Kalanggaman Island in Palompon, Leyte

Blessed with milky shores and transparent blue waters, Kalanggaman is the perfect island oasis. Photo by @ikkoshi

The spectacularly long white sandbar of Kalanggaman Island has been haunting the dreams of beachcombers on the lookout for their next tropical escape. Roughly 522 kilometers from Metro Manila, the idyllic island in Palompon, Leyte is hailed as one of the best beach destinations in the country for its blinding white sand, dazzling turquoise waters and relative isolation. There are no hotels and resorts, restaurants or souvenir shops, only a beautiful and unspoiled shoreline. Cottages for day trippers are available for around P250 ($5), but those who want to stay overnight should bring a tent.

How to get there
Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific fly daily to Tacloban, Leyte. From the Tacloban airport, ride a tricycle or jeepney going to the Tacloban New Bus Terminal where there are vans going to Palompon, Leyte about three hours away. In Palompon, take another tricycle to the tourism office for registration and guides, then get on an outrigger boat to Kalanggaman Island. Travel time is roughly an hour.

Cover photo is a screengrab from @ikkoshi on Instagram.

By Celia Nachura

Published November 2016