DISCOVER KALANGGAMAN ISLAND: A BACKPACKER’S GUIDE

Kalanggaman Island is exactly located in the municipality of Palompon in the province of Leyte. It is a dream beach destination in the Visayas; famous for the crystal clear blue waters that calmly laps its most talked about white shore. Kalanggaman Island has a length of only 753m and was used to be uninhabited but is now being developed due to its high tourist demand.  

For you to even step foot on the island, first, you need to get to Palompon, Leyte. 

How to get to Palompon Leyte:

Ormoc to Palompon
There are hourly or every 30 mins Van for Hire trips from Ormoc City to Palompon, Leyte.
Rate: P120.00

Tacloban to Palompon
There are hourly or every 30 mins Van for Hire trips from Tacloban City to Palompon, Leyte.
Rate: P160.00

Cebu to Palompon
1. Medallion Transport

Medallion Transport Inc

Schedule:
CEBU TO PALOMPON: 9:00 PM daily
PALOMPON TO CEBU: 9:00 AM daily.
Rates:
Economy: P350
Tourist: P450
You can contact them for booking at:
Cebu Booking Office: (032) 412-1121
Palompon Booking Office: 0932-91366456

2. Cokaliong Shipping

cokaliongshipping.com

Schedule:
CEBU TO PALOMPON:
Monday: 8:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 NN
PALOMPON TO CEBU:
Tuesday 8:00 AM
Friday 8:00 AM
Sunday 10:00 PM
Rate:
Economy: P320
Tourist: P445

3. Super Shuttle Ferry

supershuttleroro.com

Schedule:
CEBU TO PALOMPON: Daily 12:00 NN
PALOMPON TO CEBU: Daily 8:00 AM
Rate:
Economy: P350.00
Business: P550.00
Contact them at:
+63 32 4127688

Once you’ve arrived in Palompon, you can either walk or ride a tricycle from the V-hire terminal to the Palompon Eco-Tourism Office. The office also serves as the terminal where boats to and from Kalanggaman Island dock.  

Palompon Eco-Tourism Office

If you haven’t reserved or booked a boat yet, you can book at the Eco-tourism Office. If you’re in a small group of travelers, you can share with another group so you don’t have to pay for the whole boat. You may have to wait for a few minutes to a couple of hours, depending on the season, the boat available and the number of people in a group because the total number of passengers should be within the capacity of the boat. So it’s always better to reserve first.

These are the boats that travel to and from the island. Travel time from the port to the island is roughly around an hour. 


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They are continuously developing the island to accommodate more tourists. Here are the amenities they just added this year:  (Photos from kalanggaman-island.com)

Tree House near the rear part
Comfort Rooms
New Huts/ Cottages
New tables with built-in benches

What to do on the island: 

This is the guide on where specific activities can be done

1. Kayaking– This is definitely the first water activity that they offered. Now they got more units to accommodate the increasing tourists on the island. 


2. Paddle Board– This activity is perfect if you want a serene water activity. You just need to learn how to balance. 

3. Jet ski– This is something new not just in the island but also in Leyte. Not a lot of islands and beach resorts offers jet ski. 

4. Banana Boat– This is very popular when it comes to water sports. And I’m glad they added this to their amenities. 

5. Snorkeling – What better way to enjoy the crystal clear water than to take in the view underwter. 

Photo by Shoestring Travelers

6. Swimming- Who can say no to this clear waters? Anyone would want to take a dip and get some splashes. 

7. Scuba Diving – If you got the right gear, why not? But unlike other popular islands like Boracay, They don’t offer training classes, so you should already have to know how. 

8. Beach Volleyball – This is definitely something to try if you are traveling as a group.

Kalanggaman Island Rates:

International Tourist:
Regular (Day Tour): P500.00
Overnight Rate: P750.00

Non-Palompon Tourist:
Regular (Day Tour): P150.00
Overnight Rate: P225.00

Non-Palompon College Student:
Regular (Day Tour): P40.00
Overnight Rate: P60.00

Non-Palompon High School Student:
Regular (Day Tour): P30.00
Overnight Rate: P45.00

Non-Palompon Elementary Pupil:
Regular (Day Tour): P20.00
Overnight Rate: P30.00

Non-Palompon Senior Citizen:
Regular (Day Tour): P120.00
Overnight Rate: P180.00

Private Pumpboat Fees:
15 Capacity: P3,000.00
25 Capacity: P3,500.00
30 Capacity: P4,000.00

Cottages:
Small : P250
Medium: P500
Large: P700

Tents:
Rate: P300 / night (4-Person Tent)
P250 / night (2-person Tent)
P1000 for the newly built huts

You can also contact the Palompon ECO Tourism Office on these numbers for reservations and inquiries.
Landline: +63 (053) 555-9731
Globe 1: +63 926 816 4005
Globe 2: +63 926 816 4007
Smart: +63 998 555 1421

For accommodation and restaurant choices when in Palompon Leyte, click on the link below:
http://www.kalanggaman-island.com/p/palompon-accomodations.html

If you want to join other travelers, check out this forum:
http://www.kalanggaman-island.com/p/forums.html

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