kalanggamanOne destination that is slowly gaining popularity among local and foreign tourists is Kalanggaman Island in Palompon town, Leyte.Known as “paradise island,” Kalanggaman boasts of pristine waters and powdery white-sand beach with long sandbars stretching on both sides of the island. It is found in the middle of the sea between Bogo City in northern Cebu and Palompon.

Tourists—some even coming from Malapascua Island in northern Cebu—reach Kalanggaman by motorboat and go swimming, kayaking or snorkeling the whole day before departing by sundown.

Today, the influx of visitors is being regulated by the municipal government, which has jurisdiction over the 9-hectare island.


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Two international luxury cruise ships had already made stopovers there. Close to 400 tourists and crew members of the MS Europa came on March 20 and stayed for 12 hours to swim, sunbathe and stroll on the white-sand beach.

On May 1, the MS Bremen arrived with about 100 European tourists.

Tourism Undersecretary Maria Victoria Jasmin, who visited Kalanggaman in April, lauded the efforts of Palompon Mayor Ramon Oñate to make tourism sustainable in his town.

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