Among Busuanga's outlying islands, Black Island, also known as Malajon, is a scenic one and a half hour boat ride away from Concepcion in mainland Busuanga. The island does not fall short on drama, with jagged, black limestone cliffs against a powdery white beach. The island also serves as the perfect base for a beginner's wreck dive — close to the shore, 22 meters deep, lies a 145-foot long shipwreck, as well as thriving marine life that includes lionfish, sweepers, snappers, fusiliers, groupers, and at times hammerhead sharks spotted west of the island. Twin caves can also be found at the foot of the cliffs, with a clear saltwater pool made for wading.
How to get there
Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines fly from Manila to Busuanga daily, while Skyjet flies every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. From Busuanga airport, board a passenger van (fare is P150 per person) and head to Concepcion, roughly 35 minutes away. From Concepcion, rent a boat to Black Island. Entrance fee to the island is P200 (US$5) per person per day.
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Published October 2015