Go on a private boat safari to explore the Calamian archipelago. Snorkel coral gardens and shipwrecks. Visit stunning beaches, lagoons, lakes and marine sanctuaries. Swim, kayak and hike your way to the greatest island adventure of your life.
The Calamian archipelago or Calamianes lies in the Sulu Sea, midway between mainland Palawan and Mindoro. In World War II, the US Navy sank 24 Japanese ships that were anchored in the calm waters of the islands. The popular story is that the ships were hiding in the Calamianes, disguised with foliage to make them look like islands to surveillance planes that saw them from above. When pilots noticed over time that some islands changed position, the ruse was up and the ships were sitting ducks for the US Navy's dive bombers. Whether this story is accurate or not, one thing is certain: the Japanese chose a magnificent area to anchor their fleet. The group of over thirty islands has white sandy beaches, vibrant coral reefs, dramatic rock formations and picturesque lagoons and lakes. The islands are also rich in culture, being home to fishing villages and the Tagbanuas, an indigenous people that lives off the sea.
This private expedition gives you the most in-depth and intimate experience of the Calamian archipelago. You will visit remote and uninhabited islands, explore them at your own pace and take in nature's beauty with only your own small group to share the adventure.
Highlights and activities
- Take a private expedition boat to explore the Calamian islands.
- Spend nights in beach huts.
- Visit spectacular island features such as lakes, coral reefs, shipwrecks, caves and lagoons.
- caving / spelunking
- hiking / trekking
- kayaking / rafting
Day 1: Mount Tapyas and Maquinit hot springs
We meet at the Busuanga airport and drive to Coron town. In the afternoon we take a short hike up a nearby hill to get a great view of Coron Island and Busuanga. We then visit a saltwater hot spring for a relaxing evening dip.
Day 2: Corals reefs and shipwrecks
Our boat expedition begins early in the morning and our agenda for the day is to snorkel to our heart's content. We visit four spectacular snorkeling sites: the Lusong Gunboat wreck, the East Tangat wreck, the Coral Gardens and Calumbuyan Island. We spend the night in a beach cottage on the beautiful island of North Cay.
Day 3: Caves, pirates and island treasures
Today we visit six islands, each with its own distinctive features. Black Island is easily recognized from afar because of its black rock. It also has caves with bats. Panlaitan Island is a former hideout of pirates and is now home to a fishing village. South Cay has a 3 kilometer long beach and Pamanican Island has a huge coral reef. We spend the day walking, swimming and kayaking to explore these islands and cap off the day by camping on the beach of Pass Island.
Day 4: Sand bars and giant clams
We head for the southernmost islands of our expedition. Bulog has a big sandbar that connects it to another island, allowing you to walk from one to the other during low tide. Several of the islands have rich coral gardens and Malcapuya has giant clams that you can see while snorkeling. We spend the night in beach cottages in Banana Island.
Day 5: Coron Island’s lagoons and lakes
Coron Island has the most famous sites of our expedition. We snorkel Skeleton Wreck, the frame of a small ship that sank very near shore. Then we visit Twin Lagoons, two large pools enclosed by sheer rock walls and whose waters are connected to each other and the sea. We take two short hikes to access Barracuda Lake and Kayangan Lake, two of the cleanest and most picturesque lakes in the country. Finally we visit Siete Pecados Marine Park and get our final fix of snorkeling before heading back to Coron Town where we celebrate the last night of our adventure with a delicious dinner.
Day 6: Leave with nothing but memories...and souvenirs
Those who are interested can spend the morning shopping at the various cottage industries of Coron Town before we bring you back to the Busuanga airport.
This adventure is offered throughout the year. Contact us to schedule your Private Tour.
- All land and sea transportation for the duration of the trip.
- All meals from dinner of Day 1 to dinner of Day 5 (13 meals) plus afternoon snacks from Days 2 to 5.
- 5 nights accommodations (2 nights in town lodge, 2 nights in beach cottage, 1 night camping).
- All entrance fees to specified destinations.
- Guiding service.
- One double kayak on board expedition boat.
- Travel insurance.
- Snorkeling gear.
Price is already inclusive of VAT (value added tax).
- This adventure involves a lot of time in the water. You don't have to be in great physical shape but you should be comfortable in the water for you to enjoy this trip fully.
- Yellow fever vaccination is required for entry to the Philippines if you are coming from a yellow-fever infected country; if you are not, this vaccination is unnecessary. The following vaccinations are recommended:
- Hepatitis A and B
- Japanese encephalitis
- Measles, mumps and rubella
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