LEYTE: Kalanggaman Island

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sunset boatride to Kalanggaman Island

On a related post: _________ We crossed the Camotes group of Islands in Cebu to Palompon, Leyte. However on a normal basis, you can take a ferry from Cebu City at Pier 1 and head to Ormoc, Leyte. Travel will be around 2 hours. You may take a van for an hour or so (100-150Php) or bus (50-60). Alight at the Tourism office of Palompon. It won’t be hard to find since it is a tourist spot. Pay the necessary boat registration and entrance fee. Travel will be an hour or less. Rates depend on the status of visitor. Non-local foreign visitors are charged higher. For students, bring your ID for discount.

KALANGGAMAN ISLAND: It is ranked as the 9th longest sandbar in the Philippines. The island is shaped like a bird or letter “V”. It would be best to fly a drone to perfectly get that shot. The sand isn’t powdery white nor fine so it would be best to bring scuba shoes especially if you are planning to walk the long sandbar.

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The left side of the island is rocky but a great spot for sunrise and sunset

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The sandbar is filled with dead corals so better wear scuba shoes

The Tail of the island gives a magnificent sunset view. Most of the time, the tail is busy with people so I opted to wake up early to avoid photobombers.

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THINGS TO REMEMBER:

  1. There are no ATM at the island so prepare cash.
  2. There are some stores in the island but I suggest you bring camp essentials and food.
  3. There are cottages and tents for rent but for comfort’s sake, bring your own beddings. If you are planning a day trip only, there are nearby accommodations at Palompon mainland.
  4. You may buy seafood or meat at the Palompon Market just walking distance from the Tourism office before riding the boat to the island.
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  5. Sadly, the island is congested with people during summer so be extra careful with your belongings and don’t expect deep sleep. Most campers are drinking until dawn so choose a camp site meticulously. I suggest the front part near the rockies for a more conducive sleep.

6. Bring your own water. The water source is not potable for drinking.

7. Arrange a return trip to avoid inconvenience during peak season.

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OTHER THINGS TO DO:

  • You will find fascinating obsolete-looking vehicles but are still being used. They are colorful, sturdy and pretty unique.
  • Check out the public market and find something peculiar. Try out local dishes from neighboring stalls.
  • You may plan an extended itinerary to the eastern part of Leyte connecting Samar.

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“Love the life you live and LIVE the life you love.”

-Bob Marley

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