Attractions

Kalanggaman Island

Written by Patrick

Kalanggaman Island is a little piece of paradise in Leyte, approximately 15 kilometers away from the coast of Palompon on the main Leyte Island.

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Kalanggaman Island

Caption: Beach at Kalanggaman Island

While it is small measuring only about 750 meters in length, its beauty more than made up for its small size.  It is known for its long white sandbar which is one of the longest in the country.  Kalanggaman Island is a protected marine sanctuary with its waters home to a rich marine life.  As such, you get the opportunity to explore the colorful underwater scenery and meet all the creatures in addition to swimming and sunbathing.  Jeter Resort, the only resort on the island also offers other activities such as banana boat ride, jet skiing, and kayaking.

The island remains uninhabited and to continue preserving its beauty, the local government limited the tourists to 500 persons per day only.  Kalanggaman Island is devoid of big resorts and other commercial establishments except for some native huts being rented out by the resort.  Accommodations for overnight stay are not available but camping is allowed if you prefer to stay the night.

Fast Facts

Attraction:
Kalanggaman Island
Type of Attraction:
Address:
Palompon, Leyte
Phone:
(053) 555 9731 | +63 926 816 4005 | +63 912 571 4961 | +63 936 949 3871
Hours:
Monday-Sunday
Closed:
During maintenance and cleanup, and official events such as fiestas and others.
Best Time to Visit:
November to May
Food & Drink:
YES
FREE WiFi:
NO
Cost:
Cost per Person:  $15+
Payment Type:
Cash
Fees:
Entrance fees
P500 ($10 USD) – Foreign tourist (day tour)
P750 ($15 USD) – Foreign tourist (overnight)
P150 ($3 USD) – Non-Palompon tourist (day tour)
P225 ($4.5 USD) – Non-Palompon tourist (night tour)
P40 ($0.80 USD) – Non-Palompon college student (day tour)
P60 ($1.2 USD) – Non-Palompon college student (night tour)
P30 ($0.6 USD) – Non-Palompon high school student (day tour)
P45 (0.90 USD) – Non-Palompon high school student (night tour)
P20 (0.40 USD) – Non-Palompon elementary pupil (day tour)
P30 ($0.60 USD) – Non-Palompon elementary pupil (night tour)
P120 ($2.4 USD) – Non-Palompon Senior Citizen (day tour)
P180 ($3.6 USD) – Non-Palompon Senior Citizen (night tour)

Boat rentals
P3,000 ($60 USD) – Good for 15 persons
P3,500 ($70 USD) – Good for 25 persons
P4,000 ($80 USD) – Good for 30 persons

Cottage rentals
P250 ($5 USD) – Good for 15 persons
P500 ($10 USD) – Good for 25 persons
P700 ($14 USD) – Good for 30 persons

Tent rentals
P200 ($4 USD) – Good for two persons (per night)
P300 ($6 USD) – Good for four persons (per night)

P30 ($0.60 USD) – Table rental
P10 ($0.20 USD) – Chair rental

Jeter Resort Activities P500 ($10 USD) – Banana boat ride (good for five persons)
P150 ($3 USD) – Kayak rental (per hour)
P200 ($4 USD) – Snorkeling (two hours)
P4,500 ($90 USD) – Jet ski rental (per hour)

Note: Rates may change without prior notice. Please contact concerned businesses directly before trip.
Notes:
Coordinate with Palompon LGU for upcoming events that require closure of the island.

There are no restaurants on the island however there are sari-sari (variety) stores where you can order food. Alternatively, you can buy fresh catch from local vendors and cook them using the grilling stations available for tourists (free of charge).

There is no potable water on the island so make sure to bring enough.

The island has no electricity and the mobile phone signal is not always reliable.

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This attraction is located on Kalanggaman Island near the town of Palompon.

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How to Get to Kalanggaman Island?

By Air

Via Tacloban City
Ormoc Airport may be the closest airport to Kalanggaman Island but there are no major commercial airlines flying in and out of the said airport.  The next airport to consider is the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban City.

Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have multiple flights to Tacloban from Manila and Cebu everyday.  Travel time is one hour and 35 minutes and one hour, respectively.

Upon arriving at the airport, follow the route below to get to Kalanggaman Island.

By Ferry

Via Cebu
You can sail directly from Cebu to Palompon via Cokaliong, Oceanjet, and Medallion Transport.

Cokaliong departs Cebu every Friday at 7:00 PM and arrives at Palompon 1:00 AM Saturday.  Fare is between P460 to P2,900 depending on the accommodation type.  Medallion Transport, on the other hand, leaves Cebu every Saturday at 9:00 PM. Travel time is about six hours and the fare is between P558 and P1,210.

Oceanjet recently launched a ferry plying the Cebu-Palompon route and vice versa.  The ferry leaves Cebu everyday at 10:00 AM and arrives at Palompon at 1:00 PM making the travel time to only three hours.  Fare is between P1,100 and P1,600.

Upon arriving at the seaport, follow the route below to get to Kalanggaman Island.

By Land

Via Tacloban City
From Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport, ride a tricycle to Duptours Shuttle Services or Van Vans Terminal.  Travel time is about 30 minutes and the fare is P150.  You can also ride a taxi to get to the van terminal.  From either terminal, ride a van to Palompon.  Travel time is between three to four hours.

Head to the Eco-Tourism Office located near Palompon Municipal Hall.  Pay the required fees and arrange for your boat transfer.  Cost of boat transfer is listed above.  Travel time to the island is around one hour. 

Via Ormoc City
Head to Ormoc bus terminal located near Ormoc City Park.  Ride a van or bus to Palompon.  Travel time is around one and a half hours and the fare is about P120.

Head to the Eco-Tourism Office located near Palompon Municipal Hall.  Pay the required fees and arrange for your boat transfer.  Cost of boat transfer is listed above.  Travel time to the island is around one hour.

The airport closest to Kalanggaman Island

Ormoc Airport (IATA:OMC), is the airport closest to Kalanggaman Island.  It is one hour and a half ride away from Palompon, Leyte, the jumpoff point to Kalanggaman Island.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit this attraction to avoid crowds is early in the morning usually before 10:00 AM.

Closures

This attraction is closed during official events such as fiestas and others.

Fees

Fees require payment in cash.  Credit cards are not accepted at this attraction. 

Food & Drink

Food and drinks from outside the attraction are allowed at this attraction.

Alcohol

Consuming alcohol is not allowed at this attraction.

Pets

Pets are not allowed at this attraction.

Smoking

Smoking is not allowed at this attraction.

Trash

Please dispose of your trash properly or take it with you.  Don’t Trash the Philippines!  

The Philippines are beautiful islands … let’s all ensure they remain this way. 

WHERE TO STAY

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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