Good times in Kalanggaman Island

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Kalanggaman Island is a pristine island located in the municipality of Palompon in the province of Leyte. In 2013, a German luxury cruise ship with almost 400 tourists and over 200 crew members first made a stop over on a then isolated island of Kalanggaman. It was a trip that ended up putting the island on both the local and international travel map.
first of summer in Kalanggaman Island :)
We arrived on this island in early March, utterly exhausted from the long travel coming from Sambawan Island in Biliran. It was a very pleasant season with perfect weather despite a not so promising weather forecast. Truly, the Universe is always on our side. ^_^
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I forgot to wipe GoPro's waterproof case! T_T Sorry for the blurry photos.
That one question I had in mind before I came to Kalanggaman Island: “Does it really look like those impressive photographs circulating in Facebook and Instagram?” Coming from Palompon, we watched the distant island of Kalanggaman to reveal itself and it did not disappoint! It was incredibly beautiful! It was exactly what I was looking for - an island that was underdeveloped enough to feel laid-back beachy vibe! Kalanggaman Island has incredible natural beauty, with no hotels or resorts, cafes and bars. 
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looks like a laptop screensaver, no?
We wasted no time after we arrived. My friends and I went right away to the gorgeous sandbar on the left side of the island facing Palompon. It was very hot and sunny but I loved it! The skies are blue and the waters were calm. Before we boarded the boat, we were advised by the tourism officer that it’s not safe to swim in the sandbar area because of strong current. So, if you plan to go to Kalanggaman Island, take this advice seriously no matter how inviting it is.
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it was very hot in the sandbar!
Though the sand may not be as fine as those in Boracay or Calaguas, Kalanggaman Island is still a great destination to visit especially if you love islands, sandbars and clear waters. We were very fortunate to arrive on a Monday, which means most of the weekend tourists have gone back home. Alhough there were two other groups in the island, we almost felt we had the place to ourselves.

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my travel buddy Maki :)
Kalanggaman Island is such a beauty. I just hope that ALL visitors will follow the 'Leave No Trace' rule all time. Anyhow, let me share some of our Kalanggaman Island photos during our stay. Enjoy!

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Christian at Kalanggaman Island
Maki at Kalanggaman Island

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Travel Notes:

  • Getting to Kalanggaman Island from Manila is very easy. It’s an hour from Manila to Tacloban by plane, then 3 hours from Tacloban to Palompon by land and finally an hour of boat ride from Palompon Tourism Office to the island. 
  • The best time to go to Kalanggaman Island is during the summer months (March to May). Expect many tourists during weekend, so better schedule your trip on weekdays.
  • Should you be interested in visiting Kalanggaman Island, you may contact Palompon Ecotours Office at 053-555-9010 or visit their official website (www.palompon-leyte.gov.ph).
  • There are currently no resorts on the island. You can either rent a Nipa hut or pitch your own tent if you are staying overnight. 
  • There are no restaurants and carinderia, so make sure to buy your food supplies in Palompon Market.
  • There is no source of potable water in the island, so make sure to bring enough drinking water to last until the next day. Also, you will be given a few gallons of water by the tourism office (depends on how many people in your boat), which you can use for cleaning utensils, bathing etc.
  • The restrooms and shower areas in the island are primitive, so if you are maarte like me, expect the unexpected. Lol. Don't fret, though! There are shower facilities in the tourism office, which you can use once you get back the next day to Palompon. 
  • There is no electricity in the island. They have generators used mainly for lighting at night. Don’t forget to bring power banks for your gadgets. 
  • There is Mobile phone signal in the island. We used Arlene’s Globe Pocket Wifi when we were there and we were surprised we could surf the net! We could even upload pictures on Facebook and Instagram! Real time update, it is!
Have you spent time on Kalanggaman Island? What other tips would you add to the list? Let me know in the comment section below!

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