An Island Drift Around Busuanga


Coron boatman in Palawan, Philippines

On our last trip to Asia, I made it a point to introduce my husband to the Philippines. My mother was born there and I was excited to share part of my heritage with him. One of our stops included Busuanga, the northern-most island in the Province of Palawan. We spent one of our days exploring the island’s beauty by boat, drifting around Busuanga’s craggy limestone cliffs to snorkel and swim in its secret lagoons and turquoise coves. Surprisingly, one of the most serene parts of this experience was observing the boatman gracefully navigate the sea. He seemed completely at ease, effortlessly maneuvering our banca through the water.

I was saddened to learn that Busuanga and its main town, Coron, were hit pretty hard by Typhoon Haiyan (known as “Yolanda” in the Philippines). It is difficult to imagine the photos of wreckage that I see on the news are of the same idyllic place I so fondly remember. For information on sending donations to the Philippines, check out this informative article on Charity Navigator.

Lara Dalinsky
Lara Dalinsky

Lara was instilled with the travel bug at an early age and has visited over 25 countries. Her mother’s job as a flight attendant enabled a childhood of seeing the world. In addition to being the founding editor of En Route Traveler, Lara also works as the Art Director for the branding firm, Belmont Inc., in Alexandria, VA. In her spare time, she instructs high-energy Zumba dance classes, contributes as a Local Expert to AFAR, enjoys vegetarian cuisine, dabbles in photography and, of course, travels as much as possible.

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