Kalanggaman Island is a paradise island beach destination located in the municipality of Palompon in the province of Leyte. An hour boat ride from Palompon twon proper, Kalanggaman is famous for its long powdery white sand bars stretching on both sides of the island, well complemented by its crystal clear water.
Kalanggaman Island Travel Guide
Located in Palompon Leyte, the best way to go to Kalanggaman Island is to go to Tacloban City or Ormoc City in Leyte via airplane, then take a van to Palompon Leyte; or directly go to Palompon Leyte via ship/ferry from Cebu. From Palompon town proper, the Kalanggaman Island is just an hour boat ride away.
How to go to Tacloban City, Leyte by airplane?
Check if your city has flights going to Tacloban City, Leyte. There are daily flights from Manila to Tacloban City, Leyte, arriving at the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport (Tacloban City Airport). Travel time is about 1 hour and 20 minutes. This is the ideal air route if you’re travelling from Metro Manila.
You can also travel to Tacloban City via Mactan Cebu International Airport, in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu where travel time is just about 40 minutes.
From Tacloban City airport, go to Tacloban New Bus Terminal in Brgy. Abucay and take a van or Bus to Palompon Leyte which is about 3 hours ride and costs no more than 200 Pesos.
The Van/Bus station in Palompon Leyte is just walking distance to Palompon’s Ecotours Office where you book your boatride to Kalanggaman Island. The pumpboats are just anchored at the back of Eco-tours office. You can book the entire boat for you or share a boat with other tourists. Sharing boats is more economical though.
What are the tourist attractions in Tacloban City?
While at Tacloban City, you may explore the city first before going to Palompon Leyte. You go visit the famous San Juanico Bridge, relieve history at Leyte Landing Memorial or pay homage at Sto Nino Tacloban church.
How to go directly to Palompon Leyte via Cebu?
There are three points from Cebu Province where you can go directly to Palompon Leyte via boat/ferry.
First one is at the heart of Cebu City which is the ferry terminal in Cebu City Pier 1, operated by Cokaliong Shipping Lines, Inc.
– Cebu City Pier 1 to Palompon at 08:00 PM (Mon, Thu)
– Cebu City Pier 1 to Palompon at 12:00 NN (Sun)
– Palompon to Cebu City Pier 1 at 08:00 AM Tue, Fri)
– Palompon to Cebu City Pier 1 at 10:00 PM (Sun)
Second is via north of Cebu Province, in Bogo City operated by Super Shuttle Ferry.
– Bogo, Cebu to Palompon, Leyte at 12:00PM daily
– Palompon, Leyte to Bogo, Cebu at 7:30PM daily
Third is via Malapascua Island where you can just hire a boat to go directly to Palompon Island or even go directly to the Kalanggaman Island.
How to go to Kalanggaman Island from Palompon Leyte?
First thing to do is to go to Palompon’s Ecotours Office to book your boat-ride to Kalanggaman Island. The Ecotours Office is located near the Liberty Park and Palompon Municipal Hall; and is just a walking distance from the town’s bus/van terminal and public market.
Round-trip pumpboats rate is P3,000 for 15 people and below; P3,500 for 25 people and below; and P4,000 for 30 people and below. You can either rent the entire boat for your family, or share the boat with the other tourists.
Day Tour Rates to Kalanggaman Island :
PHP 150 – Local Tourists
PHP 120 – Senior Citizen Tourists
PHP 500 – Foreign Tourists
PHP 40 – College Student Tourists
PHP 30 – High-school Student Tourists
PHP 20 – Elementary Student Tourists
Overnight Camping Rates in Kalanggaman Island :
PHP 225 – Local Tourists
PHP 180 – Senior Citizens Tourists
PHP 750 – Foreign Tourists
PHP 60 – College Student Tourists
PHP 45 – High-school Student Tourists
PHP 30 – Elementary Students
Do I need to book a hotel or room if i wish to stay overnight at Kalanggaman Island?
No. There are no hotels or resorts at Kalanggaman Island. Tourists in the island use TENTs to stay overnight. The island is equipped with tables, chairs, grilling/cooking areas, toilets and security for tourists who wish to stay overnight. There is no drinking water though available in the island, thus one has to bring enough water for the entire stay at the island.
Bringing of power banks for your phone is also high advised since there is a signal in the island. Smart signal seems solid in the island.
Where to rent a tent in Kalanggaman Island?
You have to rent a tent before going to Kalanggaman Island. You can rent one at Hinablayan Outdoor Shop, right in front of Palompon Tourism Office. Rate per night is 250 Pesos for tents good for two persons, while 300 Pesos for tents good for 4 persons. You just have to leave your valid ID plus 200 Pesos deposit.
If i don’t want to stay overnight in Kalanggaman Island, where can i stay in Palompon town?
There are hotel lodge or mini hotels in the town. Famous ones are the Juan Titang Beach Resort, Pacci House, Whispering Beach Mini Hotel and Hutton Lodge.
Available Amenities : Function Hall, Internet, Telephone Services
Room Types : Air-conditioned Rooms/Dormitories
Contact number: (053) 338-2880
Whispering Beach Mini Hotel
P. Del Rosario Ext. Brgy. Guiwan I
Available Amenities: Function Hall, Telephone Services, hot & cold water, Catering services
Room Types: air-conditioned Rooms/suite
Contacts numbers: (053) 338-2135/555-8045
Cor. San Francisco St. & Evangelista St.
Available Amenities: Internet Café, Telephone Service
Room Types: Air-conditioned Rooms
Contact number: (053) 338-3098
Where to eat at Kalanggaman Island?
It is highly advised to bring your own food when going to Kalanggaman Island as there are no restaurants in the island. But while in the Island, you can buy fresh seafoods catch from local fishermen since there are grilling stations and wooden tables available for tourists.
What to do in Kalanggaman Island?
Apart from going swimming to enjoy the clear white sand beach of the island, you can also go kayaking, snorkeling, aqua-biking, scuba diving and camping.