Boracay: Ariel’s Point + Sunset + Calamansi Muffin

On our third day, we woke at around 10 to prepare for Ariel’s Point adventure. Call time was 1130AM but we arrived 45 minutes early. Meet up point was right in front of Boracay Beach Club.

After giving the full payment for the trip and a short briefing we’re all set.

We walked few meters from the shore going to where the boat was anchored. We’ve not yet started but we’re all soaking wet already as the boat was anchored quite far from the shore. Haha!

We left quarter to 12 and as soon as the engine started they started giving drinks to everyone. I asked for Red Horse. Yeah! After a calm and scenic ride, we finally reached Ariel’s Point. Ariel’s Point is part of Buruanga.


They are famous for Cliff Diving. A lot of local and foreign tourists go here to experience the fun and excitement of jumping off the cliff as high as 15 meters. If you are not into cliff diving, you can simply drink and eat or do snorkeling or canoeing. To ensure the safety of some who are not swimmers, you can ask them to wait for you at the bottom to get you or give you something to hold on after you jump.



In the island we immediately looked for a spot to stay and put all our stuff. Having no courage to cliff dive yet, we did canoeing first then I had a couple of drinks (rum coke and red horse) until lunch was served at around 2PM.


After lunch, I dozed off quite long not even realizing it. Good thing they woke us up with only an hour left. I had a couple more drinks but it didn’t really help me to get the courage I need to jump off the cliff. Aside from the fact that I am scared of deep water and I am not good in threading added more to the fear. I felt like a loser! L My girlfriend wanted to snorkel so I accompanied her instead. There were loads of blue star fish everywhere. I know I will jump the next time I visit Ariel’s Point. This is now on my Bucket List.

4PM, it was time to leave. My unfinished business here will definitely be the reason why I would go back.


On our way back, we chose the front seat for a better view of the sea and yes it did offer a great view but the strong waves showered us non-stop with sea water. It was exciting and scary as hell. I have no picture to show you as we secured all our cameras from getting wet. While in the boat, the party continued as everyone consumed all booze that was left.


Thank God, we all arrived in safety. We all went straight to our hotel to freshen up. Stella arranged a special dinner for us right in front of the beach. Wow! She prepared Chicken TinolaFried Tilapia, Grilled Eggplant and three different kinds of fruits. We had dinner at around 7PM.


Some of us went out to party again but my girlfriend and I decided to just hangout near the beach.

The following day, one of us left early to catch her flight back to Manila. Since we slept late last night, we all woke really late just in time for lunch. We went to Shakey’s and ordered Mojo’s, Chicken and Pasta for Lunch. Yum!



After lunch, we sunbathed and just stayed at the beach area.


Just before sunset, we went to Starbucks barefooted to get some coffee.


Sunset viewing is really one of the things I enjoy doing. Look at the image below. Isn’t amazing?


Just before going back at the hotel, we decided to walk along the shore again.


After the experience we had here in Boracay, my girlfriend wants to make it a habit of going here at least once a year. The tentative plan is to go here by June or November 2013.

For dinner, we all agreed to have dinner at Andok’s. We ordered Sinigang na Baboy and Liempo. Still feeling a bit full, I only had the soup of Sinigang. After dinner, my bestfriend decided to sleep early because of their early flight the next day. My girlfriend and I arrived here ahead of them and we’ll also be the last to leave. Haha! With no plan of sleeping yet, Debbie, our guest from CS, wanted to go out so we went for a walk and looked for a grill and tried different kinds of barbecue. A friend also wanted to have a drink so after meeting her up; we went for a stroll at around 12AM and looked for a place to drink. I think we reached as far as Station 3 in search for a place to hangout. While having a drink, we saw a couple playing Poi and then later did something fishy. Several people tried to stop them but they just kept on doing it, enjoying the attention they’re getting. Haha!

It rained, so we decided to head back to our hotel and call it a day.

On our last day, it’s just the two of us again. We were suppose to wake up early and have breakfast at Real Coffee but failed to make it happen. After last-minute packing and shower, we went straight to Real Coffee still but only to get the Famous Calamansi Muffin. It’s a MUST TRY!!! It’s Delish! J

Updated – Real Coffee is now located near Shenna’s Beach Resort. 



After getting the muffin, we hurriedly walk going to the main road and took a tricycle going to the port. From the port, we paid for the terminal fee and boat fare. We then took a van going to Kalibo Airport. Good thing we’re early for the flight so we had an ample time to check-in. We stayed in the boarding area for almost 2 hours because our flight was delayed. It was almost 1PM when we finally get the chance to board.

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Note: If you need help in Boracay, you may reach Stella at +63920 896 2264

Boracay: Bonding + Sunset Sailing

It was August last year when my best friend asked us to join the trip to Boracay. With no assurance of getting approved for a holiday break, we immediately booked for a flight going to Caticlan and a return flight from Kalibo and paid around 3,500 pesos for two. Not bad!

Below was our Flight Itinerary:

FLIGHT ORIGIN / DESTINATION DEPARTURE / ARRIVAL AIRLINE
5J 919 MANILA – Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 Fri 23 Nov 2012 6:15 Cebu Pacific Air
CATICLAN – Godofredo P. Ramos Airport Fri 23 Nov 2012 7:20
FLIGHT ORIGIN / DESTINATION DEPARTURE / ARRIVAL AIRLINE
Z2303 KALIBO – KALIBO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Tue, 27 Nov 2012 12:25 Zest Air
MANILA – NINOY AQUINO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT  – Terminal 4 Tue, 27 Nov 2012 13:25

Luckily my holiday break got approved early November. Woot! My and girlfriend and I were both excited. It was her first time and it was a pre-celebration of my birthday. Life Is Good! So immediately after work I started packing my things since I failed to do it few days earlier. Because of excitement, my girlfriend failed to get any sleep and since I work till 1AM I failed to get any sleep as well. It was past 4AM when we left the house and arrived 10 minutes to 5AM in NAIA Terminal 3.

Thinking we might not make it to check-in our luggage, we rushed to the farthest entrance to avoid long queue. At the check-in counter, they offered us an earlier flight and so we took it. The woman told us that a flight got cancelled so they had to offer the earlier flight to those who came in early for their supposed flight and then transfer seats from the cancelled flight to those who OK’d to get to an earlier schedule. I then immediately sent our contact in Boracay a message to tell her of the sudden change.

We arrived in Caticlan around half past 6AM and were welcomed by Stella. She assisted us all the way from the Airport going to our Hotel at no cost. She was recommended by a friend who’s been assisting them whenever they go to Boracay. Their family own several resort/hotel in the island and they rely mostly on referrals from their previous satisfied guests. From the airport, we rode a tricycle going to the port. From the port, we then took a boat going to the main island.

From Boracay Port, we rode another tricycle to the hotel.

We alighted near D Mall where we walked for a couple of minutes to get to the hotel which is near the beach.

And so we arrived at Shenna’s Beach Resort and checked-in just before 8AM.

The room can accommodate 4 to 5 people and won’t even take you 3 minutes to get to the shore. They have a spacious balcony as well if you want to chill. The cost? Just 2000 pesos per night. Not bad considering its proximity to the beach. It is located in Station 2, only few minutes away from D Mall and Station 1.

Not to waste time and feeling a bit hungry, we decided to have breakfast at Shenna’s Restaurant. I had a Continental Breakfast while my girlfriend had Sinigang na Bangus. After breakfast, we walked around and found this interesting signage.


We went to D Mall to check any interesting buy then had ShareTea Rock Salt and Cheese with Cocoa. Yum!

Tired and sleepy, we decided to go back and dozed off for a couple of hours while waiting for the rest of the gang. It was around 2PM when one of them arrived. Still sleepy, we slept for an hour more, then went out around 4PM to have a snack and get the famous Jonah’s Fruit Shake. They have three branches in the island and since we’re too lazy to walk, we took a tricycle going to the nearest branch. It was delish!

To see the sunset, we hurriedly went back near the shore after getting fruit shake. It was amazing!

Nothing beats watching the sun go down in the horizon. We stayed near the shore for couple of hours until my best friend and her CS friend arrived. We walked around again to search for a nice place to have dinner. We all voted to have oysters and found one that offers unlimited oysters. Rate starts at 400 pesos inclusive of 1 drink but normally goes down to 300 pesos at around 10PM. After the sumptuous dinner, we walked along the shore and had couple of drinks while watching fire dancers perform.

The following day… I took another shot of the beach. Stunning!

We rented a beach bed and spoke to Stella and discussed our plans. Three of us decided to try Parasailing while everyone agreed to go on Sunset Sailing after. While waiting for our schedule, some of us tried Henna Tattoo. It was cool! In no time I’ll definitely get myself inked for real. c”,)

After getting Henna Tattoo, we’re off to do parasailing. We took off via a Speed Boat that took us to a floating station in the middle of the sea.

While in the floating station, we took some pictures showing off our Henna Tatt…

The boat arrived just before 2PM to pick us up; we’re all excited and nervous. Haha! We decided to have our picture taken just before getting on. All smiles!

They all started getting each one of us attached to the parachute securely and slowly raised us in midair. Wow! It was an unforgettable experience. The view of the island is just amazing! If I just have a photo to show you. They didn’t allow us to bring camera in midair for security reasons. It was really an exciting 15 minute ride and at the same time liberating. The feel of the air rushing through your face is a calming experience. We enjoyed it so much and wondered how we look on our way up and while in midair so immediately after getting back on the boat, we took the camera to check the photos taken by the boatmen who offered to capture everything for us however we’re unable to find any photo. Not even a single one! How frustrating was that?! For some reason the boatmen said the camera acted up and they couldn’t fix it. We just decided to have another picture taken after the experience.

It was half past 2PM when we reached the island after a swift exhilarating ride via Speedboat. Cool!

Back in the island, the water was really low and we had to walk few meters after getting off the speedboat.

Still a bit early for Sunset Sailing, we went back to the Beach Bed we rented and stayed there for about an hour or so while some of us decided to have lunch and the other slept. Just before 5PM, Stella approached us to tell that our boat for Sunset Sailing was all set. We hurriedly went to Station 1 to get to the boat.

It was past 5PM when we sailed off along with other sailboats trying to get a better view/closer look of the sunset.

It was a stunning scene like no other, a picturesque view of sunset in a dramatic setting with different colours emanating from the horizon.

I was in awe as I watched the sun slowly hide. Life Is Good!

After sunset sailing, we went to Boracay Beach Club office to secure slots for Ariel’s Point the next day. Total cost is 1500 pesos inclusive of BBQ lunch, snacks and free-flowing drinks (beer, rum coke and soda)

After securing our slot, we decided to have dinner at Bacolod Inasal in the D Mall area. They are famous for Chicken Inasal as well Kansi.

Since it was still early to party, we went back to our hotel to freshen up before getting some drinks and to party. To save up on money, we decided to get a couple of bottles of beer and vodka in one of the local grocery store and drink it while chilling near the shore. While trying to get some beer, we found this interesting flavour of gin displayed. Not your usual flavour and up until now I haven’t tried them.

We stayed near the shore, close to where the bars are. Be careful not to drink close to the water as Beach Police will reprimand and fine you as they don’t allow drinking and smoking near the water. Before even starting, we asked one of them if it’s okay to drink in our chosen spot. After finishing off all the bottles, we went to a bar for another set of drink. Most bars are packed with people, crazy people. Haha! If I remember it right, we went to Guilly’s Island. Not sure how the day ended but I know it was pretty late.


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Note: If you need help in Boracay, you may reach Stella at +63920 896 2264

Coron Day 4: Interesting Finds

Oh-Em-Gee! Indeed! Time flies when you’re having fun. If we can only stay for couple more days…

Since we got an extra day but not enough to go for another tour, we decided to hit the town for another look. As usual, we woke early and had another complimentary coffee from the lodge before going to the town for a nice breakfast. We went back to FoodTrip for the All Time Favourite Tapsi (a common filipino type of breakfast) wherein I had Tapsilog (Tapa-Sinangag-Itlog) and my girlfriend had Dangsilog (Danggit-Sinangag-Itlog). 

Breakfast At FoodTrip

To get there, just take a tricycle and ask the driver to bring you there if you’re not staying in the main town area. Fare is just 10 pesos per person. If you are staying in the main town area, it will only take few minutes to get there if you walk. It’s close to the tourism center.

FoodTrip

After breakfast, we went for a walk and visited San Agustin Church.

San Agustin Church

In front of the church is where you can also see the Kilometer Zero Marker of the town.

Kilometer 0

Just few minutes after we took a tricycle going back to Rudy’s Lodge for a quick shower. Fare is 10 pesos per head via tricycle.

Rudy\'s Place Lodge Entrance

At around 10AM, we went back to town to get some keepsakes and delicacies. We didn’t pay extra for the transportation as it was part of the package we paid on our first day. Our first stop was Coron Harvest.

Where the Famous Cashew comes from

They are famous for their Cashew. They’ve been featured in the Living Asia Channel too. Cool! They have different varieties like sun dried cashew, brittle cashew and toasted cashew. I specially like the toasted cashew. Yum!

Cashew anyone?

After buying several packs of cashew and getting free tastes, we went to a famous store for dried fish. It’s located across the road facing the Port Gate of Coron. You can choose from different varieties of fishes (big and small) as well as dried squids. Don’t forget to haggle if you’re buying in bulk. Good thing my girlfriend is an expert. 🙂

Port Gate

Buying Dried Fish

Dried Fish

After getting sun-dried fish, we went to Coron Souvenir & Gift Shop.

Famous Souvenir Shop

We bought several keepsakes like earrings, anklets, bracelets, key chains and ref magnets.

Keepsakes for Our Love Ones

They also sell shirts for all ages and in different sizes.

Coron Souvenir Gift Shop

Around past 11AM, we’re back at the lodge to pack our things up. We then paid our room before check-out. For ease and to avoid delay, we’ve arranged with our tour operator to get a van that will pick us up from the lodge and bring us to the airport. We were picked up past 1PM and arrive in the airport 140PM.

Busuanga Airport - Most Efficient Airport Ever

This airport (Francisco B Reyes Airport) I must say is the Most Efficient Airport ever. Would you believe that we’re able to check-in and finish all security checks in just 5 minutes? Wow!

Busuanga Airport - Most Efficient Airport Ever

Having plenty of time to waste, we asked the airport security if we can go out to have lunch and they said it’s okay so we did. We had lunch at Real Eatery. One of the staff even said that famous people of Coron eat there as well. The place is clean too.

Lunch At Real Eatery

Lunch At Real Eatery

I ordered Bicol Express (a spicy dish with pork in coconut milk) and my girlfriend Pork Adobo (a famous filipino dish cooked in soy sauce and vinegar). In fairness, they taste great! Yum! The price is not bad as well. My girlfriend got herself a soda while I had coffee. In total, the damage was just 155 pesos. 🙂

Lunch At Real EateryLunch At Real Eatery

After lunch, we decided to go back to the terminal and just wait for our flight in the boarding area.

Waiting For Our Delayed Flight Back To Manila

Unfortunately, our flight was delayed. The delay was almost an hour and the area became crowded with anxious passengers. I can’t even remember the time we left.

Plane To Manila

So finally when we arrived in NAIA Terminal 3, we were suppose to get the bus going to MRT as we normally do however we saw this small paper taped…

Wrong Move!

Like everyone else, we were all surprised and wondered why. When we asked the driver/conductor, all they said was ” we no longer offer that route, if you don’t want to ride the bus, get a taxi”. I found it so unprofessional. They gave us another option though, they dropped us off near a gas station where we could get a jeepney going to Baclaran. Instead of riding a jeep, we took a cab going to Makati.

Note: See the below link for guide if commuting via NAIA Bus from MRT/LRT To T-3 & Vice Versa.

http://directionsonweb.blogspot.com/2013/02/naia-bus-from-mrtlrt-to-t-3-vice-versa.html

You may also want to refer to the below link for the latest update about NAIA 1-2-3-4 Shuttle Bus.

http://directionsonweb.blogspot.com/2012/07/naia-1-2-3-4-shuttle-bus-updates.html

Here’s the rundown of our expenses for the day:

P20      Tricycle Fare for 2 (Lodge-Town)
P180    Breakfast at FoodTrip
P20      Tricycle Fare for 2 (Town-Lodge)
P300   Cashew
P335    Dried Fish
P270   Souvenir
P1500 Lodge (4Days 3 Nights)
P300   Van to Airport (For 2)
P40      Coron Airport Terminal Fee for 2
P155    Lunch at Real Eatery
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P3120  Total Expenses for Day 4

Quick links:

–>> Click Here to see full itinerary of the Trip (Day 1 – Day 4)

–>> Click Here to see what happened on our Third Day (Malaroyroy, Banana and Malcapuya Beach)

–>> Click Here to see what happened on our Second Day (Kayangan Lake, Twin Peaks, Coral Garden and CYC Beach)

–>> Click Here to see what happened on our First Day (Coron Town, Mt Tapyas and Maquinit Hot Spring)

Coron Day 3: Malaroyroy Island + Banana Beach + Malcapuya Beach

The day we’ve waited for. A must-see place. A beach lovers paradise. Indeed!

Malaroyroy Beach

Malaroyroy Island

Banana Island Resort

Banana Island Resort

Malcapuya Island

Malcapuya Island

Though we slept quite late on our second day we managed to wake up early but with no breakfast but coffee. We were picked up by our driver at exactly 8AM and waited for more than an hour at the port because the supposed joiners of the trip didn’t show up at all. It was supposedly 4 of us but it ended up just the 2 of us as if we rented the boat exclusively. We were too excited to see the beach and to sunbathe which kept us positive even after the long wait for nothing. I must say this is one of the downside of the being in a group tour as you would always have to wait for the rest before leaving, if you are to exclusively rent for your own boat then definitely there wouldn’t be any hassle but being in a group makes the tour more enjoyable because you get to meet new people and make friends.

Ready To Go

Just Us

At around 930AM we left the port, it was a long but scenic one and a half hour boat ride from Coron to our first stop. Aside from the fees, this might be one of the reasons why only few people book for this trip as compared to the one we had on our second day.

Scenery

Along The Way

Malaroyroy Island was our first stop. It is located on the northern tip of Bulalacao Island beside Banana Island (Beach). Most part of the island is now privately owned by Two Seasons Island Resorts & Spa and only guests are allowed. Security guards all over the island maintain the exclusivity of the place. The island offers white sand beach perfect for swimming and a stone hill for a wider view of the island and the sea. You can even see fish just few steps from the shore. You can also rent a cottage or hut if you plan to stay overnight. The beach really looks lovely and would make you want to stay. We didn’t even notice that it’s almost lunch time and our boatman gave us even more time while trying to cook for us until we left at around half past 12. If you wish to go here without a package tour, you need to shell out 100 pesos per head for the entrance fee.

Malaroyroy Beach

Malaroyroy Beach

It was quarter to one when we arrived on our second stop, Banana Beach, where we had a sumptuous lunch. We ate crabs, grilled fish and vegetable salad. Yum! You can also camp here overnight or stay in one of the cottages around the island. Hammocks are all over the place where one can relax. You can also kayak or simply play beach volleyball with your friends. We also didn’t notice the time while we’re there. The boatman had to remind us so we could leave in order to get to the next island. If you wish to go here without a package, it would cost you 200 pesos per head for the entrance fee.

Banana Island Resort

Banana Island Resort

Lunch Prepared By Our Boatman

Our Lunch

Our last stop: Malcapuya Island. It was half past two when we arrived in the island. The island is about 30 kilometres south of the Coron Poblacion and east of Culion Island is a sub-cluster of islands that includes Malcapuya Island, Dicalabuan Island, and Bulalacao Island. Because of its distance from the main town of Coron, the island remained quite undeveloped with only one house-like accommodation and few cottages. Malcapuya has long white sand beach that makes it perfect for swimming, snorkelling and even water sport like Kite Surfing. The island also has a hill wherein you can go for a panoramic view of the surrounding islands and the ocean. While in the island, we had fresh coconut water. Life Is Good! If you wish to go here for a day tour, you need to shell out 150 pesos per head for the entrance.

Malcapuya Island

Malcapuya Island

Malcapuya Island

Malcapuya Island

Fresh Coconut Juice

It was almost 4PM when we left the island; we were warned that strong winds in the late afternoon might make it more challenging for the boatmen to manoeuvre the boat. This time we joined another group on our way back to Coron as our boatman decided to stay. Indeed waves are quite strong but not as scary as the one going to Calaguas Island in Bicol. Our boat this time has a bigger engine so despite the waves we arrived back at the port just before half past 5. Our boat parked near La Sirenetta where Liezel waited to check on us and to bring us back to our lodge.

Reclaimed Area

Coron Port

After shower, we went back to town in search for a place to eat. We asked one of the locals around and recommended FoodTrip where we had different varieties of noodles plus calamari.

Dinner At FoodTrip

Dinner at FoodTrip

Right after dinner, we then suddenly wanted something cold and ended up having Banana Peanut Shake in Ice Valley. Slurp!

After Dinner: Chillin At Ice Valley

At Ice Valley

It was half past 8 when we decided to go back to our lodge. Since it was still early, we wanted to try walking our way back to the lodge but ended up riding the tricycle halfway through because of stray dogs. Haha!

Before hitting the sack we had coffee to end the night. J

Here’s the rundown of our expenses for the day:

P20 Tricycle Fare for 2 (Lodge-Town)
P270 Dinner at FoodTrip
P119 Ice Valley
P20 Tricycle Fare for 2 (Town-Lodge)
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P429 Total Expenses for Day 3

–>> Click Here to see full itinerary of the Trip (Day 1 – Day 4)

–>> Click Here to see what happened on our Second Day

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Instead of taking the normal tour packages, you may opt to rent a boat and just pay for the entrance fee of the islands or places you want to visit. (Fees may change, feel free to visit the Tourism Centre near the town plaza to confirm)

Banol Beach  P100/ person
Banana Island  P200/ person
Barracuda Lake  P100/ person
Bulalacao Island  P200/ person
Calauit Wildlife Safari  P250/ person
Calumbuyan Island  P150/ person
Coral Garden/ Lusong Sangat Gun Boat  P50/ person
Culion Museum  P250 local/ 350 foreigner
CYC Beach  No Charge
Dalawang Isla  P100/ person
Ditaytayan Island  P200/ person
Kayangan Lake  P200/ person
Malaroyroy Island/ Bulog Island  P100/ person
Malcapuya Island  P150/ person
Pulang Lupa  P100/ person
Sangat Island  P200/ person
Siete Pecados  P100/ person
Skeleton Wreck  P100/ person
Smith Beach  P100/ person
Twin Lagoon  P100/ person

 

To give you an idea of the cost per tour, below is the daily Island Hopping Trips available through El Compass Travel & Tours (Fees may change, you may contact them for any questions)

Inclusions: All Entrance Fees, Licensed Tour Guide, Lunch with Complimentary Fruit & Drinks, Licensed Boat with Life Vest

A: P650/ person (Minimum of 5 Pax)
Vivian Beach, Kayangan Lake, Twin Peaks, Coral Carden and CYC Beach
B: P750/ person (Minimum of 5 Pax)
Twin Lagoon, Skeleton Wreck, Banol Beach, Kap’s Point, Hidden Lagoon
C: P950/ person (Minimum of 5 Pax)
Sangat Coral Garden, Lusong Gunboat, Mareli Island, East Tangat Gunboat
D: P1,200/ person (Minimum of 5 Pax)
Malcapuya, Banana Island, Malaroyroy
E: P1,300/ person (Minimum of 5 Pax)
Calumbayan, Sangat Coral, Lusong Gunboat, East Tangat Gunboat
F: P1,300/ person (Minimum of 5 Pax)
Kayangan Lake, Baracuda Lake, Banol Beach, Twin Lagoon, Skeleton Wreck,
Siet Picados, Coral Garden
G: P2,500/ person (Minimum of 6 Pax by Boat)
Calauit Safari, Black Island, Sangat Coral Garden, Lusong Gunboat,
East Tangat Gunboat
H: P2,300/ person (Minimum of 6 Pax)
Calauit Safari, Concepcion Falls, Pier House

 

If you wish to enquire, you may reach them at the following contact information:
09462689716/ 09398149237/ 09296783943
elcompasstravelandtours@yahoo.com
http://www.elcompasstravelandtours.com

Note:
If you need help in Coron, you may contact Liezel Abringe at +63907 723 2451
Rudy’s Place Lodge: +63999 581 5019

Banana Island, Bulalacao, Palawan, PhilippinesMalcapuya

Malcapuya Island

Malcapuya Island (Photo credit: Roslyn in Starfish Island)

Coron harbour, Busuanga island (Palawan)