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Ultimate Kalanggaman Island Guide: A Paradise in Leyte

For the longest time, Kalanggaman was just another island hidden among the other thousands still unexplored. It was just a couple of years ago when photos of the virgin paradise spread online adding yet another “must-visit” to everyone’s bucket list.

Today, the hidden paradise some 20 kilometers west of Leyte, is considered one of the most beautiful islands in the country, matching up to the likes of Calaguas and Bohol.
 

How to Get to Kalanggaman

The island is part of the municipality of Palompon, Leyte, which is accessible from multiple destinations. If you’re flying in from Manila you can choose to land in Tacloban or Ormoc. A roundtrip ticket will cost you approximately 899 pesos or less if you book via Traveloka.

I. Via Tacloban

If you’re landing in Tacloban, you can take a 3-4 hour van ride (P170) straight to Palompon.

II. Via Ormoc

Though not many airlines fly to Ormoc straight from Manila, this is the easiest way to get to Kalanggaman. From the Ormoc terminal you can take a van (P100-P150) to Palompon. The trip will only take about an hour and a half.

Once in Palompon, head over to the tourism office which is walking distance from the terminal. From there, guests can arrange their boat rides going to the island. All guests must pay an environmental fee P250 before leaving for the island.

The 15 seater boat will cost you around P3500. Day tour rate is P150 while overnight rate is P225.
 

What to do

What to Do Kalanggaman

The beauty of the island is in its simplicity, despite the presence of some huts here and there, the island is still essentially untouched by any sort of commercial development. This means that there’s nothing but the sand, sun, and sea to keep you company.

1. Snorkeling

Kalanggaman island is surrounded by the clearest and bluest water you’ll ever see. If you think the island itself is paradise, just imagine what you’ll see underwater. If you don’t have your own snorkel gear, you can’t rent one for P300.

2. Picnic

You’ll have no choice, but it’s a great experience nonetheless. Bring a delicious selection of all your favorite snacks and food, and enjoy your meal under the shade of a palm tree.

3. Take it in

Sometimes all you need to do is sit back, relax, and appreciate what’s in front of you. Besides, it’s not everyday you get a chance to see such breathtaking beauty.
 

Island tips

Island Tips Kalanggaman

Before packing up your swimsuits and sunscreen, make sure you know what to expect. Though the island is basically paradise, it’s far from a five star resort. What you’ll get are the bare bones of basic amenities.

There are a couple of cottages, changing rooms, and toilets scattered around but that’s basically it. So, before you prepare for a trip, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • There’s no electricity on the island. If you plan to stay overnight, come with fully charged gadgets and a power-bank in handy.
  • Bring food and water. Though there’s a lone store on the island, all it sells are some lukewarm drinks. it’s best to pack your meals in waterproof bags and have drinks in coolers.
  • Bring your own tent and camping gear. The island has since built some cottages for guests to stay in, but if you want the assurance of a clean mattress, then it’s better to bring your own.
  • All boats leave before sunset. If you’re planning to stay overnight, make sure to tell the boatman what time you want him back the next day.
  • CLAYGO. Don’t be the ignorant tourist who leaves his trash behind. Whatever you bring to the island must come back with you when you leave.
  • Soap, shampoo, and all things that you’ll need to take a bath are strictly prohibited on the island. So, make sure to take a nice long bath before the boat ride there.
  • Plan your trip around the weather. Boat rides to Kalanggaman are normally cancelled during bad weather. If you’re planning a trip, it’s best to schedule it during the summer months.

 

Estimated Expenses

Estimated Expenses Kalanggaman
Photo Credit: @felixtgomezjr

  • Day tour (tourist) – P150
  • Boat rental fee – P3000 (for 15 pax)
  • Overnight rate (tourist) – P225
  • Food – Approx. P150 per head
  • Roundtrip van transfers – P260

 

Where to stay

Zpad Residences
Image credit: @ZpadResidences via Facebook

If you’re planning to stay the night in either Tacloban or Ormoc before heading to Palompon, here are our recommended hotels:

Tacloban

  • Zpad Residences – Rates start at P895 for a single room. Hotel is in downtown Tacloban and offers free Wi-Fi.
  • Hotel Estrella – Rates start at P2,017 for a twin room inclusive of breakfast. Hotel is in downtown Tacloban and around 3 kilometers from the airport.
  • Go Hotels Tacloban – Rates start at P2,008 for a Queen Room. The property is located along Tabuan National Highway.
  • Asia Stars Hotel Corporation – Rates start at P1800 for a De Luxe Queen with free breakfast for two.
  • Leyte Park Resort Hotel – Rates start at P1355 for a studio room which can accommodate up to two guests.

Ormoc

  • Asia Novo Boutique Hotel – Ormoc – Rates start at P1059 for a Deluxe room for two. Hotel is seven kilometers away from the airport.
  • Hotel Don Felipe – Rates start at P1647 for a Superior room for two. The property is a few minutes away from the pier.
  • GV Hotel Ormoc – Rates start at P730 for a Twin Standard Room. Hotel is great for backpackers and those travelling on a budget.
  • Sugarland Suites – Rates start at P871 for a single room. The property is located two blocks away from the bus terminal.
  • Bayview Inn – Rates start at P1250 for a standard room good for two guests. There’s a shopping center and grocery nearby.

 
Ready to chill in this virgin paradise? Book your flight to Tacloban now! 
 

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