I never knew about this island until I saw a photo of it on Instagram, one of the many travel accounts posted it. I read the description, and it says Philippines…….
I GOTTA TELL MY FRIENDS!!
WANT TO SEE THE ISLAND? Watch this video ♥: Kalanggaman Island is LOVE
and sooo…… we went there. lol we spent 2Days & 2 Nights. Actually it should have been 3Days & 2 Nights but our flights got delayed so whatever.
anyway, let’s get to it. :)
HOW TO GET THERE:
The island is located at Palompon, Leyte. There are two ways to get there, via Air or Land travel. We chose to travel by air since travel time would be shorter.
This is our route: MANILA – TACLOBAN – PALOMPON – KALANGGAMAN ISLAND
1. MANILA -(air)- TACLOBAN
There are available flights from Manila to Tacloban at AirAsia, Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific. Travel time is approximately 1 hour.
We arrived at Tacloban around 10pm-ish..or is it 11-ish? …it was late, is what I remember. ’cause our flight got delayed due to heavy rain.
Anyway, upon arrival at Tacloban Airport, ride a jeepney (terminal is just outside the airport) tell them to drop you off at Downtown McDonalds. then ride a tricycle going to the van terminal; just tell the driver to drop you off at Palompon Van Terminal.
If you’ll be arriving late (like us) you could stay at hotels in Tacloban. We stayed at Hotel Consuelo. There are a lot of hotels/hostels/lodges that you could stay at. just google ’em :D
2. TACLOBAN -(van)- PALOMPON
Once you’re at the terminal, look for the vans going to Palompon. Travel time would take 2-3 hours. Drop off would be at Palompon Eco Tourism.
Last trip going to Palompon is 5 PM.
Last trip going back to Tacloban is 11:30 AM.
3. PALOMPON -(boat)- KALANGGAMAN ISLAND
Going to Kalanggaman Island from Palompon town is more or less 1-hour boat ride. Tourists are advised to call the Palompon Eco Tourism beforehand so they could assist you with boat reservations. You could book the entire boat, or share with other tourists.
THINGS you MUST BRING:
- TENT – you could bring your own, or you could rent. There’s a shop just beside Palompon Eco Tourism. You could also rent solar lamps if you need.
- FOOD – yes, there’s a store at the island that sells food and drinks, however it’s very limited, so it’s advisable that you bring your own food specially if you’re planning to stay overnight.
- WATER – just like the food, water is scarce. (I brought one 1500 ml and one 4000ml just for myself)
By the way, before going back to Manila, we decided to eat at this famous seafood restaurant in Tacloban, Ocho Seafood & Grill. They serve fresh delicious local seafoods. and MY GAAAAD! ANG SARAP! Haha
However, If you’re not into seafood, they also have a variety of meat you could choose from. Or you could try this other restaurant Calle Z
anyway since we had A LOT of extra time before going back to Manila (due to our, AGAIN, delayed flight) we decided to visit Sto. Nino Shrine and Heritage Museum. They’re open daily from 8am to 4 pm. A guided tour takes 30 minutes.
It was one of the rest houses of the late President Ferdinand Marcos. It was built for his wife, Imelda Marcos, who was born in Tacloban.
The place was beautiful. I don’t know how many times I’ve said “WOW!” “ANG GANDA!” “GRABE!” It was like being in a victorian dollhouse-ish place. The interior designs of each and every room, the details of the furniture, the walls! the chandeliers! LOL
just look how big that chandelier is compared to me.
(I was planning to stand right under it, but decided not to as it might kill me #finaldestination haha)
So if you’re ever in Tacloban City, I highly recommend that you visit this place. Everything is just WOW.
BUDGET: (for 1 person, group of 3)
1. AirAsia (roundtrip) – PHP 1,533
2. Vans (roundtrip) – PHP 300
3. Boat (roundtrip) – PHP 500
** in our case, there are 6 of us. (we shared with 3 other tourists)
BOAT RATES: (roundtrip)
– Php 3,000.00 for 15 capacity & below
– Php 3,500.00 for 25 capacity & below
– Php 4,000.00 for 30 capacity & below
4. Overnight Fee to Kalanggaman Island – PHP 225
REGULAR RATE (day tour)
– Foreign Tourists : Php 500.00
– Local Tourists : Php 150.00
– Foreign Tourists : Php 750.00
– Local Tourists : Php 225.00
5. Tent + Solar Lamps – PHP 200
** Php600 (1 good for 4 tent + 2 solar lamps)
TENT + SOLAR LAMP RATES:
– Php 300 / night (4-Person Tent)
– Php 250 / night (2-person Tent)
– Php 150 / Solar Lamp
6. Hotel Consuelo (overnight) – PHP 600
** Php 1800 good for 3 persons
7. FOOD: (island & ocho seafood) – PHP 1,000 (approximately)
8. Sto Nino Shrine Museum – Php 77
** Php 230 good for 3 persons (we only used 1 camera)
– Entrance (5 persons) – Php 200
*exceeding 5 persons- additional Php 20
– Per Camera – Php 30
– Per Video Camera – Php 200
TOTAL: PHP 4,435
CONTACTS: (as of August 2016)
Palompon Eco Tourism:
Hinablayan Outdoor Shop (Tent rentals)