This year, one of the places on my bucket list is unexpectedly fulfilled! 🙂 Yup, you read it right, I did not expect to be at Kalanggaman Island earlier this year!
Me and Glenn's family are bound to Cebu City and will be touring it's northern part. We've visited the southern area with friends last 2016 so we are conquering the northern part. Sadly, I was not able to write a blog about it. 🙁 Moving on, I discovered that Kalanggaman Island can be reached via Malapascua, Cebu which is our destination for this trip! Horrraaay!
BTW, if you happen to visit Malapascua, Cebu you might want to check out our humble White Sands Bungalow accommodation. The place is wonderful.
Located at the Visayas area of Philippines, Kalanggaman Island is from the municipality of Palompon, province of Leyte. It is a 753m stretch of white sand bar with pristine beach and white powdery sand. This is far the most beautiful, peaceful and paradise-like island I have been! All of the pictures below can justify my statements. 🙂
I do hope as of this moment, you are already imagining yourself on the island, sipping buco juice or just sun bathing! 🙂
THINGS TO DO IN KALANGGAMAN ISLAND
- Snorkeling/Swimming - with the clear blue seawater, every living creature could be clearly seen and captured with your water cameras. Perfect for your vlogs or for personal memory safekeeping. 🙂
- Camping - Camping is allowed. Please bring your own food and water as the mini store here seriously have limited stocks. Camping and tent fee also applies. Do inquire from your contact person.
- Picture taking - every corner of the sand bar is picture perfect! We had someone with our group who are taking pre-nup photo shoots. I definitely recommend this place if you plan on having one. Literally, we took pictures from every side and corner of the island! Lol!
- Relaxation/beach bumming - if you just wish to enjoy the scenery and the island, beach benches are readily available on the island.
- Volleyball - a volleyball net/court is available in the island too. Great for group trips and team building or just for fun!
- Via Malapascua, Cebu
- Manila - Take an airplane going to Mactan Internationa Airport.
- Ride a taxi going to North Bus terminal (20 min/early morning) for Php 140.00 - 150.00.
- Take a bus going to Daan Bantayan Maya Port. Regular fare is Php 163.00 ($ 2.00)while senior and student fare is Php 133.00 for the non aircon bus. According to the dispatcher, aircon bus arrives every 3 hrs. We don't want to wait and waste time so we took the non aircon and arrived at the port after 3 hrs.
- There are bangka's at Maya port going to Malapascua Island for Php 100.00. May port is under construction as of February 2017. An extra payment of Php 20.00 for the small Bangka will take you to a bigger Bangka. Be careful during the transfer at is is challenging specially when the waves are big.
(Tip: change your footwear to slippers or aqua shoes upon arriving. You'll be walking on the water going to the Bangka. A big chance you'll get wet during the transfer. Wave alert! 🙂 )
- From Malapascua, you can look for your accomodation if you have none, can check out White Sands Bungalow a humble place to stay in.
- Bangkero's and guides will offer island hopping around the island which includes getting to Kalanggaman Island. 🙂 Joining groups is cheaper than renting your own boat. For Php 800.00 you can enjoy a day tour at Kalanggaman plus a buffet lunch of fresh fish, meat and vegetables. Entrance fee on the island are also collected and is excluded from the tour fee, usually ranges from Php 100.00 - Php 150.00. Overnight camping at the island is also allowed just inquire from your bangkeros.
Another option going to Malapacascua is renting a van for Php 3,300.00 ($ 68.00) going to Maya port. Connect the personnel's from your hotel and they can arrange this for you.