Kalanggaman Island has always been in my bucket list. So when we found out that it is accessible via Cebu (that time we are only planning for our Cebu trip), we grab the slightest chance to visit this bird's island in Leyte. This tour was actually part of our ultimate North to South Cebu Travel (click HERE for full travel guide)

It takes approximately 1 hour to reach Kalanggaman Island from Malapascua Island, Cebu. So why not? Let’s go to Kalanggaman Island <3

The island has a length of 753m only and is uninhabited.  No privately owned resorts in the island but overnight camping is allowed. The local tourism office only allows maximum of 500 tourists per day.. 👯⛺️

QUICK FACTS

Archipelago: Visayas

Area: 7,367.6 km2

Highest Elevation: 1,346 m 

Highest Point: Mount Lobi

Region: Eastern Visayas

Largest settlement: Tacloban City

Population: 2,388,518 (As of 2015 census)

 

WHAT TO DO /ACTIVITIES

  • Swimming / Diving (Side trip)
  • Snorkeling
  • Camp!
  • Beach bum
  • Feast at the beach
  • Biking
  • Sunbathing

WHERE TO EAT

We availed a day tour for Php 750 per person inclusive of buffet lunch. 🙂 There are no restaurants in the island but you can buy fresh catch from local fisherman.

HOW TO GET THERE

There are various options on how to get to this island but I highly recommend passing through Malapascua, plus it is way cheaper 🙂

via TACLOBAN CITY

Take a van/bus going to municipality of Palompon
  •  3 hours ride for  Php 150
From Palompon, take a boat trip to Kalanggaman Island
  • 1 hour ride
  • Arrange it thru Palompon's Ecotours Office - 09173037269

via MALAPASCUA, CEBU

Take a boat trip to Kalanggaman Island
  • 1  hr 30 mins ride
  • Php 750.00 all-in round trip boat transfer with buffet lunch and paid entrance/registration fees

via CEBU CITY

Go to North bus terminal, take bus going to Bogo
  •  Php120 for 3 hours
Tricycle from Bogo to Siocon Elementary School
Siocon to Kalanggaman via boat ride
  • Php9,500 maximum of 20 people capacity for 4 hours.

VIA MANILA (RORO)

Go  to Cubao or Pasay Terminal, take the bus that travel directly to Palompon Leyte
  • 27 hours for Php1,700.00

WHERE TO STAY

Beach camp. This is the only way as there are no hotels/inns in the island. You can rent ordinary tents for Php 300.00 per night. And you might have come across the tobleron -shaped tent which is Php 500.00 per night.

OR BOOK HERE

If staying in Leyte Town Proper

 

 

ITINERARY

This was a side trip from our Cebu North and South Adventure. We traveled via Malapascua Island.

0600H – Pack up

0630H – Breakfast at Mabuhay Resto

0800H – Boat ride to Kalanggaman Island, Leyte

1430H – Back in Malapascua Island

1500H – Boat ride to Maya Port

1630H – Shower near Maya Port Inns

1700H – Bus ride to Cebu City

2200H – Arrival in Cebu City

2210H – Check-in at hostel near South Bus terminal; Charge gadgets

2230H – Dinner / Chill in Mango Square

2358H – Back in the Inn / REST

CONTACT PERSON

Kuya Elizar - 0977-7075802

 

I recommend this guy. He took care of us in Malapascua and he's really checking on us if we're okay. 🙂

STANDARD RATES

ENTRANCE FEE to KALANGGAMAN ISLAND:

REGULAR RATE - DAY TOUR
Foreign Tourist - Php 500.00
Local Tourist -  Php 150.00

OVERNIGHT RATE 
Foreign Tourist -  Php 750.00
Local Tourist - Php 225.00

 

BOAT RENTALS (from Palompon)

Php 3,000 – for 15 people and below
Php 3,500 – for 25 people and below
Php 4,000 – for 30 people and below

 

PERSONAL NOTE

  • Start sailing as early as 6am to avoid rough seas
  • You can bring foods, drinks, and camping gears to the island
  • There is no water, electricity and restaurants in the island
  • Best time to visit is during summer season from February to May
  • Avoid rainy and typhoon season from July to September
  • Restrooms/Shower Areas are available in the island but poorly maintained
  • Bring sunscreen! And aloe vera to apply to skin after extreme sun exposure (Click our essentials here)

 

EXPENSES (day tour)

  • Php 750.00 all in day tour package from Malapascua Island. Super affordable. It's even much expensive to dine in Vikings, LOL

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-M