Travel Guide: Kalanggaman Island

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The Sandbar

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.

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Photo from MadJoey

I anticipated that it might be hard for us to take a bus since it was a 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.

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Meeting place.

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After 2 hours of boat travel, this view made me happy.

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Buhay isla.:)

We pitched our tent, had our brunch, and took an afternoon stroll around the bare island.

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A photo from madjoey.
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The camping area.

Kalanggaman Blog

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with love life! =D
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Swimming in this area is not allowed because of the strong current. So please, don’t follow us. =D

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 seafoods if you like.

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While strolling, I found this little chapel.

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Another way to end your day here is to watch the sunset.

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Thank you God for keeping us safe.:)

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It’s time for dinner. Our tent was just a 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.

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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 on 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. The 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.

via Palompon

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. The fare is 500-600.From Ormoc, take a van going to Palompon.

If you’re coming from Tacloban, take a van going to Palompon. The fare is 150.

You can also arrange an island hopping tour from Malapascua to Kalanggaman island.

Island Fees:

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What to bring:

  1. Easy open canned goods, noodles, bread and rice.
  2. Cooking utensils ( butane and charcoal)
  3. Camping Tent ( They have limited tents for rent that would cost 400-500 for 4pax.)
  4. Snorkeling Gear
  5. Water. At least 6 liters each.
  6. Sunblock and shades ( Friendly reminder: Do not put too much sunblock, it can destroy the corals.=D )
  7. Rash guards/Bikinis
  8.  Power bank

Approximate breakdown of Expenses:

Bus Fare to Bogo- 255 back and forth

Boat transfer- 1,100

Entrance 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!

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17 thoughts on “Travel Guide: Kalanggaman Island

  1. cbholganza March 26, 2016 / 11:53 am

    huhuhu! ibog ko. padung unta mi diha last tuesday, ‘day. nya kay nahutdan mi’g oras sa malapascua. bu-inga oi!

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    • The Travel Buff March 26, 2016 / 11:59 am

      Thursday ug Friday mi didto Sir. Taas jud ug oras kinahanglan kung Kalanggaman and Malapascua. Mas sulit sad ang byahe kung mag overnight sa Kalanggaman.:) Eseparate nlng jud ug adto didto Sir. 🙂

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      • cbholganza March 26, 2016 / 12:04 pm

        bitaw no? salamat sa suggestment! 🙂 sa sunod, mao na na buhaton ko!

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  2. laaganjud March 27, 2016 / 3:43 pm

    I would love to try it. Thanks for this. Thank you also for the follow.

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  3. Norman Torremocha April 20, 2016 / 6:46 am

    mas ideal bitaw no nga mag overnight kay sulit kaayo kaysa moadto ra igo motuslo sa dagat? hahahah mura’g bitin ra kaayo.. Salamat miss! Beautiful blog you have!

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    • The Travel Buff April 20, 2016 / 7:31 am

      Uu Sir. Dugay sad baya ang byahe nya, mouli ra dayon. 🙂 Anyway, thank you for dropping by Sir. I hope this post helps. 🙂

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  4. NOT JUST YOUR ORDINARY SCIENTIST April 21, 2016 / 7:35 am

    Beautiful Kalanggaman island. I would love to try it! Is the contact information you have put on this entry can arranged an island hopping from Kalanggaman to Malaspascua or vice versa? gusto kasi namin magpunta ng mama ko jan eh. Salamat. XD

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    • The Travel Buff April 21, 2016 / 8:23 am

      Yes, just contact them ahead of time for the arrangements. Loui even told me that they can arrange a tour to Bantayan island in case gusto nyo rin mag Bantayan. 🙂

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      • NOT JUST YOUR ORDINARY SCIENTIST April 21, 2016 / 8:35 am

        Is it necessary to booked ahead of time for accommodations and entrances in Kalanggaman Island and might as well in Malapascua and Bantayan island? kasi dinadayo kasi ito na mga places (I think kelangan talaga mg secure ng slots) or pwede dun na mismo sa mga lugar ang bayad? Thank you. :))

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        • The Travel Buff April 21, 2016 / 8:57 am

          There’s no resort visible in Kalanggaman, so no need to book in advance, but for the boat and entrance, you need to call them (louie or the Palompon Tourism Office) ahead of time since the island is restricted only to 300 persons per day.

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  5. nintravels May 10, 2016 / 9:21 am

    We’ll be heading to Kalanggaman this weekend!!! Waaah thank you for this 🙂

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  6. Nhagzventures October 20, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    Kalanggaman is one of my bucket list. I keep on searching best travel guides for this Island. But this one is the much and I believed more reliable. Thanks Angel. 🙂 Happy Blogging..

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