A Paradise in Kalanggaman Island | Travel Guide

November 13, 2015

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.

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It’s a 1 ½ hour boat ride to Kalanggaman Island.

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Almost there!

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We went to the other side of Kalanggaman island.

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Postcard view

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If you’re lucky you can see dolphins along the way.

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Sandbar

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Your’s truly playing at the beach.

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It’s already high tide when we arrived.

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The side of the island that has a lot of rocks.

rocky side of kalanggaman

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Cute little coconut trees.

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There are restrooms for campers.

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Be careful not to go too far from the island.

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You can only take pictures at the sandbar.

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Yours truly

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!

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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.

Boat going to Kalanggaman Island


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Other route to Palompon, Leyte:

  • 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.

Overnight Rate:

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

  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Diving
  • Paddle boarding

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Snorkeling

Sample Itinerary

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

05:00

Wake Up / Morning  Swimming

07:00

Breakfast

08:45

ETD to Kalanggaman Island

10:45

ETA in Kalanggaman Island

12:00

Lunch

14:30

ETD to Malapascua Island

(Expect strong winds and waves against the boat)

16:30

ETA in Malapascua Island

18:00

Shower, Dinner and Social

23:00

Sleep

Budget

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)

Entrance Fee

P 250

Snorkeling Gears and Fins

P 150

Packed Lunch

P 140

Bottled Water

P 40

Total Expenses:

P 1,747

Tips

  • 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.

 

  • Emil John Bustos

    Kalanggaman via Cebu for only 1500/pax (Joined Tours)

    For Group Tours availability:

    Contact Emil- 09152653631/ Shandra – 09956229201

    http://www.facebook.com/seatosummittravel

  • Rhoel Ladera

    If you’re coming from tacloban airport to Palompon (drop-off point to Kalanggaman) you can also get a van from us at Haven’s Tourist transport, we are accredited by Dept of tourism and we offer safe and convenient travel by van from Tacloban Airport. We have an office at DZR airport and also at downtown tacloban just across Hotel Alejandro. Anyone can access our fb page https://www.facebook.com/Havens-Tourist-Transport-Rent-a…/ or call me personally at 0917 806 7275 if you need assistance. you can also email us at havens_rentacar@yahoo.com or text our booking officer at 0926 649 8009. if you are going to kalanggaman you might as well go to other places in the island para mas sulit and you can only do that if you will rent a car or van, either with or without a driver. That way your travel will not be limited to just 1 destination, you can also check biliran island with its waterfalls and sandbars like kalanggaman. or you can go to samar and ride the torpedo adventure. You can explore the island to your hearts’ desire. 🙂

  • Lene B.

    Hello, Anyone who would like to share a boat with with us? 2 person lang kami. Will be at Palompon by July 22, 2016 early in the morning. Please coordinate with me kung may gustong maki share sa boat para mas mura. Please message me in my FB.

    https://www.facebook.com/lengbarrinuevo

    Thank you! 🙂

  • M

    This so pretty! Will add this to my to-visits! 🙂

  • Will visit North Cebu when I get back there. Beautiful!

  • Please do and bring your gang! LOL! I’m sure they will love it! Thank you for featuring it here in your blog. Surely a lot of people will be thrilled to see those scenic view. 🙂 <3

  • Kalanggaman at its finest! Proud Leyteño! I’m glad to know that you had a fantastic experience there. 🙂

    • yup!!! it was, wanna go back!