Are you traveling to Leyte anytime soon but don’t have an organized plan yet? Me and my friends recently set forth in Leyte so I am writing to share our itinerary and how our trip went during the four days stay at the home of Warays.
My grandfathers are Waray but I haven’t had a chance to visit their place. Leyte becomes a thing in my mind during Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). I saw how the people struggled and admire their stability. That is when I urge to see where my roots came from.
Before proceeding, I would like to highlight the following:
- We booked our flight last June 2016 during the seat sale of Air Asia (Php 600.00 roundtrip). We all know that airfare is a big cut in our budget. So plan your trip and wait for the airlines to release their promos.
- We traveled in a large group (19pax) so we rented two vans instead of commuting (Php 12,000.00 each van for three days). This saves time in waiting and allows us to stop whenever we feel the needs to pee.
- We spent three nights on camping and brought our own tent. This made us saves us a lot!
- Kalanggaman Island requires a reservation as they limit the visitors on the island. So be sure to secure your travel dates. For inquiry and reservation, call Palompon Tourism Office +639268164005 (Globe) or +639985550572 (Smart). You may also reach them thru their landline (053)555 9731.
- Buy everything you need from the mainland. When I say everything-water, food, toiletries, medicines, ice, soft drinks, liquors, charcoals and ALL that you need.
- Swimming near the sandbar of Kalanggaman is NOT allowed due to riptide. Safety first as always.
- Freshwater is scarce in Kalanggaman so I suggest to wash up on the mainland.
- Be sure to reach Inopacan port before five in the afternoon. Coast guard will leave the port at 5 pm and they will not allow boat ride without them.
- Always practice LEAVE NO TRACE principle.
So without further ado, here’s our itinerary:
Day 1 Kalanggaman Island (June 28, 2017-Wednesday)
05:50 am – Flight from NAIA Terminal 4 to Tacloban Airport
07:00 am – Arrival at Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport (Tacloban)
07:30 am – Breakfast at Andoks Lechon
09:00 am – Traveling to Jaro, Tacloban to get the utensils
09:45 am – Arrived at Jaro
10:00 am – Departure to Palompon, Leyte
12:00 pm – Reached Palompon Tourism Office (Had lunch and proceed to the market to buy foods)
2:00 pm – Boat ride going to Kalanggaman Island (Php 3500)
3:00 pm – Hello Kalanggaman!
We secured our cottage, pitch tent, roamed around, prepared dinner
* We paid Php700 for the cottage.
* We didn’t need to pay for the tent pitching since we already paid for the cottage.
Read blog: Kalanggaman Island
- International Tourist – Php500 (Day tour), Php750 (Overnight)
- Non-Palompon Tourist – Php150 (Day tour), Php225 (Overnight)
- Senior Citizen – Php120 (Day tour), Php180 (Overnight)
Day 2 Inopacan, Leyte (June 29, 2017-Thursday)
5:00 am – Woke up early to watch the beautiful sunrise
7:00 am – Prepare breakfast and lunch
8:00 am – Breakfast
9:00 am – Early swim, break tent
11:00 am – Departure to Palompon Tourism office
12:00 pm – Arrived at tourism office
We washed up, ate lunch, bought foods and supplies for our next island destination
2:30 pm – Departure to Inopacan, Leyte
5:15 pm – Arrived at Inopacan
*As I mentioned, be sure to reach Inopacan port before 5 pm. We arrived 15-minutes late so we had to stay on the main land and wait for the next day
Day 3 Tres Islas (June 30, 2017-Friday)
5:00 am – Woke up early and prepared for the first boat trip. (Php 3500 for 11-20 pax)
7:30 am – Leave Inopacan port and proceed to island hopping (Mahaba, Apid, Digyo)
9:00 am – The boat left us at Digyo Island where we spent the night.
Beach bumming onwards
Day 4 City Tour (July 1, 2017-Saturday)
5:00 am – Hello sunshine!
- Washed up
8:00 am – Bidding goodbye to Digyo Island
9:00 am – Arrived at Inopacan port
9:30 am – Departure to Palo, Leyte
12:00 pm – Arrived at Mc Arthur Landing Site
12:30 pm – Lunch at Andoks
13:30 pm – Start of Tacloban City Tour
- San Juanico Bridge
- M/V Eva
- Sto. Niño Church
- Sto. Niño Shrine and Museum
5:20 – Check in (Terminal Fee Php 150)
Good bye Leyte! Thank you for the good experience and warm welcome.