Kalanggaman Island is known for its long stretch of white beach and pristine waters that went viral on Facebook circa 2014-2015. It quickly got added on my bucket list the minute I saw the photos that are spreading all over the internet. It’s like a glimpse of Palompon in the city of Leyte that is lurking around and waiting to be recognized.
We are usually a group of 4 (or more) who go out on vacations like this, but this time it was just me and my college bff, Cel, whom I am with whether it be food or out of town trip. There was a seat sale and I didn’t know which destination to book because I’ve been to almost every single airport in the Philippines. My only goal during that time was that I needed to book any destination and then plan the rest afterwards. And so I did book Tacloban and was too excited to finally see and witness the beautiful island of Kalanggaman.
We arrived at Daniel Romualdez Airport in Tacloban City around lunch time and we rode a tricycle going to Tacloban New Bus Terminal in Abucay. This is where you can find the van bound to the municipality of Palompon. It will take approximately 3 hours to get there.
We have a contact who helped us with everything like our accommodation in Palompon, directions on how to get there from Tacloban and even organized our Kalanggaman day trip. If you consider going to Palompon, you may contact Kuya Rowel at +63 927 371 6407. He referred us to Hutton Lodge where it only charged us P850 for our overnight stay with air-conditioning and a private toilet. NOT BAD!
We settled down and went out to grab early dinner because we haven’t even had lunch since we arrived. There were a few decent cafes/restaurants in town and we decided to eat at Franz Cafe. The place is in front of the beach and I had no idea that we will be seeing one of the crazy jaw-dropping beautiful golden hours of our lives!
We woke up early in the morning to catch the first trip going to Kalanggaman Island. It’s recommendable if you are a big group because the boat costs P3000 which can accommodate up to 15 people. During our time, there were only 2 groups and we had to pay P1,500 for our share. Still, not bad. We gave kuya Rowel money and asked him to buy us some food for our lunch in the island and he bought us a whole roasted chicken and rice.
It took us an hour to reach the island. It was a smooth boat ride because the sea is very calm in the morning. It was not entirely sunny and it’s actually pouring a bit, though we preferred it that way to not burn our skin too much. There are also ‘Kubos’ that are for rent where you can leave your things behind.
It’s a good thing we did not spend the night in the island because according to some people who were there since the day before, it was hot and there were not much wind during the evening. Or maybe it was just that night? But still, camping is really not for me. Never, ever. LOL
It was a perfect day to go to the beach. The sun, sand, blue water, wind, music, vibes, chika and there were not much crowd. We couldn’t have asked for more!
Watch out for my next blog post! I’ll share our day tour in the amazing city of Tacloban. 🙂