I was extremely tanned for weeks because of the island hopping adventure I did with my two good friends, Dr. Joey and Perl. As followers of numerous local and international travel groups on Facebook, I’m used to seeing mesmeric places on my dash but this island really caught my attention and we decided that it was finally time to visit the place.
Kalanggaman or Calanggaman is an uninhabited island strategically located between Leyte and Cebu and has becoming more and more well-known due to its long stretch of powdery white sand, crystal clear water and holds one of the most beautiful sandbars in the country. Though, already famous, the municipality of Palompon still manages to conserve the island’s beauty by limiting visitors and having a strong waste management system. Staying in the island still feels like a total getaway from the bustle and hustle of the metro.
How We Got There:
We booked a flight from Manila to Tacloban via Cebu Pacific Air, then from Tacloban, we rode a van going to Palompon which took us more or less 4 hours and from the municipality of Palompon, we took a boat going to the island which was approximately 30 minutes.
The trip to Palompon itself wasn’t the most relaxing I’ve ever been in but it surely awaken the adventurous side of me. After the long ride, it was time to brainstorm all the essential things we needed to do to get to the remote island. We started with reserving the boat and then we headed next to the grocery store and to the wet market to buy all the necessary things we needed. Please keep in mind that not everything’s available in the island so you should bring enough food, drinking water, and make sure your portable batteries and gadgets are fully charged.
You could locate these eateries or ihaw-ihaw near the port going to Daangbantayan, Cebu.
Where to Stay:
The municipality of Palompon also offers tents to be rented by the island goers. You have an option whether to do a day trip or stay overnight but since we wanted to witness the sunset, we chose the latter. There’s no hotel in the island so we needed to rent a tent and a nipa hut. But according to my friend who lives in Tacloban city, they are already offering small cabins and tree houses to be rented by tourists.
The best thing about Kalanggaman is you will be welcomed by nature and not by pile of people trying to get a spot on the beach. It’s definitely uncrowded. I think, it has something to do with the month we went there or its location. It was also a bit raining before we left Palompon port so it wasn’t really a great time to spend time at the beach but was it worth it? Here are some of the photos we took during our stay.
Coming from Malapascua Island
The parked boats at the sand bar are those from Malapascua Island. We were planning to visit Malapascua right after Kalanggaman but there was no way we could get a boat to Malapascua unless we rented our own private one which will cost us a lot. If you’re a big group, I think it’s possible to hop from Kalanggaman to Malapascua Island or you could fly directly to Cebu City and stay in Malapascua and just do a day trip to Kalanggaman.
We had a chance to talk to some boatmen from Malapascua, and the day trip they offer includes a buffet lunch at the island and some diving activities.
Activities: Beach Camping/Picnic, Swimming, Snorkeling, Banana Boat Ride (new), scuba diving (for inquiry)
And finally, the sunset. One of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever witnessed in my entire life.
We slept early as we were scheduled to leave the island at 5:30 am the next day. We went back to Palompon to catch the ship heading to Daangbantayan and went next to Bantayan Island in Cebu.
Where have you been recently? And what’s your favourite island in the Philippines?