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. 🙂
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!)
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.
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.
I 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.
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.
Palompon ECO Tourism Office:
- Landline: +63 (053) 338-2094
- Mobile 1: +63 917 303 7269
- Mobile 2: +63 917 303 7267
- Regular (Day Tour): P500.00
- Overnight Rate: P750.00
- 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
- Small : P250.00
- Medium: P500.00
- Large: P700.00
How to get to Kalanggaman:
- 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.
- By Boat: (You may check Cokaliong Shipping and Medallion Ferry to check for accurate schedules and rates)
|CEB – PAL||Monday, Thursday (8:00PM), Sunday (12:00PM)||Economy||350|
|PAL – CEB||Tuesday, Friday (8:00AM), Sunday (10:00PM)||Tourist||450|
|CEB – PAL||Daily (9:00PM)||Economy||390|
|PAL – CEB||Daily (9:00AM)||Tourist||490|
|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.