November 2015 when I first went to Kalanggaman Island. My friend and I got there late in the afternoon and the tide was already high that it hid the long sandbar that made the island so popular. So, there’s no sandbar for me. I wasn’t disappointed cause I had a good time swimming on the calm water of Kalanggaman, but I wasn’t satisfied neither. So I promised myself I will go back and spend a night in the island in order for me to see that sandbar. And last January 21st, I was able to fulfill that promise. Together with 5 of my office mates, I went back and spent a night in the island. YAY!!!! 😀
Going to Kalanggaman Island from the Palompon Port usually takes 45-60 minutes. But for us, it took us almost 2 hours! And we blame it to the strong wind and the furious waves. Having the water splash on you while you are on the boat was fun at first. You will just look at your friends, check who else got wet and then laugh it out. But after an hour of wiping off water from our body and ensuring our bags are still dry, we all got impatient. It’s as if we were just on the same coordinates we were minutes ago! It was a little past lunch time when we got to step on the white sand of Kalanggaman
Four of my companions were 1st time campers, so we excitedly set up our tents we rented from Habagat, they can be found just beside Palompom’s tourism office. We are 6 in our group and we decided to rent 3 tents, 1 tent good for 4 for Php 300 (we’re planning to put most of our things in here), 1 tent good for 2 for Php 250, and 2 tents good for 1 which they gave us for Php 200. For some reason, their good-for-4 tent can only accommodate 2 people and their good-for-2 tent is just the same as good-for-1, and it really is just good for 1! URGH! That’s not good! I already knew we will all have uncomfortable sleep. I’d rather sleep on the sand where I can stretch my legs. Good thing the caretakers in the island have an extra tent good for 4 (this time, it really is big enough for 4) for the same price of Php 300.
Lunch followed after setting up our tents.
And the remaining time was ours to waste!
the day after…
Few clicks in the port…
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