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K37 National Highway, Concepcion, Nr Coron, Palawan, Busuanga, Philippines, 5317
Though overshadowed by its more famous neighbors, the municipality of Busuanga stands out as a less-travelled but still unique destination. And because of the smaller population, lower number of visitors, and quainter environment, you can expect a truly relaxing island vacation by booking a hotel in Busuanga.
Although surrounded by more famous neighbors, Busuanga shouldn’t be taken for granted. Its strategic location and quieter environment alone make it a great place for any island adventure. Geographically, the municipality includes the western one-third of the Island of Busuanga, sharing it with the neighboring Municipality of Coron. Indeed, it’s hard not to compare the Municipality of Busuanga with its more well-known neighbor. But its own unique vibe allows it to stand out as an amazing tropical vacation destination in its own right.
Flying to Busuanga will usually take around an hour from Manila. Cebu Pacific Air, PAL Express, AirAsia Zest, and SkyJet all operate flights from Manila, which all take you straight to Busuanga’s Francisco B. Reyes Airport. Expect to spend around P3,200 for a one-way trip (Skyjet).
If you’re traveling on a lighter budget and aren’t afraid of some seasickness, you can take a ferry to Busuanga. The total fare will amount to around P1,700 (2GO Travel). Depending on conditions at sea, expect to spend around 15 hours traveling from Manila to Busuanga. However, the island’s port is located in neighboring Coron, so you’ll have to take a P150 van ride to get to Busuanga. This will take an additional 2 to 3 hours of travel time.
As a first-class municipality, there will be a healthy amount of jeep routes to take you around Busuanga. But as an alternative, you can also take the local tricycles for short trips around the city.
The entirety of Busuanga remains an unspoiled paradise for tourists and locals alike. It offers plenty of amazing beaches and lush forest patches for loungers and adventurers. But the Municipality of Busuanga also has a unique nature preserve that houses endangered species—both local and foreign.
On the northern end of Busuanga lies Calauit Islands, which is home to the Calauit Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary. It boasts a collection of safari animals that were brought over from Africa. The list includes zebras, giraffes, impalas, gazelles, and more. It is also home to endemic creatures such as Calamian Deers, Palawan Bearcats, and Palawan Peacocks.
Busuanga is a great spot to begin an island hopping adventure. To start, you can take a tour of the nearby less-inhabited islands of Malajon, Bacbac, and Denicolan. These islands offer pristine and unspoiled places to swim in the sea and bathe in the light of the sun. You can also go snorkeling in Busuanga’s many beaches and resorts.
If you would like to stay on dry land, mountain biking is an amazing way to experience the sights of Busuanga. And if you’re feeling more adventurous, you can also take to trekking through this peaceful and unassuming paradise. The landscape has a rich variety of limestone formations, marble cliffs, and caves to explore and experience. See the beauty of Busuanga at your own relaxed pace to best enjoy its natural charm.
You’ll be enjoying a lot of delicious seafood during your stay in the Municipality of Busuanga. Expect even your hole-in-the-wall establishments to serve delicious and affordable meals. Meanwhile, there are many great restaurants along the Coron-Busuanga Road that are famous throughout the whole island.
Ann & Mike’s Restaurant is one of these well-known places to grab a bite. Known primarily for its burgers, it also doubles as a guesthouse for travelers. If you’re pining for some home cooking, you can travel further east and have a stop at Lolo Nonoy’s Food Station. They provide a varied selection of your favorite Filipino meals for a taste of home away from home.
In the middle of Busuanga’s quiet and picturesque scenes, you may have to travel a bit further for a fun night out. There is a handful of watering holes in neighboring Coron that offers both comfort and affordable prices. This includes Helldivers Bar, No Name Bar, and Blue Moon Resto Bar, which are all situated near the Coron Public Market. If you want a unique nightlife experience that’s much closer, you can take an early boat to the Huma Island—the perfect place for a nighttime beach party.
There are a lot of solid accommodation options available in Busuanga. If you’re looking to keep costs down, there are bed and breakfast inns and simple rental homes available throughout the municipality. But if you’re looking for more lavish accommodations, there is also a good selection of hotels in Busuanga.
Dayon Kamo Lodge or Kaniki Point Resort are tried and tested places which offer reasonably priced amenities for a hassle-free trip. Meanwhile, places like the Palawan SandCastles Beach Resort and the La Estancia Busuanga Resort offer all-inclusive packages to make the best out of a relaxing island getaway.
To ensure you have a place to stay, it’s strongly encouraged to book your accommodations in advance. This is especially true during the peak summer months.
When it comes to coral reefs and rock formations, look but don’t touch. These natural wonders are easily destroyed by human contact and are near-irreplaceable when damaged.
Make sure to pack everything you need beforehand. Some travel essentials and emergency items and clothes may be hard to get by in Busuanga.