Boasting its crystal clear water, white sand, and long sand bars stretching on both sides, Kalanggaman Island is a perfect place for everyone who wants to escape and detoxify from the city's hustle and bustle. With a length of 753 meters, you can walk around the island in a matter of minutes.
Kalanggaman is derived from the bisaya word "langgam", which means "bird". During our trip we had the chance to talk with the locals in Palompon and asked how the island derived its name, and we end up having 2 versions of the story.
Story 1: Few years back then before the island was known and developed, it was inhabited with a multitude of birds of different kinds.
Story 2: The island has a bird-like shape, with its wings flapped on both sides (which are the sand bars).
Either both of the stories were true (or not), one thing is for sure, the island will bring you to another world on its wings.
Where is it?
It is located approximately 20 kilometers from the municipality of Palompon, Leyte.
How to get there?
If you're travelling from Manila, your best bet is to take a flight from NAIA to either:
- Tacloban Airport (Daniel Z. Romualdez)
- Ormoc Airport
From both airports mentioned above, you can take the van en route to Palompon. In my case, I took the the flight from NAIA to Tacloban Airport and explored around the city. My travel buddy happens to be travelling from Cebu and we agreed to rendezvous in Palompon. He took the Ocean Jet's fast-craft boat and travelled 2 hours to Ormoc City.
Once you're in Palompon, take a few meters walk from the van terminal to the local eco-tourism office and pay the necessary fees listed below:
The island is uninhabited, no functional rooms (yet) to sleep, and no potable water available. So make sure to bring food, water, tent, and other necessities, especially if you're going to spend overnight on the island. Cottages, chairs and tables, and comfort rooms are available though.
While you're still in Palompon, you can visit the local market; just a few minutes walk from the eco-tourism office; and fill up some bags of basic needs, that is food and water.
The locals are friendly and welcoming, sharing stories and trivias about their municipality and the island. The local dialects are Waray and Bisaya, but definitely they can understand Tagalog.
On our way to buy or stuff, we spared some precious minutes with Nanay Tita, who offered us their local wine made of coconut sap, called Tuba.
And finally, the island!
I have no words to describe the beauty of this island, so I'm just going to leave it here.
There you go! I hope you enjoyed my travel experience in Kalanggaman Island. Have you been there yet? If so, how was your experience? Share your travel guide and tips in the comments section below.
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