The Complete Guide to KALANGGAMAN ISLAND Itinerary + Expenses

Kalanggaman island, one of the famous Island in the Philippines with its long stretch of sandbar. Here's a complete guide to travelling to Kalanggaman Island.

 

Kalanggaman island, one of the famous Island in the Philippines. If you haven’t heard of this island yet, I don't know where you've been the whole time,  you should include this on your list of places to visit.  Kalanggaman Island is famous for its long stretch of white sandbar. It is located in the northern part of Leyte. This island has been well known to tourist and travelers alike. It tends to be crowded at times, but if you want to avoid this, book your visit on weekdays. 

The town of Palompon, is where the boats to Kalanggaman Island are docked. But, because it is so famous, you need to check for availability when you plan your trip there. In short, BOOK YOUR VISIT before actually going there. 

We booked our visit to Kalanggaman a month before our trip. We plan to go there on Sunday, but the slots were already full. Which happens most of the time. So we booked on Monday instead, which is a blessing for us. We kind of avoid the weekend crowd. Honestly, it never crossed my mind though that this island can get so crowded with tourist. I was imagining it as an all-to-myself kind of island.

the complete travel guide to Kalanggaman Island 2016

I have heard a lot of good things about the island. And I’ve seen beautiful pictures of it on travel blogs. So I was so excited when the day came. I can finally visit one of my must-visit-places in the Philippines. We woke up early that day, had our breakfast, and packed our food for lunch. Awhile later, we receive a text from the tourism office of Palompon that all trips to Kalanggaman are ON HOLD! What the heck! The coast guard has put up the Gale Warning. 

Hmm, Gale Warning. Honestly, I don’t know where I’ve been this whole time of my existence. I swear, I never heard of Gale warning before. I really feel dumb about this. So, I went to Mr. Google for help. Anyway, I’m more informed now. Thanks to this experience and to our technologies these days. All information you need to know is just at your fingertips. 

Took a quick snap of Lake Danao, Leyte and headed our way to Palompon Leyte for Kalanggaman Island.
Lake Danao

Instead of wasting our time waiting for the warning to be lifted up. We decided to go somewhere else. We wouldn’t want that rented van to get to waste, don’t we?  So we asked the driver to get us to Lake Danao. That’s what I call, making the most out of our trip.

 

Just when we arrived in Lake Danao, we received a PM from the tourism office of Palompon stating that the coast guard had lifted the Gale Warning. Just awesome! We took a few snaps of the lake and head our way to Palompon. 

the complete travel guide to Kalanggaman Island 2016

It took us 2-hour to reach Palompon from Ormoc City. By the time we reach there, it was already 11AM. Since we made a reservation ahead of time, it was quick. Next thing we know, we’re already on the boat to Kalanggaman. Finally!!! Kalanggaman Island!

 

Before the boat starts its engine, a staff from tourism went aboard and had a quick briefing about Kalanggaman Island and some important things. This includes which part of the island is safe for swimming, where to dispose our garbage, and the basic DO’s and DON’Ts in the island. He handed over a couple plastic bags for our garbage. One for biodegradable, and the other for non-biodegradable stuff.

 

We arrived safely on the island after almost an hour of bumpy boat ride. There were open cottages and tables for rent. Since we will not be staying for long, we took the tables. Staying overnight is also possible. If you do so, I suggest you bring your own tent. There are only open cottages available, and no rooms for rent.

the complete travel guide to Kalanggaman Island 2016

After having our lunch, we started to explore the island. The island that I’ve been dreaming to visit, only to get disappointed. Yup! I leave my flip-flops under our table and decided to walk barefoot on the island. A few steps away from our table I started to feel uncomfortable. I’m not walking on fine white sand as what I have been expecting this whole time. Instead, I’m walking on corals and small seashells that are a bit rough on my feet. I thought it was just that part. Maybe the long stretch of sandbar has powdery sand. But then again, I got disappointed. Still, those parts are made of corals and tiny seashells. Since it’s too late now to go back to our table to grab my slippers, I decided to walk on the side of the sandbar with water. It’s less painful that way. 

Here’s a tip: Take your slippers with you when you roam around Kalanggaman Island.

In spite of being disappointed of the island’s seashell sands, I still find the island very beautiful. Every corner is picturesque. It’ll be nice to stay there overnight. I heard, sometimes there are planktons visible at night. That would be something magical. 

the complete travel guide to Kalanggaman Island 2016

There is also a nice spot on the other side of the island. Although it is a bit rocky, it is still pretty. On our way there I saw some Stand-up paddle boards on a rack. Maybe they will rent it for a fee. I never care to ask though. I was overwhelmed by the beauty that is in front of me.

 

We leave the island around 3PM. It was too windy that day. I don’t know if it was normal or unusual. But, it really bothered us. Some of our paper plates with food in it were blown away by the wind. Our boatmen also told us that if we leave beyond 3PM, the wind will get worst. It means bigger waves and bumpy boat ride going back to the mainland. True enough, we had a bumpy ride going back to the mainland. Considering it was just 3PM at that time. But we arrived safe and sound.  So, all is good!

the complete travel guide to Kalanggaman Island 2016

Our Kalanggaman trip was quite an adventure. We almost cancel the trip because of the Gale warning, fortunately it was lifted up an hour after it was announced. And a bumpy ride on the boat going to and from the island is just an adventure.

How to get to Kalanggaman Island?

Cuatro Islas in Leyte, Philippines - These islands are the hidden island paradise of Leyte: Digyo island, Apid island, Mahaba island and Himokilan island.

BY AIR

 You can take any flight TO Tacloban Airport or Cebu Airport.

 

*FROM Tacloban : take a bus to Palompon. Travel from Tacloban to Palompon takes about 4-hour.

 

*FROM Cebu Airport :  Ride a taxi going to Pier 3. At Pier 3, you have 2 options:

1. Ride SuperCat (fastcraft) going to Ormoc. It takes 2-hours to reach Palompon, and will cost you P600. When you reach Ormoc City, you need to take a van going to Palompon which cost P150 and will take another 2-hour travel to reach Palompon.

 

2. Take a Ferry ride to Palompon. Takes you 4-hour to reach Palompon and will cost you P495. 


BY LAND

 *FROM MANILA:

There are buses available in Manila that goes directly to Palompon Leyte. Usually the trip will take you about 24-hour to reach Palompon Leyte. Fare is around P1,700/pax.

 

*FROM CEBU

There are bus bound for Manila via Maharlika Highway that leaves Cebu North Bus Terminal every 8:00AM and arrives at Pulangbato Port in Bogo City at 11:00-12:00pm. From there, take a Ro-Ro boat going to Palompon Leyte.

 

*FROM ORMOC

Take a commuter van from Ormoc City to Palompon, Leyte. Rate is around P150. Travel time from Ormoc-Palompon is more or less 2-hour.

 

 

*FROM TACLOBAN

Take a commuter van from Tacloban to Palompon, Leyte. Rate is around P160. Travel time from Tacloban-Palompon is more or less 4-hour. 

2. Take a Ferry ride to Palompon. Takes you 4-hour to reach Palompon and will cost you P495. 


BY SEA

* Ride SuperCat (fastcraft) going to Ormoc. It takes 2-hours to reach Palompon, and will cost you P600. When you reach Ormoc City, you need to take a van going to Palompon which cost P150 and will take another 2-hour travel to reach Palompon.

 

* Take a Ferry ride to Palompon. Takes you 4-hour to reach Palompon and will cost you P495.  Below are the schedules of ferry from Cebu-Palompon.

Ferry Schedule to Palompon
*Please refer to Cokaliong website & Medallion Ferry for accurate schedules and rates.

*Please refer to Cokaliong website & Medallion Ferry for accurate schedules and rates.


Once you’re in Palompon Leyte, take a tricycle (pot-pot) to Palompon Liberty Park (where the tourism office is located). Coordinate with the Palompon Ecotours Office ahead of time to book your visits to Kalanggaman Island. 

Itinerary and Expenses

Kalanggaman DIY trip itinerary and expenses 2016

NOTE:  breakfast, lunch and dinner are not included in this list.

Contact Person

 Palompon ECO Tourism Office:

 

Landline: +63 (053) 555-9731 new 

Mobile 1: +63 926 816 4005 new

Mobile 2: +63 926 816 4007 new

Hope this blog post helps you plan your trip to Kalanggaman Island! If you find this helpful, please help spread the news. 

 

Let me know how your trip went and leave a comment below.  I love to hear your story. ;)


LEAVE A COMMENT