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Calanggaman Island / Kalanggaman Island

Calanggaman Island

Calanggaman Island ( a.k.a Kalanggaman Island ) is a pristine dream beach destination in the Visayas; exactly located in the municipality of Palompon and the province of Leyte. It is famous for its stretches of white powdery sand beaches and its crystal clear blue waters that stretch along both sides of this island. Calanggaman Island has a length of only 753m and is uninhabitated.


Calagaman Island courtesy of http://www.sea-explorers.com/

Calagaman Island courtesy of http://www.sea-explorers.com/

The island gained more and more attention after 2013 when a big cruise ship stopped there to let its guest relax under the palm trees for a few hours.

There’s no resort on Calanggaman Island but to provide some comfort for its visitors the local government built some basic facilities and assures safety by tourist policemen which are stationed on the island.

It is a perfect getaway for a just a day or a couple of days of camping. The snorkeling as well as the diving is beautiful and enjoyable in the calm waters around Calanggaman Island. Therefore Sea Explorers Dive Center in Malapascua as well as other diveshops are regularly offering diving and snorkeling trips to Calanggaman. Occasionally overnight stays in tents or hammocks are also being offered.

Since there’s no water or restaurants on the island be sure you bring your own supplies. You might have the possibility to buy some fresh fish caught by local fisherman which can be barbequed in one of the several grilling stations on the island.

Scuba divers can look forward to beautiful wall diving with abundance of soft and hard corals as well as well as a big variety of fish. Whale shark and also thresher shark encounters have been made here.

Geographical Data of Calanggaman Island:

N 11° 7’3.96
E 124° 15’ 1.89”
Distance from Mainland: ~15,90 km
Length: ~753 m
Average width: ~71,8m
Total Area: ~5.4ha

Watch Video: A Day Trip to Kalanggaman with Sea Explorers

View this charismatic video of Sea Explorers’ former DMT, David Mercier. It covers a day trip from Malapascua to Kalanggaman Island, one of the most beautiful islands in the Visayas sea in the Philippines. It is a perfect site to dive, snorkel around the island, and taste the delicious barbecue. This video shows the warm atmosphere when you are scuba diving with Sea Explorers Philippines. You’ll see a lot of smiles, guitar playing, singing, laughing, and cheering. Even Rosalita, the Filipina that prepared the barbecue, can make you smile. Dive with a smile with Sea Explorers.

source: http://www.sea-explorers.com/blog/kalanggaman-island-calanggaman-palompon-leyte-divesite/

Packing Smart and Traveling Light

By Rick Steves

The importance of packing light cannot be overemphasized, but, for your own good, I’ll try. You’ll never meet a traveler who, after five trips, brags: “Every year I pack heavier.” The measure of a good traveler is how light he or she travels. You can’t travel heavy, happy, and cheap. Pick two.


Too much luggage marks you as a typical tourist. It slams the Back Door shut.

One Bag, That’s It

My self-imposed limit is 20 pounds in a 9″ × 22″ × 14″ carry-on-size bag (it’ll fit in your airplane’s overhead bin). At my company, we’ve taken tens of thousands of people of all ages and styles on tours through Europe. We allow only one carry-on bag. For many, this is a radical concept: 9″ × 22″ × 14″? That’s my cosmetics kit! But they manage, and they’re glad they did. After you enjoy that sweet mobility and freedom, you’ll never go any other way.

You’ll walk with your luggage more than you think you will. Before flying to Europe, give yourself a test. Pack up completely, go into your hometown, and practice being a tourist for an hour. Fully loaded, you should enjoy window-shopping. If you can’t, stagger home and thin things out.

When you carry your own luggage, it’s less likely to get lost, broken, or stolen. Quick, last-minute changes in flight plans become simpler. A small bag sits on your lap or under your seat on the bus, taxi, and airplane. You don’t have to worry about it, and, when you arrive, you can hit the ground running. It’s a good feeling. When I land in London, I’m on my way downtown while everyone else stares anxiously at the luggage carousel. When I fly home, I’m the first guy the dog sniffs.

These days, you can also save money by carrying your own bag. While it’s still free to check one bag on most overseas trips, you’d likely pay a fee to check two. If you’re taking a separate flight within Europe, expect to be charged to check even just one bag.

Remember, packing light isn’t just about saving time or money — it’s about your traveling lifestyle. Too much luggage marks you as a typical tourist. It slams the Back Door shut. Serendipity suffers. Changing locations becomes a major operation. Con artists figure you’re helpless. Porters are a problem only to those who need them. With only one bag, you’re mobile and in control. Take this advice seriously.

Packing 101

How do you fit a whole trip’s worth of luggage into a small backpack or suitcase? The answer is simple: Bring very little.

Spread out everything you think you might need on the living-room floor. Pick up each item one at a time and scrutinize it. Ask yourself, “Will I really use this snorkel and these fins enough to justify carrying them around all summer?” Not “Will I use them?” but “Will I use them enough to feel good about hauling them over the Swiss Alps?” Frugal as I may be, I’d buy them in Greece and give them away before I’d carry that extra weight over the Alps.

Don’t pack for the worst-case scenario. Pack for the best-case scenario and simply buy yourself out of any jams. Bring layers rather than take a heavy coat. Think in terms of what you can do without — not what will be handy on your trip. When in doubt, leave it out. I’ve seen people pack a whole summer’s supply of deodorant or razors, thinking they can’t get them there. The world is getting really small: You can buy Dial soap, Colgate toothpaste, Nivea cream, and Gillette razors in Sicily and Slovakia. Tourist shops in major international hotels are a sure bet whenever you have difficulty finding a personal item. If you can’t find one of your essentials, ask yourself how half a billion Europeans can live without it. Rather than carry a whole trip’s supply of toiletries, take enough to get started and look forward to running out of toothpaste in Bulgaria. Then you have the perfect excuse to go into a Bulgarian department store, shop around, and pick up something you think might be toothpaste.

Whether you’re traveling for three weeks or three months, pack exactly the same. To keep your clothes tightly packed and well organized, zip them up in packing cubes, airless baggies, or a clothes compressor. I like specially designed folding boards (such as Eagle Creek’s Pack-It Folder) to fold and carry clothes with minimal wrinkling. For smaller items, use packing cubes or mesh bags (one for underwear and socks, another for miscellaneous stuff such as a first-aid kit, earplugs, clothesline,sewing kit, and gadgets).

Go casual, simple, and very light. Remember, in your travels you’ll meet two kinds of tourists — those who pack light and those who wish they had. Say it out loud: “PACK LIGHT PACK LIGHT PACK LIGHT.”


source: https://www.ricksteves.com/travel-tips/packing-light/packing-smart

Resumption of Trips after typhoon Seniang

To our valued customers: All Visayas trips are now resumed. Happy New Year!


Visayas Trips Cancelled due to typhoon Seniang

All Weesam Trips in Visayas Region are cancelled due to public storm signal no.2 issued by PAGASA


Resumptions of trips will be announce via our social media accounts or call us at

  • Cebu: (032)231-7737
  • Ormoc: (053)561-0080
  • Tagbilaran: (038) 501-8823
  • Bacolod: (034) 709-0830
  • Iloilo: (033) 337-32823
  • Zamboanga: (062) 992-3986


Issued at 5:00 a.m., Tuesday ,30 December 2014



Tropical Storm “SENIANG” has maintained its strength and is now moving towards Cebu.

Location of Center:
(as of 4:00 a.m.)
35 km Southeast of Mactan, Cebu City
Coordinates: 9.9°N, 123.7°E
Strength: Maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph
Movement: Forecast to move West Northwest at 11 kph.
Forecast Positions/Outlook: Wednesday morning:
235 km West Northwest of Dumaguete City.
Thursday morning:
115 km South Southwest of Puerto Princesa City.
Friday morning:
450 km Southwest of Puerto Princesa City.


Public Storm Warning Signal
PSWS Luzon Visayas Mindanao
(Winds of 61-100 kph is expected in at least 24 hrs)
None Bohol
Negros Oriental
Negros Occidental
These areas will have stormy weather with heavy to intense rains. Residents in low lying and mountainous areas are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.
(winds of 30 – 60 kph is expected in at least
36 hours)
None Leyte
Southern Leyte
Camotes Island
Surigao del Norte
Agusan del Norte
Misamis Occidental
Misamis Oriental
Zamboanga del Norte
These areas will have moderate to heavy rains with occasional gusty winds. Residents in low lying and mountainous areas are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.


Estimated rainfall amount is from 7.5 – 15 mm per hour (moderate – heavy) within the 300 km diameter of the Tropical Storm.

Residents in low lying and mountainous areas of the provinces with PSWS#2 and PSWS#1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.

Ocean waves may reach up to 5 meters.

Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the seaboards of northern and central Luzon and the eastern seaboard of southern Luzon, seaboards of Visayas and over the northern and eastern seaboards of Mindanao.

The public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 11AM today..


Weesam Tagbilaran – Cebu vice versa route is back!

Cebu City, Philippines — Weesam Express Management officially announced its Cebu-Tagbilaran route back on normal operation. Effective October 24, 2014. Weesam 8 will ply back and fort to Tagbilaran, Bohol – Pier 1, NRA, Cebu City. Tagbilaran schedule can be found on their official website: www.weesam.ph or below this article. Trip Promos are also available.

So what are you waiting for? Lets go sailing!



Cebu – Tagbilaran Trip Advisory

Effective June 10, 2014

To our valued customers,

We would like to inform everyone that effective June 10 2014 our Cebu – Tagbilaran route will be cancelled until further notice. Weesam will continue to provide for reliable service  and easy travel experience.


Weesam Cebu to Tagbilaran Back to school promo

Weesam Cebu – Tabilaran vv Back to school promo!

Promos applies to economy class only effective June 3, 2014

One Way

P400 Limited seats only
P450 Limited seats only


Round Trip


P650 Limited seats only

New Promo for summer



New Promo for you

Cebu – Ormoc (vice versa)

One way P 650 Eco aircon

One way P 450 return tripEco aircon

Round trip P 1100 Eco air con


Cebu – tagbilaran

One way P500 (economy)

Round trip P650 ( economy aircon – 2 days advance purchase)

Round Trip P800 ( economy aircon – 1 day or outright purchase)

Round Trip P600 (economy nonaircon – anytime , anyday)



Trip Advisory (RESUME OF TRIPS)

Good News!!!

“Caloy” has weakened into a Low Pressure as what PAG-ASA announced from the 5 pm trip advisory which means all vessels travelling from the affected areas are now clear to sail. Weesam Express will resume its trip Tommorow March 23, 2014 . 5:20 am Cebu to Ormoc as first trip . Purchase your ticket tomorrow at Mariners Court Pier 1 , Cebu City . We will be open at 04:30 am and may all have a safe trip…

Trip advisory for tropical depression Caloy

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) As of 5:00 AM March 22, Saturday, tropical depression Caloy has slowed down but maintained its strengths as it moves closer to Surigao del Sur. Storm signal no. 1 has been raised in 16 areas(FROM RAPPLER.COM). This includes Weesam Routes(Cebu-Ormoc, Cebu-Tagbilaran).

In this view, all our trips aforementioned are cancelled and will resume until further notice. You may contact us if you have some questions and queries regarding this advisory.

Thank you so much for your continued patronage.