If you’re looking for an off-beat beach destination in the Visayan island group, Kalanggaman Island should be on your list. It boasts a long white shoreline, clear and blue waters perfect for swimming and picturesque sandbars extending on both ends. Unlike other beach destinations in the country, Kalanggaman Island is not always crowded; a virgin island perfect to enjoy with your friends and family.
- Take a flight to Cebu-Mactan International Airport. Major airlines like Cebu Pacific, Air Asia & Philippine Airlines have daily trips to Cebu. Travel time: 50 minutes.
- From Mactan Airport, ride a taxi to the North Bus Terminal roughly 9 kilometers away. Travel time: 20 minutes.
- Ride a bus to Maya Port. We recommend taking Ceres Liner. Travel time: 4 hours.
- From Maya port take a passenger boat to Malapascua Island. Travel time: 30 – 40 minutes.
- Ride a boat to Kalanggman Island. Travel time: 1.5 – 2 hours.
The island, located in Palompon, Leyte, is also reachable via Tacloban City Airport (Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport). From Tacloban New Bus Terminal, ride a van to Palompon Leyte; travel time is approximately 3 hours. From Palompon, ride a pump boat to Kalanggaman Island; travel time is 1 hour. Don’t forget to coordinate with the Palompon Ecotours Office if you’re traveling via this route. We decided to take the Cebu – Malapascua – Kalanggaman route, since we wanted to explore Malapascua Island as well.
WHERE TO STAY
There are no hotels or inns available in Kalanggaman Island. Overnight camping is allowed. Just bring your own tents. Also make sure that the weather is good if you’re planning to camp overnight. There are cottages available for day-trippers. If you’re planning a day-trip, there are numerous hotels and some budget inns in Malapascua Island.
- IT to Malapascua Island
- 0945 Take boat to Kalanggaman Island from Malapascua Island
- 1130 Arrival at Kalanggaman Island
- 1130 – 1230 Swim and take photos at the famous sandbar
- 1300 Lunch
- 1400 Free time. Swim.
- 1530 Departure to Malapascua Island
- 1700 Arrival at Malapascua
We booked our Cebu Pacific flights using our GetGo points. Cebu Pacific has daily flights to Cebu so getting a schedule wouldn’t be a problem. Get an early morning flight to Cebu so you could take the first bus to Maya Port. We took an ordinary Ceres Bus from North Bus Terminal in Mandaue which departed at 3:30AM. The first aircon bus leaves at 5AM. We arrived at Maya port at around 7:30AM. Boats here wait for enough passengers before they depart; we left for Malapascua at 8:40AM.
From Malapascua Island, there are a lot of tour guides who will offer trips to Kalanggaman Island. The standard rate is P800 inclusive of the boat ride and lunch. Rates will vary. Just ask different tour guides (there are a lot in Bounty Beach) what their rates are and choose the best deal for you. Some may charge up to P1000. If you’re only two, do not worry, just ask the guides to find other people who will join you. A trip to Kalanggman Island is a perfect side-trip if you’re visiting Malapascua Island.
The highlight of Kalanggaman Island is its sandbar stretching far out into the sea. The sandbar usually comes out in the afternoon when the tide’s low. Current is strong in this part of the island so be extra careful. The beach is pebbly and white, and the water is very clear and ideal for swimming. You can take your lunch at one of the cottages on the island which you can use for free. There are also tables and chairs available to use. There’s also a grilling area if you want to cook your own food. Take note that there are no stores in Kalanggaman Island so if you’re planning to stay overnight, make sure you have food.
- Transportation: See here.
- Tour to Kalanggaman Island: P800 inclusive of lunch and boat ride
- Fees: P150 Entrance fee for Filipinos, P500 Entrance fee for foreign tourists
- Upon arriving in Malapascua, make sure to schedule your trip to Kalanggaman immediately. There are instances that trips to Kalanggaman get cancelled because of lack of passengers. Some tourists tend to back out at the last minute, forcing boatmen to cancel their trips. If you really want to go, you can hire a private pump-boat to Kalanggaman Island for P4000, just ask your guides for their best offer.
- There are grillers available on the island in case you want to cook your own food.
- Cellphone signal is inconsistent.
- There are restrooms as well but don’t expect much.
- There is no electricity in the island so bring your powerbanks especially if you’re planning to stay overnight.
- Follow the leave no trace principle. When we visited, we saw some plastic wrappers and bags on the shore. Be responsible travelers and clean up afterwards.
- The best time to visit the island is during the summer months of March to April. You can visit the island during monsoon season but make sure the weather is good during your visit.