Kalanggaman Island – Palompon, Leyte (Travel Guide)

Kalanggaman Island, Palompon, Leyte

Kalanggaman Island is known for its long stretch of white sandbar and the clear waters surrounding it. It is located in the province of Leyte in the Visayas region. Some, visit it as part of an island hopping tour or some spend an overnight stay.

Kalanggaman Island - Palompon, Leyte

GOING THERE

As part of my Eastern Visayas Trip, I chose Kalanggaman Island as my first destination. From Manila, I traveled by air going to Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban. Outside of the terminal, there’s a line of jeepneys that is going to Tacloban Downtown (City Center). I told the driver to drop me to the New Bus Terminal which is located outside the city center. A lot of van operators are stationed there, I rode a van going to Palompon. It took time before we depart, we waited until all seats were taken. Travel time going to Palompon takes 3 hours.

I arrived around 5:30 PM and was planning to stay in town and gather information on how to go to the island. I went to the municipal hall and asked a guy where’s the tourism office. He guided me to a yellow building at the back of the hall. The personnel in the tourism office told me that 15 minutes before, a group of tourists left for the island. If I arrived early, I could have joined them and stayed the night there instead. Since I cannot afford to rent a whole boat, I’ve looked for cheap accommodations nearby and hoped that there will be other tourists tomorrow that I can share the boat with.

The guy brought me to an inn but the price is too high for me. He let me ride a potpot (Pedicab) and told the driver to drop me at a cheaper inn.  The driver doesn’t know where to bring me, instead, he dropped me at Cham’s inn. The price is still high but I was able to ask for a discount.

KALANGGAMAN ISLAND

The next day I bought bread and canned tunas as rations (I just bought this out of being lazy to think and didn’t realize that it is not enough). I stayed hungry until lunch the next day XD). After buying all I need, I went to the tourism hall and registered. They told me to wait for other tourists that will stay overnight on the island. There was this group that is going there but they will not stay on the island. Some of them will be back at noon and some will return to the island the next day. They invited me to join their boat. I was very thankful for them. We became friends for a short time (We shared food, stories, and laughs).

We left the port at 7:00 AM. One crew caught my attention and pointed towards the sea. Dolphins were jumping but unfortunately, they are far away from us to capture some photo.

Kalanggaman Island - Palompon, Leyte
Boat ride going to Kalanggaman Island

After an hour, we arrived at the island very astonished, as we saw the long stretch of sand and the clear waters around us. The sand is not fine but composed of dead corals. Still, it is a wonderful place. We took a swim after eating our breakfast beside the huts and under the trees.

Kalanggaman Island - Palompon, Leyte
New friends. 😀

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At noon, My new friends left for Malapascua Island. I stayed under the trees before exploring the island, as it was very hot at that time.

Kalanggaman Island - Palompon, Leyte

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I also met other travelers and they told me that we can watch the sunset on the opposite side of the island. We went to the island’s other side, but we didn’t see the sunset due to the clouds covering it. Exploring the island is an additional experience.  During low tide, another part of the island can be walked upon.

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Kalanggaman Island - Palompon, Leyte
Sunset

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The next day, I woke up without any food and tried to control myself from buying to the store. Instead, I’ve used my time taking photos, swimming and enjoying the moment left on the island until I leave.

Kalanggaman Island - Palompon, Leyte
Good Morning!

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Around noon, my new found friends returned from their Malapascua Trip. We joined other groups for our return trip back to Palompon. After eating lunch, we were off to our next destination.

Kalanggaman Island - Palompon, Leyte
Farewell Kalanggaman!

Kalanggaman Island is a good place to experience island life. It maybe a bit of a survival but the experience is unique. It is sometimes lonely to travel alone but what makes it good is that you meet new friends along the way.

ITINERARY

DAY 1 (LEYTE-Tacloban-Palompon)

TIME
ACTIVITY
11:20 AM
Departed from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 4
12:45 PM
Arrived at Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban
1:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Took Jeepney going to New Bus Terminal
2:30 PM
Rode Van going to Palompon, Leyte
5:30 PM
Arrived at the town of Palompon/Looked for accommodation
6:00 PM
Checked-in at Cham’s Inn
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Explored Town/Dinner
9:30PM
Sleep

DAY 2 (LEYTE-Palompon-Kalanggaman Island)

TIME
ACTIVITY
6:00 AM
Woke up/Bought supplies for overnight stay in Kalanggaman Island
6:15 AM
Registered at Tourism Office
6:30 AM – 7:30 AM
Boat Ride from Palompon Port to Kalanggaman Island
8:30 AM
Breakfast
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Swim/Socials/Chill
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Explored Island
7:00PM
Wash up/Dinner
9:00PM
Sleep

DAY 3 (LEYTE-Kalanggaman Island-Palompon-Lemon-BILIRAN-Naval)

TIME
ACTIVITY
6:30 AM
Woke up/Sunrise watching
7:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Swam/Took photos
10:30 AM
Packed tent and things
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Rode boat back to Palompon Port
1:00 PM
Lunch at nearby Carinderia
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Rode van going to Lemon
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Rode van from Lemon to Naval, Biliran
4:00PM
Arrived at Naval/Looked for accommodation
4:30 PM
Checked-in at El Roman Pensionne
5:00 PM
Explored Town/Dinner
8:00 PM
Sleep

 

EXPENSES

DAY 1

Jeepney from Airport to Tacloban New Terminal
50 Pesos
Van from Tacloban to Palompon
150 Pesos
Potpot (Pedicab)
6 Pesos
Cham’s Inn
500 Pesos
Food and Water
185 Pesos

DAILY EXPENSES = 891.00 Pesos

DAY 2

Registration (Overnight, Non-Palompon Tourists)
225 Pesos
Tent
250 Pesos
Boat Fare (Palompon to Kalanggaman Island) (P1500 / 8 Persons)
188 Pesos
Water for Clean-up
50 Pesos
Food and Water
140 Pesos

DAILY EXPENSES = 853.00 Pesos

DAY 3

 Boat Fare (Kalanggaman Island to Palompon)
200 Pesos
Van from Palompon to Lemon
150 Pesos
Van from Lemon to Naval
80 Pesos
El Roman Pensionne
250 Pesos
Food and Water
147 Pesos

DAILY EXPENSES = 827.00 Pesos


Check out my BILIRAN PROVINCE POST for the continuation of my itinerary and expenses.

 Or

Check out my BIRI ISLAND – NORTHERN SAMAR POST for the end of my itinerary and expenses.

Or

Check out my EASTERN VISAYAS TRAVEL GUIDE for the whole itinerary and expenses.

 

REMINDERS/GUIDES/TIPS

  • There are no restaurants in the island yet so you have to bring food and water from the mainland. A sari-sari store can be found, but it only sells a few products.
  • There is no clean water available yet to be used for washing up. If you’re going to stay overnight, your tour guide will provide 5 gallons of water for you to use. If you did not receive yours like I did, they sell in the sari-sari store for 50 Pesos. A water tank is planned to be installed soon.
  • For security concerns, policemen are stationed on the island.
  • If you don’t want to stay in a tent, they offer wooden tipis/huts for 1000 Pesos/night

Kalanggaman Island - Palompon, Leyte

  • If you are traveling solo or in a small group, you can join with other tourists for the boat ride back to Palompon.
  • There are riptide/strong currents located at both tips of the island, avoid swimming there as much as possible.
  • Best time to take photos is from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM. The sun is not harsh and the color of the sea is turquoise blue.
  • Tents are available for rent in the Tourism Office.
  • Contact Person for boat and accommodation arrangements: Mae A. Dungo (St. Francis Travel & Tours Services) – Globe: (+63) 906-975-3053,  Smart: (+63) 919-667-8122
  • Other activities available in the island: Snorkeling, Kayaking, Diving, and Biking
  • Below are the rates:
    Tourists Types
    Day Tour
    Overnight
    Foreign Tourists
    P500
    P750
    Local Tourists
    P150
    P225
    College Student
    P40
    P60
    High School
    P30
    P45
    Elementary Students
    P20
    P30
    Senior Citizens
    P120
    P180

 

TRAVEL DATE: MARCH 12-14, 2017

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