Category Archives: Palawan

Coron Island: Kayangan Lake, Twin Peaks, Banol Beach, Skeleton Wreck

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The saying “save the best for last” proves to be usually true for me for most things. But for the last leg of our Coron trip following our Calauit Safari and Black Island exploration, I chose to leave my expectations at a minimum and just simply surrender to the random travel experiences that become the greatest highlights of my trip. I just love how the randomness beautifully coincide in becoming a concoction of my life’s sweetest surprises and pleasures!

Coron Island is the third largest island in the Calamian Group of Islands, in Northern Palawan. The island is surrounded by a series of limestone karst rock formations. From a distance, it may just look like a gigantic but picturesque limestone karst rock cliff, but when you go closer, the beauty of the series of limestones will amaze you. It’s like you are welcomed to a maze filled with beautiful limestone formations waiting to be explored.

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Coron Palawan: Black Island, Lusong Coral Garden, Lusong Gunboat

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One thing I like best about traveling is the element of surprise that comes with every new place being explored. Perhaps we were directed to Coron for a better reason. We were so blessed to have been given the chance to experience paradise at its finest.

BLACK ISLAND

After a half-day tour in Calauit Safari, we were taken by out boat to Black Island.  After our one-on-one interaction with the animals, we headed to Black Island for lunch. Shrimps, crabs, and barbeque for lunch (still courtesy of our tour package)! How great is that? Black Island is just a few minutes away from Calauit, and I am not exaggerating when I say that the view of the island is simply exquisite. More than the view, Black Island is known as one of the best dive spots in Palawan. We were told that Black Island was named as such because of the color of limestone rocks that surround the island.

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Coron, Palawan: Calauit Island Safari

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Following an awesome first day at Coron Town the previous day, Pao and I resisted  hitting the snooze button as we enthusiastically awoke at 3:30 AM for our 4:00 AM departure for a 3-4 hour boat ride to Calauit Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary better known as Calauit Safari Park in Calauit Island.

(Cover photo from Google Search on Calauit. Photo credit to owner.)

The island got its name because of the geographic shape of the island. The island is shaped like a hook, hence its name “kalawit” in Filipino. 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.

It was worth it to endure a 4 hour boat ride because of this priceless view

Admiring the best view during the boat ride!

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Coron, Palawan: Exploring Coron Town

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Following our cancelled trip to Bangkok and Cambodia because of the flood crisis and inundation of Thailand, we just rerouted our plane ticket to one of the best places to visit in the Philippines, Coron in Palawan. And truly, God blessed us with so many sights to see and experiences to remember for the rest of our life. Coron is truly beautiful in so many amazing ways!

Coron is found in the beautiful Palawan of the Philippines, and is part of the Busuanga Island which is part of the Calamian Group of Islands.  It is a well-known diving spot for shipwrecks and of course, for its rich and exquisite marine life.

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The Beauty that is Puerto Princesa: Underground River

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Imagine taking on a quest towards a grand adventure towards an underground cave enriched with million-years’ worth of limestone rock formations as evidenced by its stalactites and stalagmites beneath lush mountains, and you find yourself in immense awe with all its wonder as you cruise through a quiet and tranquil river. And then you realize, everything you just imagined can happen in front of your very eyes. This unspoiled beauty of nature presents pleasurable exploration found in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. 



The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is nominated as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. It is a significant core area of the Palawan Biosphere Reserve under the Man and Biosphere Program. It is also considered as one of UNESCO’s Natural World Heritage Sites, therefore securing an unwritten mandate to safeguard and protect this natural sanctuary for all of humanity.

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The Beauty that is Puerto Princesa: Honda Bay

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If there would be such a thing called paradise, I would always attribute it to Palawan. And the moment I set foot on the beautiful sandy shores of Palawan, I knew I had to come back for more. I discovered the beauty of Palawan when I was 7, and I came back last 2008 because I knew I just had to. Its beauty is insatiable that I would never grow tired of being a happy traveler in Palawan. I know I will always come back for more of Palawan!



Puerto Princesa is more than awesome. Setting foot on Palawan gives every Filipino a sense of pride because Palawan is truly world class and truly at par with other famed beaches from other countries. I can say this even if I haven’t been able to the other parts of Palawan. I know I have yet to cross out other must-see locations in Palawan like Coron, El Nido, and Amanpulo, but still, Puerto Princesa managed to take my breath away to the point I was gasping for air because of too much excitement!

You may now close your jaw.

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