Coron Day 1: Sail to Paradise

“Dreams do come true. We just have to believe and have faith.”

Thanks to impulsiveness! Five months ago, I was able to book AirphilExpress’ roundtrip airfare to Busuanga for  1,137.00.

Today, I began my journey in one of my must-see-destination list—Coron in Busuanga Island, Palawan. As usual, I took the window seat and took aerial shots of the islands. Though sleepy, I chose to shoot and the view from above was worth it!

The flight from Manila to Busuanga took 40 minutes, faster than what the boarding pass indicated: 1 hour and 5 minutes.  First thing that I noticed when we landed at the Francisco Reyes Airport was the cellular signal. No Globe signal.

Since I have arranged the trip with DIY Coron, we didn’t have a hard time finding a ride. DIY Coron’s van driver,  Jayjay, welcomed us. I gazed at the surroundings as we made our way to Coron town. Everything’s green and blue! The hills blended well amidst the deep blue sky. Goats grazed in the grass. Picture perfect! Just what I would like to see—the simple and quiet life in an island.  The thirty-minute ride from Busuanga Airport to Coron town cost us Php 450 (Php 150/head).

It was 12 noon when we arrived at Coron Village Lodge. We didn’t have a definite itinerary for the day since the tours with DIY would start on the 17th. But there’s this one island which I wanted to visit—Malcapuya Island. The pictures on Flickr inspired me.

From Village Lodge, we hailed a six-seater tricycle. Fare costs Php 8.00 each but the driver, Charlie offered to wait for us while we ate lunch at Kawayanan Grille. He just said, “Kayo na ho bahala kung magkano.”

We ordered seafood sisig and ensaladang seaweed grass. Both dishes were tasty but were pricey.  Prices of the viands were similar to that of Manila restaurants ( Php 150- Php 350/viand).

At around 1pm, Charlie dropped us at the Gateway Port, where the boats were lined up. When I saw the price list of the boats, I had second thoughts. Trip to Malcapuya/Malaroyroy/Banana Island would cost me Php 3,500. The boatmen were telling me that we should have arrived earlier. I replied that as much as we want to, Airphilexpress changed the flight schedule. Originally, the flight to Busuanga is scheduled at 8:00 am.

I tried to bargain and the boatman Nestor agreed to Php 3,000. Yes, another slash in my pocket but then again, experience is more valuable than money. So, off we go to Malcapuya. We were warned that it would be a long ride, 1.5 hours-2 hours. They also warned us about the big waves.

Indeed, the trip was long.  Papa was already complaining to me. “Anak, ano bang makikita natin dun?” I just said, “Wait and see.”  I knew he was nervous of the waves.

Truly, the waves were huge. I just told my folks to relax, trust in God, and nothing bad will happen. Nestor, the boatman, was skilled enough to navigate through the waves.  He then pointed at the island in front of us, “’Yan na yung Malcapuya.”

I saw paradise…crystal clear blue green waters, stretch of white sand. The worried looks on my parents’ faces faded. I smiled and told them, “See. <laughs>”

Papa said, “Ikaw talaga, ‘yung mga trip mo mala-Survivor Philippines.”

Mama and I just laughed. We jumped into the water and began our “photoshoot.”

It was fun! fun! fun!

Before we left the island, we quenched our thirsts with fresh buco juice (Php 20).

No matter how long, scary, the journey was….at the end of the fuzzy waves was Paradise!

Other details on Malcapuya:

Entrance Fee – Php 200.00

Overnight Stay- Php 700.00 (electric fan)/ Php 1,000.00/head (aircon)

Boatman: Nestor-09182077207