Coron: Calauit Safari Park

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From the astonishing beaches of Coron, who would have thought that there’s also a piece of Africa in this place? Months before this trip, I made a thorough research about the activities and the must-see places. I read several blogs and found out that going to this island is expensive. Yes, it is! This trip costs 2,500 with breakfast, lunch, and snacks. But I promise this is worth the splurge. After all, you can always make money but you can’t always make memories. =D Ok. So moving on… We scheduled this trip on our day 3 of stay and I got so excited to finally see a giraffe and a zebra in person for the first time. I haven’t been to any Zoo and I am not a fan of Zoos. I don’t like it when animals are kept in cages but here in Calauit Safari Park, they roam freely.

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Calauit Island can be reached through a 4-5 hours boat travel from the mainland. Keep in mind that going to the island can be difficult to navigate since the boat sails in the West Philippine Sea. Imagine the huge waves. It would be a long exhausting boat trip, yet you will never get bored as you will see some scenic views from everywhere that can surely add up to your excitement. Along the way, you will witness a lot of islets. Each has a name given by the Tagbanua, one of the oldest ethnic groups in the Philippines.

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Huma Island. A private island dubbed as Maldives in the Philippines.
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Dibutunay Island.:)
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Panlaitan Island
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Black Island-also known as malajon which means malalim.
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Talampisawan. There’s also one called “Talampisatwo”..=D

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So after 4 hours, we safely arrived at Calauit Island.

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A 3,700-hectare island where most animals like giraffes, Calamian deer, and zebras roam freely. So, how did these animals get here? and Why Calauit Island? Why not Cebu or Manila, so many can easily access the safari park?

Here’s a Brief History: When former President Marcos attended a summit meeting in the African State, their government asked for help in saving the African wildlife threatened by war and drought. In response to the request, the Philippine government looked for a secluded location and they found Calauit Island ideal due to its size and vegetation. On 1977, Β  104 African animals from eight species (12 bushbucks, 11 elands, 11 gazelles, 15 giraffes, 18 impalas, 12 waterbucks, 10 topis, and 15 zebras) were transported to the island but only giraffes and zebras survived. The antelopes were less adaptable and died out.

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Our tour service.:)

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I can see their happy faces from afar. As they get nearer and nearer I can feel that they are also excited to see us with some leaves in our hands. These animals are herbivores and their favorite is papaya leaves. If only I knew this earlier, I would bring 1 sack of papaya leaves all the way from Cebu. =D

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Our tour guide introduced Von (the smallest giraffe) and the others namely Kabayan and Miller. They are named after their sponsors.

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Hello there, Von! You’re so cute.:)
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Male Zebras have darker stripes.

Hi there Zebras! I remember you guys from the alphabet. =D

Other animals endemic to Palawan:

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Civet Cat
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Porcupine.

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Freshwater crocodiles.
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Python

Wild pigs and Calamian deer are also in the sanctuary. All the animals here are Filipinos because the original animals we imported from Africa are all dead, leaving their babies which are natural born citizens of Calauit.

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Introducing, the camouflage tree. πŸ™‚
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The tasty Calauit made halo-halo. (P5o) Perfect treat in scorching heat.

You may also like to read Travel Guide to Coron

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast Snacks( Coffee and Pandesal)
  • Breakfast( Rice, hotdog, egg, with fruits)
  • Buffet Lunch ( with plates of seafood and fruits)
  • Afternoon Snacks ( Puto Maya)
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5 thoughts on “Coron: Calauit Safari Park

  1. Adrenaline Romance May 31, 2016 / 4:07 pm

    The wildlife is amazing! We were supposed to visit Calauit Island and Coron this year, but CebPac withdrew its Cebu-Busuanga routes. Now, we have to go via Manila, which makes traveling to Coron expensive and time-consuming.

    Next year, we’ll try to find a way to get to Coron. Perhaps a boat trip from Puerto Princesa?

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  2. cbholganza June 4, 2016 / 7:31 pm

    Truly amazing. I visited Calauit twice when I was still in the military service. I’m wondering how their numbers can be sustained. Is there still a natl program -with funding – for them?

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  3. wanderlustwarjie August 16, 2016 / 8:11 am

    “All the animals here are Filipinos because the original animals we imported from Africa are all dead, leaving their babies which are natural born citizens of Calauit.”

    ~ This only shows that even foreign animals can live abundantly as long as there is proper care.

    But I’ve read an article before that the animals, especially the giraffes, are having conflicts with the locals there as they have started eating their crops. Not sure though if that’s also the place mentioned there.

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