Posted by: backpackersescapades | April 27, 2010

Coron Trip: Island Hopping and Safari Adventure

Calauit Safari

We woke up at 3am just to get prepared for our Safari Trip. We are going to Calauit Safari, a 3-4 hour boat ride from Coron Town. We didn’t have breakfast and just decided that our free breakfast be served for dinner. Ate Leidy fetched us at the lodge and we rode a tricycle going to the Port. The boat we rented was bigger than that of yesterday. We all boarded it and we went to the Safari. We were all asleep during the boat ride and when we woke up, we were just halfway to where we are going.  We just enjoyed the ride and played at the boat. Soon, we are at the open sea and waves are a bit violent. After several minutes (or hours, I think) We finally got to Calauit Safari.

We all waited at the entrance for our guide and for Ate Leidy to pay our entrance fee. When a jeepney arrived, we all boarded it. It was not comfortable, considering that we are 9 in the group and the jeep could only accommodate lesser people. I couldn’t take pictures there. Good thing we had to stop and feed the Giraffes and we all get out of the small jeep.

There are Calamian Deers around with the Giraffes. They are all roaming freely and eating the leaves and grasses around. From afar, there are Zebras and they are telling us that there is an Elands out and we could see them later. There are also Bear Cats, Porcupines, Turtles, Monkeys, etc. around.

Calauit Safari

Calauit Safari

We stayed at a gazebo for a while and waited for the guides to orient us. After a bit of orientation, we went feeding the Giraffe. When they saw the leaves we had, they immediately went towards us and grabbed the leaves with their long tongues. It was fun to feed them. Sometimes you get scratches because of how they get the leaves. You can also pat them as you feed them. the guides showed us how. I had help just to touch them. It was fun experience.

Giraffe Feeding

GiraffeNot only the Giraffes were there but also the Calamian Deers which went close just to get the fallen leaves that we were feeding the Giraffes. They are fun to watch but they are quite not used to people. They ran away when you get close. We feed them for a while when the big truck arrived. The guide said that it will be our ride around the safari.

Calamian Deer

Calamian Deer

Zebras

Zebras

Porcupine

Porcupine

I forgot what this is but it looks like a cat

I forgot what this is but it looks like a cat

Bear Cat

Bear Cat

Turtle

Turtle

Crocodile

Crocodile

We went around the area of the Zebras first. After a couple of pictures in the area, we followed the Elands and also took pictures. Next is the caged section where we found the Porcupine, Bear Cat and other animals. We also went to the Crocodiles where our guide disturbed them so that they’d come out of the water. After a while, we went back where we came from and our tour was finished. We all bid farewell to the guide and went to Black Island which is our next destination.

Black Island

Black Island

It took us a long boat ride back before we got to Black Island. Ate Leidy said it was called that because of the black rocks towering it. As we docked, our guide brought us to a cave where there is a small pool inside. Some of took a dip at the cold water.

Black Island Cave

Black Island Cave

After a while, we all went back to the beach side. Our lunch was ready at the boat and we all ate the Grilled Porkchop, Squid, Fish, rice, soda, and fruits. We were all hungry and realized that we only had crackers for breakfast. The meal was really filling. After eating we rested at the beach. We swam at the shore and took a lot of pictures. After we had rested, we went back to the boat to go to our next destination.

We reached Caluboyan Island and docked at the middle of the sea. We cannot go near the island as there are a lot of corals near it. The boat cannot dock there because it might destroy it. We need to swim to go to the marine sanctuary. Most of us just stayed near the boat but our guide made me hold on to a life vest and he swam (very fast) pulling me. There were only three of us who witnessed the magnificent corals under. It was really big and I felt like in another world. it was quite scary because the corals there are really huge. There are also divers there exploring the deeper parts of the reef. After a while, our guide pulled us again back to the boat. we went to our next destination.

Coral Garden

Coral Garden

Coral Garden

Coral Garden

The Coral Garden is next. We enjoyed this place because of the beautiful coral reefs under. We all had fun taking pictures and feeding the fishes here. The corals here a bit smaller compared to the previous marine sanctuary I saw but it was still beautiful and mesmerizing. After lots of minutes spend here we decided to go to the Lusong Wreck which is not far from there.

Lusong Wreck

Lusong Wreck

Lusong Wreck

Lusong Wreck

We were supposed to swim but the other boat that was ahead of us had a jellyfish attack. We were afraid to go to the waters and only one of us dared to see the wreck. Luckily, our boat just went near the wreck for us to see. The top is still at the surface but the body is already covered with corals. It has become a home for the marine creatures. The ship wreak was said to be there at the time of the Japanese invasion and was never removed since. After a while, we decided to go back to Coron Town.

Sunset Back Home

Sunset Back Home

Like the day before, we all used the swimming pool to relax and unwind. Some played games again and ordered food. Our dinner that night was the breakfast that we were supposed to have earlier but we agreed that it would be served for dinner. We all had Tapsilog that night. After eating, we went back to the pool and enjoyed the night away.

We all had fun from our Safari and Island hopping adventures that day.


Responses

  1. Hi there!
    That was a really awesome trip!! My partner and I would love to experience that as well..
    Can u gimme details on how u wer able to book a reservation? Where did u guys stay?
    Thanks!!

    • hi, thanks for reading my blog. We booked through Ms. Leidy de Ocampo. You can however do a DIY trip, I can suggest accommodations and boat trips. We were just busy then that we decided to avail of a package to lessen the hassle of planning.

      For the lodging, you can try Darayonan. They have a website and also they have an office in Manila so contacting them is easy. They have new rooms that I think is nice and they have a pool wherein you can relax at night.

      For the tours, the port offers boat rides going to different places there. They also have a fix price on the boats so it’s up to you to haggle with the boat man. Suggested places are the ones mentioned in my blog. You can also opt to go beach bumming. There is this island there where you can also spend the night. I think its nice there however we opt to go to the safari instead.

      Touring town is also nice. You can go up Mt. Tapyas and see Coron Bay. You can ask tricycle drivers to take you there.

      For the food, we recommend you try at Kawayanan. Their food is really good. We didn’t get to try Bistro but they have good reviews.

      Again, thanks for reading and enjoy your trip! 🙂

  2. bidang bida si leidy!
    si kuya toto at ian din ba mga bangkero nyo?

    friend ka pala ni Ai. =)

    • Hindi ko na maalala name nila. haha! Kuya lang kasi tawag namin, sabi ni Ate Leidy, sila ata yung lagi nya kasama pag may tour sya, baka sila nga yun.

      Yup, dating officemate ko si Ai, magkasama kami minsan sa mga kung saan saang lakwatsa.. hehe!

      Thanks sa pagbasa sa blog.. 🙂

  3. Hi Ma’am this is Leidy po, we do have a lodging house na po in Coron its called “CORON GUAPOS GUESTHOUSE” contact number is 09999936639,Email us at coronguaposguesthouse@gmail.com thank you!


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