Part 1 of our Coron tour- the most affordable way to spend a Coron stay
07.08.2012 - 09.08.2012
My then fiance, now husband booked this trip months ahead. He got this trip for our anniversary. Thing is when I checked our schedule, we only had 1 full day to see and experience Coron, since we will arrive late on our 1st day and will leave early on our last day. I panicked because I am used to a 2 or 3 day get away adventure. I had no choice but to make our days full packed and make the most of our stay.
I have read alot of blogs, about where to go, accomodations and people to contact. As well as what to expect and all. So here are the things and pertinent infos i got, which atleast for me (a backpacker) are the most practical things i need to have.
Things to bring:
-mosquito repellant- they say that Kayangan Lake is mosquito infested. We failed to visit it because of some issues with the Kayangan tribes, they oppose almost all of the people in Coron, this is according to our tour guide.
-trekking gear- this is for Kayangan trekking. Will do this next time.
-sunblock- you will be exposed to alot of beach activities, snorkling, swimming, etc, and i tell you, even on a cloudy day, the sun rays still burns my already burnt skin. haha.. i learned this first at our Sagada trip.
-shades- for a sunny weather and to (ahem) add some fashion
-snorkling gears- this is if you have one, bring it, for sanitation reasonm you dont know if they clean this well after each customer use, aside from that, renting it costs P200.00, this is however, for the whole day rent.
-waterproof plastic- for your valuables-wallet, jewelries and tech items like your cams, cellphones, etc.
-flashlights- they have brown out episodes around the town. it is better to have this ready especially when you are out during the night.
-snacks, bread and water- if you have bread while snorkling, fishes of different species and colors will come to you, it is fun feeding them! the snacks and water, well that is for you, swimming almost all day can make you hungry.hahaha
Accomodations- the cheapest i got:
1. Coron Backpackers Guesthouse- P380/night- double bed. According to the blog i read, this just opened this year. So I presumed this is a good place to stay. The guesthouse is managed by TJ, a half pinoy and half european. he's very good in tagalog and can help you on how to get around in the town. We picked this accomodation because, when we travel, we stay out all day, and just needed a comfortable bed at night. They have a decent room, a comfortable bed, free and fast wifi, free purified water, free all day coffee, cream and sugar, they have a ventilated space, a big flat TV screen, tissue on toilet and towels. all are fan rooms and has a toilet and bath. you can use their kitchen for cooking for free, the fridge also has divisions for each room. They have a helper there, with a kid, but she was too nice to wash our dishes too. The house is located at a fishing village, and houses are like shantys but not like in the urban setting, their houses are made up of woven rattan and bamboo that is why I do not recommend this place for the picky travellers because. They have rotating brown outs in the area as well, good thing, at that time, it was raining on and off, so it wasn't humid. They have rechargeable LED light for emergency use. Our flashlight became handy too because the way going to the lodge is quite dark Though the people in Coron are kind people.
2. Patrick and Tezz GUesthouse- P450 for a twin room, and P550 for a queen sized bed. all are fan rooms, shared restrooms, ref, tv, wifi. This was my first choice because of the tremendous positive feedbacks from the guests. I talked to Patrick too over the phone and he seemed nice. HOwever, when I saw the Coron backpackers price, i had to turn down patrick and tezz.
1.Jason-he is a boatman, and he was recommended in one of the blogs that i read. I spoke to him and he seemed nice. If you rent a boat, P1500/day, he will show you all of the destinations in coron island. This excludes the entrance fees in other islands, lunch and snorkling gears.
2.Riza- they have a company that put you in a group so you wont spend much. For only P650, you will have your free lunch, water, boatman, entrance fee in the islands. This excludes the snorkling gears. We got this package, we were able to visit Siete picados, skeleton wreck, twin lagoon, twin peak, coral garden. we failed to go to banol beach because of the big waves. but its okay, we were able to pass by it. we had a delicious lunch, grilled fish and grilled chicken, we were not able to eat everything. they also serve us banana for desert The boatmen/guide are expert and kind. You will feel secure and will learn something from them too.
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so, heres my story, we got on a small plane going to busuanga. there were mild to moderate turbulence. i hated it. it was like me riding a roller coaster. i feel dizzy and nauseated. i wish i can just sleep and wake up as soon as we arrive. Thank God we arrived safely.
Outside the airport, there were vans waiting, you just have to tell them where you need to be dropped and pay P150/person just before you go.
Our accomodation is in the town proper, from our house, every thing is just a walking distance. we went at the Mt. Tapyas early in teh morning, then went to see Coron municipal hall, across that is their bastketball court, we also went at the baywalk-lualhati park, market, san agustin church and afterwards, we grab pandesal for our 2nd breakfast:D we got hungry after our town tour and prepared for our island hopping tour. We met with our boatmen around 830 and the other guests for the tour. from the pier, you will see the mt. tapyas and coron hollywoodish sign. we then headed to the islands, snorkled here and there, made new acquaintances and after few hours, wet back again to our accomodation. we planned to hire a motorcycle, P250/5 hours so we can go to Maniquit hot spring but it rained that afternoon so we decided to just stay in our room and use the wifi.
Where we ate? at Centro Coron. Both our dinners were spent there. My husband was impressed with their pork kaldereta on our first night there then we decided to eat the second night and ordered sizzling grilled tuna. both tastes really good. the prices here are a bit high compared to the carinderias around, which will only cost you minimum of 60 pesos-viand and rice (we ate btw at jackies and i had adobo, i wasnt able to eat well, it had so much fat in it and tastes like paper!). well, back to centro coron, they had wifi, and they had clean water for drinking too.
I didnt post pics from the coron islands, i want you to see the islands by yourselves. the most island that i like is the coral garden, huge and colorful corals can be seen. twin peaks has clearer water compared to that of the siete picados. the water from the twin lagoon is fridge-cold in some parts and hot in some. i tried passing thru the small hole in this lagoon though it is high tide, i managed while lying and ofcourse with the help of our guide.
Aside from the carinderias, you will find groceries, bakeries and souveneir shops too around the town if you get lost, just ask the people around, they are willing to help. Going back to the airport, we asked TJ for a a van, he has a contact, thing is, this van collects other passengers from the town going to the airport as well. Might as well get an early trip before you miss your plane.
Thats it for our coron tour. i still have to visit the other islands. my greatest wish is to go to kayangan lake and malcapuya. thats going to be my coron part 2. i still have no ticket for that but i will definitely post it once i have them!