Ever since I saw a drone video of the Kalanggaman island,  I’ve been wanting to go there. So when Cebu Pacific had a Piso Fare Sale,  I booked a flight to Cebu and see Kalanggaman.

By the time we were going to Kalanggaman, I was ecstatic. Needless to say, I wasn’t disappointed. It was a surreal experience.

How To Get There

From what I’ve read so far, there are two ways to go to Kalanggaman – via Cebu and via Leyte. So first things first, book a flight to Tacloban or Cebu.

From Cebu

Upon arriving at the airport, ride a taxi going to the North Bus Station. From here you can either ride a Ceres Bus or a van to go to Maya port.

Via Bus

  • Travel Time: 4-5 hours
  • Fare: P180

Via Van

  • Travel Time: 3 hours
  • Fare: P220

At the Maya port, ride a boat going to Malapascua.

  • Travel Time: 30 mins to 1 hour
  • Fare: P100 (during high tide) ; P120 (during low tide because you have to ride a small boat to bring you to the big boat)

At Malapascua, you can book a tour going to Kalanggaman. There are usually 3 trips per day going to the island. (see rates & fees below). It’s best to coordinate with your resort or hotel in Malapascua so they can reserve a slot for you.

  • Travel Time: 1.5 hours

You can also book a tour to Kalanggaman from Klook

From Tacloban

Ride a van going to Palompon.

  • Travel Time: 3 hours
  • Fare: P170

Hire a boat going to Kalanggaman Island from the Tourism office.

  • Travel Time: 1 hour
  • Fare: P3,000 (good for 15 to 20 people)

From Ormoc

From Ormoc, ride a van going to Palompon, Leyte and rent a boat here going to Kalanggaman Island (see the rate above).

  • Travel Time: 1.5 hours
  • Fare: P110

Our Trip

After arriving in Cebu at 3:30 am,  we went to Malapascua and booked a day trip to Kalanggaman.

We rode a big boat. It was a joiners tour.  Our group consisted of a lot of foreigners – Chinese,  British, Dutch and so on.

Rates and Fees

Day trip to Kalanggaman (Joiners Tour) from Malapascua – P800 per person

  • Inclusions: Return trip, Lunch, and Life Vest
  • Entrance Fee: P150 (for locals) and P500(for foreigners)

Kalanggaman Island

From afar, Kalanggaman Island looked pristine. The waters around it were crystal clear and turquoise blue. sandbar The one word to describe its beauty is ‘paradise’. The sand was white, too. Wow.

kalanggaman island

We immediately put on our snorkeling gears after a few photos of the place and discovered the beauty of paradise underwater. There weren’t that much corals near the beach but there were tons of fishes! I saw some schools of fishes, too.


After more than 2 hours of enjoying the place, we went back to the boat to eat lunch. There was watermelon, pancit, chicken, grilled pork, rice, and soda drinks. The serving looked small but it fed all of us buffet style.

There’s a store on the island and a few people selling overpriced ice cream at P40 – P50 per piece.


I was beyond excited to see the sandbar. By 1 pm, the waters started to recede to show the much-awaited sandbar. Too bad, my camera was acting up so I was only able to take some photos and no videos. Times like these make me want to have a drone, too. There were a lot of tourists then so it was hard to take a great photo.

kalanggaman island
kalanggaman island
kalanggaman island


Tips and Reminders

  • Bring some food and water before the trip to Kalanggaman especially when you’re always hungry. I know I am. I regret bringing a few snacks along. Our lunch was at 12:30 pm but I was starving at 11 am.
  • Buy reef-safe sunscreen.
  • Bring a few clothes with you especially when there are big waves. You’ll end up getting splashed with a lot of water on board. Better yet, use your swimming clothes.
  • You can camp in Kalanggaman Island for P225.
  • There are cottages around the island that you can rent for P500 per day.
  • Bring your snorkeling gears, there are great snorkeling areas around the island.


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