Who We Are..
The Calamian group of islands is in the nothernmost part of Palawan. The main islands in the Calamian Group are Busuanga, Coron, Culion and Linapacan.
Busuanga, the largest in the Calamian group of islands is composed of 63 islands and islets.
The municipality of Busuanga in Salvacion is approximately 212.8 nautical miles from Puerto Princesa and 34.7 miles from the municipality of Coron about an hour and a half ride through verdant and rural scenery. The unspoiled countryside scenery entices the travelers to dream of a life in paradise.
SITES OF INTEREST
Dramatic limestone walls surround magnificent lagoons. A reef protects the entrance to coves that lead to “hidden lakes”. Coron Island is home to 7 lakes but only Cayangan and Barracuda can be visited. The island is undoubtedly the area’s primary eco-tour destination for tourists. Coron island is a 15 minute boat ride from the town of Coron.
One of a few beaches on Coron Island, its white sand contrasts with the limestone in the background and provides a lovely vista on approach. It is ideal for daytime swimming and snorkeling. A favorite picnic spot.
Recognized for 5 consecutive years as the cleanest lake in the Philippines. Be amazed by its immensity, experience its cool fresh waters as you swim.
Also on Coron island this lake lies behind an array of limestone walls. Visitors will get off their boat and climb some 15 meters up and over these walls to Barracuda Lake. Divers have the added advantage of experiencing the thermal layers at a depth of 14 meters where water temperatures rise from 28 to 38! The Barracuda are still around.
SIGHTSEEING, ACTIVITIES AND TOURS
The best way to explore islands of Coron Bay is from Coron town with a bangka . Tiny Cagbatan island, better known as CYC island is ideal for picnics as is the slightly larger Dimanglet island, both of them are near Coron. Cruise more than 1,000 islands in the Calamians rates depend upon distance and the number of people. Seadive is always happy to arrange lunch to make the day even better.
1 to 3 days island hopping with snorkeling in crystal clear water. Ask Sea Dive to arrange a BBQ on a white sandy beach.
Rent a kayak and explore the surrounding islands, enjoy the breathtaking views of the limestone ridges and caves.
MAQUINIT HOT SPRINGS
Water temperature at 40″ (104″F) is PEEEERFECT. Best times would be in the morning, late afternoon or evening. Bring food for a nice picnic. Drinks are sold onsite. Reach the hot springs by tricycle for approx. P 200. There is also a P 100.00 entry fee.
Rent a motorbike & spend a joyful day touring the countryside. Suggested for semi-experienced riders only. P 650.00 /day/motorbike.
LIKE TO HIKE
Climb Mt. Darala, the highest point in the Calamianes islands. The hike takes about 3 1/2 hours to the top and back with spectacular scenery. Starting point from Mabentangen road. We will be happy to arrange a guide for you. Take plenty of water.
Visit Calauit game preserve, located on the northwest corner of Busuanga Island. The preserve has many giraffes, zebra, antelope, deer & of course the endangered mouse deer. About 3 1/2 hours by pumpboat ( P15,000 maximum of 8 person) or 3 hours by car (P6,500) and then a short boat trip. Please be advised that there is also an entry fee. Very basic overnight accommodation can be arranged.
VISIT CORON ISLAND
Currently the fee to visit Kayangan lake is P200.00 person payable to the local indigenous Tagbuana Foundations.. It’s required to listen to 15 minute explanation before being allowed to go.
VISIT HISTORIC CULION
Location of the leprosy sanitarium, once the largest colony in the world The sanitarium was constructed by the U.S. in 1906 and in continuous operation ever since. The town is located about 1 1/2 hours west of Coron. Boat fees are about P 4,500 for up to 8 persons. Culion is a scenic trip with a museum detailing the history of the sanitarium, clinic & hospital.