Calamanian Islands: Coron and Calauit, Experience

Calamanian Islands: Coron and Calauit, Experience

March 13, 2016

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Calamanian Islands: Coron and Calauit

Calamanian Islands: Coron and Calauit, Experience
“A Journey, Life of Nature and Leisure”
Island Palawan, Philippines

Coron Palawan Experience

Coron Island

Coron is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Palawan, Philippines. The main industries of Coron are fishing and tourism, being a popular diving location.

This is one of the provinces that is mostly visited by both local and foreign visitors because of its alluring beauty and is a principal contributor to the blooming tourism in the Philippines. The island is rich in natural attractions. It has a lot of things for you to explore and discover.


It also has a number of islands with white beaches and clear blue waters perfect for snorkeling, deep sea fishing and shipwreck diving.

The Coron hopping trip is the perfect choice for family members, friends and couples who just want to have fun and enjoy the beauty of nature. If a person feels the need to reconnect with Mother Nature, then it is better that the tourists take the next flight to Coron Island.

Viewing the magnificent and spectacular sceneries in Coron Isle is such a fantastic experience I have done. This is especially true for someone who wants to have a breather. If the travellers want to discover the nation’s best gifts like its remarkable sea side and unique coral reefs, then now is your chance to travel to Coron in Palawan.

The entire island is considered the ancestral domain of the Tagbanua, who are primarily fishermen and gatherers of the very lucrative balinsasayaw (bird’s nests). Concerned about the impact of tourism, the Tagbanua have limited access to a handful of sights.

Everything about the Coron program trip is truly fulfilling. Get in touch with Isle Haven Trips today and check out the most eye-catching aspect of Palawan!

A day-long bangka trip to all of these sites is around P1500 could be single passenger or for up to four people (this doesn’t include admission fees for sights on Coron Island, or snorkelling gear, which is generally P250).

Remember to carry enough small bills, as all fees are collected as you dock at each site (there’s talk of possibly imposing a single island-wide admission fee). Virtually every hotel and resort can arrange a trip, as can every tour company in town (trips to fewer sites are advertised for P650 to P750 per person).


Getting to Coron Island, Palawan

Visitors can find flights to Coron or as some refer to it as Busuanga, which is an hour southwest from Manila. Here are a couple tips to keep in mind when choosing to land in Coron by Plane.

Coron By Plane

Fly into Busuanga from Manila with PAL Express, Cebu Pacific or Zest Air.
Aiport to town: Jeepney or 12 seater A/C Vans.

Coron By Boat

SuperFerry stops in Coron on their way to Puerto Princesa. Leave Manila on Friday afternoon (4:15pm) and arrives in Coron early Saturday morning (5:30 am). Heads back to Manila on Sunday night (10:45 pm). Wait until a couple of days before it departs to get cheaper tickets. Don’t wait too long, though.

Calauit Island in Busuanga

giraffes in the philippines“Giraffe is considered to be the tallest of all land-living animal species. Its coat is made up of large, irregular patches of yellow to black fur separated by white, off-white, or dark yellowish brown background. They usually stand about 13 to 18 feet tall with long neck and long legs.”

This is truly an amazing tour for me, a whole day trip which provides me a variety of experiences.

On my third day in Coron, Palawan, I woke up early, got ready for a Calauit Safari Park tour and then left Coron Village Lodge at around 5.15 a.m. Decided alone to travel by boat since I planned to do some island hopping after with me a boat tour guide.

Explore the Philippines’ game reserve and wildlife sanctuary in Calauit Safari Park, a 3,700 hectare island off the coast of Palawan. This tropical safari should not be missed on your visit to Coron.

Calauit Safari Park

Giraffes in Calauit Safari Park

Calauit Safari Park is dubbed as the Philippines’ local version of the African Safari. Calauit Island is an island of the Calamian Archipelago, just off the north-western coast of Busuanga Island. It is part of the municipality of Busuanga in the province of Palawan, Philippines. The entire island was declared as a wildlife sanctuary and game preserve in 1977, now is a tourist attraction known as Calauit Safari Park.

zebra in the Philippines“Zebras are best known for their distinctive white and black stripes. Their bellies have a large white blotch for camouflage purposes. Their stripes come in different patterns unique to each individual.”

The island has been declared as a game preserve and wildlife sanctuary by virtue of the Presidential Proclamation No. 1578 which was issued on August 31, 1976 during the Marcos regime. It has a total land area of approximately 3,760 hectares and is situated within Calauit Island in the northwest corner of Busuanga, the main island of the Calamianes, Northern Palawan.

Zebra in the Philippines

You might be wondering: How did the giraffes and zebras get here? That’s easy to answer — by boat. One hundred and four animals which also included six types of antelopes (impala, gazelle, bushbuck, eland, waterbuck, and tobi) were brought here from Kenya. The green island was transformed to a savannah — its residents relocated and its bamboo forests cleared to provide a suitable environment for the animals.

The Calauit Sanctuary is an inspiration to every Filipino. This preserve is home to animals from Africa co-existing with the indigenous animals of Palawan. It supports tourism and recreational trips by giving nature lovers the opportunity to experience the joy of going in a safari like adventure and teaching visitors the importance of conservation.

Porcupines in the Philippines“Porcupines are the third largest of the rodents with a coat of sharp spines that defend them from predators. They come in various shades of brown, grey, and the unusual white.”

Pond Turtle in Palawan, Philippines

“The Pond Turtle is probably the world’s least-known and most enigmatic freshwater turtle species, it exerts great fascination for turtle hobbyists. Due to the inability to locate it in the wild, probable threats from habitat loss, and potential pressure from collectors, this turtle is listed as critically endangered.”


Getting to Calauit in Busuanga, Palawan

From Manila, fly to Busuanga airport. If your hotel is in Coron, you can take a van/shuttle to Coron town. Here, there are several options available. You may join a group tour offered by travel agencies, normally around P2500 per head.

If you’re a big group, you may charter a private boat to Calauit (which can also take you to other gorgeous islands including Black Island) for P7500 for 1-4 pax or P9000 for 5-8 pax.

Calauit Entrance Fee: P200 for Filipinos, P400 for foreigners
Use of land rover: P1000 (divided by how many you are in the group)

Thanks‬ for ‬ the SPONSOR‬!

@Dali-Dali Special Restuarant, National Hway, Coron, Palawan!

@Mommita’s Place, Barangay Pob. 3, Coron, Palawan!

Finally, my Coron and Calauit journey is truly a must-see destination for Life of Nature and Leisure enthusiasts.

Visitors will surely not regret their decision to explore the islands and they are guaranteed to have a memorable Experience!