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Row Row Row Your Boat in Marabut

We know Tacloban and the rest of Eastern Visayas are familiar to many due to typhoon Haiyan. But it’s time to get ourselves back on the map again, as one of the new exciting places to head to in the country. We ourselves couldn’t imagine something remotely close to this will be possible after the devastation, but here we are, back to offer everyone crazy adventures and fun. All these beautiful waters surrounding us, we can’t help it, we’re wet, wild and proud Waray Waray!
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This is the Twin Rocks in Marabut Island, and like Magellan, we’re the first to set foot on these, uuuhm, gigantic rocks, and proclaim it a site of adventure. Our great exploits included cliff diving from the edge of that pointed heights that gives James Bond a run for his skills.  We also discovered snorkeling spots replete with beautiful species around the area.

So we’re very happy we now can take you to this previously uncharted waters and offer you one of your biggest adventures yet.

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They can’t hide their excitement!

 

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Come and jetski!

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We’ll climb the taller one later 🙂

Watch this video of our boy’s rite of passage. Enjoy and don’t hesitate to jump! We’re waiting for your call!

 

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Kalanggaman: Why do we love thee, let me count …

 

The world woke up to the new trailer of La La Land ( go on, watch it, watch the gift that is Emma Stone) and suddenly everything seems fantastic, the feeling almost magical. And we would go so far as to say we’re in love.

And while we’re unabashedly  telling the world that, we’re equally loving the almost paradise we call Kalanggaman. Almost,  because it lacks a permanent island fixture the likes of Ryan Gosling, with his seemingly photo shopped (perfect) torso in Crazy, Stupid, Love.

So here’s  some of the reasons why we love Kalanggaman like crazy (and miss it like crazy, haha) and why it should be in your next adventure!

1. Mother Nature at its finest.  Pristine beach,  white sand, crystal clear waters and many other beautiful things have been said about this stunning island, and we concur. And we’re hoping it stays that way through the efforts of the local government to balance tourism and development with conservation. And through us, beautiful and responsible guests, taking nothing but beautiful memories and leaving nothing but kindness. Haha, this reminder doesn’t get old.

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Like your lover that’s so inviting. To stretch on that fine white sand and get the perfect tan or dip into the cool water?

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On a perfect day like this one, you can sit on that lifeguard chair and believe that you own the realm. Like you’re sitting on the iron throne, but unlike Cersie, you are happy and so is everyone.

2. Sandbar that stretches as far as the eye can see and that makes for a perfect jumpshot setting. It could easily be one of the best in the country. Picture this: you’re taking that long walk from end to end of the sandbar,  the salty breeze gently caressing you,  your worries ebbing away, and suddenly an omanyte appears!  and a dragonair! and a lapras! That’s the Pokemon hunting dream and we’re sure that can happen. Gosh, the thought is leaving us breathless.

And then of course, the jump shots. We need not not say more 🙂

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There are numerous ways to do the jumpshot and here’s one of them.

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We can do this all day!

3. Snorkeling and Dive spots. While the water-type pokemons are keeping us busy on the surface, there’s  just as many exciting (and real) species to interact with underneath these largely unexplored snorkeling and dive sites. But no, we don’t catch them.

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4. Sunset and starry starry night. Kalanggaman beach is like us, it is beautiful 24/7.  Yes, there’s the water and sand that sparkle like your favorite jewel under the light of the sun during the day. And there’s the sunset that bathes the island in a  mesmerizing orange glow, leaving all of us momentarily speechless. By night,  ‘ a thousand splendid stars’  shine down on the island that even the least romantic of us can’t help but sing Vincent.

5.  A Sanctuary and a chapel. Thank us later if you  finally get married on this chapel. You got the idea from us. Sorry for the indulgence but we mentioned from the get go that we’re in love 🙂 Seriously,  what better way to ruminate on the mystery of the universe and life than being reposed inside the solitude that this small sanctuary offers.
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5. Kalanggaman and Aquamomentum. It’s like your idea of a perfect date, a nice and safe ride with food indulgence. Emphasis on the food.

 

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The Aquamomentum team with guests on this fancy ride.

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Thanks to Aqua Momentum, it’s a lot easier now to reach this place from Tacloban, traveling from shore to shore.

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These guys are like  Cinderella’s fairy godmother and more. Not only do they give you one of the best rides of your life, they make sure you’re well-fed too 🙂 And who knows, your Princess or Prince Charming may just be waiting for you on the island.

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I don’t know about you but this, right here, is heaven.

 

 

 

 

Winfred “Baby Boy” Santos: The Gym Leader of San Juanico

 

The first time I tried my hand at wakeboarding was an awesome experience all thanks to Aqua momentum

We actually started the day a bit early around 5 or 6 am, we traveled to the area around the iconic San Juanico Bridge via speedboat. The view was exceptional, calm beautiful waters, nice little islands with the iconic bridge in the background while the sun was rising made the fact that I had to wake up earlier than usual well worth it.

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Wake boarding while a bit difficult was definitely a fun experience, the aqua momentum staff was friendly and very professional they were always on hand and readily available to give lessons and tips for a first timer like me. I felt safe the whole time since they had a rescue boat on hand at all times trailing us, which was very important for my peace of mind considering that I was a first timer with no experience.

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After wakeboarding we decided to relax and refresh ourselves on one of the floating cottages near one of the islands. A cup of coffee, the sun not to mention that refreshing sea air and view made a nice ending to my little adventure.

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Never Saw Blue Like That!

Go ahead and sing it if you know the song, and get lost in the big romance that’s in your head and heart. Or if you’re not the romantic, just jump right into the clear waters and shout, “God this is awesome!”

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They did claim they’re the navy seals of water sports and island hopping.

I did both, by the way.

I was vacillating between being in a meditative state and being the ocean rebel. Imagine looking out into the horizon, not quite sure where the sky ends and the ocean starts. The vast blue spreads out before you, the waters glimmer like millions of diamonds under the light of the sun, and you almost convince yourself it’s heaven on earth. And then you look down, notice the vibrant life in the water and you wanna jump in and be Ariel or Nemo or Dory.

 

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Spell amazing with your body!

I am from Leyte, I have explored and seen quite so many beaches in and outside the Philippines and still I’m in awe of Kalanggaman. Glorious fun starts with the jetski ride from Tacloban and the white Kalanggaman sandbar that welcomes you on the other side is the cherry on top.

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Adventure here we come!

 

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White Sandbar in Kalanggaman.

It’s a whole new world and one that is within your reach! I’m sure our guests can’t wait to come back!

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