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!
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
PERSONAL TIPS AND NOTES:
- INQUIRE and BOOK YOUR KALANGGAMAN GET-AWAY TO THE ISLAND TOURISM OFFICE
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.
- THE ISLAND IS BARE
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.
- THE ISLAND IS OPEN FOR AN OVERNIGHT STAY
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.
- NEVER FORGET YOUR SKIN CARE PRODUCTS
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!
- FOLLOW THE TOURISM OFFICER’S REMINDERS
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.
- ENJOY AND RELAX WITH YOUR STAYCATION/VACATION ON THE ISLAND
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.
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.
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 🙂