Coron Family Adventure – Day 2
Encounter with Zoo Animals, Exploring a Sunken Ship and More
by Danny Tariman
We woke up very early in the morning to our long boat trip to Calauit Island. This is our second day in Coron, Palawan.
The tourist van picked us up from the hotel at about 5:30am. We were taken to the wharf where the boat will take us to Calauit. We were supposed to leave at 6am per schedule, but for some reasons, we actually left at about 6:30.
It was a long trip. But thanks be to God, the sea was smooth all throughout. We just had to contend with the loud sound of the boat’s engine; it was not deafening, though. While aboard, the boat’s crew served our breakfast, and flowing instant coffee! Haha!
We reached Calauit Wildlife Sanctuary at about 10:30am. After a quick registration process at the reception office, we immediately went out to meet the roaming giraffes, zebras, and others. We were quite excited as this is the first time we will have a live and unbounded interaction with these animals.
We were not disappointed. From a distance, we immediately saw group of zebras roaming and feeding on the grass. We also saw the long-necked animals just wandering around. It was really a sight!
We quickly took photos with the animals. Really a one-of-a-kind experience.
The good caretaker also toured us around. There are other wild animals kept inside the sanctuary: monkeys, eagles, turtles, snakes, porcupine, crocodiles, and many more. You just have to walk about a kilometer to get a good glimpse of the animals around.
Just before 12noon, we left the sanctuary to have our lunch at the Black Island. It was a short 30-minute boat ride.
Black Island & Bat Cave
The Black Island’s coast is so beautiful: wide beach, creamy soft white sands, and crystal clear waters. Perfect to beach bumming. We were told that this is called “Black Island” because of the rock formations which looks black from a distance.
We had our lunch in this island. It was a feast – I mean really feast: generous servings of seafood, fruits, and chicken! We had a good eat here.
But more than the food, we truly enjoyed the beach in this island.
In the island is another attraction: a bat cave, which is just a few steps away from the hut where we had our lunch. Inside the cave is a freshwater pool, which was very cold. I had dipped into the pool for few minutes. It was amazing to see a big cave in the island.
We moved on to our next destination after spending almost 2 hours in the island.
From the Black Garden, we had about an hour and a half boat ride to this amazing submarine garden. Wow! I was so fascinated by the colorful and huge coral formations in the area. I was with our children, while my wife was being “toured around” by our guide by pulling a rope where some tourists have just to hold.
We had a very enjoyable experience viewing the underwater scenery: corals of every kind: branching corals, plate corals, both soft- and hard-corals. Really captivating! My children and I were just floating on the sea with our life vests.
After about 30 minutes of snorkeling, we moved on to our final destination for the day: the ship wreckage.
Lusong Ship Wreck
It was a short boat trip from the Coral Garden. All of us found our way to quickly jump into the water as this was one of the highlights of our trip. We really wanted to dive and see this famous Lusong ship wreck. We actually got assurance from the tour operator to make sure that we will visit the ship wreck.
The ship was lying on its side. It was about 12-15 meters long – I really don’t know. But it was quite long. The ship is already full of marine life: carbuncles, sea weeds, moss, and others attached to its side. Oh! There were plenty of fishes swimming in the wreck!
On the other side of the wreck is quite scary. It was very deep. I can’t see anything, except for the deep blue waters.
We didn’t stay long here as the sun was setting down already. And so we left the place at about 5pm and headed back to town.
We arrived Coron town already dark, but it was good: we can see the lights of the town lining the shores, and the Cross on top of Mt Tapyas glowing bright.
It has been a long day full of adventures. It was another wonderful day, an experience of a lifetime in Coron!