This is Palompon’s paradise. Kalanggaman is considered the most beautiful beach the province of Leyte has to offer. The postcard-perfect virgin island with its powder white sand, clear waters, and cool breeze is certainly a virtual place very close to heaven.
What makes this island unique from others is its long sandbars that are stretching on both sides of the island. The one hour boat ride to the island may be a bit challenging bur it is all worth it when you finally set foot on this paradise. If you want to forget your troubles for a day or if you want to have a quick getaway with your loved ones, Kalanggaman is definitely the place to go. – www.palompon-leyte.gov.ph
Kalanggaman Island, One of the many islands in the Philippines, with the whitest sand you’ve ever seen, surrounded by crystal clear waters. You can read a good book without many people kicking sand on your face, you can take amazing photographs all day long,
April of 2015, my friends & I decided to explore Kalanggaman Island for a weekend. We started our journey at Cebu North Bus Terminal, from there we ride on a bus to Maya, Daanbantayan. by the time we arrived in Maya port, our rented boat was already waiting for us. Luckily, I was able to find a group of people who are going to the same island, on a same date. I contacted them and decided to share the boat rental fee, making it a more budget-friendly travel for us.
Checkout below to know the details of our trip;
When we visited Kalanggaman Island, we were very lucky to have found a group of people who were willing to tag along with us. But that doesn’t end there. They’re a group of people who are very experienced in camping, They took care of our meals during our entire stay. Brought pre-cooked “chicken-pork adobo” & pre-marinated meat (chicken & pork) and the taste of our food was exceptional. I am very thankful for those people, a special thank is in order for my friend Alik for tagging them along.
- There is no energy supply in the island, so bring as many powerbank as you could if your planning to stay for a while.
- They do have solar-powered light attached on the post all over the island, it’s not totally dark when the sun’s out.
- They do have mini store, they sell water, softdrinks, and liquor but very expensive. Better if you bring your own.
- There is no snorkel rentals, good thing we brought our own gears.
- They do have standup paddleboard for rent, as well as kayaks.
Kalanggaman Island Getaway: April 18-19, 2015
|Itineray – Day 01 : April 18 (Saturday)|
|1||3:30am – Meet up at Cebu North Terminal|
|2||4:00am – Departure from terminal to Daanbantayan|
|3||8:00am – Arrival in Old Maya Port, Daanbantayan|
|4||8:10am – Arrival in New Maya Port|
|5||9:30am – Departure for Maya port to Kalanggaman Island|
|6||11:30am – Arrival in Kalanggaman Island|
|7||– Put up tents, arrange things, prep for lunch|
|8||1:00pm – Beach bumming, Beach life, Beach lust, snorkeling|
|9||5:00pm – Prepare dinner(rice & bbq)|
|10||5:30pm – Dinner time|
|11||6:00pm – Chill time, music trip, inom with ze friends|
|12||2:00am – It’s a wrap! Sleep time.|
|Itinerary – Day 02 – April 19 (Sunday)|
|1||6:30am – wake up call (sunrise)|
|2||7:00am – Prepare breakfast/ eat breakfast|
|3||8:00am – Beach bumming (again!), beach life, snorkel|
|4||12:00nm – Prepare for departure|
|5||1:00pm – Departure from Kalanggaman Island to Maya Port|
|6||2:45pm – Arrival in New Maya Port|
|7||3:00pm – Departure to Cebu City via Ceres bus|
|8||7:30pm – Arrival in Cebu North Bus Terminal|
How to get there from Cebu City;
>>Catch a bus at North Bus Terminal – there are different ways to go to Kalanggaman Island, but I chose the less risky one. You can either buy a ticket in one of the shipping lines in Cebu that travels to Palompon Leyte, from there you can rent a boat to Kalanggaman. Or land trip to northern part of Cebu via Ceres Bus to Maya Port, which I am kinda familiar.
>>Choose the bus with a signed board that says ” Maya Port” – make sure to ask for the destination of the bus you are about to take. You can choose from ordinary or air-conditioned bus.
>> Ride a motorcycle to New Maya Port – Usually, the boat thats gonna take you to Kalanggaman is docked in Maya New Port, specially when the it’s low tide. You can ride a motorcycle to the new port, approximately 5minutes ride for a cost of Php20.
>> Rent a boat to Kalanggaman Island & vice versa – you should reserve a boat that will take you to Kalanggaman Island from Maya Port & vice versa. You can contact Kuya Randel at 09158516135. The boat rental costs Php7000 good for 20 pax & Php150 per excess person (rate for overnight stay).
>> Boat trip to Kalanggaman Island – the trip usually takes approximately 1-2 hours depending on the waves.
>> Bus trip & fare – the trip usually lasts 4-5hrs, depending on the traffic, I recommend you travel as early as 3am to get rid of the traffic. The earlier you will arrive in your destination, the longer you spend a relaxing day at the island. Php 180 bus fare (air-conditioned).
|How much would it cost you: (Suggested budget)|
|1||Php 180/ pax : Bus fare Cebu to Old Maya Port (aircon)|
|2||Php 20/ pax : motor ride to New Maya Port|
|3||Php 360/ pax : Boat rental Maya – Kalanggaman (vice versa)|
|4||Php7000/ 20 pax, Php 150/ pax for excess person|
|5||Php 225/ pax : Kalanggaman Island entrance fee|
|6||Php 400/ pax : Food, drinks, & meat|
|7||Php 180/ pax : Bus fare New Maya Port to Cebu Terminal|
|8||Php 1400/ pax : Suggested budget (good for 22 people)|
|Things to bring|
|9||Pre-marinated meat (Pork & chicken)|
|10||Spoon & fork|
|11||Sun block lotion|
|14||1liter H20/ pax (personal supply)|
I can’t help but admire the beauty of Kalanggaman Island as it slowly getting smaller. As I bid farewell to that spectacular island, I promised myself that soon again, I shall return. By then I guess, I am to stay a little bit longer. For I fell in love with the island, the white sand beach, the clear blue water, the perfect sunset, and the lovely sandbar. Indeed, Kalanggaman is a spectacular island.