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.
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.
If you’re landing in Tacloban, you can take a 3-4 hour van ride (P170) straight to Palompon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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If you’re planning to stay the night in either Tacloban or Ormoc before heading to Palompon, here are our recommended hotels:
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