Calauit Safari Park: The Ultimate Family Adventure in Coron, Palawan

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Calauit Safari Park

If you’re planning your next family vacation and are looking for an adventure-filled yet educational trip, look no further than Calauit Safari Park in Coron, Palawan. Known as the Philippines‘ version of an African wildlife reserve, this safari park makes for a perfect family outing that guarantees a unique, wildlife-centered experience, coupled with the idyllic beauty of Palawan.


Getting There


Getting to Calauit Safari Park is part of the adventure! Located on Calauit Island, the Safari Park is just off the western coast of Busuanga, the largest island of Calamianes group in northern Palawan. Most travelers reach the park through a sea voyage or a land trip from Coron town proper, with each route offering its own scenic views and highlights. Some organized tours provide private transportation, simplifying the trip and allowing you to focus on the impending adventure.

Unique Wildlife Experiences


Calauit Safari Park is known for its successful integration of African and Palawan wildlife. It was initially established in 1976 as a sanctuary for African animals, including giraffes, zebras, and different antelope species, which roam freely around the park. However, it is not just African wildlife that you can witness here. The park is also home to numerous endemic species, including the Calamian deer, Palawan peacock-pheasant, and the bearcat, offering a unique blend of African and Palawan fauna.

Family-Friendly Adventure


There’s no shortage of things to do in Calauit Safari Park that cater to every family member. The young ones can feed the friendly giraffes, a popular and heartwarming experience that’s certain to leave them in awe. Animal lovers will enjoy spotting the diverse range of wildlife, while nature enthusiasts can appreciate the park’s natural beauty, with its sprawling landscapes and diverse flora.


Conservation and Education


Not only does the Calauit Safari Park offer memorable encounters with wildlife, but it also offers an excellent opportunity for families to learn about conservation. The park plays a critical role in protecting endangered and endemic species, and its mission is embedded in every aspect of its operation. Guided tours provide valuable insights into the lives of the animals, their habitats, and conservation status, making the adventure not only fun but also educational.


Extend the Adventure

After exploring Calauit Safari Park, families can extend their Palawan adventure. Nearby Coron offers several family-friendly attractions like the Kayangan Lake, known as the cleanest lake in the Philippines, Twin Lagoon‘s mesmerizing waters, and a variety of stunning beaches for those keen on some relaxation or water activities.

Animals You May See in Calauit Safari Park

Calauit Safari Park is a haven for a diverse range of both African and Filipino wildlife. Here are some of the animals you can expect to see when you visit:

1. Giraffes: One of the park’s most popular attractions, these majestic creatures are friendly and often interact with visitors, especially during feeding times.


2. Zebras: The park is home to several zebras, which are known for their striking black and white stripes.


3. African Antelopes: Various species of antelope, including the Impalas and Waterbucks, can be seen roaming freely around the park.

4. Calamian Deer: This species is endemic to the Calamian Islands in the Philippines and has been nurtured back to a healthier population in the park.


5. Palawan Peacock-Pheasant: This bird species, native to Palawan, is known for its stunning plumage, especially in the males.

6. Bearcats or Binturongs: These unique mammals are native to Southeast Asia. Despite their name, they are not related to bears or cats but are actually members of the civet family.


7. Philippine Crocodiles: You might also get the chance to see Philippine crocodiles, one of the most critically endangered crocodile species in the world.

8. Various Bird Species: Aside from the Palawan Peacock-Pheasant, the park is a sanctuary for a wide variety of bird species, making it a paradise for bird watchers.

9. Other Endemic and Exotic Animals: Other animals you may see include porcupines, monkeys, and a variety of reptiles.


The park’s unique blend of African and Filipino wildlife, in combination with the natural beauty of Palawan, makes for an exciting and unforgettable safari experience. Please remember that while the animals are accustomed to seeing humans, they are still wild creatures, and visitors should always follow guidelines to ensure their safety and the wellbeing of the animals.


Tips When Visiting Calauit Safari Park


1. Start Early: The animals in the Calauit Safari Park are generally more active in the cooler hours of the early morning. Plus, starting early allows you to avoid the larger crowds that tend to arrive later in the day.

2. Wear Comfortable Clothing and Footwear: Dress comfortably, keeping in mind the tropical climate of the Philippines. It’s also advisable to wear shoes suitable for walking on uneven terrain, as you’ll be doing quite a bit of walking around the park.

3. Bring Sun Protection: Given the park’s open spaces and the tropical climate, the sun can be quite intense. Remember to bring hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun’s rays.

4. Stay Hydrated: Bring along enough water for your trip, especially if you’re visiting during the warmer months.

5. Respect the Wildlife: The Calauit Safari Park is home to numerous species, many of which roam freely. Remember to keep a safe distance and avoid feeding or touching the animals unless instructed by the park guides. The park’s aim is to mimic the animals’ natural habitats as closely as possible, and visitors should respect this.


6. Follow the Rules: For your safety and the wellbeing of the animals, make sure to follow all rules and guidelines provided by the park staff.

7. Take a Guided Tour: If it’s your first time visiting the park, consider taking a guided tour. Guides are knowledgeable about the animals and the park’s history and can provide an enriching and educational experience.

8. Pack Snacks: While there are food options available, you might want to bring along some snacks, especially if you have kids with you or dietary restrictions.

9. Plan Your Day: The park is quite large, so it’s helpful to have a rough plan of the areas you want to visit and the animals you’re most interested in seeing.

10. Keep the Park Clean: Carry a small bag for trash and make sure to leave the park as clean as you found it. The goal is to maintain a healthy environment for the animals and other visitors.


Remember, your visit to Calauit Safari Park is more than just an opportunity to see exotic and endemic animals; it’s also a chance to appreciate nature and learn about conservation efforts.

This can be an entire day activity for the family, and I’d be happy to book a private tour for you, otherwise, another option is to combine it with a boat tour to Black Island.

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05:51 03 Apr 24
I give 5 stars because they actually helped me to arrange the tour to Balabac in last minute. However, because the money wired through the local bank in my country took time to be processed, so i missed the boat due to peak season as many people paid before my money was received by the tour guide.As most of people usually feel, once your money has been transferred out to someone you do not know, you probably frustrated that your money would not be able to be refunded.But not in my experience. I dont need to be worry, the owner refunded me the money he has received (minus the bank fees). He promised to refund me and he did it. It was around 18.700 Pesos.So, eventhough i didn't manage to go with the tour, but i am really satisfied with their legitimate and great business practice. Hopefully, people will try their services and not worry about their legit business!Thanks a lot!
Chloe BlanchardChloe Blanchard
13:38 27 Mar 24
The most wonderful experience from booking to beach! Karel and Mel were so fast and responsive to my very last minute trip over the holidays. We booked a private boat for two and could not have been happier with our four day trip! We didn’t think about anything other than snorkeling the entire time. Linda, our captain, cooked wonderful meals and took us to totally empty beautiful beaches. We loved staying the night in Pical especially! Wonderful to experience the Philippines this way! Will come back again and would recommend to anyone!
hotel luci del farohotel luci del faro
08:13 31 Jan 24
We booked the 3 day 2 night expedition, from Coron to Sibaltan.First of all the booking part was really simple. I organized this trip to the Philippines last minute for my family (my parents and my uncles) but Karel answered all my questions very quickly and really made everything easier for me. It was an incredible experience. Albert, our tour leader, is a wonderful guy, always smiling and ready to help us. They assisted us in everything and really took care of making everything go smoothly. The accommodation on the islands is as spartan as you expect but the location of each hut alone is worth the trip. The wonder of nature was then added to the goodness of cuisine. It's really difficult to argue how you can cook all that goodness on a boat.If you are looking for an authentic experience, in contact with nature, off the beaten track, this company's private expedition is certainly for you.
Kate BrownKate Brown
00:22 27 Oct 23
What an unforgettable experience! We did a two night (3 day) island hopping tour from Sibaltan to Coron. Everything was so well organized and the boat crew were amazing and really made sure we had a great time. The accommodation was rustic, but added to the authentic experience of the Philippines. Karel always responded to any queries we had promptly. Our boatman, Albert, was the most amazing chef and we enjoyed every meal. The crew taught the kids how to fish with a line which was their highlight of the trip. They took us to the most unbelievable snorkelling spots along the way. Would highly recommend this trip.
Ian PascualIan Pascual
02:43 10 Aug 23
One of the most amazing, unforgettable things you can do in your life
Lou PrataliLou Pratali
11:04 25 Jul 23
This is a must to do!!Super ultimate tour is the best with Kayangan and barracuda lake, twin lagoons (my favorite), coral garden (blue fabulous coral) were the best. It’s really worth it to pay for private tour (3500 to 4000 PHP). You will also have to pay for entrance fees (150 to 200PHP by location) and eventually shopping at the market - must do (count 300 for 2 for fish, pork, fruits and vegetables, water).
16:11 07 Feb 23
I was looking for a personalized excursion to the stunning Bacuit Gulf.Based on the comments, I contacted Mel.Very responsive, very efficient and perfect organization.The on-board staff were very friendly and very helpful.And I'm not even talking about the meal on board...a marvel.In all fairness, this excursion will remain an excellent memory and I cannot recommend Mel and his team highly enough.A big thank-you.
Alyse TarbottonAlyse Tarbotton
23:48 30 Aug 22
This tour went well above all our expectations! I couldn't recommend this enough! The boat crew, captain and tour guide were nothing but amazing, everyone was so kind, helpful and friendly. The crew knew the best spots to visit that weren't overcrowded with tourists, 3 times we were lucky enough to have whole islands to ourselves! It was my partner's birthday while away and everything went above and beyond, bonfire, cake, birthday card, singing and celebrating with us.If you love camping this is definitely a tout you should do, it has been the highlight of our trip!!
Danish KayaniDanish Kayani
10:24 31 Oct 19
Coron is the best place i have ever seen.. picturesque. Beautiful. Peaceful
We booked a 4 days/3 nights private boat trip from Coron to Sibaltan. The organization went very well from the beginning, the owner answered to all my questions, and we were able to choose which islands to visit and where to sleep. The first night we slept in a bungalow in Banana Island, the second we camped in Araw beach and the last we slept in a seafront bungalow builded on a tree in Pical on Iloc Island.The islands in that area are the most beautiful islands I have ever seen, with clear water, lots of coral reef and fishes to see, white sand and almost deserted. The crew was very friendly and polite and they organize every single meal and for camping they give you a tent which was just perfect! This was our highlight in our 2 weeks in the Philippines and I wish I had booked a longer trip. A private trip gives you the freedom to decide where and when to go.
Gérard Benoit
Gérard Benoit
I was looking for a personalized excursion to the beautiful bay of Bacuit. Seeing the comments, I contacted Mel. Very responsive, very efficient and perfect organization. The crew were very friendly and very helpful. And I'm not even talking about the meal on board...a marvel. In all fairness, this excursion will remain an excellent memory and I can recommend Mel and his team highly enough. A big thank-you.
André Mardoñal
André Mardoñal
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The island world of Linapacan between Coron and El Nido with the clearest waters in the world is truly a dream for itself! Without a boat you won't be able to see it! But what this boat trips makes so amazing is the crew! Once you come on board they might be shy in the beginning but will make you feel welcome and home from the first moment. Not only that they are looking that you sit comfortable all the time, they will prepare fresh and delicious food what the buy from local markets. They know the best spots and most beautiful islands and will bring you to places where you get this "Robinson Cruisoe feeling". Every day you visit 3 to 5 spots for snorkeling, enjoying a beach or exploring a little island. The accommodation we had was good and simple. We slept in bungalows and tents right at the beach. Sheets and towels were always provided and sometimes towels. After a while you feel like a family on board. We loved living the boat life didn't wanna leave! If you doubt take a longer than shorter trip! For any questions please message me.
Sarah Uhan
Sarah Uhan
All in all it was a really great experience. It's a once in a lifetime thing to do and you won't get more authentic and basic Philippino experiences anywhere else. We were not so lucky with the wind and waves so we couldn't do all the stops we wanted to unfortunately. So be aware that especially the months from January to May can be very rough on water. But we still saw some great places Benji took us. Benji and his family was very nice and they did everything they could. The food was amazing - always freshly made in authentic Philippino style and way too much for the 2 of us. Make sure to bring enough cash - many of the islands cost extra (entrance fee) and be aware that any kind of accommodation and food (200php per meal) is not included in the boat fee. Also the deposit and commission fee for the agency are a little over the top, especially since the crew does not get any of it. The costs all in all are rather high for phillipino circumstances especially given the basicness of it all. However if you think about that all 5 boat people (in our case) live off of the boat fee alone, you spent the money willingly. Be aware though that accommodation and sanataries are very basic if even existant. So you gotta have the right mindset. Bring tissue, sanatiszer and earplugs to get some better sleep. Another feedback I have concerning the size of the boat. I don't think it is sufficient for more than 4 people. If the weather is like it was these days, you always have to sit on top and it was already a little squeezy with us 2 and 5 boat people. So I guess 4 guests can be fine but more than that won't have the space. There is different boat sizes but make sure to talk about that with Karel in advance. Other than that it was really worth it and we got to see so many great beaches and reefs which we could have never been able to visit without the tour.
Eric Liu
Eric Liu
It was scary to book a 5 day trip with no places to stay confirmed or a strong itinerary. And in the Philippines, communication is difficult. But that is part of changing mindsets to a rural island mindset. In the end, everything worked out. We had some tough moments with bugs. But we also had some amazingly beautiful secluded beaches, the best snorkeling in the world, relaxing on the beach, and freshly made food on the boat while docked at beautiful places (better than being on land). Note, we went with Benji. Recommendations: - you must get a local SIM when you arrive to make sure pickup and everything works out - some islands have bugs - use bug spray! Pros: - a fraction of the cost - away from the crowds - can customize what you want - just ask! - a truly local experience - saw a REAL rural town Cons: - locals aren't really polished tour guides - if you don't ask for it, you won't get it, need to be pretty proactive - pretty simple "activities" - no frills like bathrooms or kayaks etc.
Ángela Deand
Ángela Deand
We can't be more grateful to have had the opportunity of experience the peace in Patoyo Kitesurfing Camping! Spending two weeks in Dimancal Island, gave us the chance to experiment the rural and traditional way of life, in touch with the nature and people. We have learnt how to cook with fire, how to open a coconut and how to survive in an environment where for a time we forget about unnecessary needs, just to focus on enjoy the small details and pleasures of life. Mentioning too the amazing snorkeling and beautiful islands around this place, which make it unique​ and special. It is a lovely option if you are running away from tourists and overcrowded places in the Philippines. You will find yourself in the middle of virgin beaches and nature, surrounding​ by charming people. We will definitely come back!
Caroline Danielle
Caroline Danielle
We haven't done a Tao tour, but I would suspect that this is a cheaper version of the same thing. Our boat operator (Benji) and the entire crew were were fun, friendly and made an effort to ensure we had a good time. If you get a large group of people together it can be a really inexpensive alternative to other Coron-El Nino and vice versa island hopping tours. The food was good, but more expensive than as advertised by Karl. The price quote we got was 100 php a meal, but the boat charged us 200. Since the food was good we didn't mind the extra expense, but it is important to keep in mind if you're on a budget. Definitely plan for some incidental spending. Our boat did have some mechanical issues and as a result we ended up being stuck in the same place for longer than we wanted to be. That being said, little could have been done about it and the trip was fun nonetheless.
Hauk Are Fjeld
Hauk Are Fjeld
If you believe that doing the touristic tours in El Nido and going to "The hidden beach" takes you off the beaten path, you are wrong. There are lots of beautiful places in Palawan, but few of these places are without any other tourists. If you want to spend some extra effort on getting away from the tourist places, and don't mind a little "primitive" living, Island Hopping in the Philippines is definitely something you should check out
Arnold Cabiguen
Arnold Cabiguen
The snorkeling in this area is phenomenal. Clearest waters in the world. I guess it's because there is relatively such lower tourist traffic through here, and the locals really protect the reefs!
Karel Kosman
Karel Kosman
Love it so much, just had to say it twice!
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