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. ūüôā

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. ūüôā

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:

‚Äď>>¬†Click Here¬†to see full itinerary of the Trip (Day 1 ‚Äď Day 4)

‚Äď>>¬†Click Here¬†to see what happened on our Third Day (Malaroyroy, Banana and Malcapuya Beach)

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

‚Äď>> 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)

Coron Day 2: Island Hopping + Snorkeling At Its Best

Really excited on our second day, we woke up early to prepare and to have breakfast. We kept looking at our watch knowing 8AM is our pick up time. It was 815AM when we finally arrived at the port. Our boat was docked at the left side of the reclaimed area and we were the second to arrive after the two Americans. Our boatman told us we’re just 6 so we waited. Whilst waiting, they tried starting the engine manually with the help of other boatman but it just won’t start. Since our boat was the only one still docked, 4 more joiners arrived, this time Koreans, and so the boat operator decided to get a battery to jumpstart the engine and luckily it worked. We started a little late at around 930AM but it was fine since our first stop was just few minutes away.

It took them more than 30 minutes just to start the engine of the boat.

Our first stop: Kayangan Lake. Kayangan Lake is one of two lakes in the island. The other one is known as Barracuda Lake. A quick 10 minute hike of about 300+ steps will get you to the inland lake and halfway through the trail is the view deck overlooking the lagoon. The lake’s temperature is just right for one to swim or snorkel. If you don’t know how to swim, life jackets are normally provided. The lake is 70% freshwater and 30% saltwater. All of us fell in love with the lake and stayed there for almost 2 hours.

Docking Area in Kayangan Lake

-= Kayangan Lake Docking Area =-

Steps Going To The Lake

-= Trail going to the Inland Lake =-

Lake View

-= View of Lagoon halfway through the Trail =-

Clear Water

-= The Lake =-

Chillin

-= Me Chillin =-

Second stop: Twin Peaks Coral Garden. Twin Peaks is just few minutes away from Kayangan Lake marked by 2 islets. The boat stopped somewhere near the islets for us to snorkel. I was amazed by the number of fishes and corals around the area. I was just unfortunate to not have any underwater camera to show you. Just before leaving, we even spotted a somewhat big fish, a possible whale, but never really confirmed it.

Snorkeling At Twin Peaks

-= At Twin Peaks =-

Third stop: Vivian Beach. After snorkeling and swimming, it’s finally lunch time. Vivian Beach is a privately owned beach used for picnic as part of island hopping tour. On the beach, you’ll be welcomed by a very charming monkey. Just be careful not to carry them for long or the monkey will not let go of you. J We had sautéed squid, mixed vegetables, grilled fish and fresh mango. Yummy!

Vivian Beach

-= Vivian Beach =-

Vivian Beach Monkey

-= Monkey of Vivian Beach =-

After Lunch @ Vivian Beach

-= After a hefty lunch =-

Fourth stop: CYC Coral Garden. The coral garden is just at the back of the island, corals here are way better than in Twin Peaks. There were more variety of color and species. If I just have an underwater camera to show you, you’d be wowed. Just need to be a little careful as there are loads of sea urchins around. Since we are not very comfortable snorkeling around without someone with us, one of the boatman helped us, pulled us, to go further to see more corals. It was a spectacular view! Something I only get to see on TV or through the web and its right in front me. So where’s my underwater camera again? Never mind. Hahahaha! I was also able to get a hold of one of the sea urchins. It feels like a moving hair brush right on your palm.

Holdin Sea Urchin

-= Sea Urchin For You=-

Last stop: CYC Beach. We just the circled the coral garden and we finally arrived at the beach. This is a small island free of charge. It has fine white sand perfect for swimming and for chilling. Some of us even dozed off while in the island.

CYC Beach

-= CYC Beach =-

CYC Beach

-= CYC Beach =-

Sea + Sky

-= Sea + Sky =-

It was almost 5PM when we arrived back at the port. A tricycle picked us up and brought us back to Rudy’s Place Lodge. After taking a bath, we hit the road and took a tricycle in search of a place to eat for dinner. The driver directed us to go to La Sirenetta. Since the restaurant was built above the water you need to walk for a few minutes from the main road and cross a wooden bridge to get to the restaurant.

First Round

-= First Round of San Miguel Light =-

Great Aphrodisiac

-= Yummy =-

There were loads of people dining so we decided to wait. While waiting we ordered 2 bottles of SanMig Light and Seaweed in Sesame Oil. Perfect! I love seaweeds!!! When we finally got a table, we ordered pizza and Lumpia. I also had another round of beer after. The food was great! Highly recommended! No wonder a lot of people go here. The price is not bad as well.

Great Dinner At La Sirenetta

-= Great Dinner at La Sirenetta =-

After dinner, we decided to go back to our lodge and instead of directly hitting the sack, we decided to play billiard while trying to digest the food we ate. Good thing Rudy’s Lodge has Billiard table free of charge for guests. Life is Good!

Killing Time

Day 2 Itinerary – Island Hopping (Kayangan Lake + Twin Peaks + Vivian Beach + CYC Coral Garden + CYC Beach)
630 Wake up Time
700 Coffee/Breakfast
800 Pickup Time
815 Arrived at the Port
930 Start of Tour
945 Swim at Kayangan Lake
1130 Snorkeling Twin Peaks Coral Garden
1230 Lunch at Vivian Beach
1400 Left Vivian Beach
1415 Snorkeling at CYC Coral Garden
1520 Swim and Chill at CYC Beach
1620 Left CYC Beach
1650 Arrived back at the Port
1715 Back at Rudy’s Place Lodge
1730 Shower Time
1800 Prep for Dinner
1830 Dinner + Drinks at La Sirenetta
2100 Back at Rudy’s Place Lodge
2130 Played Billiards
2230 Sleep Time

 

Check the full Itinerary here.

Click here to see Day 1 Itinerary – Mt Tapyas & Maquinit Hot Spring.

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

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

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

P20 Tricycle Fare for 2 (going to town)
P700 Dinner at La Sirenetta
P20 Tricycle Fare for 2 (back to lodge)
P25 Water
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P765 Total Expenses for Day 2

P300 Goggles Rental for 2 (included in the 6000 we paid but is normally separate from the tour for P150/set)

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

Coron Day 1: Mt Tapyas + Maquinit Hot Spring

View From Mt Tapyas Top
-= View from Mt Tapyas =-

It was July 2012 when I was still in UK that I’ve decided to book for¬†Busuanga¬†while Skyping with my girlfriend. Missing the beach so much on a cold weather pushed me to GO and click CONFIRM. We even thought of cancelling this at the very last-minute and go to¬†Sagada/Banaue instead because of the things we needed to do but failed to do. It was late in the evening before¬†our flight when I started searching for a place to stay in Sagada and Banaue as a backup plan. Good thing a friend offered to do it for us and so we managed to go on and continue with the trip and packed our things then went to the airport with no sleep at all.

At the airport, the security directed us to check-in at the nearest counter only to find out it’s for disabled/senior citizens. Haha! We didn’t realise this until they asked¬†who told us to do so. Luckily instead of asking us to go to the other counter we we’re allowed to check-in our baggage. Looking back at the line, and¬†indeed¬†it was for senior citizens. Ooopss!

At the boarding area while waiting for our flight, I started sending sms, calling and emailing different lodges, inns and backpacker places in search of a cheap place to stay since we’ve only managed to book for a tour. Most of the accommodation¬†included in the package are quite expensive and knowing I could find a better deal, I decided to rough it instead.

At Busuanga Airport, it was quite difficult to get a Globe signal. No network coverage for Sun Cellular, ONLY Smart. They said I can get a good network coverage for Globe at the Town. I don’t have a Smart number so I had a hard time getting in touch with my contacts.

Coron\'s Gateway

Outside the airport, I was able to get a signal from Globe so I decided to immediately call Backpackers place only to find they’re fully booked so I rang Rudy’s Lodge and got a Fan Room for 500 a night. Not bad so I took it. We rode an air-conditioned van (mode of transportation for airport-coron route) and paid 150 per head and asked the driver to drop us off at Rudy’s Place Lodge. Rudy’s Place Lodge is just few meters away from the main town accessible by tricycle for a minimum fare of 10 pesos per head.

At Rudy’s Place Lodge, we met Fati who’s taking care of the place and guided us to our room. I then sent a message to Liezl, my contact in¬†Coron, to advise her of our arrival. (Again, they only have Globe and Smart network coverage in Coron right now so I turned off my Sun phone.¬†What a loser!) Few minutes later, she called so she could meet us before the tour and to set proper expectations. We both agreed for pick up at 3PM. Feeling a little tired, we decide to take a nap before touring the town.

Rudy\'s Place Lodge
-= Rudy’s Place Lodge =-

Excited on our first day we prepped early and was picked up before 3. Our first stop was a Souvenir Shop for us to have an idea on what to buy before we leave the island on our last day. We then went to Lualhati Park, a park by the bay facing northeast.

Lualhati Park
-= Lualhati Park =-

We also visited the tourism center to show us the map of the island and the whereabouts of the places we’re going to visit. Before going to Mt Tapyas, we stopped at the Municipal Hall for a quick photo opp.

Coron Municipal Hall
-= Coron Municipal Hall =-

It was around 4 when we arrived at the foot of Mt Tapyas. The trail going to the summit consists of 700+ steps on a nicely cemented path with hand railing and covered resting areas with benches along the way.

Few More Steps
-= Almost There =-

At the top you’ll see the big steel cross and a spacious view deck. Once there you’ll see a panoramic view of Coron and its surrounding islands. Sunset and Sunrise viewing is one of the best here. Just make sure you bring a flashlight if you plan to go down after the sunset.

View From Mt Tapyas Top

View From Mt Tapyas Top

Sunset
-= Coron Sunset =-

After Mt Tapyas, we went straight to Maquinit Hot Spring. The road going there is not entirely paved so it might be difficult to get there during rainy season. At Maquinit Hot Spring, they have 2 small pools and a main pool. The water temperature is really relaxing, perfect after trekking Mt Tapyas. Due to freshwater scarcity in the area, we only managed to change our clothes after taking a dip. Here you can also have a picnic. They have a store wherein you can buy food and drinks. They also have a baggage counter for safekeeping of your things.

The Main Pool At Night

At Maquinit Hot Spring

At Maquinit Hot Spring

It was 730PM when we arrived at Coron Edge for dinner. We had Adobo and Calamares as well as Banana Flambe for dessert.

Dinner At Coron Edge

After dinner, we took a tricycle going back at Rudy’s and paid 10 pesos per head.

Day 1 Itinerary – Mt Tapyas & Maquinit Hot Spring

0830 Flight to Busuanga via Airphil Express
0925 Arrived at Busuanga Airport
1000 Left Busuanga Airport via Van
1030 Arrived at Rudy’s Place Lodge
1045 Early Check-in at Rudy’s Place Lodge
1100 Nap Time
1445 Pickup Time
1500 Souvenir Shop
1520 Lualhati Park
1535 Tourism Center
1550 Municipal Hall
1600 Mt Tapyas
1620 Summited Mt Tapyas
1730 Descended Mt Tapyas
1745 Swim and Relax at Maquinit Hot Spring
1930 Dinner at Coron Edge
2030 Back at Rudy’s Place Lodge

If you wish to tour the town without a package, you can simply rent any tricycle around the town for around 300-400 pesos for the entire day. Entrance to Maquinit Hot Springs: P150/ person. Cutoff is 8PM but one can stay until 10PM.

Check the full Itinerary here.

Click here to see next day’s Itinerary – Kayangan Lake + Vivian Beach + Twin Peaks + CYC

Here’s the rundown of our expenses for the day:
P300    Taxi going to the NAIA Terminal 3
P300    Van going to Coron from the Busuanga Airport
P6,000  Full Payment of Tours good for 4 Days (Boat Transfers, Food during Tour, Entrance Fees and Tricycle Fare)
P520    Dinner at Coron Edge
P20     Tricycle Fare
P65     Other expenses
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P7,205 Total Expenses for Day 1

Note:
If you need help in Coron, you may contact Liezel Abringe at +63907 723 2451
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Malcapuya Island

Malcapuya Island View On Top Of The Hill

One of the Island you should not miss when you’re in Coron Palawan. Long White Beach. Perfect for swimming and sunbathing. Relax under a tree while reading your fave book or listening to your fave music with fresh coconut juice on the side. One can stay here overnight but with very little accommodation might as well reserve it in advance. ¬†You can opt to camp here as well. Water sports activities are sometimes held here during summer. Development is on its way to build more rooms to accommodate more tourists.

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Banana Island

Banana Island Resort

From afar I had a hard time trying to figure out why the Island known¬†as such. It doesn’t seem to have lots of Banana Trees nor the Island resembles¬†the shape of a Banana. The island is perfect for camping and picnic. Cottages can¬†be rented and you can stay here overnight. This is close to Malaroyroy Island and Malcapuya Island.

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Kayangan Lake

Taken Near The Cave

Few minutes from Coron via Boat you’ll get to see this Amazing Lake hidden somewhere within an island known as The Sleeping Giant. The lake is roughly 30% Salt Water 70% Fresh Water. The water temperate is perfect for swimming and you’ll see a lot of Needle Fish.

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Sunset

Sunset View of Coron Island from Mt Tapyas Peak

Whenever I go to different places I always look for a nice spot to witness the Sunset. No matter how many times you’ve seen it, it always seems to be something you’ve never seen before. A moment to cherish and be thankful for knowing it will never be the same again.

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