A safari within the Philippines? Yep, it’s potential.
A Coron Calauit safari tour is a well-liked exercise when visiting Palawan. Most embody a go to to the Calauit Sport Refuge and Wildlife Sanctuary together with a couple of islands.
A part of our Calauit safari tour was some stopovers at islands round Busuanga. A brief distance away from Calauit was Black Island, the place the Slovenian franchise of Survivor, Survivor Srbija: Philippines, shot a few of their episodes.
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Visiting Black Island Philippines
Nothing ready me for the shock I’d discover in my first-time at Black Island Philippines.
Black Island loomed from afar like a black rock. However as we approached, the darkish shade grew to become inexperienced and the white sand seaside emerged. The ocean grew to become aqua blue and turquoise inexperienced that was in each method inviting us to dive in and revel in a refreshing dip below the nice and cozy solar. Black Island was like a pirate’s refuge and a castaway’s paradise. As I descended from our boat with my snorkeling gears on, I instantly surveyed the underwater life that was amazingly lovely.
With the excessive midday solar above us, it was time to take our luxurious lunch at a close-by cottage. I took off my sneakers and buried my toes beneath the graceful powdery sand.
After we had our filling meal, we headed to a close-by cave, which had a really giant opening. The cave was like a theater stage, giant sufficient to accommodate a home inside. We had been instructed that the cave is now thought-about biologically lifeless, led to by the injury finished by treasure hunters and the brilliant lights of the Survivor shoot.
Two swimming pools contained in the cave may very well be seen, whereby its waters come instantly from the ocean. Vandalism was additionally seen throughout its partitions.
We left Black Island with apprehension that this tiny paradise can be left to ruins. We hope it wouldn’t come to that.
Visiting Calumboyan Island
Our subsequent cease was Calumboyan Island. Hammocks beneath bushes had been a soothing sight. The island was additionally outfitted with clear bathroom and picnic tables.
However what was even fantastic on this island is the wealthy marine life. I fed a number of fishes, together with a rainbow-colored fish, which the locals known as pico de loro. Our information introduced us across the coral reef and located quite a few colourful species of corals that got here in several designs and sizes.
Snorkeling in Coral Backyard
Our coral watching continued as we proceeded to the Coral Backyard. It was a sloping reef that additionally had a number of coral varieties. It was actually like a backyard beneath the ocean. Spiky corals, fluffy ones, spherical ones—you title it and also you’ll discover them dancing with the waves underwater.
What was even thrilling in our Coral Backyard snorkeling exercise was we noticed a tortoise swimming close to us. We needed to be cautious to not scare it away or we would impose some stress degree on this marine animal.
Final cease was the ship wreck. It wasn’t buried deep and may very well be seen from the floor. A few of us circled the ship and located that the corals have claimed many of the ship. It has turn out to be a house to many fishes as effectively, reminding me of a scene within the animation film, Shark Story.
Going again to Coron Bay, we traversed a mangrove plantation. The view contained in the plantation was calming. Rolling hills from numerous islands perked up the panorama.
Lastly, the sky was splashed with the crimson pallet of the setting solar. We had been at sea earlier than daybreak till nightfall. But it surely was price a visit. It was a refreshing encounter with nature, from free-roaming animals at Calauit, to the coral gardens across the islands, to the fish species indigenous to the world.