This is a short but satisfying adventure for us, the island’s sandbar is perfect and the whole island is amazingly pretty. We opted to have a day-tour in Kalanggaman to maximize our Leyte-Biliran experience. And this is really one of the best trips we had.
Kalanggaman Island should be on top of your bucket list, a paradise-island destination perfect for a travel-enthusiast like you. A virgin island with blue and crystal-clear water, long white shoreline, and sandbars extending on both ends. Only in Palompon, Leyte.
Our flight is from Manila to Tacloban and we booked a tour package to Kalanggaman. From Tacloban airport, we rode a van going to Palompon, Leyte for 3 hours.
Via Tacloban Airport (Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport)
To get to Kalanggaman from Tacloban Airport, ride a van going to Palompon. Travel time is about 3 hours and 30 minutes.
Via Cebu Airport (Mactan-Cebu International Airport)
To get to Kalanggaman from Cebu Airport, ride a taxi going to Pier 3. You can either ride a SuperCat, OceanJet and Weesam (fastcraft) going to Ormoc, Leyte or a ship en route to Palompon. Fastcraft fare usually costs around P500-P700 while ship ticket costs around P500. SuperCat travel time is about 3 hours to reach Ormoc, then you need to ride a van going to Palompon (1 hr ride) which can cost you another P150. Ship from Cebu will take 4 hours to reach Palompon.
From Mactan Airport, ride a taxi to the North Bus Terminal for 20 minutes. Ride a bus to Maya Port for 4 hours. From Maya port take a passenger boat to Malapascua Island. Ride a boat to Kalanggaman Island with travel time of 1.5 to 2 hours.
Once you’re in Palompon, go to Palompon Liberty Park and pay the necessary fees for the Kalanggaman Eco-Tour. Boat ride from this point to Kalanggaman Island takes about an hour for regular boats.
WHERE TO STAY
There are no hotels, rooms, or inns on the island. Camping is the usual option if you will spend a night in Kalanggaman. You can bring your own tents or rent it from different suppliers. Also make sure that the weather is good if you are 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 Palompon, Malapascua, and other nearby towns.
7am – arrival in Tacloban
730am – going to Palompon
745am – at Palo, Leyte
945am – at Liberty Terrestrial Ecopark Diversion Road
10am – at Palompon
1030am – left port going to Kalanggaman (45 mins travel)
1120am – at Kalanggaman Island
12pm – lunch at the island
430pm – left Kalanggaman Island
530pm – back at Palompon
- Regular (Day Tour): P 500.00
- Overnight Rate: P 750.00
- Regular (Day Tour): P 150.00
- Overnight Rate: P 225.00
Private Pumpboat Fees:
- 15 Capacity: P 3,000.00
- 25 Capacity: P 3,500.00
- 30 Capacity: P 4,000.00
- 40 Capacity: P5,000.00
- Small: P 250.00
- Medium: P 500.00
- Large: P 750.00
- Rate: 300 / night (4-Person Tent), 250 / night (2-person Tent)
- Deposit: valid ID + 200
Kalanggaman Island day-tour is part of our 4D/3N Kalanggaman-Biliran Tour Package for 2 pax (joiners) courtesy of biliranisland.com. Really enjoyed their company and their kindness, highly recommended!
- Cellphone signal is inconsistent. (but this is what we want, right?)
- Check the weather when going to Kalanggaman, especially when you are planning to stay overnight.
- There are grillers available on the island.
- Better to schedule your trip early in the morning since boats are limited and there are certain limits as to number of tourists.
- There are restrooms but do not expect too much.
- There is no electricity on the island.
- Leave no trace except footprints. Be responsible in disposing your trash.
- The best time to visit the island is during summer months of March to May.