Balabac Island Hopping Journey – Ironwulf En Route

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Palawan’s attract by no means ceases to amaze. Coron and El Nido are each spellbinding with their beautiful limestone rock islands and picturesque seashores. Puerto Princesa, thought of the gateway to the final frontier, showcases equally spectacular flora, fauna, and, pure wonders. The south of Palawan received’t be left behind although, as persons are beginning to uncover the gem from down beneath. The municipality of Balabac is beginning to make a reputation for itself. The southern archipelago boasts islands and islets with huge expanse seashores each pristine and uncooked.

The place is Balabac?

Balabac has lengthy intrigued me and as soon as the pandemic restrictions eased out and it’s a lot safer to journey, I made a decision to affix a bunch for a Balabac expedition.

Our assembly place was in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, the place our vans will take us to Balabac. It’s positioned within the southernmost a part of the Palawan area. Excluding Spratlys Islands, Balabac could be the westernmost level of the nation. Within the south, the islands are separated from Sabah, Malaysia by the Balabac Strait.

Puerto Princesa Airport
Puerto Princesa Airport

The right way to get Balabac

To go to Balabac, the very first thing to do is enter Palawan. The closest entry level is Puerto Princesa. Puerto Princesa Worldwide Airport is the closest airport to Balabac, serviced by Air Asia, Cebu Pacific, and Philippine Airways.

The 2Go Ferry additionally providers Manila – Coron – Puerto Princesa and vice versa routes. 

From Puerto Princesa, there are a few methods to go to Balabac: one is the commute through passenger boats at Rio Tiba and the opposite is thru boat hires by means of group excursions and the native tourism workplace at Buliluyan Port in Bataraza, Palawan.

Boats to Balabac islands fro Buliluyan port
Boats to Balabac islands fro Buliluyan port

Commute through Rio Tuba

This route is utilized by native passengers heading to Balabac. It may be time-consuming as you need to watch for boats to be stuffed earlier than it leaves Rio Tuba.

  • From San Jose Terminal in Puerto Princesa, journey a van or bus to Rio Tuba. The vans often go away for Rio Tuba from 4 AM to five PM. The fare is round P300 per approach. Journey time is 4–5 hours. Buses go away for Rio Tuba as much as 7 PM. Journey time can take longer with a number of stops.
  • From Rio Tuba, journey a passenger boat to mainland Balabac. One leaves Rio Tuba day by day, anytime between 9 AM to 12 NN. It’s alas-puno, which means it can go away when all seats are stuffed. Boat fare is round P370 and journey time is 4 hours.
Break of light at the port
Break of sunshine on the port
Buliluyan Port Tourism Office
BUliluyan tourism workplace

Vacationer Boat through Buliluyan Port

By far essentially the most handy and utilized by many in case you are touring as a bunch. If you’re hiring a van, journey to Buliluyan Port in Bataraza. Journey time is 5 hours. If by commute, there are vans at San Jose Terminal in Puerto Princesa. The fare is P600.

At Buliluyan Port, there’s a neighborhood Tourism Workplace that may assist e-book your expedition boats. Since boats are unique to your group, they’ll vary from Php 8,000 to Php 10,000. So it’s best to share the price with a bunch. This consists of days of exploring the islands inclusive of meals and keep. 

Onuk Island

Island Hopping Journey

The Balabac Municipality consists of 36 main and minor islands. Balabac doesn’t have the dramatic limestones of its northern counterparts in Palawan, as an alternative, the tropical islands have stunning huge seashores some so far as the eyes can see, loads of sandbars together with the third and fourth longest within the nation, and teeming marine life and endemic wildlife amidst by the enigmatic azure waters.

Our Balabac island-hopping journey covers a few of the frequent islands and locations of curiosity we visited.

Canimeran Island
Canimeran island
Canimeran Island
Canimeran island

Canimeran Island

Our first island cease was already a charming tropical island known as Canimeran Island. White seaside with tall coconut timber within the center. The sand has a pinkish tinge. We spent our morning right here for breakfast and taking part in with the pleasant canines on the island.

Onuk Island
Onuk island
Onuk Island
Onuk Island

Onok Island

From the island closest to Batazara, we traveled at the least 3 hours to one of many farthest, Onok Island (additionally known as Onuk Island). Positioned east of the primary Balabac island, the picturesque pier extending to the sandbar and clear turquoise waters surrounding the island are one of many highlights of this island hopping expedition.

Balabac Islands
Balabac Islands

We stayed right here in a single day, sufficient to take pleasure in snorkeling to see the turtles, the fish, and the taclobo (big clams) farms close by. We feasted on crabs and different seafood for lunch and dinner. Gazed on the stars and loved the dawn on the island.

Onuk Island
Heading down the sandbar at Onuk island
Onuk Island
Onuk Island
Balabac Islands
Balabac Islands

Roughton Reef

I used to be with freediving mates and it was pure to discover a spot the place we may free dive. Roughton Reef as we simply lower than half an hour away from Onuk Island. The water readability was nonetheless glorious and the positioning includes a wall drop with loads of corals and fish. I can think about divers seeing much more deeply into this reef.

Punta Sebaring
Punta Sebaring sandbar
Punta Sebaring
Punta Sebaring

Punta Sebaring (Bugsuk Island)

On the southern tip of the massive Bugsuk island is the Punta Sebaring sandbar. Also referred to as the Queen Helen Sandbar, it’s thought of the 4th longest sandbar within the nation at 1km lengthy throughout low tide. We got here at a excessive tide although however I felt the gentle and superb white sand on my toes as I method the uncovered part of the sandbar. The place felt and look surreal. Thought-about one of many campsites in Balabac however is closely infested by nikniks (sand mites). Even on our noon go to, I obtained a number of bites after I went to the sand.

Byan Island
Byan island

Byan Island

I keep in mind Byan island as our lunch cease. However this island has some picturesque coconut timber bending in the direction of the ocean. It shares the identical azure seas as different islands and a beautiful seaside.

Mansalangan Sandbar
Excessive tide at Mansalangan sandbar

Mansalangan Sandbar

Simply south of Byan island is the Mansalangan Sanbar. Also referred to as the Angela Sandbar, the third longest within the nation, a little bit over Punta Sebaring at 1012.41 meters lengthy. We have been initially planning to have lunch right here however the waves have been tough on our go to. It was excessive tide after we got here however the form of the sandbar was seen beneath the clear Gatorade waters. 

Canabungan Island
Canabungan island
Canabungan Island

Canabungan Island

The tadpole form Canabungan island was our siesta island. The top had a pleasant white seaside and the tail is roofed in vegetation. The place has swings, huts, and hammocks so conducive to enjoyable. I took a brief doze right here.

Candaraman Island and Sandbar
Candaraman island and sandbar
Candaraman Sandbar
Candaraman sandbar is often known as starfish sandbar
Candaraman Island
Island pier

Candaraman Island and Sandbar

By late afternoon, we headed to a different sandbar, the Candaraman island sandbar, popularly referred to as starfish island. Certainly, there was loads of starfish discovered alongside the stretch of its winding sandbar.

Balabac Islands
Balabac Islands
Balabac Islands

By sunset, we arrived on the island itself the place we stayed in a single day. It was an excellent island to camp with loads of house. There’s additionally a concrete home with electrical energy. The mobile sign can also be robust right here.

Sitio Marabun
Sitio Marabun
Sitio Marabun

Sitio Marabun (Matangule Island)

It was already our third day exploring the islands of Balabac and we wouldn’t go dwelling and not using a little buying. We visited Sitio Marabun on the bigger Matangule Island. There’s a Muslim group right here and outlets promoting items from close by Malaysia at value. 

Patawan Island
Patawan island
Patawan Island
Patawan Island

Patawan Island

This was one cute little islet with mangroves and a large seaside stretch. I loved strolling by means of the mangrove pathway right here. I’d say one in all my favorites for swimming and seaside time.

Patongog Island
Patongong island

Patongong Island

Our lunch was on the final island of our island hopping exercise, Patongong Island. Sharing the identical high quality as different islands, Patongong is a bigger and forested island with white seaside coast.

Patawan Island
Approaching Patawan island

Suggestions and What to Anticipate in Balabac Island Hopping

  • Put together to tough it out. Balabac remains to be undeveloped when it comes to infrastructure. Don’t anticipate high-end resorts but.
  • Seas could be tough. The most effective time to go to is summer season.
  • Carry citronella oil to regulate sand mites.
  • Greatest to convey your snorkeling gear in the event you plan to snorkel or free dive
  • The mobile sign could be little to none.
  • Make sure that to waterproof baggage and different gadgets
Balabac Islands



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