EXPLORING BLACK ISLAND (MALAJON ISLAND) IN CORON, PHILIPPINES

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Black Island, recognized to locals as Malajon Island, is a large, mysterious hunting island close to Busuanga. From a distance, it has an eerie feeling in spite of its gorgeous white beaches and coconut trees. After you step foot onto the shore there are quite a few hidden caves and secluded beaches to discover.

 

BLACK ISLAND BEACHES AND SNORKELING

As we gradually cruised closer to Black Island, the water was nonetheless and the clouds had been reflecting on the mirror-like surface. It was slightly gloomy, there was no other movement and there was a bit of an eerie feeling. Black Island is a bit ominously shaped with lots of sharp cuts in the rock, which type private beaches. I found this whilst flying my drone above.

 

The reef surrounding Black Island is phenomenal and amazing for shallow water snorkeling or it has a large drop-off for totally free-divers. Primarily no matter what you are attempting to do in the water this is a ideal spot for you. We saw lots of distinctive coral and fish species right here as nicely as a handful of very good spots for cliff jumping if you are game!

Black Island has one particular most important strip of beach with a handful of huts and coconut trees to chill beneath. It reminded me of Commando Beach in El Nido without the need of all of the persons!

We explored a couple of the beaches, one particular of which you have to have to discover via the cave and do a small hike down to attain the shore. I recommend spending as considerably time at Black Island as feasible due to the fact it actually does have a lot to discover.

BLACK ISLAND CAVES

The highlight of Black Island (aside from the snorkeling) was undoubtedly the caves.  After our snorkel, we headed inland onto Black Island to verify out the caves. The initially cave was large with at least 40-feet amongst floor and ceiling. Two crystal-clear pools shone as the morning light flooded into the cave. You can swim and even cliff jump into each or basically admire the stalactites and rock formations from inside the depths of the cave. We then headed down to the other finish of the beach and climbed up via a different cave this time emerging onto a private beach about the corner exactly where our guides met us with snorkel guy and the SUP. We explored this region and laid out on the beach. These had been dream moments, isolated in paradise. Bring a torch for the second cave but you will not have to have one particular in the initially cave.

 

Exactly where IS BLACK ISLAND

Black Island is positioned on the north-western corner of Busuanga Island, which is frequently recognized by vacationers incorrectly as ‘Coron’. Busuanga Island is exactly where all the hotels, restaurants and airports are and the island that acts as the base for all tours of Coron Island (exactly where you will discover Kayangan Lake and Twin Lagoon).  I have pinned the place of Black Island under but note it is positioned by it is nearby name, Malajon Island, by Google Maps.

 

HOW TO GET TO BLACK ISLAND

There are a couple of possibilities for how to pay a visit to Black Island and I will detail them under.

Massive Dream Boat Man (How I visited): Massive Dream Boat Man is a 3-evening Coron island hopping tour expedition that is distinctive from the rest. As an alternative of battling the crowds, the sea of life-jackets and the lines, Massive Dream Boat Man requires you to the hotspots such as Kayangan Lake and Twin Lagoon ahead of the crowds come. Soon after spending one particular day at the hotspots, Massive Dream Boat Man veers away and guides you on an expedition to some of the hidden gems such as Black Island and off-the-beaten-path places in Coron, which in my opinion had been equally as impressive if not a lot more so than the renowned spots on Coron Island. We totally free-dived at WWII shipwrecks,  camped on secluded beaches, swam with stingrays, counted the stars from the beach at evening and ate like kings in the course of our island hopping tour with Massive Dream Boat Man.

 To verify the itinerary of trips and make a booking with Massive Dream Boat Man you can Click Right here.

Caluit Island Tour: Several of the Calauit tours contain island hopping, which contains Black Island. The Calauit tour is focused on the zoo expertise in the north of Busuanga so please verify the itinerary as it is not a common island-hopping tour. It is one particular of the ideal possibilities for solo or tiny group travelers who want to pay a visit to Black Island.

  • Calauit Island Tour Prices: P2500 – P2700 (all-inclusive).
    If you have a significant group you might be in a position to book a group tour 
  • Boat Prices: P8000 (two-four pax) P9000 (five-eight pax) P15000 (9-15 pax)
    Prices do not contain costs under
  • Entrance Charge: P200 
  • Tour Guide Charge: P500

 

Exactly where TO Keep Just before YOUR CORON ISLAND HOPPING TOUR

Coron Town is the base for all of your adventures in Coron. It is a small bit a lot more high-priced than some locations in the Philippines but there are nonetheless price range possibilities. In Coron Town you have the bars, restaurants, transport, areas to book tours and you are close to Mt. Tapyas and Maquinit Hot Spring. It is also just a $three shuttle to the airport. Under are my 3 picks plus one particular all-inclusive resort (I’ve stayed numerous occasions) that contains private island hopping.

Spending budget Choose: Fat Monkey Hostel – The Fat Monkey Hostel has excellent vibes and you can get a definitely low-cost dorm area or a fundamental double area at fairly considerably the lowest cost in Coron. It is in the city center so you are close to all the bars and restaurants.

Worth Choose: Kokosnuss Garden Resort – A large swimming pool in front of a hotel that appears like a castle. A hugely-rated breakfast is incorporated with your private area. Just 1.2km from the direct town-center it is close to lots of bars and restaurants. For just $40 a evening this represents about the ideal worth you will discover in Coron.

Luxury Choose: Coron Soleil Garden Resort – I stayed at this resort in 2018 and it was extremely good. A large pool stretches down the length of the resort and it is a relaxing spot to chill out following island hopping. We spent the nights at the bar right here and chilling in the pool ahead of heading out to dinner. The rooms are quite luxurious but this resort is essentially only just more than $100 per evening for a double area.

All-inclusive (Contains private island hopping): Casa Fidelis Resort – I had the most wonderful keep at Casa Fidelis. Soon after spending one particular evening in the busy Coron city I packed up and headed out to Casa Fidelis. A 20-minute drive from the city, the rustic resort has a genuine loved ones atmosphere. We had been greeted by workers, loved ones, and buddies upon our arrival.

The villa had a substantial patio region that looked out more than the garden. Stepping stones led you from the area to the dining region, exactly where we had decadent spreads of gourmet meals for each and every meal. A single evening we even enjoyed a excellent sunset from the garden at the resort.

I hugely suggest this resort if you are hunting for an whole Coron expertise. You will not have to be concerned about what to do in Coron. It is a ideal resort if you want to see the ideal of this gorgeous area and also get pleasure from the luxury of obtaining each and every detail taken care of. 

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