Kalanggaman Island Travel Guide: What Every First-Timers Should Know Before Visiting

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Between Cebu and Leyte lies a small island that’s perfectly reminiscent of a paradise you usually see on postcards— Kalanggaman Island.

The sand is as white as a bone and as fine as powder. Its long sandbar, one of the Philippines’ longest, is charming enough that it’d be a miss if you don’t take a photo of you there. Its water is so clear and inviting that there is no reason not to swim. Because Kalanggaman Island Leyte is not too crowded, all you can hear are the gentle winds and leaves of the palm trees touching each other. No wonder it’s dubbed as The Crown Jewel of Leyte.

How to Get to Kalanggaman Island

From Manila, book a flight to Ormoc or Tacloban City. Upon arrival at the Ormoc airport, go to the Ormoc van and bus terminal found across Ormoc City Park and head to Palompon. Once you arrive at Palompon, go to the Town Ecotourism office and pay the necessary fees. Then, rent a boat to the island.

From Tacloban, you’ll have to take a 3-hour van ride going to Palompon. From Palompon to Kalanggaman, ride a boat that’ll take about 1.5 hours.

What’s inside this blog?

Read this Kalanggaman Island Philippines travel guide to help you plan your trip well.

Kalanggaman Island History

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Even with stunning sandbars and inviting waters, Kalanggaman beach used to be an offbeat and unpopular destination. It was just in 2013 when Kalanggaman started to gain international attention after MV Europa Cruise Line, a German luxury cruise ship, stopped over on the island and brought almost 400 passengers. Since then, Kalanggaman has become a regular destination for the 14-day voyage of Hapag-Lloyd cruise ships.

But in the latter part of the year, Supertyphoon Yolanda devastated Kalanggaman beach, affecting the tourism industry of the municipality. Locals thought the island would never be the same again. The locals worked hard to restore the beauty of Kalanggaman beach and since then, they managed to bring back its magnificence. And in 2016, it was one of Google’s top trending searches.

Most travelers, especially Filipinos, think that the island was named after langgam (ants in English). But the true Kalanggaman Island description is far from that. The island is called Kalanggaman because of its bird-like shape. Langgam is a Visayan word for “bird.” 

Best Time to Visit Kalanggaman Island

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If you want to enjoy the Philippines’ summer heat and make the most of its islands, the best time to visit Kalanggaman Islands is from March to May.

Kalanggaman Island Location

Wondering where this beautiful paradise can be found? Kalanggaman Islands is located in the municipality of Palompon in Leyte Province.

Kalanggaman Island Map

Check out this Kalanggaman Island map to keep you guided.

 

 

Rates And Other Information In Visiting

Entrance/conservation fee

Local: PHP 150

Foreigner: PHP 500

Cottage rentals

15 capacity – PHP 250

25 capacity – PHP 500

30 capacity – PHP 750

Round Trip boat rental

15 capacity – PHP 3,000

25 capacity – PHP 3,500

30 capacity – PHP 4,000

Kalanggaman Islands overnight rates

To fully enjoy Leyte Kalanggaman Island, you may choose to stay overnight there. 

Entrance/conservation fee

Local: PHP 225

Foreigner: PHP 750

Tent rental

2-person tent – PHP 250

4-person tent – PHP 300

Kalanggaman tipi house

Private room with breakfast – PHP 1000 (2 pax)

Note: Prices may change without prior notice.

Things to do in Kalanggaman Island Leyte

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The island may be small but you will never run out of fun Kalanggaman Island activities to try such as the following:

  • Swimming
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Aqua-biking
  • Scuba diving
  • Camping

Where to Stay in Leyte

As of writing, there’s only one Kalanggaman Island hotel on the beach: JeTer Resort, Kalanggaman Westside. The rate is per private room with breakfast is PHP 1000 (2 pax).

Frequently Asked Questions About Kalanggaman Island

Q: How do I get to Kalanggaman Island?

A: From Manila, book a flight to Ormoc or Tacloban City. Upon arrival at the Ormoc airport, go to the Ormoc van and bus terminal found across Ormoc City Park and head to Palompon. Once you arrive at Palompon, go to the Town Ecotourism office and pay the necessary fees. Then, rent a boat to Kalanggaman.

From Tacloban, you’ll have to take a 3-hour van ride going to Palompon. From Palompon to Kalanggaman Island, ride a boat that’ll take about 1.5 hours.

Q: Where is Kalanggaman island located?

A: Kalanggaman Island address is in the municipality of Palompon in Leyte Province.

Q: How long does it take from Tacloban to Kalanggaman?

A: Tacloban City to Palompon is 3 hours. Palompon to Kalanggaman Island is 45 minutes to one hour boat ride. 

Q: Is Kalanggaman Island Philippines open for tourists?

A: As of writing, it has reopened for town residents only. They are required to show a barangay certificate to prove that they come from the municipality, said Paulette Tuan, municipal tourism officer.

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

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