How to get to Kalanggaman Island in Palompon, Leyte via Ormoc, Leyte from Cebu City

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Kalanggaman Island in Palompon, Leyte, Philippines
A sandbar and a virgin island. A pure and magnificent white beach with crystal and emerald-colored seawater.  An astronomical numbers of twinkling stars to watch at night in a peaceful paradise. How can I never forget these describing words I have built to delight the wonders of nature.
And that island was none other than, Kalanggaman Island in Palompon, Leyte. Of course, it is one of the 7,107 islands in the Philippines.

How to get to Kalanggaman Island

From Cebu City via Ormoc, Leyte to Palompon, Leyte
 
  1. Buy a ticket in the pier area near Fort San Pedro in Cebu City. My roommate and I took a fast ship, Weesam. It was P475 for a tourist class seat since we did advance booking during that peak season, the election time. Read what pier number you will go to. Weesam terminal is at Pier 4.
  2. At Pier 4, pay for the terminal fee which it was P25 for adults.
  3. Ride the ship for 2 hours.
  4. Go to the bus and van terminal once you get to Ormoc port.
  5. Ride a van to Palompon. P110 was the fare. Travel for 1-2 hours.
  6. Alight to the town center of Palompon.
  7. Then go to the Information/Tourism Office for registering and paying for rental boat to go to Kalanggaman Island.

Weesam Express Schedule from Cebu to Ormoc and vice-versa

( Fast ferry schedule to get to Kalanggaman Island from Cebu to Ormoc)
Ormoc to Cebu Pier 4 Weesam Express Schedule DEPARTS: 8:00 AM, 1:30 PM, (7:00 PM ONLY Fri., Sat. & Sunday)
Cebu Pier 4 to Ormoc Weesam Express Schedule DEPARTS: (5:20 AM Sat.,Sun. & Monday Only), 10:45 AM, 4:20 AM

Weesam Express Rates Cebu – Ormoc (vise versa) (as of June 26, 2017)

( Fast ferry price to get to Kalanggaman Island via Cebu to Ormoc )

ONE WAY——-Economy—– Economy(Aircon) —– First Class
Regular———–P550.00——– P650.00 ————- P700.00
Student———–P550.00——– P550.00 ————- P600.00
Senior————-P440.00——–P520.00—————P440.00
Minor(4-11)—–P350.00——–P350.00 ————- P400.00

Return trip promo for only P450 one way
Need to surrender the old ticket

Terminal Fee: P25.00

Kalanggaman Rates and Boat Rental Fees

Kalanggaman boat rental fees and cottage fees. visit their website at http://www.kalanggaman-island.com/p/rates-and-entrance-fees.html

Tips

Be there early morning at the Information and Tourist Office so that you can share the boat ride with other passengers. Some passengers will rent the boat only for day tour, other for an overnight. You just need to communicate with them to agree on the price.

Best time to go there

Philippines has two seasons, sunny and rainy days. From January to May, there is less rain fall. So these months are the best time to visit the island. Holidays, especially Holy Week, are not so good as there are a lot of tourists. If you are a type of person who enjoys tranquility or the peacefulness of the place, visit it on ordinary days.
*My roommate and I visited the place on the Election day in the Philippines. The people were so busy knowing who was winning the presidential position. That’s why there were fewer people who traveled and we felt like we almost owned the island.

Best thing to do there

1. Snorkel in the clear water
2. Stargazing at night

What to see

1. The sandbar
2. Crystal clear water and the emerald green color of the sea
3. Fine white sand
4. No restaurants
5. rocks and coconut trees
6. in the early morning, you might see the dolphins

What to bring

1. food (packed or for charcoal grilling) as I mentioned there are no restaurants. Go to Palompon market first to buy food.
2. plastic to throw your garbage
3. drinking water
4. water for cleaning your body or your utensils and plates as the water there is with sand.
5. flashlights (if you plan to stay overnight though there is a solar-powered lampposts.
6. sun block
7. camera
8. banig or mats and/or chairs
9. tent – for overnight stay or to change clothes

 

the town center of Palompon, Leyte

 

the port in going to Kalanggaman or to Cebu behind the Information and Tourist Office of Palompon, Leyte

 

the Kalanggaman ad in Palompon, Leyte

 

Palompon market

 

early morning at the port in going to Kalanggaman. you can see early batch of passengers

 

the do’s and don’ts lecture in Kalanggaman done in the boat heading to it

 

My roommate and I were with another group of travellers so we could save the boat rental fee

 

weee! we arrived at Kalanggaman Island!

 

so virgin!

 

our packed lunch, dinner and breakfast

 

the long sand bar

 

sand bar

 

look at the sea water, so clear!

 

I was using an underwater compact camera to test the clear water of Kalanggaman

Going back to Cebu via Palompon

1. Ride Cokaliong Shipping Lines. Take note: Tuesdays and Fridays departure time is at 8:00 am, while Sundays is at 10:00 pm.
2. Travel for almost 5 hours.

Cokaliong Shipping Lines Schedule from their website

Cokaliong Shipping Lines Schedule from their website (sample) as of June 26, 2017

Ship schedule in going to Palompon, Leyte in going to Kalanggaman Island
Fare of Cokaliong Shipping Lines varies from the type of accommodation in the ferry. The economy which was the lowest is P320 only for a regular fare. Student and senior citizen discount is accepted so better present your ID.

Cokaliong Shipping Lines Rates from the Internet

Cokaliong Shipping Lines rates from their website (sample) as of June 26, 2017

Summary of Fare Expenses

1. Weesam Express fare Cebu – Ormoc        P475
2. Terminal fee                                              P25
3. Van from Ormoc to Palompon                  P110
4. Bike cab to Information Office                 P10
5. Entrance fee
6. Boat rental fee (group of 8- divided)        P400 (estimation) overnight stay
                                                    Sub-Total: P1020
7. Cokaliong Shipping Palompon-Cebu       P320
                                                     TOTAL:   P1340

Other places to visit in Palompon, Leyte

1.  Lantaw Palompon
 It is an overview of the town. Best time to go there is sunrise 5am – 6am and sunset time around 4pm – 6pm. You can dine with your friends there. Entrance fee is P10 only. Better to rent a tricycle in going up and down to the town as it is hard to hail a ride in going to the town center at night time. Best to bring flashlights with you if you want to walk down at night.
2.  Tabuk Marine Park and Bird Sanctuary
It is just opposite side of the Information and Tourist Office of Palompon. Around 10-minute boat ride from the office.

Great that you READY yourself by reading some information from posts like mine, you need to SET yourself to see more marvels of the Earth, you need to GO and explore it and SHARE your experiences.

Thanks for reading READYSETGOandSHARE post!

much love,

Sarah

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Sarah Jean Buhay enjoys traveling, sharing information about transportation schedules and fares, places to visit and eat and giving her genuine insights for readers. She once moved in Cebu from the suburban of Laguna for almost two years to fully become independent and explore more of herself and her home country, Philippines. When she travels, she tries to stay longer to understand more of the people and the place. She also stayed in South Korea for 2 months, visited Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam for a week and is currently living in Sydney, Australia.

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