Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Calumbuyan Island Ecotour

The Calumbuyan Island Ecotour
This whole day tour includes seeing a shipwreck, Calumbuyan Island, and a coral garden  

PALAWAN, Philippines  I joined this tour because I wanted to see a sunken ship. That's all.

This was my second time in Coron and I wanted to see something newsomething different... like a shipwreck. Culion and the Caluit Safari came to mind but I thought it would be better to go to a place I haven't been to yet.

Here are the places we toured on that cloudy September day:

1. Lusong Shipwreck (1 hour away from port)
This is the remains of a Japanese gunboat bombed during WWII. It's beautifully eerie. The wreck is visible from the surface! Plenty of fish and corals here. Water is around 10 meters deep.

More photos of the Lusong Shipwreck here!

2. Calumbuyan Island (30 mins from Lusong Shipwreck)
Spend a quiet lunch on this privately-owned island. Enjoy the hammocks, too! But before that, go snorkeling! There are plenty of fish around and the stretch of corals are magnificent. Water isn't too deep but the strong current makes it challenging to swimeven for good swimmers. Take care!

Fish, chicken, and crabs for lunch!
Cute dogs on the island.

3. Calumbuyan Coral Garden (20 mins from Calumbuyan Island)
By this time, I've had enough of corals. They all started to look the same. The water is pretty deep here and the corals, well, are corals. I found the shipwreck and Calumbuyan Island more impressive.

We were tired of swimming already and it rained super hard so we decided to end the tour early. It was just 3PM. Usually, tours end at around 4-5PM.

Here we are soaked from the rain.
My tour mates for the day: Zap and Aris.

Tour Costs and Contact Details
  • Php 990 / pax with Calamianes Expeditions & Ecotours (as of September 17, 2012).
  • Inclusive of licensed tour boat, life vest, lunch, fruits, water, entrance fees, tour assistant.
  • Minimum of 5 people to avail Php 990 cost otherwise, cost increases.

(Image from Al and Mae Linsangan)

Going with Expeditions on this whole-day tour is ideal if you're traveling alone or with a small group. It saves you the hassle of renting a boat and buying your own food.

# 11 San Agustin St. Barangay Poblacion 3
Coron, Palawan
Philippines 5316

Contact Info:
Smart: +(63)919-9926766 / +(63)919-3054363 / +(63)920-2546553
Globe: +(63)917-5526766 / +(63)915-2543246

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  2. Thanks for the info. We are on the list to do this tour tomorrow. It is a shame it is far down their leaflet (tour G) as nobody else joining yet. Fingers crossed.

  3. Hey Mat, Were you able to go on this tour? How'd it go?