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Kalanggaman Island: Leyte’s Tropical Gem

March 15, 2016

It’s the time of the year again where people go to beaches and resorts to relax and enjoy the sand, (not the sun).

Last June 2014, together with my friends, we realized our plan of visiting Kalanggaman Island as a post summer get-away.

I first heard about it from my high school friends who just suddenly went there out on a whim. Their stories were just so wow, it was beyond what they expected it to be. So that’s it, eureka moment! After hearing their stories, I said to myself that I will really go to Kalanggaman Island.

I searched it up on google and was surprised to see a lot of results, and geez, as I browsed into the photos I can’t helped but be amazed. I internally slap my face for not knowing this paradise when it is only more or less 3 hours away from where I lived by van. I mean, it looked so awesome on photos, how much more in person!

Credits to: DOT Region 8

Kalanggaman Island is located in the municipality of Palompon in the province of Leyte. It was probably called Kalanggaman from the word ‘Langgam’ a Cebuano term that means bird/ibon, the island is said to be a destination for migratory birds. My Dad said when it was not yet a tourist spot; fishermen used to rest on the island and said that it has a lot of birds. Some says that it is because of the two sand bars that forms wing-like at each end of the island

The day before our Kalanggaman trip, we had a sleepover to a friend’s house so that we can go to Palompom as early as 5:00 am. We arrived there around 6:00 am.I know that there are a lot of travel blogs around the internet that features the awesome island and how to get there but I will also give tips and how’s, not the elaborated one but it might help or better visit the island’s official website HERE



This is really the basics but please, if you don’t want to suffer the frustration we experienced, book your escapade first. Our excitement took over us that we went there without asking the tourism office! My friends who went there said that they didn’t book a motor boat or a cottage on the island so we assumed that it was fine not to BUT we were saddened by the receptionist statement that all the motor boats are fully booked and there was no way we could go the island. It was hellish. Then suddenly luck came when there was also a group of local tourist who didn’t book too. They have ‘connections’ to the higher ups and we got the okay sign! So lucky, we got to ride a large motor boat.


No food stalls and drinking water available there. Bring your own basic supplies. There are a few wooden cottages with chairs and tables. Buy all your food and drinking supplies before you leave the mainland. There is a public restroom with saltwater. You can request from the tourism office to provide you with portable water for Php 20 per 5-gallons. There is no electricity too so conserve your batteries and bring power banks. Bring cooking sets and burners to cook your food. There are areas in the island to grill your food. Good news, there are strong mobile phone signals from the major phone providers. Yey! You can post #ATM photos.


Yes, you can stay there overnight. The island is so mystical at night but bring your own tents and camping equipment. There are no rooms for accommodation/overnight stay on the island.


Please, please. Never forget the sun block! I would like to thank Friday Lyn for the sun block because we are so blockhead that we didn’t bring any. LOL. Well, super tanned and happy!


Kalanggaman island is a marine sanctuary! The usual travelling mantra which is “Take nothing but pictures, Leave nothing but footprints and chuchuchu.”  should be applied. The island is so clean, guys, not a single cigarette butt out there. The island caretakers are so strict and awesome cleaners too.

The tourism office will provide two trash bags, one for biodegradable and non-biodegradable. Make sure to bring both when you get back to the mainland, the tourism office will ask it from you.


Yes, nothing more, nothing less. That is basically the reason why we planned on going on trips, right?

So, here is my photo spams with us on the island! Bear with our photos. This is the time where I didn’t mind taking “bloggable” sceneries and photos because I just got back to blogging last year and the photos here are for personal purposes only. That is the thing I regret now.

I’m greeting this turtle.


We are almost there!


Photos or it didn’t happen 🙂


Jump shots on the sand bar!

There are a lot of fun-filled summer activities you can do in Kalanggaman Island such as: swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, aqua-biking, scuba diving, camping.

We tried kayaking!

Here’s a short video of our Kalanggaman Island escapade~


So, where are your summer destination this season? Leave your comments below. I also accept recommendations, leave your links too 🙂

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  • Reply ROBERT LEE March 15, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    When I was going around in Leyte on a business trip, I asked around and this island was recommended as one of the places I could go to. I did not know then it would be this nice.

    • Reply Vianna March 16, 2016 at 12:05 pm

      Sayang, Sir, you missed it. But I know there will be more chances!

  • Reply Karla | karlaroundtheworld March 15, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Been to Kalanggaman twice and both times I enjoyed it.

    • Reply Vianna March 16, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      High five then!

  • Reply Neri Ann March 15, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Summer na talaga! Tourist should really take precautions on how to maintain cleanliness on an island and that will also help us preserve the beauty of nature!

    • Reply Vianna March 16, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      Yes, some tourist are just irresponsible. tch. tch.

  • Reply firsttimetravel March 15, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    The water is so clear! Oh, it’s making me crave for some vitamin sea! I need to go to the beach pretty soon or else! I can’t stand just doing some armchair traveling and not actually being there to feel the sand, the sun and the sea. 🙂

    • Reply Vianna March 16, 2016 at 12:01 pm

      Yes, the water is crystal clear, the sand is very powdery! Hehehe.

  • Reply angie March 15, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    what a great way to experience the world. There are so many new things to try so happy that you were able to get out there and check it out
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  • Reply GodlyGal (@GodlyDivaGal) March 16, 2016 at 12:41 am

    what a beautiful place that it looks like – woulda been a great place for me to travel during the worst of winter here 🙂

    • Reply Vianna March 16, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      And I also want to experience winter. hahaha!

  • Reply Alison March 16, 2016 at 6:17 am

    Beautiful! I love going to beaches and having a chance to just be with people I came with. And I love the idea of going to a beach that cares about how it is presented! No trash or cigarette butts would be awesome!

    • Reply Vianna March 16, 2016 at 11:59 am

      Yes, couldn’t agree more!

  • Reply Aika Loraine March 16, 2016 at 10:39 am

    video of this majestic place circulated on Facebook. hmmm. thank you for the tips. i was actually thinking if there are cottages or rooms to rent. nice write up!

    • Reply Vianna March 16, 2016 at 11:57 am

      Thanks, Miss Aika! It was featured last Sunday on Rated K!

  • Reply Milton Coyne March 16, 2016 at 11:44 am

    I love the name… I thought it has something to deal with ants too haha
    Gosh, I envy you! I still have a month before the summer vacation and I am really itching to hit the beach! Leyte, however is way too far from my place but I wouldn’t mind including it on my bucket list if ever I got the chance to visit this island! What a paradise indeed and it seems like unspoiled compare to the famous beaches we have today and I prefer it that way!

    • Reply Vianna March 16, 2016 at 11:56 am

      Yes, very unspoiled. We are also lucky enough to see dolphins swimming with us as we go home by motor boat!

  • Reply Jessica Beal Harlow March 16, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    This looks like paradise found. I would love to visit! And, I love that turtle you were saying hello to! lol

    • Reply Vianna March 16, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      Thank you! I also like the turtle, it was a real and a preserve one!

  • Reply justjingsjournal March 16, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    I’ve never been to Leyte but I think it really looks fun to have a tour at Kalanggaman Island! Will it be a child-friendly trip? Thanks 🙂

    • Reply Vianna March 16, 2016 at 1:40 pm

      Based on my personal experience, it is not a child-friendly, but if you are bringing one, a high parental supervision is needed because if you just let the child swim by himself/herself, there are chances that it will be sweep by the strong currents. Plus, it take a two hour ride to go to mainland.

  • Reply Jessica Ayun March 16, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    The hottest island I guess. Been seeing lots of photos on this stunning Island! Still looks gorgeous since I first saw this for a site visit in Leyte for typoon victims. Hope to keep its beauty! 🙂

    • Reply Vianna April 2, 2016 at 10:49 am

      I’m hoping too 🙂

  • Reply Mommy Queenelizabeth March 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    A lovely place indeed! Makes me want to plan a summer getaway this instant!love that clear blue waters!

  • Reply Ra'Nesha Wilson March 16, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    I love your photo it is always good to hear first hand travel experiences from other Bloggers

  • Reply MELISSA U March 16, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    Awesome tips! I think they almost apply to anyone who wants to go to the beach. Haha! Also, looks like you and your friends had a lot of fun. 🙂

  • Reply Elle March 16, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    I love all of your photoss! This place looks so fun! I will have to add it to my pages of travel plans I am putting together for my blog 🙂

  • Reply Jean Dalida March 16, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    I’ve been planning to visit Leyte just to enjoy the crystal blue water of Kalanggaman! I do hope tourist won’t spoil the island too much! #LeaveNotrace hihi

  • Reply SASWATI BHOI March 17, 2016 at 12:01 am

    Of course, it’s the beach time now!! Beautiful sand and awesome photographs!!! 🙂

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