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Kalanggaman Island, Palompon, Leyte, One of the Philippines' Finest Beaches

Updated on December 8, 2012

If you happen to be in Malapascua, Daangbantayan, Cebu do not miss to make a side trip to Kalanggaman Island. Kalanggaman Island, which is already a part of Palompon, Leyte used to be part of Cebu but was yielded to the local government of Leyte because of its proximity to the province. While Kalanggaman Island is only an hour boat ride from Palompon mainland of Leyte, it is still accessible by boat from Malapascua Island of Cebu by two-hour ride. According to the island's caretaker, the place got its name because the pure powdery white sand island has two sand bars extending on both sides forming a "langgam" or bird's expanded wings. Others say, it got its name as the island used to be inhabited by migratory birds.

The part of the island facing Leyte is for swimming and the part facing Malapascua, Cebu is for snorkeling and diving.

The whole of Kalanggaman Island is only about 10 hectares and there are no permanent settlers in the island. The local government of Leyte has opened the island to tourists and local beach goers. There are available open cottages for rent at P250 (US$6.25) per cottage to provide visitors with ample protection from the elements. For the upkeep of the island minimal fees are being charged; P150 for locals and P500 (or US$12.50) for foreign tourists. Since there is still no electricity in the island people go there only for a day tour. However, for those who are more adventurous they can actually spend the night in the island with only the bare essentials.

Photos of Kalanggaman Island


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      Joan 2 years ago

      are there cottages that we can stay in case we decide to stay overnight?

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      strymon69 3 years ago from Philippines

      Hi! Sorry it took me so very long to reply. Have not been opening my page. anyway, i hope this reply can still work your way. yes there are shallow areas where kids can enjoy dipping or swimming. in the other side of the island there is also a place where you can do your snorkeling.

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      Ayu 4 years ago from Sorajima

      I want to visit this island in the near future! Does the beach have shallow areas ideal for kids? :)

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      strymon69 5 years ago from Philippines

      Yes, the island remains to be serene because it is still not as popular as Boracay and there are still no hotels or restaurants operating in the area where people can party all the time. The place is really a haven for people who only want to have a commune with nature and to enjoy the beauty of its water, whether from the surface or from under water.

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      vibesites 5 years ago from United States

      This is really a beautiful beach through your pictures. I've heard of other world-class beaches in the Philippines but they've become overcrowded and over-commercialized. There it looks so serene, like you're in the other world. Thanks for sharing this and welcome to HubPages! :)