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DIY Tour: 4D Biliran, Samar - Kalanggaman, Leyte - Tacloban Itinerary, What To See, Where To Stay And Expenses

Kalanggaman island leyte
Kalanggaman island credit to Raine Gozon
I've recently stumbled a very active Facebook group backpackers and travellers helping each other out by sharing their itinerary. I must say I am really envious of they capture photos, stories and how they craft their do - it - yourself tours. This Facebook group is composed of close to fifteen thousand young filipino backpackers. 

I figured out, if they are helping each other there why not also share these travel guides that they did themselves to more Filipino travelers. We got millions of fellow local travelers who wanted to know how others travel cheap and promote our country's tourism .One of them that really captured my attention, is Raine Gozon. I think she really makes a good photographer and I see her travelling to so many provinces and beyond. 

This is the most recent post she just shared. With her permission, I am sharing a do - it - yourself tour to Biliran, Kalanggaman and Tacloban with a few hugot lines I have read haha.

I have long been really wanting to have an Eastern Visayas backpacking trip especially that my brother has found a job there. He's been saying so much great tourist attractions to visit in Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Samar and Southern Leyte and the cities of Baybay, Borongan, Calbayog, Catbalogan, Maasin, Ormoc and Tacloban. Most of all, I would have no problem finding an accommodation since I can stay with him!



6:00AM: ETA Tacloban Airport
** ride jeep to Downtown – 13php
6:20AM: Downtown
** ride tricycle to Van-Van’s terminal – 10pesos
6:25AM: Van-Van’s terminal
**contact number: 09272702975, 09272930372
** trip schedule: NONE, basta may lima or walong pasahero, bbyahe na sila. Pero dahil mag-isa nga ako at walang nagmamahal, oo paulit-ulit kong sasabihin na walang nagmamahal para alam nyo, ang tagal namin bago nakaalis.
8:00AM: Van-Van’s Terminal to NAVAL – 120hp
**Eto dapat yung papunta ako ng Maripipi at Sambawan kaso walang byahe at malakas ang alon gawa daw ng hanging amihan.. pero eto contact number para alam nyo kung may byahe para di sayang pagpunta nyo.. 
** Coast Guard: 09354185313 
** Three trips: 10am, 10:30am, at 11:00am ang last trip
12noon: Check-in EL Roman ( free wifi, malapit sa port, malapit sa palengke, pero malayo sa kanya at BAWAL SA MAARTE KAGAYA MO, charot! ) – 250pesos/single fan room
**Contact number: 09755488147 - Ate Alona
Dahil walang byahe, nag-ikot na lang ako at nangolekta ng mga bata para sa maliit na regalo para sa kanila.

San Juanico Bridge leyte
San Juanico Bridge credit to Raine Gozon

"San Juanico Bridge is until now the longest bridge in the Philippines. It has a total length of 2.16 kilometers and famous for its arch-shaped truss design"

Sunset in Kalanggaman island, Leyte credit to Raine Gozon

"Kalanggaman or Calanggaman island is a pristine stretches of whit powdery sand beach plus with crystal clear blue waters. It is 753 meters only and no one leaves there, as of the moment"

Wala pa ding byahe pa-Maripipi, siguro nga, parang tayo, HINDI TALAGA MEANT! :’(
11:00AM: Start waterfalls chasing
** Tinago falls – 15pesos entrance fee
** Kasabangan falls – 10pesos entrance fee
** Casiawan Falls – no entrance
Contact Number: 09464369851 – Kuya Fernando
Tour rate: half day -300, whole day – 500

NOTE: Mas maganda kung mas maaga kayo mag-start kasi may mga daan na delikado daw pag hapon kasi madami daw NFA ay joke NPA, okay last ko na yan wahahaha! Tsaka para mas marami kayong falls na mapuntahan. Pero wag kayo gagaya sa kanya na pa-FALL tapos iiwan ka lang din!!!
Check in: El Roman – 200php (discounted ako ng 50pesos)



6:00AM: Van-Van’s terminal (Tacloban bound), sabihin nyo baba kayo sa LEMON – 100php
7:10AM : LEMON
**From Lemon, sakay ng multicab or van na dadaan ng LIBUNGAO
7:15AM: Multicab LEMON TO LIBUNGAO – 20php
7:40AM: Libungao via Liberty Princess Bus (Matag-Ob route) to Palompon. – 70php
9:30AM: Palompon
** ride PotPot/Sidecar to Tourism Office – 5php
9:35AM: Tourism Office 
** Non-Palompon Tourist Overnight Fee – 225php
10:45AM: to Kalanggaman Island (walk-in lang) – 188php
**boat rate: 3000/roundtrip
** contact number for boat reservation: 09173037269, 09173037267
** para sa mga solo, magdala na lang din kayo ng hammock para di na kayo magbayad ng cottage pero asahan nyo na na sobrang lamig pero dbale mas malamig pa yung pakikitungo nya sakin kaya okay lang yun, keri nyo yun! 
** swimming, sunset, star gazing, glowing planktons at night, sunrise.

Tinago Falls, Samar
Tinago Falls, Samar credit to Raine Gozon

"Tinago Waterfalls is a breathtaking destination to those who love swimming in the cold waters. The enchanting sounds of the rushing streams can certainly take anyone's stress away. Just be careful because sometimes the pressure of the water gets very strong, you can be carried away to the deepest part. "
7:30AM: Kalanggaman Island to Palompon (nakisabay lang ako sa mga nag-overnight din) – 166php
8:45AM: Palompon 
**potpot/sidecar to Van terminal – 5php
9:30AM: Van Palompon to Tacloban (Abucay Terminal) – 150php
12:30PM: Tacloban proper
** hire trike for city tour – 300php
** San Juanico Bridge, McArthur Park, Volunteer for Visayans
5:00PM: Tacloban Airport
7:00PM: to Manila. :’(


Book your hotel in Tacloban City via Agoda HERE


Day 1 : 393pesos
Day 2 : 525pesos
Day 3: 608 pesos
Day 4 : 621 pesos

Food : 300pesos
Roundtrip ticket via CebPac: 815 pesos

Total: 3,262pesos 

Three thousand plus is really dirt cheap to travel for four days right? I will have this properly translated when I have time. As a fellow backpacker, she wants to tell everyone to be responsible while travelling and leave no trace like you pick up your own thrash or don't add more. 

kalanggaman island

Thanks Raine so big :) I wish you more backpacking trips around the Philippines and start a travel blog too. You can click here Raine's Facebook profile link.

Disclaimer: This guide is only a basic  4-day Biliran, Samar - Kalanggaman, Leyte - Tacloban Itinerary. We encourage you to research further for the best trip there!

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  1. I will be doing a solo backpacking trip in June in Tacloban. I will use your itinerary if you don't mind. Awesome details and Hugot. Haha. Thanks.

  2. Cool and good luck in your solo backpacking trip :) yeah hope the hugot lines help hehe

  3. When I read you wrote "Northern Samar" in this post, I say, gora na haha. I am from Northern Samar and I have been actively promoting my province. I know it has so much potential in the field of tourism. Unfortunately, some towns with really incredible attractions do not have available accommodations yet. For now, I can recommend the Biri rock formations for you to explore because the town of Biri already has two or three hostels. I have written about them at my blog and you can also search for Biri rock formations through Google. A lot of bloggers have alreadby been there so information about the place is not scarce anymore. I hope you will get to travel to Northern Samar soon ;-) Have fun exploring places!

    1. I am really, really dying to get hold of those Biri rock formations :) Crossing my fingers this year I am able to get there and stay in those hostels you told me :)

      I am from Irosin, Sorsogon actually so it would be a bit nearer when I go home to drop by there. Thanks for your tips!

  4. Hi! Just wanna ask if you'd booked at the tourism office of palompon for kalanggaman in advance or nagwalk in po kayo ma'am? Saka po hingi nadin po ako ng advice regarding cheap transpo heading to the island since it's indicated na 3k po ung boat rental. Thanks po!

    1. Hi Alwin, this is a contributed DIY by Raine. I am answering the comments in her behalf. I think she went to Tourism office first which I would also suggest para marecommend ka sa mga contacts na legitimate at hindi ka lolokohin sa presyo. Paki contact na lang po ang mga mobile numbers na nilagay sa taas for the most updated rates at kung kaya nyo tumawad :)

  5. Hi good afternoon. may I know the name of the backpacking group? I'll be doing my first solo travel this coming Nov for my birthday. salamat. I badly needed tips or even company. Hahaha

  6. ang galing naman. dalawa lang kami ng anak ko na 11yrs old pupunta next month, ung boat mo pa kalanggaman nagjoiner ka lang?

  7. Wow thanks Sa info I'll be going here ths coming 24-27 hehe

  8. If meron ppunta ng 29 to 30 samahan nio ako lang kasi mag isa haha pa join po haha

  9. If meron sainyo mag tacloban ng March 19-22 :) Baka pwede sumabit :) I'll be there that days haha

  10. My friends and I (there are 3 of us) will be visiting Tacloban Sept 27 - Oct 1, 2017. Any joiners?

  11. Any joiners on April -24 - 28? This will be my first solo travel kaya mga bes!. Goodluck to me! haha!

  12. Pupunta ako bukas. Ayos iti mo kung group, pero solo din ako bukas. Kakailanganin ko ng hammock? Hahaha