This island is getting popular as more tourist are coming in to enjoy the island’s beauty and the liberty to enjoy the vacation.
Kalanggaman Island (others spelled it as ‘Calanggaman’) is (formerly) a migratory place for the birds. Birds flocked to this island during their migratory season. Thus, people called it Kalanggaman Island from the root word “Langgam” meaning bird.
The island is located Northeast of Cebu. It is basically a part of Leyte. Here’s the Google Map to show you the location. Just zoom in to see the island:
Here are the major feature of Kalanggaman Island:
- Long, beautiful sandbar
- White sand
- Beautiful beaches
- Clear waters
- Island with little to no electrical supply
How to get there
Once you arrive in the New Port, the rest is easy. Several bangka (outrigger canoe) will be waiting for you. They are available for a sea-trip ride to Malapascua or to Kalanggaman Island.
Plan your trip ahead. The time it takes to travel from North Bus Terminal to Maya is around 4 hours. From Maya port to Kalanggaman Island is around 2 hours. That gives a total of 6 hours.
In our case, (and I hope this will help you too), we went to the North Bus at around 2:30am or 3am. The bus departs at around 3:30am. Arrived in Maya around 7:36am. Ride a bangka and arrive to the island around 9:45am.
Non-aircon bus fare is 163.00 pesos. Aircon bus is 200.00 pesos. Bangka is 1,200 per head. Island’s entrance fee is 225.00 pesos if you plan to stay overnight. 150 if day-use only.
As the bangka approaches the island, you can already notice the sandbar.
As the bangka anchors its way, a person approaches us. He is wearing a navy uniform. (Or maybe it was just a label.)
He said he just want to give us a few notes as we stay in the island.
I think his job is to wait for visitors and approach them to give a few key notes.
So here’s the three things that he told us. (By the way, he speaks in a humble way.)
- Do not leave your trashes in this island. When you are about to leave the island, pack all your trashes and bring it with you back to the main land.
- Do not get anything from this island as souvenir.
- Do not swim near the sandbar. The current may be strong and may pull you away from the island. They have received instances of accidents due to this one.
The way he speaks in a humble way, and the way he delivers it is impressive. And most importantly, I appreciate how they start preserving the island (#1 and #2) as early as now, and how they warn visitors for possible accident (#3).
Preservation. Without it, I’m afraid this will look civilized later on, like possible building of hotels, etc.
Personally, I like the way the island as it is. Preserving as much as we can. I hope it will remain like that.
The first thing to do is to find a suitable place to put your tent.
Yes, you need to bring a tent. Although there are a few cottages around but don’t depend on that. The cottages may be already been occupied by the time you arrive. (Unless you are not planning to stay overnight.)
The tent will also help your things stay in one place and adds a “bit of” security as compared to an open space cottage.
I previously heard that the island has no cottage. But when I visited the place, there are a few cottages but still not that many. So don’t expect much.
Put up your tent. A good place is somewhere near the tree, somewhere in the shade.
You can attach a few things like so:
You can lie down beneath the tree and enjoy the wind and sand. (I fell asleep after doing this.)
There are toilet rooms/bathrooms spread across the island.
If I may sketch the island, the toilet rooms/bathrooms are represented with a red dot.
So they are basically situated in one side of the island and a few walks apart from each other. (I don’t know how many bath/toilet rooms are there. The image is just my own approximation.)
There’s also a place for grilling/cooking. They are just situated near the bathroom. Here’s one picture:
Speaking of cooking, you need to bring your own cooking materials–i.e. butane stove, butane canisters, or maybe charcoals, etc.
And bring lots of water.
In our case, for 6 people, 5 water containers is not enough.
Also, a few fishermen will dock in the island. They’ll stay in the island for a few hours selling fish (and other sea creatures) for you to cook. (But don’t depend on this. You should bring your own food in case they won’t be there.)
The fisherman location is situated in the following location designated as yellow dot.
I mention this because when we visited the place, it seems the people didn’t notice them, or maybe they are just situated in a secluded area. Anyway, just go to that location, and (maybe) you will find them.
(This is beginning to feel like I’m writing a walkthrough of a secret dungeon of game. Cool!)
The picture below are the (hidden) fishermen (in a secret location that you only know).
And you don’t have to fight monsters in order to eat fish. Just buy from them if you have enough gold coins.
Again, if you want to cook them, bring your own cooking materials.
Time to explore the island.
A chair amidst the sandbar. People poses here for picture taking.
A long sandbar stretching for a few distance:
Still from the sandbar but this time showing the sky, clouds, sea and the sand in a horizontal orientation.
Imagine the feeling of the sand touching your bare feet. Therapeutic!!!
Showing the clear waters:
(Photo above credited to Jennifer Gilay)
(Photo above credited to Apple Rafon)
The picture below shows the clear water just along the sandbar.
That’s a fish swimming freely (in this non-polluted, clear sea water that hopefully humans will not go mad and stupidly pollute this wonderful beauty of nature that no one can ever…….ooops I got carried away).
Here’s a view of Kalanggaman Island if you stand from the sand bar:
And some tourist enjoying the day:
A friendly Pokemon in the island:
Kalanggaman Island from a different angle:
(Photo above credited to Jennifer Gilay)
(Photo above credited to Apple Rafon)
Okay. Let me go back to my map.
In order to catch the sunset, you must know beforehand where it sets.
The map below will tell you where.
The orange signifies the sun rays. The left-most portion is where the sun sets. Again the drawing is just an approximation. (You will notice the lower left portion of the island wasn’t hit by the sun rays. That doesn’t mean you can’t find the sunset in that location. *face palm* Again the drawing is just an approximation.)
The left-most portion is where Cebu is. The right-most portion is where Leyte is.
I did mention that there’s little to none electrical supply in this island. The major electric provider haven’t reached this island yet. (And I don’t want too. Because: island preservation.)
I termed it “little to none” because cottages have solar panels on their roof. Charges though out the day and gives light in the night.
I even saw one fisherman using the solar panel to charge his whatever-gadget-he-has.
So at night, there are portion, just a few area, where there is light because of previously-charged solar panel. But majority of the island is not lit.
From my experience, the moon and the stars give the luminescence throughout the night. Mix it with the sound of the waves along the shore plus the cool wind plus the sound of the leaves smoothly clashing with each other producing a hush sound gives you a relaxing feeling.
Don’t forget to bring flashlight (and maybe some candles).
Before I conclude, I would like to share the piece of information which I found on one of the announcement board in the island.
It contains the price rate (international tourist and non-international tourist), activities (i.e. Kayaking, Scuba), accommodations, meal catering, and some contact numbers.
I would recommend Kalanggaman Island. Many of my friends visited the place, and I am obviously not among the first to visit the place. I heard many good feedback about how beautiful this island is. And I have proven it myself when I visited the place. Now it’s time for you to visit and experience it.