You can either take Super Cat or Weesam Express to Ormoc City for P 600 that takes 2 hours. Then take the van going to Palompon for P 150. There’s also a ship going directly to Palompon for P495 which will take around 4 hours.
- From Tacloban City, take the van going to Palompon, Leyte that will take around 3-4 hours for P 150-200.
Once in Palompon, go to Palompon Eco-tourism near the Municipal Office and pay the fees.
Don’t forget to call the Eco-Tourism Office before planning to go to Kalanggaman Island.
(053) 338-2094, 0917-3037-269, 0917-3037-267
Regular Rate Day Tour:
International Tourist – P 500
Palompon Residents – P 60
Non-Palompon Tourist – P 150
Non-Palompon College Student – P 40
Non-Palompon High School Student – P 30
Non-Palompon Elem. Pupil – P 20
Non-Palompon Senior Citizen – P120
- There are boats going to Kalanggaman Island that you can hire for P 3,000 good for 15 pax. Boat ride takes about an hour depending on the sea condition.
Where to Stay
There are no resorts in the island and you can only stay at the island until 2:30 PM for day tour. I stayed at Thresher Cove Resort for 2 nights in their mixed dorm for only P 596.
Overnight camping is allowed for a higher fee so don’t forget to bring your tents and sleeping bags.
International Tourist – P 750
Non-Palompon Tourist – P 225
Non-Palompon College Student – P 60
Non-Palompon High School Student – P 45
Non-Palompon Elem. Pupil – P 30
Non-Palompon Senior Citizen – P 180
Things to do
- Paddle boarding
We departed at 8:45 AM and it was a long boat ride, but you will enjoy seeing flying fish along the way. Some are lucky to see dolphins.
We arrived at 10:30 AM and the beauty of the island left us in awe even from afar. There were few visitors since it was a weekday.
Kalanggaman Island Tour
Wake Up / Morning Swimming
ETD to Kalanggaman Island
ETA in Kalanggaman Island
ETD to Malapascua Island
(Expect strong winds and waves against the boat)
ETA in Malapascua Island
Shower, Dinner and Social
The Thresher Cove Resort arranged the trip for us and we used the cottage for free.
Breakdown of Expenses
Rent for the Boat
P 1167 (3500/3)
Snorkeling Gears and Fins
- Best time will always be weekdays or off peak season.
- Bring bottled water and a lots of food for overnight camping.
- Go there as early as possible.
I hope this article help you plan your trip. Have fun on your Kalanggaman island trip!
Check out my other Cebu trip articles.
Backpacking to Malapascua Island.
Stay at Thresher Cove Resort.
For Malapascua Island tips and itinerary.