KokosNuss Garden Resort

Coron, Palawan, Philippines

Culion Island Tour​

The island of Culion with its similar named municipality was known in history as the largest leper colony in worldwide.

In 1622 the first missionaries arrived at the island to spread cristianity.

Fort Culion was built in 1740 for protection against the reoccuring moro raids.

The Island of Culion was declared a leper colony in 1904 by the ruling US american Gouvernor Wright due to the increasing number of lepronse.

On its 25th anniversary more than 16,000 leprose lived an isolated life on Culion.

With the arrival of medicines in 1947, the number of deseased was lowered dramatically until finally in 1992 the municipality of Culion was founded and the island itself became free for new settlements. The first municipal council in the history of this young settlement was elected in 1995.

Today, lepra is easily cured with cheap antibioitics and is no longer present in Culion and may be extincted worldwide in the near future.

When making a one day boat trip to Culion, make sure to visit the old spanish fort with its katholic church and the Lepra-Museum close to Culion Sanitarium

You can find a lot of information about Culion on Wikipedia

Despite its dark past as a leper colony, the island of Culion has undergone significant changes and progress in recent decades. Today, the island is a bustling municipality with a growing population of around 20,000 people.

One of the island’s main attractions is the historic Fort Culion, which still stands today as a reminder of the island’s colonial past. Visitors can explore the fort and learn about its role in protecting the island from Moro raids during the Spanish colonial period.

Another must-see destination on the island is the Lepra Museum, located near the Culion Sanitarium. The museum provides a detailed account of the history of the leper colony on the island, showcasing artifacts, photographs, and other materials that shed light on the lives of those who were affected by the disease.

In addition to its rich history and cultural attractions, Culion is also known for its stunning natural beauty. The island boasts pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush forests, making it a popular destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

Overall, a trip to Culion is an opportunity to learn about the island’s fascinating history and witness the resilience of its people in the face of adversity. While the leper colony may be a thing of the past, the memory of those who suffered there continues to live on through the island’s museums and historic sites.