Calauit Island occupies the northern-most tip of Busuanga Island and it’s reached either by land or by sea from Coron town.
The island is home to a unique attraction in Coron – Calauit Safari Park, a zoo in the open, which houses many animals freely roaming the island plains. As most of the animals are brought from Kenya, it feels like small Africa in the Philippines. Staff is very assertive and takes good care of the animals. They will take you on a tour around the park, either on foot or in the jeep.
As you enter the park, you will notice herds of Calamian Deer grazing the grass. They are an endemic species, existing only in this region. The zebras are pretty shy, and you are advised not to get too close to them as they can bite or kick if provoked! Other free animals are porcupines, monkeys, wild boars, peacocks, turtles, eagles. Some of the animals, like crocodiles and pythons are kept locked for obvious reasons. You can also see Asian Palm Civet, also called Alamid cat, that is responsible for creating the world’s most expensive coffee, Kopi Luwak.
The highlight of the trip is the giraffes, as there is quite a few of them and they are very gentle and used to human contact. They would quickly approach to interact and get some food. Make sure to have some leaves and twigs ready. It makes for some awesome pictures feeding the giraffes up close. If you love animals you definitely don’t want to miss this place!