07 November 2014

Leyte 2014: The Beautiful Kalanggaman Island

It is a known fact that our country has lots of surprises when it comes to scenic gems and fantastic beaches, after all, we are included in the list of countries with the longest coastlines.

Boracay, Palawan, Davao, and more others are known for pristine white sand beaches but who would've known that there is a small island, in the province of Leyte, that has that also and what's more, they have two magnificent sandbars!

Kalanggaman Island is a pristine beach with fine white sand and oh-so-crystal-clear waters. It is the most beautiful beach that Leyte has to offer. It is located off the shore of the Palompon, Leyte municipality. The island takes the shape of a bird if you see it up in the air. And a piece of trivia, the Cebuano term "langgam" means bird and that's why the island was named as such. 

So here it is!
An hour trip going to paradise.
Weary from the long travel but pumped up for a few hours of sun and sand!
Threats of  rain scared us for a bit but we were so thankful that the dark clouds and rain moved the opposite direction. The entire time that we were there, it was just dry land for us. 
Cottages are for rent for a minimal cost
There was just a sprinkling number of people that day. It was truly a haven for relaxation that day.

  • Activities at the island includes:
  • - Swimming
  • - Kayaking
  • - Snorkeling
  • - Aqua-biking
  • - Scuba diving
  • - Camping

  • There's the SANDBAR! Amazing! When we arrived, it was high tide so this sandbar was not that visible. But we were so lucky that after an hour, low tide came and we were rewarded with this sight. We were able to walk all the way to the end.
    I did say crystal clear water, right? =)

    The happy jump!
    Sunburned but happy and satisfied nonetheless.
    Kalanggaman Island will always have a special place in my heart. #cheesy

    The small port just right outside the Palompon Tourism Office. We rode in the pump boat together with the tourism police who were stationed at the island. 

    We were told that during typhoon Yolanda, the locals thought that they have seen the last of the sandbars but good thing, it went back to its former glory.

    Entrance fee to the island is at Php125-150 and will be paid directly to the Palompon Tourism Office. Pump boat rental is for a minimum of Php3,000 for a maximum of 15 pax. But on the day that we went here, we were given a discount of Php500 so we were happy with that because there is only four of us who will split the costs. Maybe they gave us a discounted rate because the Tourism Police came with us, all 3 or 4 of them. But that was fine,

    If you commute coming from Tacloban City like we did, ride a van. There is a van going directly to Palompon, however, we missed the first batch so we had to do a sudden plan B which was to ride a van going to Libungao (you will be dropped off at the Libungao junction) then take another van there going to Palompon. Upon settling yourselves in the second van, inform the driver to drop you off at the Palompon Tourism Office. Total travel time is around 2 hours. Fare each way is around Php180-250, if I remember correctly.

    This experience is truly great and I am so happy to experience this particular gift of nature. Big sigh!



    Tacloban Foodtriphttp://thisislovelee.blogspot.com/2014/09/leyte-2014-tacloban-city-food-trip.html

    Tacloban City (after typhoon Yolanda)http://thisislovelee.blogspot.com/2014/10/leyte-2014-tacloban-city-after-typhoon.html


    1. Oh wow! The boyfriend and I are planning on our travels for next year. I would definitely suggest this to him. Thanks for sharing your trip here! :)


    2. Beautiful place and equally beautiful pictures! What camera are you using? :)

      1. Thank you very much! =) I used my Canon Powershot S100. All except for the underwater one.

    3. Whoa. That's a lovely beach! Aaaah... you make me miss the PH so much!!!! <3

      That's great to see that you've found a hidden 'gem'.

    4. Truly a slice of heaven on earth! What a beautiful place! Would love to have a visit with my family. :)

    5. We love going to the beach, and we're always on the lookout for exciting places to visit. I'll suggest Kalanggaman Island to hubby on our next out-of-town trip. Thanks for the heads-up!

    6. Wow! This place is divine :) I want to go there next year. I hope the white sand and crystal clear water will remain the same and will stay pure unlike Bora :(

    7. Hello Lovelee, amazing view! I wish I can travel next year too! Thanks for sharing the photos! <3

    8. What a lovely beach! I'm sharing this with my Mum, who loves beaches as much as I am. She might want to visit this next time she comes home for vacation. :)


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