Exploring the Enchanted Kalanggaman Island

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Kalanggaman used to be unknown and unmapped island, but ever since it was ‘discovered’ it then gain a lot of attention from Filipinos and eventually it reached the international community. It was tagged as enchanted and mystical by the locals, a place they didn’t want to visit. But in the recent years, the island made it to the list of most sought after destinations in the Philippines, putting the town of Palompon in the tourism map of the Philippines. 

The island is flat and surrounded with white sand made from crushed corals. The eastern and western tips are sandbars that blend well with the azure water. During broad daylight, the sandbars shine like a pearl which is so beautiful. 

The island is approximately 750 meters long, Kalanggaman island is small uninhabited island off the coast of the town of Palompon in the Province of Leyte. It is blessed with long stretches of white sandbar on both ends. It is a popular dive site for those based in Malapascua Island of Cebu, declared as marine sanctuary in 2009. 

It is not the only island of this kind in the country, but kalanggaman island has a distinct charm that sets it apart from the others. 


Things you can do in Kalanggaman Island 

  • Scuba diving, free-diving and snorkeling 
  • Beach bumming 
  • Camping 
  • Sports: beach volleyball and frisbee 
  • Other attractions in Palompon; Tabuk Marine Park and Bird Sanctuary, Lantaw Palompon, Masaba Falls 
  • And you can also explore Tacloban, Biliran, Ormoc or Southern Leyte 


Getting to Kalanggaman Island 

Via Leyte 

  • Make your way to Tacloban City, Ormoc City or Palompon in Leyte. Philippines Airlines, Air Asia and Cebu Pacific fly to Tacloban City daily from Manila, Clark, Cebu and Davao. Meanwhile, Ormoc and Palompon are accessible by fast craft and ferries from Bogo and Cebu City. 
  • From Tacloban, numerous vans leave almost every hour from downtown to Palompon. Travel time is around three hours and a P160 fare. Meanwhile, from Ormoc, you may catch a local bus or van to Palompon for two-hour travel time, van fare is P120. 
  • In Palompon, proceed to the Palompon Tourism Office and charter a pump boat to Kalanggaman island thru the Ecotours Office. 
  • Boat rates: 
    • P3,000 for a maximum of 15 passengers. 
    • P3,500 for a maximum of 25 passengers. 
    • P4,000 for a maximum of 30 passengers. 

Via Cebu 

  • There are ferries from Bogo and Cebu City going to Palompon. Alternatively, you may also charter a boat directly from Bogo to Kalanggaman island. 
  • Going there from Cebu City, catch a bus to Bogo and proceed to Bantay Dagat near Siocon Elementary School to charter a boat to Kalanggaman island. 


Planning on going to Kalanggaman on a short notice? 

Worry no more since there are a lot of tour agencies in the city that will absolutely be helpful for you to have a hassle-free adventure for your Kalanggaman island tour. Cebu Tours is one of the said tour agencies that will be helpful for your kalanggaman island adventure. Their office is located in Agus, Lapu-Lapu City. To know more of the said agency, just visit their website or Facebook page. You can book for your kalanggaman tour from their website or Facebook page directly.