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Busuanga Island

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Busuanga is the largest Island of the Calamian archipelago in the Northern part of Palawan province in the Philippines. Nice beaches, gentle landscape, good hiking and great diving make the island a good holiday destination.


Northern Busuanga

Wreck diving is the main attraction and many Japanese ships wait patiently for you under the sea. Nearby Coron Island has the beautiful Kayangan and Barracuda lakes the latter is known for its thermoclines and fabled gigantic barracudas.

Get in[edit]

Busuanga is the closest point in Palawan from Manila and is quite accessible from Manila.

By plane[edit]

Francisco B. Reyes Airport(IATA: USU) serves the general area of Busuanga, fly into Busuanga from Manila via PAL Express[3], Cebu Pacific[4], SEAIR[5], Zest Air[6] or AirSWIFT. The flight from Manila takes one hour. The trip from the airport to the town of Coron will take about 40 to 50 minutes.

By boat[edit]

SuperFerry [7] stops in Coron on its way to Puerto Princesa. Leaves Manila on Friday afternoon and arrives in Coron early Saturday morning. Heads back to Manila on Sunday night. Wait until a couple of days before it departs to get cheaper tickets. Don't wait too long, though.

  • Travel 2go ( [8]/ )offers bunk bed ferry from Puerta Princess and from Manila to Coron. Ferry is bigger than a banca, similar to cruise ship facilities but really local.

Get around[edit]

  • Jeepney is one option for tourists from the airport. Vans carrying 6 to 8 people cost about 150 pesos per person. Once in Coron, you can rent another transportation mean.

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  • The largest town on the Island is Coron.
  • Calauit Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary is located on Calauit Island on the North side of Busuanga. This reserve created by Presidential decree in 1976 houses various African species (giraffes included...) wandering in the wild.

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  • Wreck diving is extremely popular around Busuanga. Several Japanese WWII ships lay in good conditions in shallow water (the Skeleton Wreck is even visible for snorkellers), making for excellent dives even for amateur divers.
  • Coron Divers, [9]: Is the only Dive Center owned by a Filipino, Arni is the big boss and his sons are divemasters. Everything makes you feel in a Filipino family.
  • Discovery, [10], Coastal Rd Bgy. 5, Coron Palawan (at Coron Town).
  • Dive Calamianes, [11] Located between the Discovery Bar and downtown
  • Neptune Dive Center, +63-921-760-7492 (), [1]. 08:00-19:00. Neptune Dive Center is one of the newer dive shops in Coron, but is owned and operated by a team that has been living and diving there for years. Emphasis is on small groups and personal service. Neptune Dive Center is the only purpose built dive shop in Coron. Prices are mid-range compared to the other dive shops in the area. ( N, edit
  • Rocksteady Dive Center, [12]Rock out with Rocksteady! We are located near the Hospital.
  • Sea Dive Resort, [13] They have the only recompression chamber in all of Palawan onsite. The biggest dive shop in town, with divemasters who claim to have over 10,000 dives on the Coron wrecks. Priced higher than the other dive shops. Known for crowded boats and high diver to divemaster ratios.

  • Island Hopping. Busuanga is more or less a "miniature version" of Palawan with smaller islands in close range. Resorts can arrange boat rental, or you can head down to the Market Pier in Coron and get a boat captain (P2000) Boats generally handle around 6 passengers. Grab a lunch before you head out. You can also buy meat, fish, veggies from the wet market and request the boat captain to barbecue or cook them for you or your group. You can go camping on a (somewhat) deserted island. There are a couple of islands to check out. You can find everything you need in town/at resorts. Ask around. Gunter at Discovery seems to know of a couple good spots.
  • Mt. Tapyas hike - If you are staying in Coron Town, you can walk to the foot of Mt. Tapyas, where there is a basketball court, from the main market square in 10 minutes; alternately, you can go by tricycle for P10 (Dec 2012). The hike to the top will probably take the average healthy 30 year old 30 to 40 minutes to complete. The view is worth it at any time of day, but especially at sunset. Most people will definitely prefer to go up mornings or evenings, when it is cooler.
  • Siete Pecados is popularized by the shoot of a local television show of a mermaid love story. Experience swimming in an aquarium, beautiful corals and a great variety of fishes. There is a caretaker who will collect P100 from tourists. Recommended time to snorkel is around 1pm to 2pm. Current can be strong in the morning. This is one of the best sites to snorkel in Coron. Myth suggests that seven kids swam from the main island to escape it and follow their parents. They all drowned and the place where they drowned is where the islands are now present.
  • Other activities - can be arranged for instance at Discovery Bar
  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain bike tours
  • Jungle Treks
  • Maquinit hot spring. Beautiful place to hang out in the evening. It will take you 20 to 25 minutes from the Coron town market, and cost you 300 to 400 Pesos depending on the number of passengers and how long you stay. The entrance fee is 150 pesos. Outside drinks are not allowed, but you may bring in food. There is a small shop onsite that sells drinks and snacks. A guard checks everyone's bags and backpacks at the entry. The hot springs are comprised of three areas; the two smaller circular areas are warmest above 40 C, and the third larger area is 36 C. By Japanese onsen standards, however, the water is not at all "hot" anywhere. In the back of the pool, there is a beautiful view of the adjoining bay.

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  • Kapemos Cafe' (Kapemos Bar and Restaurant), Corner of Burgos St. and NATL HWY. 6am-10pm. old world cafe and bar. Rest and relax with family and friends at Kapemos. Try our delightful local dishes as well as others on the menu. Menu prices range from Php:60 to Php:300. Local Philippine Beer, 6 bottles for Php:180. We don't sacrafice our cooking standards for volume, try our dishes as they are always guaranteed fresh and hot!  edit
  • Kapemos Cafe', NATL HWY and BURGOS ST. Pob4. 6am-10pm. old world cafe and bar. Rest and relax with family and friends at Kapemos. Try our delightful local dishes as well as many others on the menu. Hot Foods Menu prices range from Php:60 to Php:300. "Special Deal" Local Philippine Beer (SMB), 6 bottles for Php:180. Soda/Juices/Shakes menu range from Php:30 to Php:120 We don't sacrafice our cooking standards for volume, try our dishes as they are always guaranteed fresh and hot! Salamat (Thank You!)  edit

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Beyond options in Coron, there are a handful of resorts on nearby islands: Dive link, Coral Bay, Club Paradise and the most recent Rio y Mar.

  • Discovery Resort, [14] - Perhaps the only place near Coron where you will be free from the calls of roosters and karaoke. On Decanituan Island (Discovery Island) about a 10 minute boat ride from Coron. A little isolated and very beautiful.
  • Busuanga Bay Lodge,[15] - 4 star Bermuda-inspired resort in Coron, Palawan. Accommodation options include well-appointed rooms and suites as well as private villas.

  • Busuanga Island Paradise,[16] - a quiet resort located in a forest 10 minutes from Coron town. Private property of 21 hectares with a small river cutting thru it - relaxing.
  • Puerto Del Sol Resort @ Discovery Dive Center, [17] - Located in Puerto Del Sol Bay , Coron, on the West Coast of Busuanga Island, Northern Palawan, Philippines. Just 2 minutes from the huge wreck of the Japanese Tanker The Okikawa Maru" at the entrance to our Bay, just 5 minutes from the Japanese Warship The "Akitsushima" ......and 8 minutes from the many other Historic Shipwrecks of the large Japanese Supply Fleet sunk in 1944. You may talk to Angelica at Discovery Bar (where the main office is) at Coron Town or give her a call through +639209012414 and she will help you to get into the resort.
  • Cashew Grove Beach Resort, Bgy Cheey, Busuanga, [2]. Cashew Grove is a small intimate resort located in a two hectare cashew grove with just twelve luxury cottages and rooms set amongst mature cashew trees on the North Eastern coast of Busuanga Island. The resort offers luxury native style accommodation, an international restaurant, bars, swimming pool, scuba diving and many activities.  edit

Get out[edit]

The usual place to go after Busuanga is El Nido.

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