Kalanggaman Island is Palompon Leyte’s hidden treasure and a secret haven to the more adventurous of spirits. It was for the longest time unknown to many until late 2015 when stunning photos of it surfaced the internet, making probably everyone in the traveling world going crazy and hyped about it.
Kalanggaman island happens to be one of the countless treasures hidden in the beautiful island province of Leyte. To some, Kalanggaman island tour is just another patch of sand typical to the Philippines but for most it is more than just that.
Getting to Kalanggaman Island
- From Manila – Fly to Ormoc. From there, ride a van going to Palompon, Leyte (1.5hours for P110). Walk to the tourism office for 10 minutes. Hire a boat going to Kalanggaman Island (1hour for P3000/15-20Pax).
- From Tacloban – If you will fly in to Leyte via Tacloban, you can ride a van going to straight to the town of Palompon (3hours for P170). Walk a little to the Tourism Office from the final stop and hire a boat going to Kalanggaman Island
- From Naval – Ride a van to Lemon Junction (1.5hour for P80). From there ride another van going to Palompon (1hour for P50).
- From Cebu – There are several options from Cebu City going to Kalanggaman Island.
- Via New Maya Port – Ride a Ceres Bus at the North Bus Station going to the Old Maya Port (5hours for P180) then a tricycle to New Maya Port (20minutes for P20). From there, you can rent a boat going to Kalanggaman Island (2hours for P3500/20pax per way).
- Via Polambato Port in Bogo – From Cebu City, ride a bus at the North Bus Station going to Bogo (3hours for P140) then a tricycle to Polambato Port (25minutes for P150/tricycle). In Polambato Port, ride a Super Shuttle Ferry going to Palompon. Please note that there is only one schedule daily at 12PM.
- Cebu via Ferry – From Cebu City, ride a ferry vessel going to Palompon (5hours for P320).
- Bring enough food and water. You can shop for supplies at the supermarket prior going to the island.
- Most of the boats are big and can accommodate up to 25 passengers and priced at P3000 for a roundtrip transfer. If you are traveling alone, you can share with other passengers to save.
- Traveling to the island are normally prohibited during unfavorable weather and sea condition. It’s best to check the weather prior to traveling to Palompon or better yet check with the local tourism office if traveling to the island is possible on your preferred date.
- Bring snorkeling gears. The beach is great but the real paradise lies underwater. If you don’t have snorkeling gears, you can rent one in the island for a price of P300 for one full day of use.
- Day Tour cottages aren’t free. They are to be rented for P500/day which comes with a table and four chairs. If you are staying overnight, bring tents and camping gears.
- There is no electricity in the island so better get your gadgets charged to full battery before going there and have a power bank in case your phone’ battery is low.
- Some tour agencies offer a Kalanggaman Island tour package together with Malapascua island. For this, prior arrangements must be made to ensure smooth and hassle-free travel.