Enjoy the Kalanggaman Island Summer Experience

Enjoy the Kalanggaman Island Summer Experience

A Certified Virgin Paradise

The undisturbed island of Kalanggaman sits just 15 nautical miles northwest off the coast of Palompon, a municipality at the western coast of Leyte Province. This 6.8 hectares paradise island is still underdeveloped and is widely known for its fading sandbars.

I would like to share with you my breathtaking experience with this magnificent island where I have been to just recently and witnessed firsthand its scenic beauty, the cleanliness of its shores, the crystal-clear turquoise waters, the cool breeze and the glorious sunrise and its romantic sunset.

Enjoy the Kalanggaman Island Summer Experience

Explore the Unknown

If you are serious enough in enjoying a genuine get-away-from-it-all-place, the Kalanggaman is perfectly the one! The beach has the finest powdery white sand, the best and one of the longest sandbars that stretch on both sides of the island and just perfect for a great weekend relaxation or just lounging around its majestic beauty.

You can do beach camping on its shore; just bring in tents and other camping equipment. Snorkeling and swimming are irresistible, but you could bring your own gears as there are no snorkel rentals on the island. If you are planning to go overnight, bring some sweaters or jackets as the night breeze is quiet chilling. You could experience here the most beautiful sunset and the perfect sunrise scenes you could ever imagine.

A day-long exploration in this pristine island could give you the adrenaline rush, where you could do various activities, aside from snorkeling and kayaking, you could also do scuba-diving (if you have the gears), beach volleyball, aqua-cycling (available for rent) and so much more nature tripping.

A truly exciting and romantic experience for destined travellers!

Enjoy the Kalanggaman Island Summer Experience

Easily Accessible Anywhere You are Coming From

This tranquil island is accessible through a 3-hour van/bus ride from Tacloban City or a 1-hour van ride from Ormoc City, then less than 1-hour boat ride from the Palompon Ecotourism Office. It is best if you coordinate first to this office a day before your planned tour. They could be reached through this number: 09173037267.

There is a bathroom with running salt water and two cubicles as toilets on the island, but no electricity. You are advised to bring as many power banks as you could for charging your mobile phones if you are planning to stay a while. Smart Communications has the strongest signals within the islet. Beware of rip currents, though the management has warnings about these as you enter the premises.

There is a barbeque area where you are free to cook, just bring in your own food. A nipa hut stands at the middle of the island where caretakers and tourist police are stationed. A small store that sell soft drinks, bottled water and liquors but are expensive. You could rent chairs and tables at P10 and P30 each and also open cottages for rent.

It is not totally dark in the island during the night, as they use solar-powered lamp posts. Though there are no snorkel rentals, there are stand-up paddle boards and kayaks for rent.

You are also advised to follow the Ecotourism Office' rules and regulations regarding trash segregation and disposal. You will be given two thrash bags and you have to take these with you when you go back to Palompon. The Ecotourism Office may allow you to use their bathroom so that you can take a bath when you go back to Palompon. But be considerate when using their bathroom.

Enjoy the Kalanggaman Island Summer Experience

How to Go There From Different Destinations

There are so many ways you can reach Palompon from various destinations; here are some of the routes (anywhere you are originating):

  • From Cebu via Maya Port
    From Maya Port you could rent a boat to Kalanggaman. From Cebu City you can travel by land via Ceres Bus to Maya Port.

  • From Cebu Lapu-Lapu to Kalanggaman Via pump boat (from Angasil Port Lapu-lapu - Kalanggaman Island).

  • From Cebu to Palompon, Leyte
    From Cebu: Travel by boat or a fast craft to Ormoc City, or you can travel by land to Bogo City then take a boat ride either to Palompon or you can go straight to Kalanggaman Island. There are daily boat trips plying the Cebu City-Palompon route by Super Shuttle Ferry Pier 8 Private Pier Terminal in North Reclamation Area, Cebu City (Telephone: (032) 232-3150, (032) 231-0639, (032) 234-4121, (032) 345-5581.

  • From Manila: Daily flights to Tacloban City, Ormoc City (both in Leyte) or to Cebu City.

  • From Malapascua Island: It's a 1 1/2 hour to two hours of boat ride to the island.

  • From Tacloban: The town proper of Palompon can be reached by a three-hour travel by van from Tacloban City. From Polompon Leyte, Kalanggaman Island in Palompon Leyte is a 1-hour ride by regular boat and 39 minutes by speed boat.

Best time to go to Kalanggaman Island?

January to June is the best time to visit the island since there are less rains and typhoons during this season.

Suggested budget

Lapu-lapu - Kalanggaman:

  • 1,200 / pax (round trip boat fare)
  • 400 / pax (Food, drinks, & meat)
  • 225 / pax : Kalanggaman Island entrance fee
Total: 1,825 / pax Suggested budget (good for 25 people)

Cebu via Maya Port - Kalanggaman:

  • Php 180/ pax : Bus fare Cebu to Old Maya Port (aircon)
  • Php 20/ pax : motor ride to New Maya Port
  • Php 360/ pax : Boat rental Maya – Kalanggaman (vice versa)
  • Php 225/ pax : Kalanggaman Island entrance fee
  • Php 400/ pax : Food, drinks, & meat
  • Php 180/ pax: Bus fare New Maya Port to Cebu Terminal
  • Optional: Php 7000/ 20 pax, Php 150/ pax for excess person
Total: 1,365 / pax Suggested budget (good for 22 people)

Things to bring

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sweater
  • Speaker system
  • Towel
  • Power bank
  • Portable Light
  • tissue paper
  • Pre-marinated meat (Pork & chicken) or what you want to eat
  • Spoon & fork
  • Sun block lotion
  • Snorkel
  • Butane Stove
  • 1 gallon mineral water/ 4 pax (personal supply).
  • Charcoal
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