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Kalanggaman Island Travel Guide, Itinerary & Expenses

By June 23, 2019 No Comments

Kalanggaman Island derived its name from the local word “langgam” which means bird because the island is shaped like a bird. The island is famous for its crystal clear water and long stretches of sandbars. However, not everyone knows that this island is actually a famous dive spot for divers who are coming from Malapascua Island because of its gorgeous marine life and corals. Hopefully next time we can try diving, or at least snorkel near the shore.

kalanggaman island

How to Get There

Kalanggaman Island is located in the municipality of Palompon in the province of Leyte, Philippines. There are several ways to get there whatever is most convenient for you.

From Tacloban

  • PAL, Cebu Pacific Air and AirAsia have flights from Manila to Tacloban, Leyte
  • From Tacloban city, go to Duptours or Van Vans Terminal to ride a van to Palompon. Fare is around Php 160 and travel time is around 3 hours.
  • From Palompon, proceed to the Palompon Tourism Office and rent a boat to Kalanggaman Island. Travel time is around 1 hour. Boat rental is Php 3,000 good for 15 persons. See other fees below.

From Cebu City

  • PAL, Cebu Pacific Air and AirAsia have flights from Manila to Cebu
  • From Cebu City, go to Pier 1 Cokaliong office and ride a ferry to Palompon, Leyte. Fare is around Php 310 and travel time is around 5 hours and 30 minutes. You can check ferry schedules HERE.
  • From Palompon, proceed to the Palompon Tourism Office and rent a boat to Kalanggaman Island. Travel time is around 1 hour by a regular boat. Boat rental is Php 3,000 good for 15 persons. See other  fees below.

From Malapascua Island

  • From Cebu City, go to North Bus Terminal and ride a bus to Maya port. Fare is Php 230 and travel time is around 4 to 5 hours.
  • From Maya port, go to Tourism Office and register.
  • Ride a boat to Malapascua Island. Travel time is around 30 minutes. Fare is Php 100 plus another Php 20 to transfer from the big boat to a small boat to take you to the shore.
  • Join a Malapascua tour package for a Kalanggaman Island Day Tour. Travel time is around 2 hours. See  Tour Rates and Fees below.

Kalanggaman Island Rates and Fees

Kalanggaman Island Rates

Upon arriving, you need to pay environmental fees:

Regular – Day Tour Rates Overnight Camping Rates
Local Tourists Php 150 Php 225
International Tourists Php 500  Php 750

Discounts are given to senior citizens and students.


Cottages are available for rent, as well as tables and chairs.

Cottage Rental
Good for 15 persons Php 250
Good for 25 persons Php 500
Good for 30 persons Php 750

Php 30 for table and Php 10 for chair rentals. You can also rent a tent if you plan to stay overnight for Php 200-400 depending on the capacity.

Kalanggaman Island Day Tour Package from Malapascua Island

If you are alone or a small group, join the Day Tour Package which costs Php 800 per person inclusive of boat fare and lunch. Environmental fee not included.

As soon as you arrive in Malapascua Island, tour guides will approach and offer you tours. You can also inquire at your hotel or guesthouse or you may contact our tour guide Kuya Bimbo at 09268643431 to arrange a tour for you.

If you are a large group, you can rent a boat for Php 7,000 good for 15 to 30 persons. Boat rental is more expensive if you’re coming from Malapascua Island. For boat rental fees in Palompon, see below.

Boat Rental
Good for 15 persons Php 3,000
Good for 25 persons Php 3,500
Good for 30 persons Php 4,00

What to do in Kalanggaman Island

  • Swimming
  • Snorkeling
  • Diving
  • Camping
  • Beach volleyball
  • Beach bumming


Our photos and videos do not have any filters applied or enhanced/edited in any way.


Where to Stay in Kalanggaman Island

There is only one available resort in the island. But you can also pitch a tent and stay overnight.

JeTer ResortPhoto from JeTer Resort’s Facebook page

JeTer Resort

They have Teepee huts for Php 1000 good for 4 Persons. For Bookings, contact 09175874984 or visit their Facebook page.

Where to Stay in Palompon

Pacci House
Rizal Street
Contact number: (053) 338-2880

Hutton Lodge
Cor. San Francisco St. & Evangelista St.
Contact number: (053) 338-3098


Where to Stay in Malapascua Island

Be One Guesthouse MalapascuaPhoto from Be One Guesthouse’s Facebook page

Be One Guesthouse (We stayed here!)
Contact number: 09359440327

Evolution Diving Resort
Contact number: 09176312179


Sample Itinerary

This itinerary is from Cebu to Kalanggaman island via Malapascua Island. Take note that this is only a sample itinerary. We stayed in Malapascua Island a day before we scheduled our Kalanggaman Island Day Tour. We also did not go back to the city from Malapascua, instead, we head to Bantayan Island next.

kalanggaman island sandbar

04:00 AM From North Bus Terminal, ride a bus going to Maya Port Bus fare: Php 230
08:00 AM ETA Maya port
Register at the Tourism Office
Ride a boat to Malapascua Island
Boat fare: Php 100
08:30 AM ETA Malapascua Island
You might need to transfer to a smaller boat to take you to the shore
Meetup with your tour guide for the assembly of the Kalanggaman Island Day Tour
 Boat transfer fee: Php 20
09:00 AM ETD for Kalanggaman Island  Joiner fee: Php 800 inclusive of boat fare and lunch
11:00 AM ETA Kalanggaman Island
Free time to roam around the island
Environmental fee: Php 150
12:30 PM Back to the boat for lunch time
Free time to eat, rest, or go back to swim or roam around
02:30 PM ETD back to Malapascua Island
04:30 PM ETA Malapascua Island
Ride a boat to Maya Port
Boat fare: Php 100
Boat transfer fee: Php 20
05:00 PM ETA Maya Port
Ride a bus to City
Bus fare: Php 230
09:00 PM ETA Cebu city

  • Do not swim in the sandbar, especially the farthest side. It is not safe because of the strong current. Please follow the instructions of your tour guide or the local guides.
  • Mobile phone signal is available, but mobile data is intermittent.
  • There’s no electricity in the island so bring powerbanks if necessary. We saw a kiosk where you can charge your gadgets for a fee, but we haven’t tried it.
  • No ATM available in the island. Make sure to bring cash.
  • Restrooms and shower areas are available but water is limited.
  • You can bring your own food. There’s even a grilling station that you can use for free.
  • Be a responsible traveler.  Bring your trash with you and dispose them properly.

Some information are from Kalanggaman Island Blog.




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