I is for Islands
My first glimpse of the Calamian group of islands in northern Palawan from the plane as we approached Busuanga Island, the largest island in the Calamian. There are about 80 islands and islets in Calamian, most of them are uninhabited. The islands are known for its pristine beaches, great snorkeling opportunities, wreck diving and scuba diving---rated by Forbes Traveler's Magazine as one of the top-ten best scuba diving sites in the world. There are 14 wrecks located around Busuanga, Coron and Culion Islands alone---mostly Japanese vessels in World War II. Limestone cliffs, granite rock formations, fresh-water lakes, mysterious lagoons and caves can be found in the islands. The second largest island, Coron, was awarded to the indigenous Tagbanua people in 1998 as an ancestral domain. It gives the Tagbanua the right to manage and preserve the rich marine and land resources of the island that have sustained the community for centuries. In 1906, a leprosarium was established in Culion Island, the third largest island, under the American Commonwealth of the Philippines.
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