It’s more than a century since the first batch of the leper colony made it to Culion. The island has transformed as the people turned it into a home and a beacon of hope. After scientists and doctors found a cure for leprosy, the inhabitants have not only moved on but have also removed the negative perception of the town.
The island has re-opened. Culion’s isolation from the world for years has allowed its forests and beaches to remain unspoiled. Its homes and corners tell a distinct story; many of the current residents, which were also descendants of the former leper colony, have tales of loss and redemption that will pique the interest of visitors. It is rising as a tourist destination in Palawan; the stories of its locals and the town will wait for adventure seekers looking for an alternative.
Culion is a major island in the Calamian Group (this includes Busuanga, Coron, and Linapacan). Like its counterparts, the waters surrounding it are dotted with smaller islands, underwater ecosystems perfect for snorkeling and diving, and white-sand beaches. Listed below are some of the attractions you can visit during your stay in Culion.
Historical Walking Tour
You can do a Culion town historical walking tour during your stay. Places of interest include Culion Museum and Church, the maintained structures the leper colony had built, and a short climb to Aguila, which has a statue of Jesus Christ. It is also a fantastic place to catch the sunrise because of its location overlooking the town. Some tours from Coron include Bogor Marine Park, which you can easily access from Culion’s port.
You won’t need a guide for the historical tour; however, we recommend you get one because they provide a local’s insights that enrich the experience.
There are a couple of land destinations you can visit during your stay; these include Balanga Falls, San Ignacio Farm, and Pulang Lupa just to name a few.
You can also go on another island hopping activity. Some of the places of interest include Malcapuya Island, Banana Beach, Bulog Bulog Beach, and Bogor Marine Park.
Note: From Coron, the tour that includes Banana Island and Malcapuya Island costs around P950 to P1200 depending on the operator. On the other hand, if you do the same trip from Culion, you might have to pay around P2500 to P4000 for the boat. Doing the island hopping from Coron may take longer, but is cheaper compared to doing it from Culion.
Snorkeling and Diving
The waters around Culion are also famous for snorkeling and diving. Some sites to include in your itinerary are Lusong Shipwrecks, Lusong Coral Gardens, and Sangat Island.
Note: The last two sets of things to do are closer to Culion than Coron. The former doesn’t get as many tourists as the latter; this means you’ll have to rent a private boat, which is expensive for solo travelers or small groups. In Coron, you’ll easily find joiner tours, which is a cheaper alternative.