No, Kalanggaman Island isn’t a bird sanctuary. Yes, I know that’s not a soldout joke. Anyway, Kalanggaman is probably Leyte’s most popular island as of now. There are lots of beautiful islands in Leyte – Canigao (Matalom), Digyo and other members of the Cuatro Islas (Inopacan) and who knows there are lots to be discovered yet.
Kalanggaman was called Kalanggaman because as viewed on top, the island looks like a bird (langgam is the Cebuano term for bird). And I read somewhere that the island was used to be a bird sanctuary. See the pic below:
How to get there?
Palompon Tourism Hall
Fees – Boat rental, entrance
Due to the flock of tourists going into the island, the municipal government of Palompon, Leyte do not allow those who have no bookings. Yes, you need to have an advance booking of the bangka (motorboat). The rent for the bangka ranges from 3,000-3,500 pesos. It can accommodate 10-15 people or more for the bigger ones. There are entrance fees and I’m sorry I forgot how much it was. All I remembered was it’s different for non-Palompon tourists and foreigners. The fee’s higher also if you want to spend the night at the island.
Travel time from Palompon mainland to Kalanggaman Island is about 1 hour. Expect some bumpy ride along the way. Don’t forget to secure your gadgets from getting wet.
What to expect?
There are no stores in the island and that’s why you need to bring your own food and water. Looking for the market? The market’s a few walks away from the municipal hall.
There are grilling stations and the comfort rooms are maintained properly. There are also police men to upkeep peace and order in the island especially for the overnighters.
The number of cottages are limited so you might want to bring your own tents and hammocks to feel the island life better.
Don’t forget to take a picture at the renowned sand bar. Get there early to avoid the flock of tourists and get that perfect shot!
Go checkout my travel buddy’s blog entry about our Kalanggaman travel at https://thewanderingitinerant.com/2017/07/12/the-awe-when-in-the-island-of-kalanggaman/. Grabbing some of your pics Stella Maris 🙂