Kalanggaman Island, Philippines
The Virgin Kalanggaman Island, Philippines
Splendid long sandbars that are stretching on both sides of the island are what Kalanggaman Island is known for. Located at the Palompon municipality at the Leyte province, Kalanggaman Island is sometimes considered to be a small version of Boracay Island having clear blue water and white sand that is powder-like.
It is open to the public but only 500 tourists in a day are allowed by the local government (tourism) to avoid congestion thus preserving the beauty of Kalanggaman Island. It is 753m long, uninhabited, and doesn’t have private resorts around; hence, allowing visitors to camp overnight if they wished. Swimming, kayaking, scuba diving, aqua biking, snorkeling, and camping are some of the activities to do on this island.
Kalanggaman Island Travel Tips
- Best time to travel and visit this island is from February to May (summer season) or June to October.
- Book/reserve your trip early as like what mentioned earlier, there are limited numbers of guests only in a day. You can ask for assistance from some travel agency or directly ask their local tourism office.
- It is a virgin island so don’t expect any electricity. Though coast guards have solar power equipment and may help you charge your cameras and phones, it is still advisable to just bring your own power bank just in case there are a lot of visitors who will ask help from the coast guards.
- Wooden tables and grilling stations are available at Kalanggaman Island as no restaurants can be found in the area. You can bring own food or you can buy fresh kinds of seafood from local fishermen.
- There are cottages and Tippi houses for rent.
- You can rent snorkel gears but if you have one, just bring your own.
- If you need to rent a tent for an overnight camping, a valid ID and deposit is required alongside with the rent payment. On the other hand, you can just bring your own tent if you have one.
- There are shower and restroom areas however there is just a limited supply of water.
- Having said that water is limited, do bring drinking water that is enough for your whole stay.
- No ATM machine at Kalanggaman Island, only on the town proper. So bring enough cash with you.
- Mobile phone signal is also not very easy.
- Loving dolphins? They are visible during the early hours, like 6:00 in the morning. It is because, during this time, the ocean is still calm.
- The boat ride between 12 noon to 3 pm is a bit rocky ride so avoid traveling at that time.
- Local government has been maintaining properly this virgin island, so be a responsible visitor and gather and bring your own trashes.
How to Get to Kalanggaman Island
Below are various ways to reach Kalanggaman Island. From Manila, you can either take a flight to Tacloban City, Ormoc City, or Cebu City. If coming from Tacloban, you can travel by van to Palompon; and if from Cebu, take a taxi to Pier 3 and from there, you can travel by fast boat (SuperCat) going to Ormoc then van to Palompon.
From Tacloban, take a van for Palompon. Proceed to the Tourism office to hire a pump boat for Kalanggaman Island.
Take a van and alight Lemon Junction. Take another van for Palompon.
- New Maya Port – From Cebu North Bus Terminal take a Ceres Bus for Old Maya Port. From there take a tricycle going to the New Maya Port. From the port rent a pump boat going to Kalanggaman Island.
- Polambato Port in Bogo – Take a Ceres Bus at the North Bus Station for Bogo. From there, take a tricycle to Polambato then ride a Super Shuttle Ferry for Palompon. Super Shuttle Ferry has only travel once daily at 12 PM.
- From Manila – Take a plane to Ormoc. From Ormoc City take a van for Palompon. Proceed to Tourism Office to hire a boat for Kalanggaman island
- Cebu City – Take a ferry going to Palompon then hire a boat for Kalanggaman Island. Please see the Ferry Schedule below:
Cokaliong Ferry Schedule
|Vessel||Departure Date||ETD||Arrival Date||ETA|
|MV Filipinas Dapitan||August 22, 2019 (Thursday)||08:00 PM||August 23, 2019 (Friday)||01:30 AM|
|MV Filipinas Dumaguete||August 24, 2019 (Saturday)||08:00 PM||August 25, 2019 (Sunday)||01:30 AM|
|MV Filipinas Maasin||August 25, 2019 (Sunday)||12:00 PM||August 25, 2019 (Sunday)||06:00 PM|
|MV Filipinas Ozamis||August 26, 2019 (Monday)||08:00 PM||August 27, 2019 (Tuesday)||12:30 AM|
|MV Filipinas Dumaguete||August 27, 2019 (Tuesday)||08:00 PM||August 28, 2019 (Wednesday)||01:30 AM|
|MV Filipinas Dapitan||August 29, 2019 (Thursday)||08:00 PM||August 30, 2019 (Friday)||01:30 AM|
|MV Filipinas Dumaguete||August 31, 2019 (Saturday)||08:00 PM||September 01, 2019 (Sunday)||01:30 AM|
|MV Filipinas Maasin||September 01, 2019 (Sunday)||12:00 PM||September 01, 2019 (Sunday)||06:00 PM|
|MV Filipinas Ozamis||September 02, 2019 (Monday)||08:00 PM||September 03, 2019 (Tuesday)||12:30 AM|
|MV Filipinas Dumaguete||September 03, 2019 (Tuesday)||08:00 PM||September 04, 2019 (Wednesday)||01:30 AM|
For an updated schedule, visit COKALIONG
From Cebu City, you can also take the Supercat for Ormoc, then take a van for Palompon. Then rent a pump boat for Kalanggaman Island.
|CEBU :: ORMOC|
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