Palawan

Out of Town: Coron Palawan Part 2

 Click here for Part one of our Coron Adventure

THIRD DAY

We again booked with Nice in Paradise Tours for “Coron NxtCapade.”  Itinerary for this tour package is Bulog Dos Island, Banana Island and Malcapuya Island, priced at 1,200php per person.  The price is a bit higher than Tour A since the islands in the tour package is about 45 minutes farther than the previous package. Price inclusive of hotel to boat transfers, entrance fees, life vest, tour guide, lunch and snacks. Minimum of 5 people.

 

Bulog Dos Coron Palawan Philippines

Bulog Dos Coron Palawan Philippines

Bulog Dos Coron Palawan

Bulog Dos Coron Palawan Philippines

 

Banana Island is our next stop where we had our lunch! The chili crabs made everyone’s tummy really happy. Ok, except for Marco who doesn’t share the same enthusiasm in eating crustaceans. hehe. But he did enjoy the grilled chicken served with the lunch spread. ^_^ Snorkeling and fish feeding came a few minutes after the bountiful lunch.

Banana Island Coron Palawan

Banana Island Coron Palawan

Banana Island Coron Palawan

Banana Island Coron Palawan

Banana Island Coron Palawan

Banana Island Coron Palawan

 

Last on our itinerary for this tour is Malcapuya Island! The group’s favorite island so far in Coron. Had a refreshing  fresh coconut for just 50php. 

 

Malcapuya Island Coron Palawan Philippines

Malcapuya Island Coron Palawan Philippines

Malcapuya Island Coron Palawan Philippines

Malcapuya Island Coron Palawan Philippines

Malcapuya Island Coron Palawan Philippines

Malcapuya Island Coron Palawan Philippines

Malcapuya Island Coron Palawan Philippines

Malcapuya Island Coron Palawan Philippines

TIP: Bring extra water, extra soda/ juice drinks, chips and snacks. Have your drink items to be stored in the cooler. Also bring your snorkeling gears to better enjoy the underwater life. Also when booking with Nice in Paradise Tours, we recommend you to ask for Moimoi as your tour guide.

FOURTH DAY

With our flight back to Cebu scheduled at 1:05PM, we dedicated the last day in buying stuff to bring home. We bought most of our pasalubong items at Coron Souvenir & Gift Shop and had customized our souvenir bracelets at Pearl Y Shell.  Thought of buying some wood carved items but it was a bit pricey here. I remember buying the same items in Puerto Princesa at half the price. Even the Casoy is priced higher at 250php for 380grams.

 

Coron Palawan Philippines

Coron Palawan Philippines

Coron Palawan Philippines

Coron Palawan Philippines

11:00AM our van picked us up at the guesthouse for that 30 minute ride to the airport. Terminal Fee at 75php (Price as of June 10, 2014).

 

It was a quick 4 day/3 night in the tropical utopia that is Coron and we enjoyed every minute of it.  Looking forward to see the rest of the islands with the rest of the barkada soon!

 

Heres our Itinerary for the trip  with the breakdown of expenses.

 

Saturday (Total Expenses for this day 1,150php):

11:00AM Flight from Cebu to Busuanga

1:00PM Arrival at Busuanga Airport

1:15PM Van to Palanca Guest House (150php per person- arranged by Palanca Guest House)

1:45PM Checked in at Palanca Guest House (1,200php per night per room for 2 person /600php per person)

2:15PM Lunch at a restaurant (150php)

4:15 PM Ascend Mount Tapyas

6:00PM Descend to Mount Tapyas

6:30PM Hired a Tricycle roundtrip from City Center To Maquinit Falls and back (300php for 3 passengers/ 100php per person)

7:00PM Arrived at Maquinit Falls (Entrance 150php)

8:00PM Went back to city center

8:30PM Dinner at Big Mama’s (Dinner was c/0 our friend Atty. Ethe, but alot atleast 150php for a budget dinner if you plan to eat here)

 

Sunday (Total Expenses for this day 1,840php):

Palanca Guest House (1,200php per night per room for 2 person /600php per person)

7:00AM Breakfast at a restaurant/carenderia beside Palanca Guest House (Silogs at 80php)

8:30AM Pick up for Coron Island Hopping Adventure with Nice in Paradise Tour Package A: 850php per person

We booked “Coron Island Tour” (Tour A) with Nice in Paradise Tours.  The tour included a tour to Kayangan Lake, Twin Peaks Reef, Banol Beach, CY Island, Floating House and Twin Lagoons.  The tour is priced at 850php per person inclusive of hotel to boat transfers, entrance fees, life vest, tour guide, lunch and snacks. Minimum of 5 people.

5:00PM Back in Coron

8:00PM Light dinner at La Sirenetta (180php each)

9:00PM Halohalo at Ice Valley (130php)

 

Monday (Total Expenses for this day 1,979php):

Palanca Guest House (1,200php per night per room for 2 person /600php per person)

7:00AM Breakfast at Dad’s Coronzy Coffee and Tea (Silogs at 80php)

8:30AM Pick up for Coron Nxtcapadewith Nice in Paradise Tour Package B: 1,200php per person

5:00PM Back in Coron

8:00PM Dinner at Kapemos Restaurant (99PHP)

 

Tuesday (Total Expenses for this day 1,305php):

7:00AM Breakfast at Carenderia beside Palanca Guest House (Silogs at 80php)

8:00AM Pasalubong (1,000php)

11:00AM Van Pick up for airport (150php per person)

11:30AM Arrived at Busuanga Airport

12:00PM Checked in for our flight. (75php Terminal Fee)

 

Grand total for the 4 days – 3 nights Coron budget tour is 6,274php. The total does not include airfare. Feel free to use our itinerary and don’t forget to like and share this post, ok? Awesome! Can’t wait to see your pictures in Coron!

Big thanks to our good friend Marco paulo Diala for planning the trip!

How to get to Coron from Cebu?

Cebu Pacific Air flies direct from Cebu to Coron and back. For more details call them using the numbers here: http://www.iluvcebu.com/cebu-pacific-air-2/ or visit www.CebuPacificAir.com.

 

Text: Andrew “Doyzkie” Buenaviaje

Photos by: Doyzkie and Reymond Buenaviaje

Out of Town: Coron Palawan

Before rainy season dawns, went for one last sunny summer hurrah with my brothers Reymond and Edd, our dad and close friends Atty. Ethelbert and Marco in Coron.  It was everyone’s first time to travel to the Northern part of Palawan and we were just so thrilled to explore the islands of this quaint paradise. Seated at 19A, I was greeted with an awesome view of the beautiful islands and clear crystal waters of Coron when the plane started to land.

Coron Palawan, Philippines

Coron Palawan, Philippines

 

Coron Palawan, Philippines

Coron Palawan, Philippines

 

After deplaning, we hopped on the van to Palanca Guest House, our home for 3 nights. Travel time from Busuanga Airport to Coron is about 30 minutes. You’ll pass by beautiful lush greens with cow herds on the way to the town of Coron.

Coron Palawan, Philippines

Coron Palawan, Philippines

Coron Palawan, Philippines

Coron Palawan, Philippines

 

Along Don Pedro Street, Palanca Guest House is conveniently located at the city center where the restaurants, bars and pasalubong centers are. It’s also just about 8 minutes via the tour tricycle service to the wharf where we ride the boat for island hopping. And guesthouse’ staff are very friendly and helpful. They even arranged our airport transfer and our island hopping escapade with Nice in Paradise Tours.

FIRST DAY

After we all have settled in our rooms, we then had lunch at a nearby restaurant. Then we had about an hour to rest before we start ascending Mt. Tapyas. We started to climb the 724 steps at around 4:15pm and arrived at the summit after 45 minutes. We stayed until the sun had set and had a fast descend. Next stop: Maquinit hot spring! You can hire tricycles waiting at the base of the mountain going to Maquinit Hot Spring.
TIP: Be sure you have done your stretching and bring at least a liter of water before ascending Mount Tapyas.

Mount Tapyas, Coron Palawan, Philippines

Mount Tapyas, Coron Palawan, Philippines

Mount Tapyas, Coron Palawan, Philippines

Mount Tapyas, Coron Palawan, Philippines

 

Mount Tapyas, Coron Palawan, Philippines

Mount Tapyas, Coron Palawan, Philippines

 

Tricycle rent is at 300php roundtrip (City Center to Maquinit Hotspring and back.). The Tricycle can carry a maximum of 3 passengers for the trip to Maquinit. The dusty and bumpy ride from Mount Tapyas to Maquinit Hot Spring is about 30 minutes.  Entrance to the hot spring is 150php. Admission is from 6:00AM -8:00PM, and closes at 10:00PM. Travellers/ tourists usually go here after a tiring climb from Mount Tapyas to soothe those aching leg muscles.

 

Maquinit Hot Spring, Coron Palawan Philippines

Maquinit Hot Spring, Coron Palawan Philippines

 

 

SECOND DAY

We booked “Coron Island Tour” (Tour A) with Nice in Paradise Tours.  The tour included a tour to Kayangan Lake, Twin Peaks Reef, Banol Beach, CY Island, Floating House and Twin Lagoons.  The tour is priced at 850php per person inclusive of hotel to boat transfers, entrance fees, life vest, tour guide, lunch and snacks. Minimum of 5 people.

 

First on the itinerary: Kayangan Lake! Climb 150 steps to reach the lake. On your ascend, don’t forget to enjoy the view. Go swim around the lake and go inside the mini cave. And you can also snorkel around the lake and sea the rock formations at the bottom of the lake.

Coron Palawan, Philippines

Coron Palawan, Philippines

Kayangan Lake Coron Palawan, Philippines

Coron Palawan, Philippines

Kayangan Lake Coron Palawan, Philippines

Kayangan Lake Coron Palawan, Philippines

Kayangan Lake Coron Palawan, Philippines

Kayangan Lake Coron Palawan, Philippines

Kayangan Lake Coron Palawan, Philippines

Kayangan Lake Coron Palawan, Philippines

 

Next Destination: Snorkeling at the Twin Peaks Reef. Beautiful coral garden with a good concentration of fishes that swim right pass all around you.

Twin Peaks Reef Coron Palawan Philippines

Twin Peaks Reef Coron Palawan Philippines

Twin Peaks Reef Coron Palawan Philippines

Twin Peaks Reef Coron Palawan Philippines

 

Next stop, Banol Beach for lunch! We had lunch at a private spot in Banol, where we enjoyed a buffet style lunch and snorkeled around for a good 30 minutes. Nice in Paradise Tours’ food was really good.

Banol Beach Coron Palawan Philippines

Banol Beach Coron Palawan Philippines

Banol Beach Coron Palawan Philippines

Banol Beach Coron Palawan Philippines

Banol Beach Coron Palawan Philippines

Banol Beach Coron Palawan Philippines

 

Then off for a swim at CY Island for more swimming! ^_^

CY Island Coron Palawan

CY Island Coron Palawan

 

Then off to another snorkeling stop, The floating house! Beautiful lush coral gardens. Though I noticed there’s just a few fishes swimming around this area compared to Twin Peaks Reef.

Floating House Coron Palawan Philippines

Floating House Coron Palawan Philippines

Floating House Coron Palawan Philippines

Floating House Coron Palawan Philippines

Floating House Coron Palawan Philippines

Floating House Coron Palawan Philippines

And last stop for this day tour was twin lagoons! Swim swim! Notice how cold the top part of the water is and when you stretch your feet down, you’d notice that the water is warm. According to our tour guide Moimoi,  the cold top layer is fresh water and the bottom part is the salt water from the sea.

Twin Lagoons Coron Palawan Philippines

Twin Lagoons Coron Palawan Philippines

It was 4:30PM as we sailed back to town and snacks were served. ^_^

TIP: Bring extra water, extra soda/ juice drinks, chips and snacks. Have your drink items to be stored in the cooler. Also bring your snorkeling gears to better enjoy the underwater life. Also when booking with Nice in Paradise Tours, we recommend you to ask for Moimoi as your tour guide. 

It was an awesome 2-day so far, but the next day is my favorite part of this trip!

Read more of the Part 2 of our Coron Trip and our itinerary and expenses here: http://www.iluvcebu.com/out-of-town-coron-palawan-part-2/

Taraw Cliff, El Nido

One of the most exciting things I did with my brothers Reymond and Edd  last year was climbing the Taraw Cliffs! It was a Sunday, 6:30AM as our group started ascending to the peak. We booked the mountain guides from Servant Tours, the same tour operator we booked our island hopping package. (Taraw Peak package priced 300php per person, contact Servant Tours  at 09154157245 or 09178088599..)

Taraw Cliff

Taraw Cliff

 

Honestly speaking, this is not for everybody. The climb to the peak is extreme and dangerous. To those who are planning to climb up the peak, here’re some tips:

1. Wear comfy shoes (preferably rock climbing shoes)

The climb is really rough, specially for beginners. You would be stepping on pointy rocks so it’s advisable to wear those climbing shoes with thick soles/ right cushion.

2. Wear something light and clothes that won’t work against your flexibility.

Since you would be moving so much, wear something comfortable .  If you have gloves for climbing, then it may come handy.

3. Bring first aid kit ( Band aid, providone iodine, cotton, etc)

4. Be sure to bring at least a liter of water per person.

5. Before putting all your weight on a grip when climbing, be sure the rock your gripping on is strong and not loose. Same as with your footing.

6. Wear insect repellent and sunblock.

7. Be sure that you are physically and mentally ready for the climb prior to this trip.

8. Listen carefully to your guide during the briefing.

Personally, I enjoyed the climb and the breathtaking view at the peak, it was awesome!  I just wish the climb would be safer with the implementation of proper gears and harnesses, especially for beginners. 🙂

We finished the climb and the descend in 4 hours. It was a crazy yet fun adventure!

Enjoy these wonderful captures from the peak. 

Taraw Cliff, El Nido

Taraw Cliff, El Nido

Taraw Cliff, El Nido

Taraw Cliff, El Nido

Taraw Cliff, El Nido

Taraw Cliff, El Nido

 

How to get to El Nido from Puerto Princesa? Click here: http://www.iluvcebu.com/el-nido-and-puerto-princesa-palawan-weekender/

 

 

 

El Nido Palawan Weekend

Bird's Eye View of Mactan

Bird’s Eye View of Mactan

 

One of the things we love doing as brothers is traveling – and being in the heart of the Philippines, where the 2nd major airport in the country is situated , we have so many destinations to choose from , domestic and international. March 2013, we had booked a flight to Puerto Princesa with our friends for a weekend vacation in the northeastern part of Palawan, El Nido.

Off to Puerto Princesa Palawan

Off to Puerto Princesa Palawan

 

We  supposedly are flying out to Puerto Princesa the previous weekend  but Zest Air cancelled the flight so we decided to rebook it the next weekend we were originally scheduled. In less than an hour, (approximately 45 minutes upon take off) we arrived at the Puerto Princesa Airport.

 

Puerto Princesa Airport

Puerto Princesa Airport

Right after we got our checked in baggage, we hopped on a tricycle (Tricycle Fare: 120php for 3 person max per tricycle) from the airport to San Jose Terminal to catch a bus to El Nido. Since our Zest Air flight was delayed, we weren’t able to catch the 2PM air-conditioned bus to El Nido, we opt to ride the 4PM non air-conditioned bus (Bus Ride at 367php).

Roro Bus Schedule From Puerto Princesa to El Nido:

Roro Airconditioned buses Schedule: 6AM , 10AM , 2PM, 6PM, 10PM (Bus Fare: 483php)

Roro Non Aircondidioned buses Schedule: 4AM, 8AM, 12NN, 4PM (Bus fare: 367.25php)

From San Jose Terminal Puerto Princesa, we travelled around 270kilometers (around 6-7 hour travel by bus and around 5-6 hours by van)

San Jose Bus Terminal Palawan

San Jose Bus Terminal Palawan

San Jose Terminal Palawan

San Jose Terminal Palawan

11PM Friday, we arrived at the El Nido Bus/Van station and hailed a tricycle for 50php (50php is fare for 3 persons) to our El Nido home for 2 nights, El Nido Waterfront Hotel. Since the municipality is celebrating Balinsayaw Festival,  after checking in at the hotel, we then traipsed  around town and ended up piggin’ out on barbecue and halo-halo at the Caraenan sa Dalan then glimpsed by the town’s fair before hitting our beds.

 

Town's fair at Balinsayaw Festival in Corong corong Palawan

Town’s fair at Balinsayaw Festival in Corong corong Palawan

Caraenan sa Dalan - Balinsayaw Festival El Nido

Caraenan sa Dalan – Balinsayaw Festival El Nido

6AM. The spread of emerald water and fluffy  clouds, Bacuit Bay greeted us with a great morning as we sipped our coffee at our hotel’s lounge. Perfect day for an island hopping tour!

View from El Nido Waterfront lounge

View from El Nido Waterfront lounge

There are several agencies who offer Island hopping tours in El Nido, and for us we booked at  Servant Tours, which we highly recommend to everyone. Island hopping tour packages  for a minimum of 4 persons and maximum of 10 are available (Price from 700php – 900php with lunch). Contact Servant Tours  at 09154157245 or 09178088599.

 

For this trip we chose to go to the Small Lagoon, Big Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, Shimizu Island and Seven Commando Beach (Tour A). Our experience with the our tour agency was excellent. And to our tour guide Jay-r, you are awesome! Photos below and watch our video on our El Nido trip to be uploaded soon.

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Small Lagoon El Nido Palawan

Small Lagoon El Nido Palawan

Small Lagoon El Nido Palawan

Small Lagoon El Nido Palawan

Big Lagoon El Nido Palawan

Big Lagoon El Nido Palawan

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Beach at the Secret Lagoon El Nido Palawan

Beach at the Secret Lagoon El Nido Palawan

 

Shimizu Island El nido Palawan

Shimizu Island El nido Palawan

 

island Hopping

island Hopping

The Island hopping ended at around 4:30PM. We then went back to the hotel to wash up and then off to dinner. We had dinner at Trattoria Altrov’e, one of the most recommended restaurants in El Nido. Their pizzas, we dig! <3 (Pizza Prizes starts at 310php)

 

Trattoria Altrov'e El Nido

Trattoria Altrov’e El Nido

 

Trattoria Altrov'e El Nido

Trattoria Altrov’e El Nido

Margherita Pizza at Trattoria Altrov'e El Nido

Margherita Pizza at Trattoria Altrov’e El Nido

Hawaiana at Trattoria Altrov'e El Nido

Hawaiana at Trattoria Altrov’e El Nido

Sunday 6:30AM, we started ascending the Taraw Peak. We again booked the mountain guides from Servant Tours to our climb to the peak (Price 300php per person, contact Servant Tours  at 09154157245 or 09178088599..) Okay to be honest, this is not for everybody, the climb to the peak is extreme and dangerous. To those who are planning to climb up the peak, here’s a few tips:

1. Wear comfy shoes (preferably rock climbing shoes)

The climb is really rough, specially for beginners. You would be stepping on pointy rocks so it’s advisable to wear those climbing shoes with thick soles/ right cushion.

2. Wear something light and clothes that won’t work against your flexibility.

Since you would be moving so much, wear something comfortable .  If you have gloves for climbing, then it may come handy.

3. Bring first aid kit ( Band aid, providone iodine, cotton, etc)

4. Be sure to bring at least a liter of water per person.

5. Before putting all your weight on a grip when climbing, be sure the rock your gripping on is strong and not loose. Same as with your footing.

6. Listen carefully to your guide during the briefing.

Personally, I enjoyed the climb and the breathtaking view at the peak, it was awesome!  I just wish the climb would be safer with the implementation of proper gears and harnesses, especially for beginners. 🙂

 

Climb to Taraw Peak El Nido Palawan

Climb to Taraw Peak El Nido Palawan

Climb to Taraw Peak El Nido Palawan

Climb to Taraw Peak El Nido Palawan

 

Climb to Taraw Peak El Nido Palawan

Climb to Taraw Peak El Nido Palawan

Climb to Taraw Peak El Nido Palawan

Climb to Taraw Peak El Nido Palawan

 

Climb to Taraw Peak El Nido Palawan

Climb to Taraw Peak El Nido Palawan

View at Taraw Peak El Nido Palawan

View at Taraw Peak El Nido Palawan

View at Taraw Peak El Nido Palawan

View at Taraw Peak El Nido Palawan

 

We finished the climb and the descend in 4 hours. We rendezvous at Servant Tours booking office, where we also booked our 2PM van ride back to Puerto Princesa (van ride fare at 600php). We then had Filipino breakfast at Sea Slugs (150php for silogs served with coffee or tea), showered at the Hotel then checked out at 1:00PM. El Nido Waterfront Hotel’s price for standard room is 1,800php  (for 2 people) + 300php for an additional person (Max 3 person for the standard room.) per night. For more information phone them at 0908899537/09062279360. From the hotel to the bus/van terminal, tricycle fare is 10php.

Note: Van rides are faster than buses which saves you an hour to 2 hours of travel.

El Nido's Public Market and Bus and Van Terminal

 

Just in time for dinner, we arrived at San Jose Terminal Puerto Princesa at seven-ish PM. Checked in first at Corazon Tourist Inn and then walked to Kinabuch. During my first visit at Puerto Princesa, I totally was not impressed with what we ordered at Kinabuch, but this recent pig out at the resto, I totally did. Recommendations would be the Mixed Seafood ala Bicol Express and the Crispy Pata, then end the dinner with Maja Blanca. 🙂

Kinabuch: Mixed Seafood Ala Bicol Express

Kinabuch: Mixed Seafood Ala Bicol Express

Kinabuch: Crispy Pata

Kinabuch: Crispy Pata

Kinabuch: Maja Blanca

Kinabuch: Maja Blanca

Monday. We have half the day to relax at Mitra’s Mansion and buy pasalubong and eat at Baker’s Hill before heading back to Cebu. We hired a tricycle for 300php to take us to both Mitra’s Mansion and Baker’s Hill Palawan. We stayed at Mitra’s Ranch and relaxed until 10am then headed to Baker’s Hill where we also had our 2nd round of breakfast and bought pasalubong. 🙂

 

Horses at Mitra's Ranch

Horses at Mitra’s Ranch

 

Mitra's Ranch

Mitra’s Ranch

 

Flower Art at Baker's Hill Puerto Princesa

Flower Art at Baker’s Hill Puerto Princesa

Peacocks and Peahens at Baker's Hill Puerto Princesa

Peacocks at Baker’s Hill Puerto Princesa Palawan

Matcha Tea a must try at Baker's Hill Puerto Princesa

Matcha Tea a must try at Baker’s Hill Puerto Princesa

Halo-halo at Baker's Hill Puerto Princesa

Halo-halo at Baker’s Hill Puerto Princesa

Checked out of Corazon Tourist Inn at 12:30PM. Just 2,100php  for the family room per night (accommodates 6 persons.) From the Corazon Tourist Inn to the airport, the tricycle fare is 50php (max 3 persons). Puerto Princesa Airport’s Terminal fee is at 40php. And good thing that Zest Air was on time!

 

Hello Cebu, it's great to be back home! ^_^

Hello Cebu, it’s great to be back home! ^_^

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Photos and Blogged by: Andrew “Doyzkie” Buenaviaje

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