The largest island in the Calamian archipelago, Busuanga Island offers an intimate encounter with nature and a promise of fun and adventure. Located halfway between the islands of Palawan and Mindoro, this beautiful island is a home to rich wildlife, breathtaking beaches and fascinating shipwreck diving adventures.
Busuanga island’s land area of 151.7 sq. mi. is divided into two municipalities, Busuanga and Coron. Busuanga Island, Culion Island, Coron Island and other smaller islands make up the Calamian group of islands. Traveling to Busuanga usually means days of island hopping from one awe-inspiring island to another. Under the sea, a good number of sunken Japanese ships are waiting to be explored as wreck diving is popular in the area.
Attractions to Visit
Quiet Beach. In Busuanga Island, the almost current-free clear water blankets the clean, white sand. This makes the beach there bewitching, quietly calling gazers to dive in.
Diverse Wildlife. Aside from the beach, the island is also flocked by local and foreign tourists every year for its rich, diverse wildlife. Bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts will especially enjoy a trip to Busuanga and see thousands of birds of 279 species. You will also get to see some very rare animal species which are endemic to the province of Palawan including the Palawan Tree Shrew, the Palawan Porcupine and the Palawan Stink Badger. A visit to the municipality of San Jose will surely be a great experience to tourists as the 92% of the area is covered in wildlife-rich forests. At Calauit Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary, African animals like giraffes, zebras, elands, impalas, gazelles and topis can be seen along with endmic animal species.
Treasure Island. Vising the Treasure Island will surely elicit a sense of magical wonder and adventure even from the most nonchalant eyes. Covered in silica sand, the white beach in the island sparkles as if with tiny diamonds.
Black Island. Also Located near Panlaitan, the island got its name from the 150 ft. black rock sitting majestically in one its three caves. The whole island is also dominated by the mountain of solid black rock. Its mystical physical characteristics earned it its original name, Malajom, meaning dark. The island’s three small caves attract adventuresome tourists with the small pool waiting inside. The white silica is also extra-abundant in the island, turning the five-kilometer stretch of beach into a luxurious sparkling aisle. A wide variety of fish can be caught in the beach while guano and some edible nests are also gathered from the island all year through.
Several Other Astounding Islands. The 50-hectare Pamalican Island do not have any cottages to accommodate visitors. But eager visitors keep going to the island for its abundant marine life and coral reefs. The beach is perfect for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. Just as beautiful as Pamalican Island, Calumbuyan Island attracts tourists from surrounding barangays into its ten hectares of unadulterated nature and abundant marine life. Other islands of breathtaking beauty include Pagbinit Island, Dibutunay Island, West Nalaut Island, Maltatayoc Island and Nagtenga Island.
Activities and Adventure
Recreational Diving. Busuanga Island is famous for the twelve wrecked Japanese warships which sank during the end of the World War II and still remain underwater in an almost pristine condition. The historical shipwrecks are perfect for recreational diving, an activity which attracts many tourists from all over the country and the world. Busuanga Island offers an unforgettable underwater adventure with its varied ranges of wreck diving sites. The shallowest diving site ranges from 10 to 30 feet deep, while the deepest diving site ranges from 120 to 140 feet. There are several diving centers in Busuanga where tourists could choose any diving package they want.
Snorkeling. The sunken treasures in several diving spots in Busuanga are located in shallow water, making some of it visible to snorkelers. Surrounding the area are beautiful coral formations and a diverse marine life.
Island Hopping. Because the Calamian archipelago has multiple beautiful islands of limestone base and silica sand, island hopping is truly a rewarding activity for locals and foreigners alike. Resorts often help tourists get a boating tour around the small archipelago.
Other exciting activities visitors can enjoy in the island are:
A hike to Tapyas where beautiful sceneries can be admired
A swim at Siete Pecadosto enjoy a great variety of marine life and watch beautiful corals.
Horseback riding, Mountain bike tours, and Jungle Treks at Discovery Bar
Hangout at Maquinit hot spring where you can enjoy an late night drink