February 25 to 28 when a team of five, me including 4 of my friends and officemates, flocked at NAIA 3 to fly to one of Philippines’ premier summer getaways, Coron, Palawan. We travelled 30 to 45 minutes to get to our accommodation after touchdown at Busuanga Airport, officially Francisco B. Reyes Airport. After checking in, we took a tricycle ride to the foot of Mt. Tapyas and started our adventure with an exasperating hike to the top of the 740-step hill. Atop is the picturesque panorama of the beautifully carved floating massif, the Coron Island which looks more like a sleeping giant.
It was then followed by a sumptuous dinner at Kawayanan Grill Station and inihaw treats at the town’s sidewalk.
On our second day, we went for wet market shopping for our 2-day meal for the 2-day island hopping. We were too lucky when our boatman offered to cook for us (which I believe is commonly practiced). We then sailed to Bulog Island, a white sand wonder and a snorkeling site, to start our first underwater adventure. Travel time was two hours from the town proper. The island is indeed rich of marine life and one proof for that is the large clam we caught (which we returned afterwards).
We also visited the Malcapuya Island which is known for its fine white sand beach comparable to that of Boracay and put up a Camp at Banana Island where we spent our night. Malcapuya, Banana, and Bulog Islands are already members of Culion Island Group.
Our third day started with a rough-sea travel from Banana Island to Coron Island. It was a fine day but the wind (Northeast Monsoon) was strong enough to enrage the water surface. But after such soul-snatching trip, we relax and dive at the Bahul Island. Aside from the colorful marine life, shipwreck diving is the main attraction of Bahul bay. It was one of my best underwater adventure ever.
We also made at stop and swim at the Twin Lagoon and the famous Cayangan Lake and ended our water escapade with a relaxing bath at the hot spring. A dinner at Bistro Coron culminated our day.
Marxtermind, who was with us during the trip prepared a guide for your future visit at Coron. Please visit his blog at Maxtermind.com.
Thanks John Marx for the photos.