Kalanggaman Island is the pride of Palompon, Leyte. The island is reeking of adventure and exclusivity. The turquoise water and white sand of the island would totally make you love the island. Kalanggaman island tour isn’t that easy to book with since the day it gains popularity because only 500 people are allowed to enter the island in order to preserve its beauty and to keep the island from polluted.
Kalanggaman is considered a tourism jewel in Eastern Visayas. This previously unknown spot located in Palompon, Leyte became popular after photos of its long sandbar went viral in social media. Aside from its picturesque sandbar, Kalanggaman island also offers white sands, dive spots and clear turquoise waters.
The island is flat and surrounded by white sand with some rocky part. The eastern and western tips are sandbars that blend well with the color of the water. Dwarf coconut trees are scattered in the center, while rich and colorful marine life is resting underneath, unexploited. There’s no resort or hotel in the area, which is a good thing to most people since less buildings and establishments present is one way to preserve the beauty of the island and other things, but campers are welcome in the island.
Getting there from Cebu City
From Cebu – There are boats in the town of Bogo that are accredited to transport tourists to Kalanggaman island. Going there from Cebu City, catch a bus to Bogo from North Bus Terminal and proceed to Bantay Dagat near Siocon Elementary School to charter a boat to Kalanggaman island.
From Leyte – Go to Ormoc City or Tacloban City in Leyte. And from Tacloban, catch a van to Palompon. Van leaves every hour from downtown, travel time is around 3 hours, the van fare is P160 ($3.1). And as for Ormoc, you may catch a local bus or van to Palompon for 2 hours travel time, van fare is P120 ($2.2).
In Palompon – Proceed to the Palompon Tourism Office and charter a pump boat to Kalanggaman island thru the Ecotours Office. Boat rate is P3,000 for maximum of 15 passengers, P3,500 for maximum of 25 passengers and P4,000 for maximum of 30 passengers.
DOs and DON'Ts
- Aside from swimming and sun bathing, you can also do these things; snorkeling, diving and biking.
- You can even have a very romantic and stunning as you watch as the sun goes down.
- Loud music is not allowed at night so you are sure to enjoy the serenity of the place.
- You can’t go to Kalanggaman island on a very short notice since you have to secure a slot first. Call Palompon Eco-Tourism Office at (053) 555 9731 or 0926 816 4005 to check if they can accommodate you on your preferred dates so that you can avail for a Kalanggaman island tour.