Let’s start 2016 with my last getaway of 2015.
I think everyone heard of Kalanggaman Island late 2014, early 2015. I remember having a conversation with my new officemates back then to have a trip there, but alas, that didn’t happen. Then the hype hit the social media like crazy during Summer of 2015, there wasn’t a weekend that multiple Facebook friends of mine didn’t upload photos from Kalanggaman. It was beautiful but I thought it would be too crowded so I shied away from the idea.
After Christmas, a few of my family returned to our hometown, Palompon, for a high school reunion. I went with them in the hopes that a Kalanggaman trip would be possible since it was quite rainy due to a couple of storms.
The first day in Palompon was nostalgic, we were driving round town and it was surprising for us how the small town we knew back then has gotten smaller (if that’s a possible) but with more crowd. I mean, I was a 4 year old who would just walk 2 blocks from home to my kindergarten school. We would also walk to the church, walk to the market, everywhere! I knew it was small but it still seemed big to me, maybe because I was also small back then? Haha. We went to Kalanggaman the next day as it is just a 30-min boat ride from Palompon.
Palompon including Kalanggaman was severely hit by Typhoon Yolanda and the cement stone bearing the island’s name with the dolphin was the only thing left standing after. Tragic but thankfully that didn’t make the island less beautiful. I’m lucky we went on a fairly less crowded day and we got to absorb all the greatness that it has to offer. It is definitely worth the hype.
From the fine sugary white sand, the gorgeous sandbar, the crystal clear water, the less famous but still beyond beautiful rock formations at the other side of the island, to the calmness and serenity that a city can’t offer. Photos can barely express how stunning it is, I hope you get the chance to actually experience Kalanggaman.