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Discovering Kalanggaman Island

Kalanggaman Island has always been on my bucket list, and I am so happy to finally remove it out last April! (Yes, this is a long overdue post, forgive me.) This is a photo heavy post, so I would appreciate your patience if there’s a latency for the post to completely load. 🙂  

 

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Kalanggaman Island is located at Palompon, Leyte. It is known for its crystal clear waters — to the point that you would think twice if you’re in a sea or a pool. Let’s not forget that the island also houses one of the best sandbars in the Philippines. The name Kalanggaman Island is derived from a dialect word “Langgam” which means bird. They name it as Kalanggaman not because the island has multiple specie of birds living in this perfect place (I didn’t even see one bird..hahaha!), but because of the shape of the island, primarily the sandbar, that looks like a bird’s wing on an aerial view. According to the locals, the shape varies depending on the time of the month as well. (How cool is that!)

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It’s very crucial that you abide with the rules in the island if you don’t want to die. (Joke! :b) Kidding aside, there are parts of the island where it’s prohibited for swimming due to rip tides. However, don’t fret, there are still safe zones where you can swim to your fulfillment. All tourists will be briefed accordingly before you set foot on the island to make sure everyone’s safe.

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Cottages are available on the area however, it’s limited so it’s first come first serve basis. Bring your tents with you since there’s no place like resorts or cottages where you can sleep. Again, this will be another camping getaway for those whose planning to visit.

 DSC05862DSC05870 DSC05859_1I just love how you can see the sunrise and the sunset on this paradise. These were taken during sunrise. I’ll bemaking a separate post for the sunsets (again) — not because I just want to separate the sunset snaps, but mainly because I’ll be making a separate post for the other side of the island –exactly where the sun sets.

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There are several activities that you can do on the island aside from the normal chill. You have the option to do snorkeling if you have your  equipment, Scuba diving (bring your own gear), Kayaking for 150.00 php/hour rental, or Stand-up Paddle for 200.00 php/hour rental.

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20160403_125434[1]It was another fun adventure with the gang. I would love to be back to this island if time permits!

Rates:

Palompon ECO Tourism Office:

  • Landline: +63 (053) 338-2094
  • Mobile 1: +63 917 303 7269
  • Mobile 2: +63 917 303 7267

  International Tourist:

  • Regular (Day Tour): P500.00
  • Overnight Rate: P750.00

Non-Palompon Tourist:

  • Regular (Day Tour): P150.00
  • Overnight Rate: P225.00

Non-Palompon College Student:

  • Regular (Day Tour): P40.00
  • Overnight Rate: P60.00

Non-Palompon High School Student:

  • Regular (Day Tour): P30.00
  • Overnight Rate: P45.00

Non-Palompon Elementary Pupil:

  • Regular (Day Tour): P20.00
  • Overnight Rate: P30.00

Non-Palompon Senior Citizen:

  • Regular (Day Tour): P120.00
  • Overnight Rate: P180.00

Private Pumpboat Fees:

  • 15 Capacity: P3,000.00
  • 25 Capacity: P3,500.00
  • 30 Capacity: P4,000.00

Cottages:

  • Small : P250.00
  • Medium: P500.00
  • Large: P700.00

How to get to Kalanggaman: 

From Cebu

  • By Bus:
    • Ceres Bus bound for Manila via Maharlika Highway leaves Cebu North Bus Terminal every 8:00 am and arrives at Pulangbato Port in Bogo City at around 11:00am-12:00pm. From there, you can catch a Ro-Ro boat bound for Palompon.
Ferry Destination Dates Class Rate
Cokaliong
CEB – PAL Monday, Thursday (8:00PM), Sunday (12:00PM) Economy 350
PAL – CEB Tuesday, Friday (8:00AM), Sunday (10:00PM) Tourist 450
Medallion
CEB – PAL Daily (9:00PM) Economy 390
PAL – CEB Daily (9:00AM) Tourist 490
Super Shuttle
BOG – PAL Daily (12:00PM) Economy 350
PAL – BOG Daily (8:00AM) Business 550

For more details, please head over to Kalanggaman Island official link.

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    April 25, 2017 at 10:14 am

    […] Kalanggaman Island. Since we decided to stay overnight on Kalanggaman, we were able to see the cloudy yet still breathtaking view.  […]

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    Arzo Travels
    October 10, 2016 at 7:58 am

    I love the pictures – so beautiful. Also I love it when there’re many activities to do on an island. Out in on my bucket list as well!

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    Juliette @ Snorkels To Snow
    October 9, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    This looks like a beautiful island! I love the idea of being able to see both the sunrise and sunset. I had never heard of Kalanggaman Island before this post, but looks like I need to put it on the list! I would love to go scuba diving there, the water looks really clear.

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    cestangelique
    October 9, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    I’ve never heard of Kalanggaman Island, but your photos definitely make me want to plan a trip there. I’m such a sucker for an island with a picturesque beach. Great post!

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    So far so Sabine
    September 28, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    wow this is paradise. Does this even exist? I have never seen this beautiful nature in real life, no kidding haha. You’re so blessed. Enjoy every second there

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    Milton Coyne
    September 28, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    I just saw a package tour to Kalanggaman Island just few days ago and now I regret that I didn’t take that package … Wow I din’t know that this is really a paradise and is seemingly unspoiled (which I really prefer than those famous beaches yet too crowded)…I hope I’ll get a chance to visit this next summer

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    Kristine Redillas
    September 27, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Woah. It’s so fascinating to learn and know another island in the country! I’m so amused by stories about how islands came to be and why were they named like that. I even thought its name is Langgam because it small. In Filipino/Tagalog, langgam is an ant. Love the view!

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      Kriswanders
      September 28, 2016 at 7:38 am

      Haha! The wonders of every dialect.. 😉

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    Yan
    September 27, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    Wow what a beautiful place! Fancy learning that langgam means bird in that certain dialect, I always know it means ant haha

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    Migs.Alaine Alejandrino
    September 27, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    OMG! Such a beautiful place. So proud of our country! There are still a lot of beautiful Islands to be discovered. I am definitely adding this to my bucket list.

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    orana velarde
    September 27, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    What an amazing place! I love that you can see the sunrise and the sunset each from one side of the island, very cool indeed. I never liked beach camping cause its so hot and sticky and sandy but I enjoy looking at photos of other people doing it! Great trip!

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      Kriswanders
      September 28, 2016 at 7:38 am

      Thank you! 🙂

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    Nilyn EC Matugas
    September 27, 2016 at 7:47 am

    My husband lives in Leyte. Back when Kalanggaman wasn’t that well-known yet, he’d tell me one day, we’d go there and visit this place. We still haven’t yet ’til now but I believe someday, in God’s perfect time we’ll be here enjoying this place and it would be a perfect day! 🙂

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