Kalanggaman Island: the good, the bad, and the ugly

flop or fab


My friend asked: “So, was it fab or flop?”

Kalanggaman Island is a beach sandbar and as such makes it incomparable with Camotes Island. But at some point, you could not help it.

The Ugly


How come it was too crowded?

Thanks to our timing, summer + weekend = overcrowded tourist spot.

The Bad

Why isn’t there a fresh water supply?

“Tourists can freshen up at the Tourism Center once they get back from the island, where only salt water is available for toilet use.”

[Photos above Canigao Island]

One of our companions butted in: Try Canigao Island which is also in Leyte. It’s also a secluded island, but it has a supply of fresh water and electricity from a generator.

It’s probably the cabanas that make electricity exist there. The rental fee for these cottages can cover that.

Still, fresh water supply should be non-negotiable. He insisted.

The Good

  • Briefing for safety and responsible visit before the boat sails to the island.
  • There lounging chairs that you can rent for P50.
  • No garbage sightings. Your boatmen provide two garbage bags: one for bio-degradable and one for degradable.
  • There are several swimming areas to choose from.
  • Water activities like kayaking are available.
  • One of the best sandbars in the Philippines.

The verdict:

It is ideal for day visits given the lack of supply for fresh water and electricity. If you prefer to stay overnight, bring a tent, cooking gears, light sources, comforter, and food.

You can buy gallons of fresh water to freshen up, and cook your meals through paluto service. To add, an overnight fee of P225 per person applies. P750 for foreigners.

You may visit this link for your guide on how to go to Kalanggaman Island.

Photo courtesy of Ivy Gamit, Sheryl Cipcon, Josie Dayawon, and Eleazar Cuela