Where is Black Island and why was Sec. Harry Roque raving about it on Tiktok? 2
The island got its name from the massive dark karst black limestone formation found at the center of the island. Photo by ProjectLumiere via Wikimedia Commons
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Where is Black Island and why was Sec. Harry Roque raving about it on Tiktok?

We did some research, and here’s what we found out.
RHIA D. GRANA | Sep 10 2020

A 21-second Tiktok video of Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, which he originally posted on his Facebook account in February, has resurfaced online. 

We chanced upon Twitter’s The Professional Heckler’s post of it Tuesday, where he asked his followers to “Name the movie.” The video is not about a new dance move Sec. Roque just learned, or of him picking flowers in a garden. It’s about a travel jaunt to a remote island in Busuanga, Palawan called Black Island. 

The secretary seemed to have been mesmerized by the “beautiful, beautiful Black Island with powder white sand,” that he highly recommended his followers to check it out while he tried to capture a 360 view of his environs. 

He didn’t give that much information though about the island, so we did some research—just in case you’re interested to make it one of your post-pandemic destinations. 

Here’s what we found online.

Majalon Island, commonly known among locals and tourists as Black Island, is located northwest of Busuanga Island, the largest in the Calamian Group of Islands in Palawan. It’s a two-hour boat ride from Salvacion Port of Busuanga. The island got its name from the massive dark karst black limestone formation found at the center of the island. 

Since 1996, when Resolution No. 39 declared Black Island as owned by cultural minorities, it has since been under the care and management of the Tagbanua Community.

Some bloggers who had gone there say the island looks eerie from afar, but up close, it’s actually a beautiful paradise with white sand, turquoise waters, and lush greens. 

The island has many caves and chambers, giving it a sort of otherworldly charm. You can hire a boatman / tour guide to bring you to these caves. The water inside the caves are reportedly clear that you could see the fishes freely swimming around. You can also take a dip in its cool waters while gazing at the beautiful geological formations.

On the water near its powdery white shore is a sunken small tanker (about 50 meters long) called the Nanshin Maru vessel, which was said to have carried fuel during WWII in the 1940s. The “Black Island Wreck” has become a dive site perfect for beginner divers and underwater photographers, due to the abundance of marine life that thrives there. There is also a nearby coral garden where you can snorkel and appreciate the colorful underwater scenery.

While in the island, you can also explore the caves that house the balinsasayaw or swiflet, the bird that makes the edible nest some people make soups from. 

Black Island is a part of Calauit Island Tours that can be booked in Busuanga and Coron. But you can also go there by renting a boat from Coron Town.