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Philippines Palawan Balabac Islands to Candaraman Islands

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A BALABAC ISLAND

BALABAC ISLAND. 7° 59.528N, 117° 4.169E

The main village is in a deep bay on the east side of the island. The bay shelves up and it is possible to get quite close to the village with care.

Anchor on a muddy bottom in 5 metres. There are isolated coral heads close inshore. It is a quaint ramshackle village built along the shoreline and out on stilts over the water.

Some basic provisions can be obtained from the friendly villagers here, including Philippines SIM cards for Globe and Smart.

B CANDARAMAN ISLAND 5 miles from Balabac Island, Anchorage ‘A’

CANDARAMAN ISLAND. 8° 4.714N, 117° 5.845E

Anchorage can be found on sand in 12 metres on the west side of the island in the shallow bay.

Follow the reef in crystal clear water into the bay where there is good anchorage close to the rocks in the centre of the bay.

Travel to Balabac used to be hazardous, with twice-monthly trips by small boat from Puerto Princesa - Photo by Palawan BlogOn, the Department of Education Division of Palawan
Travel to Balabac used to be hazardous, with twice-monthly trips by small boat from Puerto Princesa - Photo by Palawan BlogOn, the Department of Education Division of Palawan

While every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this book is accurate, the charts of anchorages are based on personal experience and satellite imagery and are intended as a guide only. They should not be used for navigation. Please refer to Official Hydrographic Charts of the respective countries.

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