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2019 • 02 • 21

More detailed travel guide here: Coron and Busuanga Budget Travel Guide

Busuanga has many attractions that people will keep coming back to — aquamarine lagoons, fine white-sand beaches, and mirror-like waters. One of the destinations to add to your itinerary is Dibutunay Island, also spelled Debotunay; the island fits the description of tropical paradise. It is far from the bustling town. It has powdery bone-white sand and cool turquoise waters. A couple of hours’ long boat ride to get there is worth it once you get to sink your toes in the sand and swim in its waters.

How to Get There

Nearest Airport: Francisco B. Reyes Airport, also known as Busuanga Airport (Palawan)

By Air

  1. The closest airport is in Coron; there are regular flights from Manila to Busuanga via Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines.
  2. Dibutunay Island is part of the trip to Calauit Safari and is often the substitute for Black Island.

By Sea

  1. There are overnight ferries from Manila to Coron; 2Go travels this route twice per week — Tuesdays and Fridays. The cheapest one-way ticket costs around P1830 (including taxes) per person.
  2. Dibutunay Island is part of the trip to Calauit Safari and is often the substitute for Black Island.


Entrance Fee and Other Charges

Dibutunay Island is the alternative for Black Island; it is also included in boat tours to Calauit Safari.

  • Island Hopping Tour Rate: P2500 – P2700 (per person, ALL IN).
    Note: This should include Dibutunay or Black Island and Calauit Safari. Check itinerary first before booking.

    You can also book with Calamian Tourist Boat Association if you want a private tour, especially if you are a big group.

  • Standard Boat Rates: P2000 (2-4 pax); P2500 (5-8 pax); P3000 (9-15 pax)
    Note: The rates above do not include entrance fees, guide fee, and food.
  • Tour Guide Fee: P500

Don’t Miss

  • Dibutunay Island has powder-like white sand and cerulean glass-like waters. The island is the perfect place to beach bum, go swimming, and take plenty of photos of its beautiful beachscape.
  • You can also go snorkeling in some parts.
  • The beach is big enough to play volleyball or have a couple of rounds throwing a Frisbee disc.

Don’t Forget

  • As always bring enough cash for your trip, there are ATMs in town, but these may not be able to dispense cash all the time because of the number of tourists and locals using them.
  • Bring your own gear such as snorkel tube and mask and flippers if you want to go snorkeling or free diving.
  • Charge your gadgets and/or bring battery packs.
  • Follow the rules at all times. Keep the place clean. Leave nothing but footprints.

If You Have More Time and Budget

  • After this trip, you can go on other island hopping tours around Coron: trips to Kayangan Lake and Twin Lagoon, the beautiful beaches of Malcapuya and Banana Islands, and Bulog Dos.
  • You can also go to El Nido from Coron.

Where to Stay

Here are the suggested accommodations in Busuanga according to Agoda users, in no particular order.

Photo was provided by the hotel via Agoda.

For more options, search here: Palawan Hotels


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