Lovers In Coron

I know I promised my readers on my previous Coron trip entry that I will be sharing my trip stories. Better late than never! :)It’s been 2 years since we left for Busuanga with my then-fiancé. However, time was not successful in deleting all the wonderful memories that we had in the beautiful island of Coron, Palawan.

We brought nothing to our 4-day trip except for 1 backpack each; not so me in packing, and an expectant heart.

This is the Francisco B. Reyes Airport, a.k.a. Busuanga Airport–the gateway to paradise! This is just a quaint airport compared to NAIA 3, Davao or Mactan. Cebu Pacific Air flies to Busuanga 1 to 3 times (at most) daily, depending on their schedule. You can check that on their website.

From the airport, there was already a van waiting for us courtesy of our lodging provider. It would take you about 1 hour to get to the town proper of Coron. It is best to go to Coron in summertime around March to early May. Our trip was on March 3-6, 2010; in time for our 3rd year anniversary.

I took this shot while on the road to Coron. We also saw a few cows, goats and poultry animals feeding themselves.

This was our home for 4 days while in Busuanga: The Coron Village Lodge. When I was preparing for this trip, I read some travelers’ good reviews online about this lodge. Why did we choose this and listen to the others’ recommendation? Let me cite the reasons:

  1. The Coron Village Lodge has all the basic things that we need like a clean bed and a private restroom, a cable TV, Internet access and an A/C unit. In our head, we do not need anything fancy for this trip since we came there for the island hopping, nature, people, culture, etc. If we need a fancy hotel to stay in, we need not go to Coron because fancy hotels are omnipresent in Manila. If you’re looking for a bathtub or swimming pool, better check in somewhere else. We won’t be staying in the lodge all day anyway. Most of the time, we are out exploring Coron.
  2. The Coron Village Lodge is located in the town proper. It is accessible to the banks, public market, bars, Internet shop (in case), etc. If you choose a lodge/hotel outside of the town, you still have to rent or have a boat to take you need to access those above-mentioned services. Plus, I read from one trip reviewer that some hotels/resorts located in nearby islands of Coron could experience power interruption. And electricity needs to follow a schedule.
  3. The Coron Village Lodge won’t hurt your pocket. Trust me, I did some hotel comparison prior to our trip. I will elaborate more of this later when I discuss our itinerary.
  4. The online reviews raved about their food quality and QUANTITY.
  5. When I inquired of their services and possible reservation here in Manila, they were very friendly and accommodating. When we got to the lodge itself, we were not disappointed! Customer Service is superb!

Much to our surprise, they upgraded our accommodation to 2 bunkers for FREE!

Since it was about time for lunch, we were so happy about the food they served us. They also gave us a welcome drink!

This is the eating area / lounge / bar of Coron Village Lodge. You can find in here some of Bob Marley’s memorabilia and souvenir collection from the owner’s trip abroad.

That lunch, we were served sumptuous Filipino food like Tinolang Manok & Fried Fish.

It was quite a surprise because they gave us generous food serving. I think it is already good to feed up to 4 people. My husband and I were not able to finish them.

Shortly after lunch, we decided to go back to our room to take some rest and prepare for our first itinerary. To give you an idea, I mentioned that we stayed in Coron for 4 days and 3 nights and we already have an itinerary covered by the package we got from Coron Village Lodge. Our tour package was called the Coron Islands Tour which included the following:

  1. 4 days & 3 nights room accommodation (Aircon, TV, Hot & cold shower, T&B)
  2. 9 Meals & 2 snacks during tours
  3. 2 days island hopping for swimming, snorkeling, nature tour and adventure
  4. Afternoon tour to Mt. Tapyas and Makinit Hot Spring
  5. Entrance fees to tribal and private islands
  6. Services of a guide/ staff during tours
  7. Free- flowing coffee
  8. Airport van transfer
  9. Tricycle transfers to boat docks
  10. Welcome drink

Our Itinerary Details:

1st day
5:00 pm – Go up Mt. Tapyas then Makinit Hot Spring
8:00 pm – Back to lodge for dinner

2nd day
7:30 am – Breakfast 9:00 am – Off to the Islands – Cayangan Lake, Twin Lagoon, Banol or Atuwayan Beach, Siete Pecados.
5:30 pm – Back in town / free time

3rd day
9:00 am – Off to the Islands – Calomboyan Island , Coral Garden , WW II shipwreck.
5:00 pm – Back in town / free time

4th day
7:00 am – Breakfast
8:00 am – Off to airport for trip back to Manila.

PRICE: 2 pax ……………………………………………………………P 7,860.00/pax

* This amount can be lower depending on the number of people you’re going with. 🙂

This is the day we successfully survived climbing Mt. Tapyas.

The breathtaking sunset view on top of Mt. Tapyas

After Mt. Tapyas, we moved to Makinit (and “maalat”) Hot Spring to relax our tired muscles from hiking

My husband and I left this salty hot spring in time for dinner. We were so hungry and looked forward to what the amazing staff of the lodge has prepared for us.

What’s for dinner? Nilagang Baka & Calamari with coleslaw!

When I saw the food, I screamed in my head a big O-M-G, my favorites! They even prepared for us a yummy banana smoothie for dessert! As you can see in the picture, we were done eating dinner but there were still plenty of leftover! 🙁

We hit the sack immediately after dinner because we were so excited for tomorrow’s itinerary! We will go island hopping! Wait for the part II of the Lovers in Coron Adventure! 🙂

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