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The Calamian group of islands in Palawan intrigued me for so long. Busuanga Island, being the biggest and most populated, is the jump-off point. You can get to Busuanga in about an hour by plane or 14 hours by sea travel. I fell in love with this place in 2007 on a spontaneous weekend getaway. I was raving so much that I made a second trip, and this time, I made reservations and a list of places to see.

The Calamian group of islands in Palawan intrigued me for so long. Busuanga Island, being the biggest and most populated, is the jump-off point. You can get to Busuanga in about an hour by plane or 14 hours by sea travel. I fell in love with this place in 2007 on a spontaneous weekend getaway. I was raving so much that I made a second trip, and this time, I made reservations and a list of places to see.

Island-hopping is the best way to appreciate the beauty of Coron Bay. Just arrange with your resort for a motorboat to take you there. The cost would be as low as PhP 1,000 to about Php 4,500 (roughly USD 25-100) depending on the size of the motorboat and number of people taking the tour. Be prepared for a bit of a hike since the following are enclosed by massive limestone formations: Cayangan Lake (won several times over as the Philippines’ cleanest lake), and Barracuda Lake (if you’re a certified diver, you can arrange for a dive to see them). Snorkeling gear is also provided in these motorboats, and you can use them at the Siete Pecados Marine Park and viewing the Skeleton Wreck. The best souvenir would be a great tan, and you can choose from Calachuchi, Banul, or Sunset Beach to achieve it. End the day by making Makinit Hot Springs as your last stop and enjoy with a soothing dip.

On land, you can challenge yourself to a 700-step hike to Mt. Tapyas to have a scenic view of Coron Bay or a smaller hill that doubles as a weather observatory being supervised by PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration).

I can’t get enough of Coron. On the next trip I might be exploring the Japanese shipwrecks, a famous destination for scuba diving enthusiasts, or go to the nearby town of Culion or to the wildlife sanctuary at Calauit Island.

For more information, check out http://www.wowphilippines.com.ph,,

http://palawan.ws/,,

http://www.seadiveresort.com/

written by mvsunit

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