KALANGGAMAN ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE 2019: DIY Itinerary + How to Get There, Budget and more

Your Ultimate Travel Guide to the Island of Kalanggaman in Leyte, Philippines

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2019 Budget Travel Guide to Kalanggaman Island + DIY Tips

The island of Kalanggaman is famous for its crystal clear water, white powdery sand and long sandbars stretching on both sides of the island. The surrounding of the beach is really calm, safe and truly relaxing that’s why its suitable for family holidays or for a short weekend trip.

Complete Travel Guide to Kalanggaman Island
Complete Travel Guide to Kalanggaman Island

Where is Kalanggaman Island?

Kalanggaman Island is a beautiful beach destination located in the municipality of Palompon in the province of Leyte, Philippines.

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In 2013, the island started to gain international exposure after MV Europa Cruise Line stopped over on the island and brought almost 400 passengers who stayed on the island for a couple of hours.

Kalanggaman Islet in Leyte (photos courtesy of palompon-leyte.gov.ph)
Kalanggaman Islet in Leyte (photos courtesy of palompon-leyte.gov.ph)

The island has a length of only 753m and is still uninhabited. There are no big resorts on the island but there’s Jeter Resort that offers Tipi Huts. Overnight camping via tent is also allowed on the island. To preserve the beauty of the place, the local tourism office only allows a maximum of 500 tourists per day.

Overnight Camping in Kalanggaman (photos courtesy of Gerry Ruiz / palompon-leyte.gov.ph)
Overnight Camping in Kalanggaman (photos courtesy of Gerry Ruiz / palompon-leyte.gov.ph)
Tourist Police Assistance
Tourist Police Assistance

To provide comfort and security to the tourists, the local government built basic facilities and made the island secured by Tourist Police who are stationed on the island.

Budget Travel Guide to Kalanggaman
Budget Travel Guide to Kalanggaman
Native Huts in Kalanggaman (photos courtesy of palompon-leyte.gov.ph)
Native Huts in Kalanggaman (photos courtesy of palompon-leyte.gov.ph)
Life Guard Station
Life Guard Station

If you are dreaming of a weekend getaway in a postcard-perfect virgin island, Kalanggaman is definitely the place to go. In this island, tourists enjoy activities like swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and scuba diving.

In this Kalanggaman Island Travel Guide blog, we listed helpful DIY travel tips and advice on how to get there, things to do, places to eat, accommodation options, travel packages and more.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the island is during the summer season from February to May but you can still visit the island from October to June. Avoid the rainy and typhoon season which is from the months of July to September.

If you hate a crowded beach, avoid visiting the island during summer, national holidays, holy week and long weekends.

Kalanggaman Travel Guide Blog photo by Joseph Pasalo of SEF TV
Kalanggaman Travel Guide Blog photo by Joseph Pasalo of SEF TV

How to get there

From Manila:

Flights from Manila to Tacloban City
Flights from Manila to Tacloban City

Daily flights to Tacloban City, Ormoc City (both in Leyte) or to Cebu City.

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From Cebu:

By Bus:
  • Ceres Bus bound for Manila via Maharlika Highway leaves Cebu North Bus Terminal every 8:00 am and arrives at Pulangbato Port in Bogo City at around 11:00am-12:00pm. From there, you can catch a Ro-Ro boat bound for Palompon.
By Boat:
  • Travel by boat or a fast craft to Ormoc City, or you can travel by land to Bogo City then take a boat ride to either to Palompon or you can go straight to Kalanggaman Island Philippines. There are daily boat trips plying the Cebu City-Palompon route by Super Shuttle Ferry Pier 8 Private Pier Terminal in North Reclamation Area, Cebu City (Telephone: (032) 232-3150, (032) 231-0639, (032) 234-4121, (032) 345-5581).
Ferry Destination Dates Class Rate
Cokaliong
CEB – PAL Monday, Thursday (8:00PM), Sunday (12:00PM) Economy 350
PAL – CEB Tuesday, Friday (8:00AM), Sunday (10:00PM) Tourist 450
Medallion (website)
CEB – PAL 9:00PM Daily Economy 465
PAL – CEB 9:00PM Daily Tourist 585
Super Shuttle
BOG – PAL Daily (12:00PM) Economy 350
PAL – BOG Daily (8:00AM) Business 550

* Rates may change without prior notice.

From Malapascua Island:

It’s a 1 1/2 hour to a two-hour boat ride to the island.

From Ormoc:

Go to the Van or Bus terminal located near the Ormoc City Park. It usually takes an hour and a half to two hours to reach Palompon Leyte. Rate: P120.00

From Tacloban:

The town proper of Palompon can be reached by a three-hour journey by van from Tacloban City. From Polompon Leyte, Kalanggaman Island is an-hour ride by regular boat and 39 minutes by a speedboat. Rate: P160.00

Here’s the complete guide on how to reach the Island of Kalanggaman

  1. Fly to Ormoc or Tacloban City
  2. Travel to Palompon Leyte by Bus or Van
  3. Register and pay Fees at Palompon Ecotours Office (contacts and rates below)
  4. Get or hire your own Boat (contacts and rates listed below)

Important Reminders

Once you arrived in Palompon, it is mandatory for tourists to register first at Palompon Ecotours Office. The office is located in front of Liberty Park near the Municipal Hall of Palompon.

Palompon Ecotours Office 

Contact Person: Arthur Douglas Arroyo/Daryle Roylo

  • Landline: (053) 555 9731
  • Mobile (Globe): +63 926 8164005
  • Mobile (Globe): +63 926 8164007
  • Mobile (Smart): +63 998 5551421

 Visit the local government website (www.palomponleyte.gov.ph) or Facebook Page.

Travel Budget

Boat ride to the island of Kalanggaman photo by Joseph Pasalo of SEF TV
Boat ride to the island of Kalanggaman photo by Joseph Pasalo of SEF TV

Kalanggaman Island Entrance & Conservation Fees / Tour and Camping Rates

Regular – Day Tour Rates Overnight Camping Rates
International Tourist Php 500 Php 750
Non-Palompon Tourist Php 150 Php 225
Non-Palompon College Student Php 40 Php 60
Non-Palompon High School Student Php 30 Php 45
Non-Palompon Elementary Pupil Php 20 Php 30
Non-Palompon Senior Citizen Php 120 Php 180

How much is the round trip boat rental? (as of August 2018)

15 Capacity Php 3,000
25 Capacity Php 3, 500
30 Capacity Php 4,000

Cottage Rentals

Small – 15 Capacity Php 250
Medium – 25 Capacity Php 500
Large – 30 Capacity Php 750

Tent Rentals

4-person Tent (Php 200 Deposit + Valid ID) Php 300/ night
2-person Tent (Php 200 Deposit + Valid ID) Php 200/ night
Kalanggaman Island Travel Guide
Kalanggaman Island Travel Guide

Things to do in Kalanggaman Island

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

Where to Eat

Grilling Station
Grilling Station
Sari-Sari Stores in the Island
Sari-Sari Stores in the Island

There are sari-sari stores in Kalanggaman Island that cooks short order food for tourists. You can also buy fresh catch from the local market and use the grilling stations and wooden tables that are available for tourists (FREE).

Resort in Kalanggaman Island

JeTer Resort, Kalanggaman Westside

Tipi Huts at JeTer Resort, Kalanggaman Westside
Tipi Huts at JeTer Resort, Kalanggaman Westside

Offers Teepee Hut for only P1,000/day with breakfast for 2. The resort has a clean restroom, a restaurant and they are also offering water sports rentals, activities that include:

  • Jet Ski: 4,500 / Hour
  • Banana Boat: P500 / Ride / 5Pax
  • Kayak: P150 / Hour
  • Snorkeling: P200 / 2 Hours
  • Fat Bike: P150 / Hr
Contact & Bookings: 0917 587 4984

Where to stay in Palompon Leyte

Private Room in Palompon Town

Check Rares and Availability

PACCI HOUSE
Rizal Street
Available Amenities: Function Hall, Internet, Telephone Services
Room Types: Air-conditioned Rooms/Dormitories
Contact number: (053) 338-2880

Whispering Beach Mini Hotel
P. Del Rosario Ext. Brgy. Guiwan I
Available Amenities: Function Hall, Telephone Services, hot & cold water, Catering services
Room Types: air-conditioned Rooms/suite
Contacts numbers: (053) 338-2135/555-8045

Hutton Lodge
Cor. San Francisco St. & Evangelista St.
Available Amenities: Internet Café, Telephone Service
Room Types: Air-conditioned Rooms
Contact number: (053) 338-3098

For the list of Airbnb accommodations near Kalanggaman Island, visit this link.

Tent Pitching Area in Kalanggaman
Tent Pitching Area in Kalanggaman

Tent for Rent in Kalanggaman Island

If you are planning to stay overnight on Kalanggaman Island, you can rent a tent at Hinablayan Outdoor Shop.

Rate: 300 / night (4-Person Tent), 250 / night (2-person Tent)
Deposit: valid ID + 200

Hinablayan Outdoor Shop is located in Rizal St. right in front of Palompon Tourism Office. You can also call 0998 999 4276.

Medical Station Kalanggaman
Medical Station Kalanggaman

Kalanggaman Travel and Tour Packages

Kalanggaman Island Tour from Cebu City

Kalanggaman Island Tour from Cebu photos via KLOOK
Kalanggaman Island Tour from Cebu photos via KLOOK

Take a day trip from Cebu to Palompon, Leyte’s famous pristine sandbar called Kalanggaman Island. This tour is the most convenient option to arrive at Kalanggaman Island by traveling directly from Maya Port in Cebu City to Kalanggaman (no more added public boat ride to Malapascua)

This tour includes the following:

  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Round trip boat transfers from Maya Port to Kalanggaman Island
  • Local English speaking tour guide
  • Life vest and Snorkeling gear
  • Lunch

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There are also available tours from Malapascua if you are coming from this island.

Shower Room - Facilities in Kalanggaman Island
Shower Room – Facilities in Kalanggaman Island

Travel Tips

  • It is recommended to start your boat trip as early as 6am if you prefer smooth sailing.
  • There are Tipi Huts for rent on the island but they are very limited, alternatively, you can bring your own tent or rent one if you want to stay overnight on the island.
  • There are huts, Tippi Houses, and cottages for rent on the island.
  • Tourists are allowed to bring their own food to the island.
  • Do not travel from 12 noon to 3 pm if you want to avoid a rocky boat ride.
  • Clean Restrooms and Shower Areas are available on the island but water is very limited.
  • Bring enough drinking water, there is no potable water on the island
  • Bring Power Banks for your Gadgets and Mobile phones, there’s no electricity in the island
  • Smart has the strongest Mobile Phone signal on the island.
  • ATM Machines are only available in Palompon town proper.
  • Shower Areas with enough water are available at the Palompon Tourism Office.
  • Be a responsible traveler, bring your own trash back to the mainland.
Drone shots by Joseph Pasalo of SEF TV
Drone shots by Joseph Pasalo of SEF TV
Kalanggaman Drone photos by Joseph Pasalo of SEF TV
Kalanggaman Beach Drone photos by Joseph Pasalo of SEF TV

Photography Tips

Be sure to arrive on the island between 8am – 10am if you want to capture stunning photos of the beach and the beautiful sandbar. Early morning sun provides the right amount of light that is perfect for taking photos of the beach.

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Do you have anything to add or suggest in this Kalanggaman Island Travel Guide? Please feel free to comment or email us to keep this guide updated!

This Kalanggaman Travel Guide was originally published on February 6, 2012, and last updated in December 2018.

Check out our complete list of affordable hotels and resorts via Agoda or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

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