“If given a chance to travel around the world, where would you go?” A question oftenly asked to travelers like me. I still choose to explore the Philippines, my home and where my heart belongs. Aside from breathtaking views at the peak of its mountains, the majestic waterfalls, the calm and relaxing beaches, what more could you ask for? It is a great opportunity to visit our islands and get to know different cultures. Let me share my 10-day experience traveling across the three main lands of the Pearl of the Orient Seas.
The island of Coron is just one of the many beautiful places on Earth that you MUST visit before you die. No one could disagree with that. If you want to explore the Philippines, this island should be on top of your list. Coron, has been named as the most beautiful island in the world for several times. It boasts crystal clear water and breath taking rock formation, mysterious lagoons and last but not the least, the magnificent marine life deep down below it.
Accommodations and tour packages in the island are cheap and reasonable. In fact, you could enjoy a one day island hopping with spending only PhP800.00 to PhP900.00 pesos and that includes a free boodle lunch especially cooked by the bangkeros or boatman. The price of tour packages here depends on the distance of the island you will explore, the farther it is, the pricier it will become.
Exploring the island could be the best thing you could ever do in your life!!!
Below are the pictures that I would love to share with you guys. =)
A wooden bridge that perfectly suites the beauty of nature.
Who would have thought that this kind of view does exist??
This lagoon is so beautiful that will make you feel like you wanna spend your entire life swimming there and have fun with the small fishes.
Where to stay:
I recommend the hotel where I stayed at, it is called Sunzen Coron, a Korean owned hotel located near the city town proper of Coron Island. Their place is really nice, rooms are clean, breakfast is good, staffs are hospitable and well trained (they will always greet and smile at you). They also provide free transportation going to the town proper if you wish to visit supermarket, travel agencies, churches and pasalubong centers. There are many hotels or transient rooms in the city town proper you can choose from but if you have a budget for nicer one, this hotel is one you can consider. One disadvantage on this hotel is that, signal here is very poor. You have to get out of your room only to have one to two single bar of signal. Fortunately they have free wifi (though its weak, its still working!!) for their guests enough to be able for your phone to access and browse social media apps.
Here are the photos below:
For me, Coron is not a place for food tripping. Don’t expect that fruits and vegetables will be fresh as being an island it is really hard for them to get fresh produce from other parts of the Philippines. Though there are high end restaurants which you can always try, but if you are working on a tight budget finding a delicious food with a reasonable price could be a struggle.
One restaurant that I recommend is the Kawayanan Grill. They are famous in the island because of their delicious crocodile sisig!!! It taste like a chicken while the meat texture is like a beef. Very meaty!! Exploring the island is incomplete without tasting it.
Once you landed at the Busuanga Airport, expect plenty of travel agencies to approach you. Surprisingly their rates are doubled than the normal rate so if I were you I will ignore them and go straight to the city town proper to canvass and look for more travel agencies. I recommend Calamaian Island Travels and Tours (0917-552-6766). They have cheap rates for tour packages.
One good news in exploring Coron is that tour packages here are all joiners which makes them cheaper and more affordable.
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