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Welcome to the Coron Seafari Expedition Trip.
The Calamianes Islands in Northern Palawan are a magical collage of jagged, jungle-covered limestone cliffs, palm fringed islands and lakes as clear as glass. We will visit stunning white sandy beaches all to ourselves, grill fresh fish above our campfire, sleep under the stars, snorkel amongst colorful reefs, WW II wrecks, turtles and (fingers crossed) dugongs. To swim with these gentle, herbivorous sea mammals that grow up to three meters in length, is a truly unforgettable experience. You’ll discover all these in Coron Seafari Expedition Trip.
The crown jewel, though, is undoubtedly Coron Island itself with its secret lagoons and towering, sculptured shards of limestone which give the place a bewitching, pre-historic feel. The island is owned by the Tagbanwa tribe who is living here for centuries. This tribe makes their living predominantly from collecting highly valued swallow nests. Through delicate and sensitive negotiations we have been granted special permission to sail along the island’s spectacular southern and eastern shores and stay with local families at the seldom-visited indigenous community
You will then set a course to the spectacular Coron Island lakes where it is possible to swim out into the crystal clear waters to avoid the day trippers (this will be last you see of them for a couple of days as you head further off the beaten track) and be mesmerized by its magically serene setting. Next, if it is open, you will have a chance to visit the awe-inspiring Hidden Lagoon; a Jurassic amphitheatre of towering, jagged limestone whose waters have a lovely white sandy bottom and a shimmering thermocline through which it is possible to swim and experience the distinct change in water temperatures.
After lunch, you will sail further up the spectacular coast of Coron Island to the ‘Cathedral” at its very southern tip. This is a lovely, quiet bay to relax surrounded fishing huts, white sandy beaches and karst outcrops. To reach the bay you can either also take a 30 minute guided traverse trek (in parts over jagged limestone) to arrive at the island tip, or complete the entire journey by boat.
Later in the afternoon you will set a course towards a remote Island with a sandbar to make camp for the night. Here you can spend the late afternoon swimming, relaxing and soaking up the tropical island vibe. For dinner, feast on freshly caught fish under the stars.
In the late morning, the captain will set a course for Sangat Island to snorkel the day’s first shallow shipwreck. Depending on the tides it may also be possible to visit some local hot springs to relax and soak up the warm waters and enjoy the natural surroundings before heading onwards towards the Luzong wreck. The second shallow WW II wreck (in September 1944, an American air attack dispatched a variety of Japanese gunboats, submarine chasers and cargo ships to their final resting place on the sea floor) is a great for snorkeling with its coral encrusted bow sitting in just one metre of water. A little further away, there is also a beautiful coral garden that is often inhabited by cruising hawksbill sea turtles.
Later in the afternoon we will head to one of the most pristine islands in the archipelago, Pass Island. Here you will set up beach camp for the night on the squeaky white sand, watch the sunset and enjoy the peaceful Robinson Crusoe vibe.
After breakfast you will set sail for Calumbuyan Island to swim and snorkel amongst the colourful corals, reef fish and resident sea turtles. The snorkeling here is some of the best in the region. It is also the perfect spot to relax with rattan hammocks strung between the shady palm trees. After lunch you will sail onwards towards Pamalican Beach before, in the late afternoon heading for the final tropical island of the day, North Cay to set up your beach camp for the evening.
After breakfast, you will also visit Dibutonay Island, another gorgeous spot with a triangular white sandy bluff that juts out into the translucent water. There is also a beautiful, shallow reef that is great for snorkeling and which houses both hard and soft corals and a variety of fish. Later you will sail towards the brooding silhouette of Black Island where you will spend some time exploring its white beach, cobalt blue waters and large limestone cave. It is a dramatic setting and second only to Coron Island itself in terms of natural beauty. This evening you will spend the night in a secluded privately owned bamboo and nipa beach chalet on the wild Calauit peninsula. The sunsets here on a clear late afternoon are usually stunning.
On the final morning of your sea safari you will sail around the far side of the Calauit peninsula towards north Island. This deserted island along with nearby Island is often frequented by dugongs, so keep your fingers crossed and there is a chance to snorkel with these gentle, herbivorous sea mammals. Related to elephants, dugongs live up to 70 years and can grow to 3 metres in length. To track them you have to wait until they surface to breathe and then swim to that spot.
After lunch you will sail to your final destination where we will book your accommodation and stay for the rest of your stay. The boat will then sail back to Coron Harbour.