Kalanggaman Island in Leyte is one of the top tourist spots in the country today and for very obvious reasons.
Do you see how beautiful the photo above looks?
The powdery fine white sand stretches out for miles will beckon you the second you arrive at the island. Never mind the heat because, surprisingly, the sand doesn’t feel hot on the feet.
We were fortunate to have come at a time when there weren’t too many tourists.
The arrival area is pretty much like the usual resort. There are tents and cottages and some concrete establishments.
You can stay here overnight and bring a tent or maybe you can rent a cottage, I’m not sure. But if you’re just there for the day, you can rough it out Survivor-style.
We picked a coconut tree down the beach and simply left our stuff there. I suggest you bring your own food and drinks if you want to stay in budget because the store on the island sells overpriced items. A 1.5 litre of Coke sells for P100. So annoying.
Lucky for us, we picked up some fried chicken and puso (rice wrapped in coconut leaves) before we left for the island. We only spent P60 for 6 pieces of chicken and P40 for the rice. We bought a gallon of potable water at the Tourism Office for just P25.
There’s no mistaking it, Kalanggaman Island deserves its reputation. It’s simply beautiful. The sandbar is breath-taking.
The manner in which the waves roll on to the beach is enthralling.
That bend. Beautiful. Serene.
Far back on the island is another beautiful spot that has a rocky beach. There are trees and bushes that provide ample shade if you’re done checking out the sandbar.
You can see the different hues of blue in the water.
It doesn’t cost much to visit Kalanggaman Island. There’s a P150-entrance fee per person and you can rent a boat for P3,000. Don’t worry if you are only a small group because you can find others and share the cost.
The Tourism Office is located here, at St. Francis Inn. It’s across the church at Palompon.