Enticingly Beautiful: Kalanggaman Escapade in Palompon Leyte
Little paradise, enchanting beach, virgin island and a one of a kind island, these are the reviews given by those people who’s been in the said Island. Who will not be convinced with the picture they present from social medias and other social sites. This decided me to put Kalanggaman Island to be on my bucket list.
Kalanggaman comes from the root word “langgam”, a bisayan term which means a bird in English. As I first heard it, I thought that there are variety of bird species found on this Island. I was wrong! As from the locals, they named this Island as Kalanggaman certainly because, as you are looking through the top view, those two sandbars of the Island forms like the wings of a flying bird. That’s how they got the name.
This Island is one of a kind that a lot of people would surely like to visit. From the unique formation of the Island to the enticing turquoise crystal sea, one would thought this must be a paradise.
AN ASPIRING TRAVELER
I have been thinking to do the solo backpacking thing and Kalanggaman is one of the destinations on my bucket list. So when my High School classmate Julito asked us, the “4-SURE girls” to join their escapade, without hesitation I did answered YES! Then one of the 4-Sure girls, a very energetic close friend of mine immediately and excitedly said YES too, and so we’re decided. Exciting!
HOW WE GOT THERE:
*NORTH BUS TO MAYA PORT ( 4hours of travel)
We planned to meet at Cebu North Bus terminal, Cebu. We depart at around 4 AM. We choose an air-conditioned bus with free WiFi to make it convenient for us. The bus stopped at a certain stop over where we could take a pee break or even buy foods to eat. I could guarantee that this ride will make your stress relieved! The way to North has an amazing view that your eyes could enjoy. Mountains, sea-side view and fresh air, they are all relaxing! Seeing those great views that it’s too different from a city, I felt an adrenaline of excitement for an adventure as we are heading to Maya port.
PS: If you are from Mactan Island Airport in Lapu-Lapu, you can take a taxi going to North Bus or try to commute if you’re familiar, it’s cheaper 🙂
To cut it short, we then arrived at Maya port and boatmen came. Compared to other boats, our boat was not that big.
After an hour of travel that’s when my panic started! Big waves started to show. Our small boat was trying to conquer those waves. Every time waves attack our boat, girls are shouting and boys keep laughing. How is that? Though this was a bit dangerous, the boatman calmed us down saying that this waves are Okay and everything is manageable for we can really trust them on this. (Oh yeah!) They have been through this a lot of times.
For a first timer like me, that was exactly an extraordinary experience and at the same time, feared and thrilled me!
Moreover, as we were heading, there were a lot of dolphins we saw and that add the fun and excitement we had… AT LAST! WE’RE HERE… After approximately 2 hours of travel, we docked at the fine white sandy beach of this magnificent Island paradise.
No wonder why a lot f tourist came here! Kalanggaman Island is a real perfect hideaway. Nature at its best as they call it! That place was a small hidden paradise.
We then take selfie as soon as we saw the sandbar. It divides the sea into two parts, the side A and the side B. – aw (HAHAHHAHA).
AND THIS ARE THE REASON WHY I LOVE KALANGGAMAN:
- The Sandbar…
2. Crystal clear water…
As nice as this, who wouldn’t wished to be here?
So that’s why I can’t stop myself……
3. THE SUNSET AND THE SUNRISE ARE AWESOME!
And so we decided to take a look in all the part of the Island… and this pic was taken early morning when we woke up…
4. THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE EVENING
In the evening, aside from the group activity if you are with your group, star-gazing is also one of the romantic thing you can do if you’re with your partner. If you are alone as for solo backpackers, you can still feel the moment of how sweet and peace is your evening is. I did not close our tent at evening since the view of those stars were seemed like within my reach… yes seriously! It was like I was in a place where Galaxy is found ( charoot HAHAHA)
Ps: I don’t have the pics because if I post it here, it will ruin the real beauty of the night sky we witnessed — that was something that my phone can’t capture enough…
5. New Friends we met..
6. and It’s because this was my first Real Adventure and it urge and inspire me to visit more other places.. those great places!… Secondly, This adventure happened on my Birthday… ❤ – so this is a bit memorable to me!
It was indeed a great fun and a great getaway!
REMINDERS/WHAT TO KNOW:
- There will be a charge of P225 (Pesos) if you stay for overnight-for Non Palompon tourist. The cottage rental is P250. (I’ll update the details of the charges later since there is a different charges if you are local, International tourist, senior citizen or a student)
- NO ELECTRICITY in the Island.
- NO WATER. Might be that some are selling water but it is just limited so you better bring your own supply
- SIGNAL is not that good... or worst there is no signal at all.
- NO ROOM ACCOMMODATION- the Island is not that well-developed yet.
- NO RESTAURANT
- THERE IS A GRILLER- (If you want to grill some food during your stay.
- THERE IS 2 PUBLIC CR.
- **SECURITY – There are maintenance assigned who keep on watch in the Island.
BE REMINDED OF YOUR THINGS. There is no surveillance cam in the Island. 🙂
There are cottages in the area. Some of the boatman mostly rested in those cottages if those are not occupied. Mostly of the “dayo” brought their own tent. So those cottages are surrounded with tents.
WHAT TO BRING:
- FOODS (canned goods are convenient enough but you can still cook your own food but be minded that there is no store in the Island selling foods or whatsoever.) We brought kropik food, but we are not able to cook it since I forgot to bring our cooking oil.
- WATER— Surely Needed!
- POWERBANK (it is necessary to charge your phone, flashlight and cameras)
- TENT AND CAMPING MATERIALS
- CELLPHONE & CAMERAS (To take pictures…and a lot of pictures J )
- SWIMWEAR & CLOTHES
- SUNBLOCK (or any other personal things you need)
- PORTABLE GAS STOVE (BUTANE)
- PORTABLE SPEAKERS (optional)
BEST TIME TO VISIT: March- April . Late afternoon travel to Kalanggaman may not be advisable.
Additional Info: FOR SOLO BACKPACKERS
Point of reference: Maya Port
From Malapascua, you can arrange a pump boat to take you directly to Kalanggaman.
I talked to one of the boatman at Maya port. As for the boatman, for the solo backpacker, he/she will be heading first to Malapascua (P100.00) then from Malapascua heading to Kalanggaman for P700 (depends on the boatman- that includes 1 free lunch). That amount is good for back and forth already.However Effective last April 15, 2016, boats from Malapascua, Bogo, Cordova, or any other place except those originating in Palompon, Leyte, cannot dock or do business in Kalanggaman Island unless they have accreditation from the Palompon LGU or their necessary permits.
So before booking, make sure you ask the pump boat operator if their boat is accredited by the LGU in Palompon.
FEEL FREE TO SHARE YOUR KALANGGAMAN EXPERIENCE 🙂