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Manila to Coron (Busuanga) – Departure Wednesday 09 December, 2015 (9:25AM) | Arrival Wednesday 09 December 2015 (10:30AM)
We booked our tour in via Coron Ecolodge. It is cheaper to book a tour rather than DIY because you get big discounts on lodging. Coron Ecolodge is one of the cheapest and best accommodations in Coron. It is situated in the middle of the town and just 3 minutes from the port. The tour package includes 6 days 5 nights twin share room, roundtrip hotel transfer, 5 breakfast and 4 lunch meals during tour, all tours. Purchasing this tour, you will not have to worry about anything, except for dinner. The package price for 2 pax is PHP 22,640.00 (PHP 11,320.00 each) the tricycle town tour is exclusive; all boat tours are non-exclusive; others may join.
- Coron Town Plaza
- Lualhati Park
- Mt. Tapyas
- Maquinit Hot Spring
Once we arrived in Busuanga Airport, we contacted our hotel for airport pick-up. Take note that there are no public transportation in the airport, so you must contact your hotel in advance and notify them about your flight details. Town Tour usually starts at 4:00 PM, it’s always better to get earlier flights for you to have an ample time to rest before the tour starts. Of course tour time depends on your pace, whether you want to stay longer at one place or not.
Off to Lualhati Park
Souvenir shop – Ask the tricycle driver to bring you to the cheapest souvenir shop they know because if you do not ask them, they will take you to a commercialized souvenir shops that charge you 100% more
Cashew factory – Coron produces one of the best cashews in the Philippines, don’t miss this out! But when we got there, it wasn’t the season for cashews because the temperature is starting to get cold. If you want to catch the cashews, go there on a summer.
Mt. Tapyas – Climb 700 steps of Mt. Tapyas for a breath-taking view of the whole town, watch as the sun sets, feel the cool breeze of the air and simply experience nature at its best
Maquinit Hot Spring – The therapeutic hot spring is perfect after the climb at Mt.Tapyas to immerse and relax those tired muscles. Prepare for a long and bumpy ride going there!
- Kayangan Lake
- Banul Beach
- CYC Beach
- Balinsasayaw Resort
- Twin Lagoon Entrance
Kayangan Lake – A hall of fame awardee as the cleanest and greenest lake for three consecutive year (1997-1999, respectively).
Banol Beach – This island is best for sunbathing after having a nice seafood lunch.
CYC Beach – The old time favorite and a real-charmer
Balinsayaw Floating House – Amazing coral reef! There are a lot of clown fishes, ask the tour guide to take you there
Twin Lagoon – The famous lake with beautiful rock formations surrounding it and wherein one would experience a unique change in the water temperature known as thermo-cline
- Bulog Dos Island, Coron
- Banana Island
- Malcapuya Island
Banana Malcapuya Island Tour – the most relaxing tour! Nothing really exhausting about this tour, ultimate beach bum!
Off to Bulog Dos Island – Rock formations, clear blue water, sand bars, and colorful corals.
Banana Island – This is where you will eat your lunch and have some time to beach bum before moving on to the next island
Malcapuya Island – YOU WILL NEVER WANT TO LEAVE THIS ISLAND, TRUST ME. THIS IS INDEED “HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH”
Day 4: Calauit Safari Tour
Tour starts off at 4:00 AM because it is going to be a long boat ride going to Calauit Safari where wild animals such as giraffes, deers, zebras are free roaming.
Calauit Safari – It is known for its wildlife sanctuary with a substantial population of African animals, including giraffes, zebras, and antelopes, as well as local fauna that all roam freely in a game reserve created by former President Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s
Black Island – It has three small caves with mini-pool inside and a black rock of about 150 feet into a majestic cave. The island has natural gas which serves as flooring around the beach, as white silica. There’s a 90% chance that your group will be the only ones in the island since majority of the people travelling to Palawan do not consider going to Calauit Safari because of its notorious long boat haul
Coral Garden – Almost a kilometer long of beautiful coral reef.
Lusong Gun Boat – It’s an old ship wreck during the Japanese war.
Day 5: Back to Malcapuya
Because we couldn’t get our minds off Malcapuya Island, we booked the Banana Malcapuya Island Tour again on our last day. You will understand me when you get there.
We flew out the next day. I cried in the airplane when I heard the cabin crew said that we will now depart Busuanga Airport. I never want to leave. Coron is truly a paradise! I encourage everyone to visit the beautiful Island of Coron. Travellers route is usually Puerto Princesa -> El Nido -> Coron
Traveled in December 2016