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Kalanggaman Island: Nature At its Best

Explore this island paradise in the historic province of Leyte.
Leyte is famous for being a historical destination: it is the location of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, one of the largest naval battles in World War II. Palo, one of its municipalities, is also remembered in history as General Douglas MacArthur's landing site on his return to the Philippines in 1944.

But lately, Leyte has been creating a lot of buzz among the backpacking community because of its hidden natural wonders, particularly Kalanggaman Island—a small island located 12 kilometers off the coast of Palompon town.


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Closer to nature
With its white sand shores and gleaming turquoise waters, it's no wonder that tourists go all the way to Leyte just to see Kalanggaman Island. While it is true that its sand may not be as white compared to the ones in Boracay and El Nido, its small size and remoteness will make you feel closer to nature. It is also less touristy than other beach destinations, considering that the local tourism office limits the number of visitors per day.


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Aside from taking a dip in its crystal clear waters and snapping Instagram-worthy images on its two long sandbars, activities like snorkeling, kayaking, and scuba diving are all possible at this marine sanctuary. Since the island is largely undeveloped, there are no accommodations available around like hotels or resorts. Overnight camping, however, is allowed so feel free to bring your tents and marvel at the billion star sky before dozing off.


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Getting there
From the mainland in Palompon, Leyte, Kalanggaman Island is only an hour away by boat. If you're coming from Cebu, the boat ride from Malapascua Island to Kalanggaman Island is about two hours.


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There are no restaurants or eateries in Kalanggaman Island so make sure to bring food and supplies before embarking. Bring extra cash for the entrance and camping fees if you're planning to stay the night.


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