Kalanggaman island has always been part of my travel list, and I will not let this summer ends without visiting the island, so the travel buff made a quick travel plan. I invited random friends to go with me but due to circumstances beyond our control, only 4 of us confirmed and survived. My boyfriend Joemar who also has a serious case of wanderlust, his sister Joey, the blogger behind memorablelines.co, and my office mate Queenie.
I anticipated that it might be hard for us to take a bus since it was holy week and a lot of people are going home to their respective provinces, we woke up very early to catch the 3am bus trip to Bogo. Travel time is 2-3 hours. Meeting time with the other group was 7am but they arrived almost 9am.
Joiner problem.=D But it’s okay at least we had enough time preparing our island necessities.
After 2 hours of boat travel, this view made me happy.
We pitched our tent , had our brunch, and took an afternoon stroll around the bare island.
Apart from the white sandbar, the other side of the island has a natural rocky beach where you can do snorkeling. It has a handful of beautiful corals, fishes, sea urchins and other marine life. You can also request fresh sea foods if you like.
While strolling, I found this little chapel.
Another way to end your day here is to watch the sunset. A candle like sunset for Holy Thursday.
It’s time for dinner. Our tent was just few meters away from the helpful sea patrols and policemen. They are the people maintaining and taking good care of the island.They let us borrow their utensils like bowls, cups, and even offered a glass of beer because we told them, we’re just neighbors, we’re from Cebu. =D Here’s a photo with our newly found friends.
If I’m going to rate Kalanggaman from 1-10, I will give 8. It’s more than a paradise and I love it.
How to get there?
Traveling to the island with a small number of people can be costly. My advice, be a joiner. For this matter, I personally suggest my friend Loui Cañete. Contact number: 09051545998. He is very accommodating and eager to help with whatever you need in the island. You may also contact Tony Cataquez at 09073883283.
via Bogo Cebu
From north bus terminal, ride a bus bound for Bogo or Hagnaya. Fare is P120 for non aircon and P135 for aircon. Tell the driver to drop you off near Bogo terminal. From there, ride a tricycle to take you wherever your meeting place is. Travel time from Bogo to Kalanggaman is approximately 2 hours.
If you’re coming from Cebu, take a bus going to Bogo or Hagnaya. Super shuttle ferry has a daily schedule trip to Palompon. Check it here Super Shuttle schedule. Fare is 250 and will take 2 hours of travel. Schedule your trip ahead of time with Palompon tourism office. Contact numbers: 09173037267 or 053-555-9010. Boat Rentals: P3,000 for 15pax, 3500 for 25 pax, 4k for 30pax.
Another option: From Cebu pier, ride a ferry bound for Ormoc. Fare is 500-600.From Ormoc, take a van going to Palompon.
If you’re coming from Tacloban, take a van going to Palompon. Fare is 150.
You can also arrange an island hopping tour from Malapascua to Kalanggaman island.
What to bring:
- Easy open canned goods, noodles, bread and rice.
- Cooking utensils ( butane and charcoal)
- Camping Tent ( They have limited tents for rent that would cost 400-500 for 4pax.)
- Snorkeling Gear
- Water. At least 6 liters each.
- Sunblock and shades ( Friendly reminder: Do not put too much sunblock, it can destroy the corals.=D )
- Rash guards/Bikinis
- Power bank
Approximate breakdown of Expenses:
Bus Fare to Bogo- 255 back and forth
Boat transfer- 1,100
Entrace Fee- 110 ( perks of being a student)
Miscellaneous- 200 (including jeepney fares and groceries)
Total= 1, 665
Watch our Kalanggaman video © Joemar Intas
Thank you and Happy Traveling!