Calauit Safari Park is a game reserve and wildlife sanctuary located in Calauit Island, a 3,700 hectare island in the Calamian Islands chain that lies off the coast of Palawan in the MIMAROPA region of the Philippines. It is known for its wildlife sanctuary with a substantial population of African animals, including giraffes, zebras, and antelopes, as well as local fauna that all roam freely in a game reserve created by former President Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s.
The secluded Calauit Island was considered the ideal location due to its size, terrain, and vegetation. More than 200 families were relocated to Halsey Island 40 kilometers away to make room for 104 feral African animals from eight species: 12 bushbucks, 11 elands, 11 gazelles, 15 giraffes, 18 impalas, 12 waterbucks, 10 topis, and 15 zebras.
It was the late President´s response to an earlier appeal made for Kenya by the International Union of Conservation of Nature to help save African animals caught in the midst of civil strife.
Today giraffes, zebras and impalas live together with rare animals like bear cats, Calamian deer, mousedeer and Palawan peacocks, which are endemic to Palawan. The aviary is a recent addition.
What To Do:
Schedule of trips:
Morning trips are scheduled at 7:00 am. Early breakfast will be served before you leave the resort. Kindly advise the Front Desk if you need a wake-up call. Afternoon trips are scheduled at 1:00 pm.
The whole trip takes about 5-6 hours, depending on sea conditions. A tour can accommodate four to 30 persons per trip.
Terms and Conditions
- The Calauit Office is closed Saturdays and Sundays.
- All tours desired to be taken from Saturday to Monday mornings should be reserved by Friday afternoon.
- All reservations received later than Friday afternoon will be confirmed Monday morning at 10:00am.
How to get there:
From Manila, fly to Busuanga airport. If your hotel is in Coron, you can take a van/shuttle to Coron town. Here, there are several options available.
You may join a group tour offered by travel agencies, normally around P2500 per head. If you’re a big group, you may charter a private boat to Calauit (which can also take you to other gorgeous islands including Black Island) for P7500 for 1-4 pax or P9000 for 5-8 pax.
Calauit Entrance Fee: P200 for Filipinos, P400 for foreigners
Use of land rover: P1000 (divided by how many you are in the group)
Boat from mainland to Calauit Island (10 min): P500 for the group.
Tourtruck: P1000 for the group.
Courtesy of: Wikipedia, kokosnuss.info, thepoortraveler.net and clubparadisepalawan.com