Calauit Wildlife Sanctuary
Calauit Island, Busuanga, Palawan
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Africa in the Philippines, that's what's on my mind when we went to the Calauit Safari Park. This place is on my top priority when we visited Coron because I absolutely love nature (and it is part of my job too haha). We had to wait for two days to do this tour because there are only few bookings, and it is a bit expensive. However it is so worth it.
We had to wake up quite early (thanks to the staff at the Hotel for waking us up hehe) as the travel time is 4-5 hours by boat. By 4 in the morning we are already about to sail. Thank goodness for our hotel who provided us with breakfast baon we were able to eat on the way. I slept again pretty much on the boat and woke up for the sunrise. We passed by different islands with different stories, pearl farms, and exclusive resorts, and after what seems like forever, we docked into an unassuming island. 🏝
🦁 Upon arriving at the island, we were given a small orientation of the animals, how they came to be, and how to interact with them. The animals were donated during the 1970s by the Kenyan government in order to save their species from war and drought. Some of them unfortunately did not survive and the extant animals now living in Calauit are natural-born descendants of those who came from Africa. It's amazing that these animals were able to live and adapt to a different environment. Nature really does find a way.
After that, off we go to a short trail... and then TADA hello giraffes! I'm so surprised and so, so happy with how healthy these animals are. I suppose they are well fed and well taken care of. We were given the chance to feed them with leaves and interact with them. After, we rode an old school jeepney to take us around the island and see other animals. We saw giraffes, monkeys, and the elusive, endangered Calamianan deer. I hope I can visit this island again and even stay to observe how these animals behave.
If you go to Coron, you definitely have to go to this place. Worth the time and value. ️
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I was a little hesitant to take the Calauit Tour by sea since the Calamianes group of islands is experiencing strong winds for a week now. We decided to leave Coron Town at 5AM on an outrigger boat for a breezeless travel. It takes 3-4 hours to get to Calauit depending on the weather.
Calauit Safari is located northwest of Calamianes. Among all the islands in the Philippines, Calauit was chosen by President Marcos' explorer/adviser because the island is very much alike to the wildlife territories in Kenya. The animals that were shipped from Kenya are alredy dead and all the animals in the safari were bred in the Philippines - none of them hold a passport and VISA.
Calauit Safari is definitely one of the highlights of my visit to Coron. To stand next to a 20-FT tall animal was an unforgettable experience. Not only that, we fed 8 out of the 25 giraffes in the Safari including the alpha male named "ATONG".
We explored the Safari on an old school jeep. We got to see a dazzle of zebras and a herd of deer. We also paused at certain locations where other animals are protected. We saw some monkeys, pythons, crocodiles, turtles and a porcupine.
I commend the workers at the Safari because all the animals are well taken care of and healthy.
No one likes to be on a boat for 3 to 4 hours. You may think of letting the experience pass because of the travel time but it's all worth it!
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I love giraffes! So when we got the chance to go to coron, i immediately included Calauit in our itinerary.
You've to book with an agency for the tour as it's super expensive if you want to get it on the spot. The journey is pretty long too, we left the port at 4AM! Anyways it was worth it to see the amazing sunsrise on the sea.
When you get to the safari, there's a short orientation on the do's and don'ts and you ride a truck to enter the sanctuary. A couple of minutes later, here they are! They actually approach you because they know you've leaves and branches to eat hehe.
I just absolutely loved the experience! They were so gentle and kind and had no smell!
We also explored the other parts of the safari but this was definitely the highlight of our trip.
Coron is amazing and I hope we could go back soon!
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Went here since it was part of the bucket list, and despite the long sea travel - 4.5hrs, it was absolutely worth it!
Fed giraffes, was able to hold a zebra, experienced an "African Safari" in the Philippines without the vaccine shots and the costs.
On the way back, you pass by a ship wreck where you can snorkel and see the ship already! It's been there since the Second World War so corals have grown on it already.
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