Culion is an island in Northern Palawan, Philippines adjacent to the more popular tourist destination of Coron. During the American Colonial Period, it hosted the largest leper colony in the world. The disease was eradicated off the island in the 1980's and was only officially declared leprosy-free by the World Health Organization in 2006. The town is now promoting itself as a destination with its heritage and natural attractions.
Kawil Tours is a community-based organization that tours visitors around the town and its surrounding islands which include several beaches. However, what's been under its waters have been largely unnoticed. I joined Reef Nomads Skin Diving Tours for their exploration dives at several sites surrounding Culion.
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