And when you take the road less traveled, the beauty of the unknown unfolds.
That beauty is Busuanga.
Busuanga Island in Palawan is the gateway to the world class dive sites of Coron Island. Though being the entry point, Busuanga has fewer visitors than Coron. But those who brave the path to Busuanga are rewarded with a rustic island experience.
“What’s in Busuanga Island?” You may ask.
Explore8 Travel gives you a glimpse of visiting the islands of Busuanga.
This Busuanga Islands Tour starts at Sagrada Port early in the morning, when the sea is at its calmest.
1. Panlaitan Fishing Village
It was a fine day when our boat docked at the Panlaitan Fishing Village. Children were enjoying the waters while the fishermen were sorting out their day’s catch. Panlaitan Fishing Village is also known for its dried squid.
Our boatman led us to one of the fishermen’s huts. Mang Dado showed his catch for the day. We bought a kilo of fish for Php 80.00 (~$2.50). The fish would be grilled for lunch.
2. Malajon Island a.k.a Black Island
After an hour of sailing, the mysterious black limestone karsts stood out against the clear blue skies. Locals call it Malajon Island but it is popularly known as “The Black Island”. Entrance fee to this island costs Php 150.00 per head.
3. Pamalican Island
When you google “Pamalican Island”, the high-end resort of Amanpulo comes up on the searches. But here in Busuanga Island, the other Pamalican Island is home to the dugongs (sea cow) and pawikans (sea turtles). Too bad, we weren’t able to see the dugongs. Our boatman tells us that dugongs show up early in the morning.
For successful sightings, one may camp at this island or stay at one of the huts in North Cay Island, which is just across Pamalican Island. There’s just one hut on this island where we ate the grilled fish. Before leaving the island, we paid an entrance fee of Php 150.00 each.
4. North Cay Island
From Pamalican Island, we spent the afternoon frolicking in the white sand of North Cay. Though privately owned, visitors are welcome to stay at North Cay. The huts on the island can accommodate around 20 guests.
Should you plan to stay overnight, be sure to bring your own water. There’s no water source in this island. The owner’s boat delivers barrels of water, which are sourced from the mainland, from time to time. Hence, the entrance fee to this island costs Php 200.00 per head.
Going to Busuanga Island DIY style may be long and exhausting especially if you take the public bus or the habal-habal. It’s three hours long on rough road. But all these islands made it worth the visit.
To have a hassle-free and comfortable trip to Busuanga Island, it’s best to take a private van that would bring you to the port. For Busuanga Island Tours in Palawan, contact Explore8 Travel at 0998 976 6727 or email inquiry @ explore8.com