For those who want to visit Coron soon, I want to share with you our itinerary & expenses, where to stay, what to see, & even some travel tips (including where to book for activities like island hopping) 😊
Well, I won’t discuss any longer about Coron, Palawan since I will assume that many of you guys will probably know about Palawan. Who wouldn’t? Palawan is the No.1 MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND in the WORLD ❤
HOW TO GO THERE:
✈ By Plane:
👉 Cebu Pacific
👉 Skyjet Philippines
👉 Philippine Airlines
Those 3 airlines I’ve mentioned above will take you to Busuanga Airport (gateway to Coron). They have regular flights from Manila, Clark & Cebu directly to Busuanga. If you’re on a budget, wait for the promo fare offered by those 3 airlines and if you’re lucky like us, you can get an all-in roundtrip airfare from Manila to Busuanga for only Php 3000/person (60 USD/person) via Cebu Pacific. 😁
Upon arriving in Busuanga airport, you have to ride a van to Coron; travel time is approximately around 40mins-1hr (Php 150/person/way or 3 USD/person/way). In our case, we made an advance arrangement/booking regarding our van transfers with Saved by Grace travel & tours; they’re offering the same price (Php 150/person/way).
Note: Php 150/person/way is a fixed price for travel agencies but we also avail the Php 200/person/way offered by our hostel when we went back to the airport for our flight to Manila (rush & it was emergency since the travel agency didn’t reply on time so I make some arrangements with our hostel 😁) 👍
🚢 By boat:
You can go to Coron by boat from Mindoro and El Nido, Palawan. Some says that this is cheaper compared to option 1 (via plane) but for me, this option is only for those who have longer days for vacation and really on a tight budget since this will take time, literally. It will take you about 8hrs-10hrs from Mindoro and 3hrs-4hrs from El Nido. While by plane, it will just take you about 45mins-1hr from Manila. I personally don’t know the complete details about going to Coron by boat since I haven’t tried this. I have to make some research first and will update this soon. 😊
💡 Travel tip 1: Choose Option 1 😊 It’s more convenient and can save time and energy compared to Option 2. If you’re really on a tight budget (tipid), it’s better to wait for the promo fare from the airlines.
💡Travel tip 2: Make an advance arrangement or bookings of van transfers with any travel agencies or in your hotel to avoid stress and your trip to be hassle-free. At least, there’s already someone who will wait for you in the airport. 😄
WHERE TO STAY:
There are many hostels, inns & hotels in Coron so you have a lot to choose from. (from 5 star to 1 star 😄).
📍Kalachuchi Hostel for Divers
In our case, we stayed here-Kalachuchi hostel. It’s our first time to stay in a hostel since we used to stay in a hotel when we travel. We just want to try how is it to stay in a hostel and it’s way cheaper than a hotel so we can really save a lot of money 😊 Well, our stay in Kalachuchi was nice. It’s located in town proper so everything is nearby; market, stores, bank, church, restaurants, bars, port area, etc. Since it’s a hostel, the cr is common for everyone but it’s not gonna be a big problem, trust me 👍 The common cr is well-maintained and clean. The rooms are cozy and the design is inspired by a traditional filipino house (bahay kubo). We also had conversations with other foreign guests from Columbia & Australia since there’s a common living area for all, too. A wonderful and homey feeling, indeed 😊 The owners Ms.Irene is a filipina and is approachable while her husband, Mr.Abraham is a spanish and is friendly too.
Travel tip 3: When staying in Coron, make sure that your accommodation is located in town proper because it’s more convenient since everything you need can be reach by walking. Travel agencies offer also FREE pick-up and drop-off in any accommodations in town proper when you book with them some activities like island hopping or scuba diving.
WHAT TO SEE 😎
There’s a lot to see in Coron particularly in their islands; so island hopping and scuba diving are definitely an activities that you don’t want to miss.
Their best seller island hopping tour is the Coron Island Ultimate tour wherein you will visit at least 7 islands including the very popular Kayangan Lake and Twin Lagoon. I will highly recommend this tour. 👍
If you’re into scuba diving and snorkeling, you should try the Reefs & Wrecks Tours. Included in the itinerary is the Lusong gunboat, a Japanese shipwreck during World War 2 & the best snorkeling spot in Coron, the Lusong Coral Gardens (as approved also by the tour guides and other guests 😊).
Other tours are the Calauit Safari Tour; wherein you will see some zebras, giraffes, and other animals that you will not expect to see here in Philippines plus you will also visit some islands along the way like the Pamalican Island and Black Island. It’s the most expensive tour so far (Php 2,300-2,500/person depends on the travel agency) 😊
While some amazing and worth to visit islands are the Malcapuya Island, Bulog Dos and Banana Island which are included if you avail the Coron Island Escapade
In Coron town proper, everything you need is probably there. Banks, yes banks like BPI, Metrobank, PNB, Landbank and Agribank are some banks that we saw while in Coron town proper. There are also public market, town plaza, church, gasoline station, public schools, some carenderias and restaurants but no fastfood chains 😁, pharmacy, sari-sari store, bars, food stalls like siomai, frappe and potato corner, and especially accommodations all over the town (inns, hotels, hostels, apartment or dormitory).
Travel tip no.4: Bring a friend who knows how to drive a motorcycle for a cheaper Coron town tour and the motorcycle can also be an instant service or transportation for 1 day 😂 You can roam around the town as much as you want but please be careful when driving to avoid accidents
💡Travel tip no.5: A tricycle fee per person per way in Coron town proper is only Php 10.00. Anyway, tricycle drivers in Coron are very honest so nothing to worry about. 😉
💡Travel tip no.6: Peak season in Coron is December-June while Low season is July-November (this particular info comes from our tour guides 😊
OUR 4D3N ITINERARY in CORON:
✏ Home-NAIA-Home (Uber):
Php 270 (Home-NAIA) + Php 140 (NAIA-Home)= Php 410.00
✏Roundtrip plane tickets (Cebu Pacific):
Php 3,000 x 2 pax= Php 6,000.00
✏ Van transfers (Busuanga-Coron-Busuanga):
Php 150 x 2 persons: Php 300 (Busuanga-Coron)
Php 200 x 2 persons: Php 400 (Coron-Busuanga)
Total cost for van transfers (2 persons): Php 700.00
🏠Accommodations for 3 nights (Kalachuchi hostel):
Php 550 x 3 nights= Php 1,650.00
🍴🍛🍜Foods for 4 days exclusive of lunch (breakfast & dinner ONLY, fruit shakes):
Php 1,150 x 2 persons: Php 2,300.00
🙆Day 1 Motorcycle rental + gas fees: Php 600/day
🏊🚣Day 2 Island hopping- Coron Island Ultimate Tour inclusive of lunch & light snack, entrance fees, life vest, tour guide fees (Saved by Grace Travel & Tours):
Php 1,450 x 2 persons: Php 2,900.00
🏊🚣Day 3 Island hopping- Reefs & Wrecks Tour inclusive of lunch and light snack, tour guide fees, boat fees, life vest, entrance fees (JY Travel & Tours):
Php 1,300 x 2 persons: Php 2,600.00
👟Aqua shoes rental (1 set): Php 150/day/person
✏ Terminal fee (Busuanga airport): Php 100 x 2 persons= Php 200.00
💰TOTAL EXPENSES for 4D3N (2 persons): Php 17,510.00
💸TOTAL EXPENSES for 4D3N per PERSON: Php 8,755.00