Black Island, known to locals as Malajon Island is located northwest of Busuanga Island, the largest in the Calamian Group of Islands in Palawan. It may have been dubbed as Black Island because from afar, its gigantic limestone rock formation on the center of the island appears to be dark and intimidating. But contrary to its name, Black Island is a refreshing oasis of pristine white sand and azure sea. It’s for tourists who love adventures, hiking, exploring caves, snorkeling or just a laid-back time at the beach.
The reef surrounding Black Island is perfect for snorkeling and free-diving. Tourists can enjoy the beautiful corals and bountiful fish species of the island. The massive limestone rock formation on the center of the island leads to a network of caves to explore. There are a lot of tunnels and caverns but only a few are accessible from the beach. There is a huge cave with a refreshing body of freshwater where tourists can swim or even cliff jump if they wish. The stalactites and rock formation in the cave are spectacular. From the huge cave, it leads down to the other end of the beach that will lead through another smaller cave. As tourists explore this smaller cave, they will emerge onto a private beach which is perfect for swimming or snorkeling.
Since it is private and secluded, there are no restaurants or stores around the island. However, there are a few bamboo huts and coconut trees lined on one strip of the beach where tourists can stay to relax and enjoy their own packed food and drinks.
Black Island is frequently included in Calauit Island Tours, which can be booked at Busuanga and Coron.You can also charter a boat from Coron Town proper.
This is an all-year round destination but avoid visiting during the rainy season as it might affect your experience.
There is an entrance fee to this location.