As a city dweller, I face tall buildings, city pollution, crowd noises and work stresses for at least five days a week. I try my best to allocate at least the weekends to shrug the stresses away and reconnect with nature. Lying on the beach, enjoying the sun, caressed by the sea breeze and lulled by the waves by the day, and late night talks with friends or solo meditation and pondering thoughts while gazing at the stars by night. A relaxing and stress-free thought that’s way too different from what most of our daily lives really are.
The getaway planned through few bottles of beer.
It all started with a stressful weekday. Corporate stress and all the work-related headaches brought me and my friends to meet on a Friday night. It was all just the casual get-together drinking and eating out kind of night. We laughed and talked for several hours. I can’t remember how but boom, just like that, we then decided to head to the said island on the next few hours. Since we finished our drinks at around 2 AM, we were left with just a few hours to prepare our things. We met back at the city port by 5 AM.
We boarded the earliest trip of the fastest craft available, Ocean Jet, that would take us to Ormoc City within 3 hours. Upon arriving at the port of Ormoc City, we assaulted straight to Palompon where we had our brunch. Visitors must drop by Palompon eco-tour to register and it is also where you can avail a boat that would take you to the island. Palompon eco-tour office is just 2-3 minutes of walk away from the public market where the van terminal is also located.
Meeting the island for the first time.
Schedule your trip to the island on the days where the weather is good and the moon is on leave, and you’ll be blessed by the heart-melting view of the glitters in the sky. The island also features stunning sunset and a majestic sunrise.
On the following day, we got up early and roamed around and enjoyed the island. Expect crowds taking selfies on the sand bar. The waters are crystal clear and the sand is clear white. Be careful though when swimming because there are riptides on the island.
There were also cases of drowning and even death on the island.
ITINERARY: (Expenses as of February 2016)
- 05:00 Assembly at Cebu City Port
- 06:30 ETD from Cebu to Ormoc via Ocean Jet (500php + 25php terminal fee)
- 09:30 ETD from Ormoc to Palompon via van (110php)
- 11:00 ETA Palompon (225php tourist fee)
- 14:00 ETD from Palompon to Kalanggaman Island (220php)
- 15:00 ETA Kalanggaman Island