We were in a six (6) hours boat ride to the Calauit island before we visited the Black island, which is about 30 minutes boat trip from the shore of Calauit Wildlife Sanctuary. Arrived there around 2 or 3 in the afternoon and it was a great view.
The boatman said we should go and visit the caves first, and so we did. Two of his men lead and guide us to the cave, no worries, it’s not hard to get into. No sweat for a fatty like me. They said that they have three (3) caves in the island, but we've only get to visit two (2) of them. The caves is just about 15 minutes sandy walk from the shore.
Told you it's a sandy walk.
That hole may look small, but look at Chanel and Gretchen walking towards it, it's huge enough that the sunlight go into it, giving the cave some light inside.
That simple wood stairs is your way in. I was able to fit in there, and yes I was able to get out from there too.
Right when you're up, you'll get this view below.
All rocks, of course. We were all quiet because we're like amazed with the formations of the rocks and how natural it is.
Inside you'll also find a small pool right after when you go down the stairs inside.
The mini pool itself have some shrimp. Never saw a shrimp alive before, so I'm amazed that it's in that pool and doing its thing.
Going deeper inside the cave. you'll also find a bigger pool. A pool with a cold water in it.
I don't want to swim in there though. There's no enough light in it, I might just freak out.
It's inviting me to swim, but the scared side of me is stopping me.
We just stayed there and amazed for about 15 minutes, but the view going back is another amazing thing. The light coming in to the cave, ahhhh...
Feel free to dip your feet to the mini pool, or the bigger pool. It's cold, not sure if it's safe to dive but I'm not sure you'd want to.
Now, time to visit the next cave.
Didn't climb up there myself. But Chanel and Gretchen did, you have to squeeze in there. It's enough though to sleep at. I can imagine the people before sleeping here. And yes, there are locals here.
I'm not sure if the locals there owned the island, or someone else rich already. But there are cottages available for you there, the others who were there took their lunch but as for us we took it on the boat. So we just swim after the caves.
And we're off to the beach!
Just look at that. It's crystal clear waters is so beautiful, so inviting to swim and snorkel. Time to grab my snorkeling gear!
The water is a bit warm when we sit in the shore. When we were at the boat we saw some corals, so we decided to go there and snorkel.
We did saw some corals, but not as much as the other islands we've been to like the Banana Island, and not as much as fish like the Malcapuya island. But they say fishermen stay at the island to rest, and some do catch fishes here.
I followed one of the fish, hoping to lead me to more corals and their friends.
So, I just keep on swimming and following them. And they led me to...
Well, a deeper area.
An area that I'm way too afraid to go further. It's way too deep, and the scaredy
So I went back and saw Chanel snorkeling around.
Just to give you an idea on how deep we're snorkeling at, then there it is. It's like 2 or 3 times our height, so more than 10 feet.
3rd day snorkeling and being under the sun almost all day, my skin is burning already. So I go back to the shore and saw these little ones waving for me.
The Black island's beach is great for kids. It's all white sand, no rocky stuff, and totally okay, safe, and fun for kids. These two enjoyed it. Saw one other kid too playing with the sands.
Is it a must visit you asked? Well, FYI this is that island where the Survivors (the foreign one - not sure what country it was) spend their days at. They stayed at the caves too. It's a long boat ride going to this island, but if you're going to the Calauit Wildlife Sanctuary, then why not just drop by here - usually it is part of the tour package.
More or less, we only spent about 30 minutes there. We have a long time going back to the Coron town, and we have to drop by at the Coral Garden and the shipwreck too so we did not spend too much time at the Black island of Coron Palawan.