The Calamian Group is a cluster of stunning islets dominated by three main islands in the north of Palawan: the islands of Busuanga, Coron and Culion. They all have abundant marine life, impressive rock formations and crystal clear tropical seas. Diving and kayaking are main activities mostly based in Coron.
- Beaches of Palawan
Palawan is home to several tribes named Tagbanuas, Batac, and the cave dwellers Tau’t Bato. They inhabit mostly the interiors of Calamian Islands and some parts of the mainland. To avoid any exploitation of their cultural traits the government limited outsiders from exploring their occupied territories. Even without this law, some of these tribes as expected also restricted themselves to have close contact with anyone unfamiliar to them. Others such as Batac tribe have frequent contact with tourists working as guides. They are more sociable and easily approached.
- limestone cliffs of El Nido
Tourism in the Calamian Group is highly developed and endorsed by the country’s Tourism Department. It has well-developed, highly organized resorts offering world class diving and water sports activities.
To get there, 60 mins flight by Seair or 90 mins on Pacific Air from Manila to Busuanga. By sea, there are night trip ferries from Manila Harbor to Coron. WG&A superferry has trips on Friday nights (7 p.m.) that arrives Coron the next day at 6 a.m.