February 20, 2017

Adventures in Kalanggaman Island, Philippines

Before you continue on, you can also read my comprehensive guide to Kalanggaman Island here >> Travel Guide: Kalanggaman Island in Leyte.

Just a few days ago, my friends and I went on an epic adventure trip to Kalanggaman Island, a quaint island off the coast of Palompon in the province of Leyte, Philippines.

As what we have planned we will meet at Palompon's Tourism office in the first part of the morning because we will ride the first boat that will ship tourists for an overnight stay at the island at around 10-11 o'clock. But unfortunately, our van from Tacloban reached Palompon almost 11 o'clock and the Philippine Coast Guard already suspended the trips going to the island because of the strong wind and waves brought by the northeast monsoon (amihan).

We were really disgusted. We even pleaded to go at our own risk despite the suspension, but the tourism officials never allowed us. So we decided to give it a try the next day.

For the night, we stayed at the cheap accommodation in Lantaw Palompon.

The next day, we were up early in the morning around 4 o'clock. Because we wanted to be the first group to be transported to the island before the bad weather gets in. Fortunately, the Coast Guard resumed the trips and we were then ushered to the boat by a local guide. We shared the boat with another group. It was an awesome experience to share the boat with some new friends!

Finally, we were on our way to Kalanggaman Island! 

But as we journeyed on, I sensed that the wind and waves were slowly getting stronger. The boat was tossed up and down by the waves. "I know that the boatmen can manage these waves. These are just small waves." I thought to myself.

The waves continued to get stronger and we were drenched with seawater. But thank goodness, I brought my Hull & Stern adventure bag with me on this trip! I put all my clothes and gadgets inside the dry bag just before our boat ride and it was just a perfect idea! I never thought that the seas will be rough during our boat ride.

At last, we were at the island after more than an hour.

Upon reaching the island, I immediately got my camera and took a lot of photos of the island (and selfies too). It was surreal to be there. I really wanted to visit Kalanggaman Island years before and now the time has come.

My friends also enjoyed swimming and taking photos. We also took some drone shots and filmed a short video invitation for the upcoming Mission Adventures on June 5-17 in Cebu and Leyte in which Kalanggaman Island will be the last adventure destination before heading to Tacloban for the mission projects.

Because of time limitations, we just had the day tour in Kalanggaman Island. At 12 noon, we headed back to the mainland. And during that trip, waves were much bigger and stronger compared to the morning trip. Our group was drenched with seawater once again. It was really a rough ride!

But I was at ease all throughout the trip because all my things are inside the Hull & Stern adventure bag. I fully depended on the dry bag to keep my stuff safe and dry. And it never failed me!

Our trip to Kalanggaman Island is so memorable to me! That's why it deserved a blog post!

*Special thanks and affirmation to the team behind the Hull & Stern adventure bag, the world's most traveled dry bag!

This dry bag is really perfect for your adventures- swimming, snorkeling, diving, island-hopping, mountain climbing, river trekking, cliff jumping, kayaking, boating, or canyoneering. You can always bring this dry bag with you anywhere and anytime! The designs and colors are so cool and fashionable too. The dry bag is waterproof because it is made up of strong and water-resistant materials. It is also easy to use and clean. You will never regret to have one for yourself and for your loved ones! I have tried it myself and it was perfect for me!

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