Wreck Diving and Island Hopping
On the 25th, we headed to the island of Busuanga, an island just north of Palawan. The main reason we headed to this island was to go wreck diving.
In 1944, the Japanese Imperial Navy was hiding a fleet of ships off the coast of Busuanga. After the US navy recon picked up the location, they flew in Hellcats and sunk all of the ships. The complete history is on this website:
We did a total of two dives (two ships). Our guide even took us into the depths of the ships (the cargo area and the living quarters), even though we were not properly trained. Around the wrecks were beautiful corals and a wide variety of fish.
The next day, we went island hopping. Busuanga island is just one of hundreds of small islands that make up the Calamian group, making island hopping a great activity. The islands are made up of limestone, similar to those in Ha Long Bay and Guilin. We stopped at one of the bigger islands and hiked up a small mountain in order to snorkel in a crystal clear lake on the other side. It was amazing.
We stayed in a town called Coron, the main “city” on the island. We stayed at a small, 5-room guesthouse owned by a nice Swedish man named Patrik. He was extremelly kind and helpful, even offering to lend us money out of his pocket when we inquired about ATM locations on the island.
Coron town was quite a different atmosphere to the resort-laden Alona beach that we had just come from. The people are really poor, the buildings poorly constructed and run-down, there is a lack of paved roads, etc.