Kalanggaman Island – A Gem in the Island of Leyte


Kalanggaman Island is the pride of Palompon, Leyte. The island is reeking of adventure and exclusivity. The turquoise water and white sand of the island would totally make you love the island. Kalanggaman island tour isn’t that easy to book with since the day it gains popularity because only 500 people are allowed to enter the island in order to preserve its beauty and to keep the island from polluted. 

Kalanggaman Island has a powdery white sand that glitters under the heat of the sun and an inviting crystal-clear water. Its shifting sandbars gives a bird view from above, hence the name Kalanggaman “langgam” means bird. Have fun walking in the long stretch soft white sand bar of the island and have fun swimming in the glassy blue water of Kalanggaman Island. 

How to Get there from Cebu City 

From Cebu – There are boats in the town of Bogo that are accredited to transport tourists to Kalanggaman Island. Going there from Cebu City, catch a bus to Bogo from North Bus Terminal and proceed to Bantay Dagat near Siocon Elementary School to charter a boat to Kalanggaman Island. 

From Leyte – Go to Ormoc City or Tacloban City in Leyte. And from Tacloban, catch a van to Palompon. Van leaves every hour from downtown, travel time is around 3 hours, the van fare is P160 ($3.1). And as for Ormoc, you may catch a local bus or van to Palompon for 2 hours travel time, van fare is P120 ($2.2). 

In Palompon – Proceed to the Palompon Tourism Office and charter a pump boat to Kalanggaman Island thru the Ecotours Office. Boat rate is P3,000 for maximum of 15 passengers, P3,500 for maximum of 25 passengers and P4,000 for maximum of 30 passengers.

Make sure you bring your own food and drinks since there's no store in the area where you can buy for food and drinks, although there are some small stores which is locally called as sari-sari store, but it is not enough to ease the hungriness you will feel after a long day full of excitement and fun bathing under the sun at the Kalanggaman Island.

And also, make sure to leave no trash behind and keep the area as clean as you arrive the island. A small form of act will surely leave a greater impact for the island and for the other tourists to come.