Kalanggaman Island | Day trip
This blog features more of the amazing hidden sandbar. For more detailed post, feel free to check my other post (linked below).
This was actually my first time travelling day trip to Kalanggaman. We had a quick day trip to kalanggaman last july 2, 2018. My friends niece wanted to visit 1 of the best islands in Leyte before her trip going back to Davao. I suggested the kalanggaman island. And perhaps you already know the reasons why Kalanggaman. Well, let the photos below do the talking. He he.
Nothing major changes in the island. Still the same rates, fees, protocols, etc. During day tour trip only, the tourism office allows you to travel early, as early as 5am. Travel time for day trips starts on 5am to 9am only. Yes, that early. Atleast you will have enough time to enjoy for the rest of the day. And going back is either 3pm or 5pm only just let the management know which suits you better. Feels weird to me since the rest of my Kalanggaman trip stayed and camp overnight.
We arrived at around 9 am, and the tide was high. The island greeted us by its majestic view of a hidden sandbar. Yes, hidden sandbar! Just wow! There’s no excuse for me and my GF not to walk through the end of the sand bar despite the heat weather condition. Luckily at that moment, they allow us to walk through the end of the sand bar. Maybe because that time, the tide wasn’t high enough and ofcourse manageable. “Sunog among panit” but its okay atleast we enjoyed walking barefoot basta the experience was great.
Just look at that view, I CANT SAY NO!
The water was about knee deep a few moments later.
Our mandatory groupshot and selfie shot. 🙂
After we had our lunch, I took snapshots of the island without the sandbar. (Kalanggaman’s hidden sandbar) Lol. Really, feels weird to me. Look at that view! 😀
after few more minutes, the sandbar was totally covered with water.
After flying my drone, we spent the rest of our time snorkeling at the other side of the Island. If you’re not sure where the snorkeling area is, just ask the locals. The current there was manageable event without flippers.
Honestly, at first, I was expecting a “bitin” trip but expect the unexpected. We had fun despite the limited time we had. Worth the early travel time. Overall, my short trip to Kalanggaman was worth it. Still the best at its finest. I would highly recommend this island even for day trips only.
NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC
ANNUAL KALANGGAMAN ISLAND MAINTENANCE BREAK ON JULY 9 to 17, 2018.
Repair of Island Amenities.
General cleaning and upgrading of facilities.
Refresher courses on frontline management, team building, etc.
PLEASE BE INFORMED THAT THE ISLAND IS TOTALLY CLOSED FOR TOURISTS AND VISITORS DURING THIS PERIOD.
I am happy, everyone is for sure happy that the local government maintain the beauty of the island.
TIPS FOR YOUR KALANGGAMAN ISLAND TRIP
-Contact a personnel from tourism office first to book a going to the Island
Our contact was 0926 816 4005
-To fully enjoy its beauty is to travel and stay overnight on weekdays where it is less crowded.
-Bring life jacket, aqua shoes and flippers.
-Bring your tent and sleeping bag
-Bring your cooking gears
-Snorkeling gears are available for rent in the Island if you don’t have one
-Sunblock, Sunscreen and Shades
-Camera with wide angle lens to capture the long sandbar
-Drone to capture the other perspective view from above
-Make sure to bring your own food and drinks before jumping off to the boat.
There is one small sari-sari on the island, they have snacks, drinks and food (canned goods) but depends on the availability.
They also have hot water for sale for 5 pesos.
The Island has a wide griller for everyone. Just bring your own charcoal.
And cook early as possible.
-Electricity is not available in the island. Make sure you have enough battery for your gadgets.
Bring also your power banks with you.
-Bring your Flashlights, Led lights, headlights
RATES AND FEES
Photo grabbed, ctto.
Tent rental at tourism office – 300 pesos overnight
Cottage with 1 table and 4 monoblock chairs – 500 pesos
Beach bed – 50 pesos each
HOW TO GET THERE
For day trips, better to travel early as possible. They allow guests to travel going to the Island as early as 5am. And be back 3pm or 5pm.
From Tacloban, 3 hours drive going to Palompon. Once you’re in Palompon, go to Palompon tourism office and pay the necessary fees and wait for your boat schedule. Boat ride from Palompon to Kalanggaman Island takes about 45mins.