Intoxicating Kalanggaman Island

There was no avoiding it – we just had to get back to the enchanting island before summer’s gone!

And so the family (minus the “new” mother – sorry Nani, next time when baby Kenji gets bigger) with Capt. Kitchie, the family pet, hied off last Friday the 13th to Kalanggaman Island (also spelled Calanggaman as viewed in Google), one hour boat ride away from the coastal town of Palompon, Leyte.

Sheer paradise!

Special thanks to the able island crew of LGU Palompon and to Dir. Karen Tiopes and staff of DOT 8.

Kalanggaman Island, Palompon, Leyte, May 13 & 14, 2011.


~ by gerryruiz on 17 May 2011.

12 Responses to “Intoxicating Kalanggaman Island”

  1. Sir, your last photo was just mesmerizing.. @_@

  2. Your night shots are very intoxicating, Sir. I’m very much impressed with your work.

  3. beautiful pictures… especially the one with the stars… 😀

  4. wow! amazing!

  5. Sir, how did u get the photo with the stars? Thanks.

    • Thanks for writing, John. The night shots are basically taken using Manual settings at a slow shutter speed. To avoid blur, you need to use a sturdy tripod and either a remote/extended shutter trigger or the camera’s timer (at 2 secs). My night shots in this series had variable shutter speeds of from 2-5 seconds, at f/3.5, ISO 3200. A Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM UWA (Ultra Wide Lens) and a Canon EOS 7D were used. Shutter speed wasn’t that long since it was a moonlit night 😉

  6. WOW.

  7. Hi,

    I’m planning to visit Kalanggaman Island sometime in September. I’m quite hesistant because some say going there during non-summer months could be dangerous? Maybe you can orient me a bit about this? I really don’t want to miss going there.

    Thanks a lot!


    • So long as you take the big motorized bancas authorized by the municipal hall, I don’t think it’s dangerous (they won’t allow trips if the weather really gets that bad). The sea could be rough during non-summer months so expect a heady one-hour ride.

  8. Hi there! Do you have any contact for the boat rental?

    • Eco-Tourism Office of Palompon manages boat trips to Kalanggaman. Sorry, I don’t have their number but they can easily get one for you when you reach their office at Palompon.

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