Safari Adventure At Calauit Island

As TravelBook Project Coordinator KC’s trip shows, an interactive tour with Philippine endemic and exotic African wildlife at the Calauit Game Preserve and Sanctuary is a unique educational experience.

By KC Castillo
June 01, 2011

Calauit Island is home to the Calauit Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary (CGPWS). Established in 1977, it is now home to several Philippine endemic and exotic African wildlife species and is currently managed by the Philippine government through the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD).

My first trip to the Calamianes Islands in Palawan was with my family for a summer excursion. While I have long looked forward to visiting Coron in Calamianes for its famed pristine white sand beaches, our day trip to the Calauit Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary in Calauit island unexpectedly became one of the top of my list of best things to do in Coron (and thereabouts).

My family and I embarked on a safari tour at the Calauit Island on the third day of our stay as part of the accommodation, activities and meals package from our resort in Coron town. We left our hotel at four in the morning to catch the morning feeding of the animals on the island, one of the tour highlights. Along with two other hotel guests and our hotel guide, we rode a 12-seater air-conditioned van arranged by the hotel from Coron Town to Old Busuanga.

I am NOT a morning person so I wasn't exactly jumping for joy at the early call time. The bumpy two-hour-plus ride to the jump off point didn't help any, either. However, the amazing sights and the unique safari encounter at the Island sanctuary made any minor discomfort on the way to Calauit Island more than worthwhile.

The selected images in the gallery below present a very small glimpse of our safari tour at Calauit Island. Sore bum and aching joints notwithstanding, a tour of the Calauit Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary is definitely an experience not to be missed.

How to Get to Calauit Island:
Calauit Island is one of the hundreds of landmasses that comprise the Calamianes group of islands, found at the northernmost region of the Palawan Province. Calauit Island is located near the northwestern tip of Busuanga Island, a major Calamian island.

From Coron town, Calauit Island can be reached via a three-hour boat ride, or via a 2 ½ hour drive plus a 10-minute boat transfer. To gain access to the island, permission can be obtained either through a tour guide or through a local resort. Most resorts in the area offer a Calauit Safari tour package.


For more information about the Calauit Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary, click here.
See more articles on Coron and the Calamianes Islands here.
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