Another late post brought to you by Techie Nomad. I’ve been busy the past weeks because of my job that’s why I’m not able to write any post recently. Anyway, last October 24, me and my parents went to Coron, Palawan together with my friend Joshua and his girlfriend Royshell to have a vacation and also celebrate our birthdays! Cheers to that!
How to get to Coron, Palawan?
The main gateway to Coron, Palawan is Busuanga Airport and known as Francisco B. Reyes Airport located in Busuanga, it is less tha an hour away to Coron town proper.
Coron also has a pier. You also have the options to hop on a ferry from Manila or ride a boat from Puerto Princesa and El Nido, Palawan to get to Coron.
For starters, the fastest and easiest way to reach Coron is by an airplane. From Manila, different airlines offer flights to Busuanga. Skyjet, Cebu Pacific, and Philippine airlines have flights going to Busuanga. Be sure to watch out those airline promos so that you can minimized your travel expenses. We got our round trip tickets for only 2,413 pesos.
You can also depart from Cebu or Clark, Pampanga if you are far away from Manila.
If your feeling adventurous. Why not try sea travel? It’s more cheaper but the travel time will be longer. 2Go Travel offer trips from Manila to Coron, travel time would be 16 hours.
There are also boats offering trips to Coron if your coming from El Nido and Puerto Princesa.
How to get around Coron?
The main public transportation in Coron are Tricycles. Minimum fare is 10 pesos. You can also rent a motorcycle for a day if you want.
Where to stay in Coron?
Since Coron is a tourist destination, you can find many places to stay. You may choose stay in a regular hostel or opt to stay in a luxury hotel and resort. Your choice. Keep reading if you wanna know where we stayed on our trip.
We arrived at Busuanga Airport around 4 in the afternoon. Our flight schedule should be 1:00 pm but then because of unfortunate events our flight got delayed. So be sure to bring a lot of patience when you go to Coron because often times your flight will be delayed. After arriving at Busuanga Airport there are vans waiting outside that will take you to the town of Coron. One way trip will cost you 150 pesos.
You can also contact your hotel ahead of time if they do have hotel-airport transfer. As per our trip, we inform our hotel that we will be needing an airport-hotel transfer. The price is just the same, 150 pesos one way and travel time would be 30 to 40 minutes.
Sea Coral Lodge: A Budget Friendly Lodge
We stayed at Sea Coral Lodge. A budget friendly lodge in Coron. If you are on a budget and looking for a place to stay during your visit, I would recommend Sea Coral Lodge. A room for 2 pax would only cost you 1,000 pesos per night. Take note it is an air conditioned room with private comfort room. The lodge also offers free WiFi for their guests. I really loved our stay here. The staffs are amazing! They help us on our tours and activities during our stay, from island hopping tours to where are the best restos around Coron. Another thing what I like about the place is it is near around everything. Restos, Bars, Mt. Tapyas starting point, the public market, and the port. The lodge was also featured at “Biyahe ni Drew” (a popular travel TV show here in the Philippines), check this video. If you want to book your stay at Sea Coral Lodge you can visit their website, just click here. You can also contact them on their Facebook page or thru their mobile number.
Since our flight was delayed, we haven’t get a chance to hike Mt. Tapyas and go to Maquinit Hot Spring. Instead we went to Lolo Nonoy’s Food Station to eat dinner. They serve Filipino dishes here. Regular meal would cost you 100 plus pesos, a bit pricey compared to the carinderias outside but the food here is really delicious.
We went back to Sea Coral Lodge, but before going to bed we asked the receptionist to pre-arrange an island hopping tour for us. Reminder! Make sure you arrange your tours the day before, so that the tour operators can accommodate you the next day.
Second day is activity day! Since we didn’t have the chance to hike and go to the hot spring yesterday, we decided to do those stuff this day. 6:00 am in the morning we went to Mt. Tapyas jump-off to start our hike. Like what I have said a while ago, it is near Sea Coral Lodge, just 5 minutes walk away. There are no entrance fee and you don’t need a guide to hike since it is really straight forward.
After 30 minutes to 1 hour hike, we’ve reach Mt. Tapyas summit. At the top you will see a giant cross and a giant “CORON” sign just like a Hollywood sign in the US. After getting some rest and picture taking we decided to go back to the lodge and and prepare for our island hopping tour.
Like what I have mentioned earlier, arrange your island hopping tour a day before. You can directly contact your preferred tour operator or if you want you can ask the hotel if they can arrange a tour for you with no additional charge just like what we did. The tour operator will pick you up at a given time. For us, we chose the “CORON ULTIMATE TOUR” care of JY Travel & Tours. This will cost you 1,500 pesos and comes with a buffet lunch and free afternoon snacks. This consist of 7 destinations:
- Siete Pecados
- Kayangan Lake
- Twin Lagoon
- Smith Beach
- Skeleton Wreck
- Las Islas de Coral
- CYC Beach
Coron Ultimate Island Hopping Tour
At 9:00 am we we’re picked up by JY Travel and Tours representative from our hotel and took us to the boat station where our guide was waiting.
After an entire day of island hopping activities. We went to Maquinit Hot Springs to have a relaxing hot spring experience. To get to Maquinit Hot Spring, just hail a tricycle and tell the driver that you are going to Maquinit Hot Spring. The price range is from 300 pesos to 500 pesos it is already round trip and the driver will wait for you. We got a deal for 400 pesos, this will really depend on your haggling skills. The travel time to get to Maquinit is 30 minutes. Ready your butts because you will be passing rough roads.
The opening hours of the spring is from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm. The entrance fee for an adult is 200 pesos. The hot spring is salt water. I really don’t know how hot the spring is, but if you are a first timer, oh boy you may need to cover your mouth because you might be screaming. At first the water will be really hot for your skin but after a minute or two your body will get used to it.
We went back to Coron town to eat dinner. We found a restaurant called Jelly’s Grill (sounds like a famous restaurant. Hahaha) it’s just a walking distance from Sea Coral Lodge. They offer Filipino Dishes and seafood platters. A regular meal would cost you 100 plus pesos. The food was okay. I really like their fried chicken with fries.
After dinner we went back to the lodge.
If your flight schedule is afternoon, you have plenty of time to to roam around Coron town. If you want to buy souvenirs, there is a souvenir shop below Sea Coral Lodge. They sell t-shirts, key chains, etc. As per us, our flight back to Manila was 9:00 am so we haven’t have the time to fully explore the town.
Itinerary and Budget
That’s about it. Our tour guide told us that if you really want to experience Coron, a 3 days 2 nights trip would not be enough, that you should allot a week to really enjoy the place. I will definitely comeback to this place. See you on my next adventure. Ciao!