Kalanggaman Island

Palompon, Leyte

Kalanggaman Island
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Judie Ann Princess M.
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Can I tell you a story? It was last two weeks ago.

First, going back in September. We booked a flight going to Leyte. It was seat sale so we got our tickets for 1,900 RT. 128521 we got the earliest possible time at 6AM departing MNL to TAC. We were so excited at that time. When November is nearing, we were notified by Cebu Pacific thru txt & email. They apologetically says that our flight is being rescheduled and instead of 6AM, they moved us to the 11AM flight. Knowing that we have a busy sched in the office because we could not extend 1 more day and we had our mind set that we only have 3 days to go there. Back to October, I asked the agent if there is any changes on the flights going to TAC on 17th of November and he told me that only the 11AM flight would be the earliest flight on that day. 128549 and I asked him if he could reroute us since it was on their end that's why we are having problems with our schedules. He hang me up, waited. Then he told me that he could rebook our flight with connecting flights from MNL to CEB the CEB to TAC and we will arrive a little more early than our original sched. So I said yes to that and who wouldn't want that? I mean hello, we only got our ticket for less than 1k pesos and now we will have connecting flight? Domestic? Seems like we flew internationally 128517

We arrived at Tacloban Airport 10 mins earlier than what we had on our itinerary receipt. The Cebgo plane has a limited space and so small. Nonetheless, we had a safe flight and that is the important thing.

Upon arrival, while we were up in the sky we can really notice big waves from the ocean and rain was hardly pouring down 128557 so I texted our Tour coordinator. Then a moment after I texted him, he messaged me thru FB messenger that there is an LPA in Leyte and our scheduled Kalanggaman Island tour might be postponed and that we will have a detour if the weather will not permit us to go to the island. 128148 so I asked him if there is a hotel or transient that we could stay in first and freshen up because we were from Office the last night. We need to freshen up. Then when they arrived in the airport, they brought us at AIS Hotel and the receptionist told us that their rooms are good only for 2 pax for the short stay. So I contest her, and asked kung pwedeng kami nalang tatlo since what we intend to do is just to freshen up and also para makatipid na din sa babayaran na room rate. After the 3 minutes negotiation she let us in and we had our 1st "tawad moment" victory in Leyte 128514

By 7AM, our tour coordinator told me that the coast guard has replied to him that they can permit the boats to sail going to the island dahil nawala na daw yung LPA sa area. YAHOO!!!!

The travel time from Tacloban to Palompon took us 2hrs max.

In Palompon, there is a registration area for all the guest who are travelling to Kalanggaman Island.

Why Kalanggaman? At first I really don't have an idea. I thought the island has so many ants because in tagalog we call the ants as Langgam. 128584128586 Only to find out that what they call the birds in Waraynon is Langgam. And there were many birds in the island that's why they call it Kalanggaman. 128516128515128161

The boat ride from Palompon Port to the island took us 45mins. Upon approaching the island, we can visibly see the long as in super long stretch of the sand bar 128525 the color of the water is amazing!!!

This is my second time to see a sand bar, and my 1st time to witness a full blasted sand bar 128525128147

As we docked on the shore I can't wait longer, I was excited and when we finally off loaded the boat.. gaaaahhhhd! I literally blurted "touch down Kalanggaman Island!" 128514 the water is very calm, and in different shades of blue 128525

The island is very virgin. And I love camping out on beaches. Because why not, right? Mas naaappriciate ko kasi talaga yung beach when I camp kasi naririnig ko yung sound ng waves before matulog and my natural aircon na din because of the cold wind. 128515127811

The moment our group has settled all our things and changed for our OOTD na pang malakasang awra beach wear, we helped our tour coordinator on preparing our lunch. We had crabs, shrimps, grilled chicken, grilled pork, grilled fish, soda, rice, pineapple and watermelon!! Yummmmmers

After lunch we pitched our tent. Then beach time baby!! 128513128089

As far as I can remember, we started to go around the island by 1PM. Thank God, mr. Sun wasn't that strikingly hot and clouds was there so it was not so hot by that time. The sunset was so beautiful and so stunning! 128525

The island is perfect for selfie, groupie, prenup & awrahan photo ops! It has a really wide and long sand bar!!!

By dawn, we started to swim. The water is a little bit cold. And the sea floor is a little bit rocky but there were sides that has no rocks. By 6pm we had our scrumptious dinner 128523

Then social up to 9pm and then lights off. We woke up at 5AM and went to the other side of the island. It is cute! On the picture where there is an aisle of coconut trees, I was really imagining of a wedding happening as we walked there 128514 there is a private resort on that place and they allow us to visit the place.

There is a tree house and it was beautiful. Unfortunately, it has been closed. I don't know why, I think it might be brittle? Then there is the Toblerone shaped huts that could fit in 4 pax for 1,000php/night 128521

Did I mention? There is another sand bar in that end too! 128515 according to the locals, that sand bar has been damaged by Typhoon Yolanda. Because we asked them why the middle of the sand bar has sinked into the water. 128559128148

Kalanggaman Island is really beautiful. I will not get tired on saying that because it really is! Hehe as to its sand, yes it has creamy white sand. But don't expect for the "powdery" white sand because as far as I have traveled that term belong to Calaguas and Boracay. As the sand here is mixed with coral stones and you cannot walk on a bare foot and lay down long if you don't want an aching back. 1285149996

Fresh water source here is not really available. They have spacious rest rooms but the water is freshly from the sea. So yes, it is salt water. But sir Jeboi, provided us 10gallons of fresh water all the way from Palompon. That's why tipid talaga ang lahat sa tubig. Or you might end up na hindi makapaghilamos manlang. Haha! Shower rooms with fresh water are available at Palompon port. And you can use the facility for free. 128522

So when you are planning to go there, try to message sir Jeboi our tour coordinator. Here is his mobile number: 0927 837 1482 also, try to visit then like his FB pages: Wewander Travel & Tours and Kalanggaman Island Tour Via: Cebu or Tacloban. I assure you that I could really recommend him! I travelled most of Region 8 because of him. Hehe

Trying to do some catch up review for my Region VIII. Samar is next! 128521128147

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Mj D.
5.0 Stars
4

Worth it kahit malayo 128522128077🏼

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Jaypee D.
5.0 Stars
4

Probably one of the best sandbars I've been to, Kalanggaman Island in Leyte features a long stretch of beautiful sandbar with a majestic view where the sky and the white sand beach meet.

The fun part of my stay was the overnight camp. Although we've experienced a not-so friendly weather during the night, the bonding as one group -- take turns in preparing meals, stories over alcohol, group games -- all of these made up our memorable stay in the island.

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Franz Mae S.
5.0 Stars
2

sobrang ganda ng lugar..worth it ang byahe..hindi ka magsisisi

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Jen S.
5.0 Stars
7

Kalanggaman Island is so beautiful. The white sand, its clear blue water, and of course its sandbar. The LGU was able to maintain the natural beauty of the island and it is being carefully taken good care of the local government.

You can start planning your way to this beautiful island this 2017 to see it for yourself how lovely the place is and stay there for overnight just like what we did.

You can book a flight from Manila to Tacloban. Then, head to Abucay terminal where you can ride a van going to Palompon (150/head). The trip usually takes about 2-3 hours. Yeah, nakakapagod but trust me the travel time is really worth it when you reach your destination. Upon reaching the terminal in Palompon, you can buy food in the nearby market since there is no food being sold in the island. And then make your way to the tourism's office of Palompon. Just about 5 minute walk from the terminal or you can opt to take a sidecar (5/head).

Tip: be sure to make reservations before visiting. Why? The boat costs 3,000 for 15 persons. Having other groups to join you will cut your expenses. BUT you have to deal with them regarding the pick-up time the next day as the boat who send you there will also be the one to pick you up once. If you don't want any hassle and you have the money, have the boat for yourself. Hahaha!!

Boat: 3,000/ 15 persons
3,500/25 persons
4,000/ 32 persons

The boat ride takes about 45 minutes up to 1 hour. While the entrance fee costs 150/ head for day tour only and 225/ head for onvernight. The rent for the tent costs 300 and could fit up to three persons.

There is toilet and changing rooms but you're not allowed to use shampoos and soap to take a bath. This is their one way of preserving the island. BUT the kuyas of the boat who brought you there will provide you fresh water for rinsing. 128522

Stay there for overnight to see the beauty of the sunset and the sunrise. Even the moon at night when it shines so bright at night.

Sooo, there you go! You now know how to get there! It's time to get going!! Don't forget to bring flashlights! And of course, FOOOOOOOOD!! and water to drink!

Check out some of my pictures below 128522
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Kevinross B.
5.0 Stars
4

What I love about the Philippines is that it’s never too
late too late to go to the beach! In fact, it’s ALMOST always a good time!

Me and my college friends booked a flight to Tacloban last
year for our eastern Visayas trip a few months back. Since our travel date was last July, we prayed and hope that our trip wouldn’t be that rainy.

On our first day in Tacloban, we bought some groceries and
on the next day, went on a 3.5 hour zigzag ride to the port at Palompon. And there we went on a 1 hour boat ride to Kalanggaman. Before leaving the port, we were
given a quick orientation about the island and how to segregate our trash. They also provided us with gallons of water for our shower/dishwashing needs since the ‘poso’ on the island just pumps the water out of the ocean. We had to make sure we conserved water as much as we could!

Just by looking at the island from afar, I could already
notice the pristine beach it’s boasting all over social media! It was amazing! I couldn’t wait to run on the sandbar and jump in the water like a kid!

Expenses:
128184 Private shuttle ride from Tacloban to Palompon – P2500
128184 Boat ride to Kalanggaman Island (Roundtrip) – P3000
128184 Tent Rental (Good for 4) – P300
128184 Solo shuttle ride from Palompon to Tacloban – P3000
128184 Tourist fee - P225, Student discount – P60

Some tips (especially for overnight stay):
        
128204 Buy groceries for your food and drinks before
going to the island.

128204 If you plan to have lunch there, buy ready
cooked food so that you won’t worry to prep for lunch and have more time in the
beach.

128204 Target to finish cooking your dinner before the
sunset. It can really get challenging to cook when there are no lights.

128204B ring flashlights, power banks, portable fans.
There’s no electricity on the island.

128204 Close your tents at night. There are lots of mice
at night.

128204 Place is nice for sunset/sunrise time lapses.

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Julie L.
5.0 Stars
5

Breathtakingly beautiful clear waters and view of the gorgeous ocean. It is really as beautiful as they say. 128525

3 hours van/bus going to Palompon port. 1 hour boat ride to the island. It was a challenge going there since we missed the one and only scheduled bus ride to the area. We had to take a van which costed more than our estimated 150PHp bus fee to the port.

Boat ride costs around 3,000PHp good for 15 people, unfortunately we were only 7 so we split the boat fare with each other. Environmental fee was 150PHp.

Despite the unfortunate events we experienced the view and the pristine waters took our breathe away.

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Ig Plummer S.
4.0 Stars

Late Review: One of the best beaches in the Philippines.

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Khaila C.
5.0 Stars
3

Who wouldn't love this place? 10084
Another paradise on earth! 128525

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Jay R.
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It is becoming a popular destination for adventure seekers like me. I first learned about the island on Facebook and I immediately booked a flight going to Cebu. Normally, travellers who visit the island take the Tacloban route. Since we want to visit more Islands, we opted to go to Cebu first and tour Bantayan and Malapascua Islands (Which I'll write separate reviews later).

Kalanggaman is a small island located in the western part of Leyte. It is barely an hour away from the port of Palompon. If you're coming from Cebu, your gateway to the island is Bogo Port, it's 2-3 hours away from Cebu City. We travelled to Kalanggaman from Malapascua Island. Travel time is 2 hours.

The Island is famous for its amazing sandbars, crystal clear water and white sand. Local tourists need to pay an Environmental Fee of 150 pesos; 225 pesos if you're planning to stay overnight. Make sure to bring enough food for there's only one Sari-Sari store present and it only sells bottled water and sodas. Visitors are only allowed to swim on some parts of the island due to strong currents, so make sure to read and follow what's written on sign boards. Be a resposible oxygen consumer! 128540

You will fall in love with the place. If you want to swim, chill and enjoy the sun minus the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle, Kalanggaman Island is definitely "THE PLACE"! 128525

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Jonathan E.
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5

“One of the best sandbars in the world.”

This is just one of the many good things I read about Kalanggaman island in the past years.

So when I had the chance to travel to this island, you would understand why I was so excited. Kalanggaman is about 45 minute boat ride from the town of Palompon, Leyte. As a travel blogger, I was lucky that I was invited by the Tourism Promotions Board of the DOT to take part in a familiarization tour in Region 8. And one of its prime destinations is Kalanggaman Island.

By the time we arrived at the municipal hall, we were welcomed by the staff of the local government. Then escorted to the second floor for a briefing before we travel to Kalanggaman.

The town's officials gave a short talk.

One thing that struck me the most was the elaborate plan of the local government to protect the island. They have a strict system that regulates the number of tourists going to the island. Everyone should contact the local tourism office first before going. Walk-ins are not allowed.

After the talk and snacks, off we go to Kalanggaman.

I was fortunate enough to join the huge boat together with the town’s Tourism Officer together with our friends from DOT, tour operators and media partners.

It was bit of bumpy ride going to the island, but the motorboat was big enough to handle the waves. After about 45 minutes, we were welcomed by this pristine beach with white sand. I was amazed by the beauty of Kalanggaman.

It was nice to see the local government prepared such a beautiful dance number as a welcome for us. We were all overwhelmed.

After some quick rest, it was time for lunch.I admit I love food. So I couldnn’t magine myself not getting too excited about the food no matter how hungry I was because I was so focused on the beach, on the long sandbar on the left side of the island.

I took a very quick lunch to finally get a taste of Kalanggaman.

Together with my buddy, Joshua, who is also a travel blogger, we explored the long beautiful sandbar of Kalanggaman.

As I walked through the sand, I remember telling myself, “So this is it, they are really telling the truth when they said this is one of the best sandbars in the world.”

It even surpassed my expectations.

After exploring the sandbar, I saw some paddle boats along the shoreline. There are actually a lot of activities to enjoy in Kalanggaman like kayaking and paddle boat riding.

I was really satisfied with the island’s beauty and also the activities. After about an hour, I finally get a chance to swim and enjoy the pristine, blue beach. Oh it was relaxing.

Kalanggaman Island is indeed a proof that tourism can flourish without sacrificing the conservation. The town has been getting quite good income from tourism, but they never compromise the environment.

Palompon, and the island of Kalnggaman, is showing all towns in the country how tourism is done.Kudos!

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Jelly Mae S.
4.0 Stars

Kalanggaman Island is one of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines. The water so clear and blue, the sands so white like powder. This isle is in Palompon, Leyte, Philippines. It looks like a smaller version of Boracay Island. What is unique about it is its magnificent sandbars, both stretching at the end of the island. Unlike other beach resorts, this island is not always crowded. When you get here, you’ll feel like you’re a castaway in a beautiful way because the island will be your home for the day and you can do everything you want including – swimming in its crystal blue beach, snorkeling to see its majestic underwater gems, kayaking and many more. 128522127796127811

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Jecila S.
5.0 Stars
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Breath taking crystal clear water, the famous sand bar, not so powdery *medjo mabato* shore line pero white sand and star gazing at night with my family made my kalanggaman experience a special one.

From palompon took a 1 hr boat ride. We stayed overnight paid 225.00 for the entrance, 3k for the pump boat min of 15pax. If you're planning to go to kalanggaman, call first the tourism office for reservation.

WALANG FRESH WATER SA ISLAND. WALANG PANGBANLAW NA TUBIG. :( i took a shower at tourism office the following day. Free use naman, so no problem :)

May medic team and may mga police so safe naman sya! Free use of grilling station bring your own uling, you can rent tent if wala kayong dala, 300 tables 50php chairs 10php beach bed 50php.

Sure ako, babalikan ko sya :)

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Nicko R.
5.0 Stars

A strip of sand and coconut trees, clear water in a 360 degrees angle. It is at the end of the world and it's magical.

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Sandy P.
5.0 Stars
4

This island is the one of the best islands I've been to!! It was worth all the travel. 128525

From Malapascua Island, we took a boat at 9am going to Kalanggaman Island. The boat needed around 15 passengers to leave. It costs P1000 each going on a daytrip including lunch to Kalanggaman.

It's about 2hours away from Malapascua. We reached the island by 11am. It was mesmerizing. I cannot explain the feeling, but the island is soooo amazing. Crystal clear water, white sand and the famous sandbar. Just wow. There were cottages where you can stay from. It costs P250 only per group. And we decided to join our boat group.

The boat men prepared lunch for us and we had grilled chicken and pork. Well I was expecting seafood but it's just the pork and chicken with soy sauce. Nevertheless, since we're all starving, we finished the food.

We went swimming, snorkeling, taking a lot of pictures and really enjoyed the island. Though the sand was not fine, but still, the beauty of the place tops it all.

I was quite shocked that even on weekdays, there are too many people visiting the place. It's crowded, so we get the chance to take photos while others are busy eating.

We left the island by 3pm and reached Malapascua Island by around 5pm.

I'm still amazed by its BREATHTAKING beauty. 128525128077🏼

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Joshay S.
4.0 Stars

An island known for it's pure white sand and two long sandbars.

We came from Malapascua Island, 2hours drive by boat. The ocean was so calm. We enjoyed our ride with few foreigners on the boat.

Entrance fee to the Island is P150.00 for locals and P500.00 for foreigners. Quite expensive though.

We arrived around 11 am.. Photo ops. Swim and enjoyed the breathtaking views.

Lunch was included on our fees. Regular cost is P800.00 but we had a discount. We only paid P500.00 each with my two friends.

It was sumptous. Grilled fish and meat and chicken curry. So good to eat when you're in the middle of nowhere...hehehe..

We left the Island by 15:00.

The next time I'll come back, I'll definitely bring my tent and spend the night here. Given that I have everything. FYI, no fresh water on the Island.

Amazing exeperience indeed10084128077128153128540

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Jon B.
5.0 Stars
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Another adventure is waiting just an hour of boat ride from the Hinablayan town (old name of Palompon). I've heard so many good reviews about this islet located in the western part of leyte. We were overwhelmed as we approach the island. The turquoise sea and crystal water was so inviting, I wanted to jump even before we reach the shore. The white sand extends from one sandbar to the end of the other sandbar.

TRIVIA:
The islet have sandbars on tips resembling the wings of a bird. The word "LANGGAM" in Cebuano means BIRD so that's probably the reason why it got the name Kalanggaman.

FYI:
If you're planning to visit Kalanggaman island, you need to communicate with the Department of Tourism (Palompon).They only allow 500 heads (weekend only)
They'll also arrange the pump boat that will bring you to the island.
Contact: 09173037269
Kuya Ruel (Head) 09082639933

EXPENSES:

REGISTRATION FEE
Day Tour:150.00
Overnight: 225
Boat rental fee is 3,000 ( 1-15 persons only) You can also rent a cottage for 250.00 only.

If you're a solo traveler and want to save more money here's my TIP for you:

- You can negotiate with the other visitors about the boat in that way you save money. You just have to talk about the agreed time to return to the port.

- You can call the HINABLAYAN OUTDOOR for you to arrange your visit. They'll include you in a group tour. Here's what they offer:

-Overnight Package:
Local: 1900 per head
International: 2,400

INCLUSION:
Round trip boat transfer (Palompon-Kalanggaman-Palompon)
Food (Lunch, Dinner and Snacks)
Environmental and Permit Fees
Entrance Fees
Butler
Tables, Chairs and bench recliner
You can also request your favorite seafood at a different price.
A special halo halo will be served before going to the island.
You contact them thru 09227228218 and look for Raymond Piqs. You can also check their facebook page for complete details. As of this month, they're fully booked except next month. Their store is located outside the tourism building.

HOW TO GO TO PALOMPON FROM TACLOBAN:
From Tacloban, ride a tricycle going to Tacloban New Bus Terminal. Once you're there, look for a van that has a signboard Palompon. The last stop is the Palompon Terminal. The fare is 125.00 pesos only. It takes 3 hours of travel from Tacloban To Palompon. Once you're at Palompon Terminal, ride a pedicab and tell the driver to drop you at The Tourism office. The pedicab fare is 20.00 only.

YOU NEED TO KNOW!
Due to the recent incident reported, the visitors coming from Cebu are no longer allowed to enter the island. They need to register first at the Tourism's office in Palompon.

DO's :
Scorching heat of the sun is more fun in Kalanggaman. Make sure that you'll bring your swimming gears. You can also rent a Kayak for 100.00 for 1 hours.Beach volleyball is nice too. Make sure to waterproof everything and keep your valubale things with you all the time! Place your tents near the shore to see the billion dollars stars at night.

DONT's
-Don't swim, kayak on the left side of the island because the waves are strong.
- Don't swim if you're drunk!
- Don't bring anything like starfish, corals etc!
-Pick up your trash

SECURITY:
There are two policemen on duty to make sure that everything is safe and secured during their stay. Lifeguards are also visible in the area to ensure the safety of everyone.

Indeed, it's a very memorable visit. This pride of Palompon is just another reason of why it's MORE fun in the Philippines!

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Kwokie K.
5.0 Stars

Blame it on social media why we went to Malapascua-Kalanggaman! Ever since the first post we already added it to our list, so this 1 day leave long weekend - we decided to give it a go!

The journey is the one part of the decision on if it was worth it. We got the package from the boatmen to bring us to the island, cook our lunch and bring us back. Perhaps in a bit of selling the pitch, I was told that the ride to the island was 1.5hrs - our ride to the island took 2 since the waves were a bit high. (Maybe on the smoothest of days it will be 1.5hrs.)

Once you get there though, you start to see the reason behind the hype - the island is really unique. The sandbar is formed by the meeting of 2 currents from opposing sides, one of those places as you walk on the end parts of the island where you feel the waves crash on you from 2 sides.

The foreigner couple we overheard said it best, there are nice beaches here and in the other countries they've been to - but this is a unique sandbar in all their travels. Picture perfect postcard worthy with the fine sand and maybe the clearest of waters akin to El Nido or Coron.

Some observations when you're there -
- there are Leyte local government employees there. So it was good to see a receipt when we rented a cabana.
- it's organized that everyone can cook in a common grill, so it saves everyone from needing to start their own fire.
- water is deepwell water by "pozo-negro" so you pump your own water
- washrooms are common use, slightly delapitated but still usable and private. Locks are damaged but does the job
- most of the folks there dive and the island is a lunch stop

The ride back was the wild part. Blame it on the moon, the wind or the weather in general but by my estimate was maybe 2-4 feet high waves. No question though that the boat could take the pounding, but it did make for a long and difficult ride back which now took almost 3 hours and it was practically raining the entire time.

Definitely worth going to, but pray for nice weather - and bring your adventurous side!

Tidbit of Trivia: The caretaker told me that a Star Cruises cruise ship already stopped by with their guests a few months back. It's being discovered already so see it while it's still in its own raw and pristine state.

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Tei A.
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I love this island! It's a beach lover's dream paradise! Fine powdery white sand, clear azure waters, coconut trees. There are no resorts in the island. We camped by the beach. I set-up a hammock and slept there. It was very breezy and quite chilly at night because of the strong breeze/winds. I hope they keep things this way so it wont get abused by commercialism.

Kalanggaman is ♥️.

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Pol Y.
5.0 Stars

Another beautiful island in the visayas region, a place worth visiting at least once in your lifetime. From Palompon, Leyte it is an hour away via pumpboat to the island.
Crystal clear water, fine white sand, and hospitable people awaits the adventurous people who dares to the adventure!
Enjoy!!! 128526

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