The day we’ve waited for. A must-see place. A beach lovers paradise. Indeed!
Banana Island Resort
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Right after dinner, we then suddenly wanted something cold and ended up having Banana Peanut Shake in Ice Valley. Slurp!
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)
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
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
If you need help in Coron, you may contact Liezel Abringe at +63907 723 2451
Rudy’s Place Lodge: +63999 581 5019
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