Coron Budget Trip for 3days and 2 nights

Are you looking for a budget trip to Coron for 3days and 2 nights? I bet Google led you to this page.

Coron, situated at the northern part of Palawan, has a lot to offer to the curious traveler. If you have limited time in your vacation and limited budget, then here are the best sights to see in Coron in 3days and 2 nights without tearing your pocket.

For only Php 3,436.44, you will be able to enjoy the following Coron Tourist Attractions including 3days, 2nights stay, roundtrip airport transfers, island hopping with picnic lunch, and daily breakfast:

  • Kayangan Lake- Kayangan Lake is touted as one of the cleanest lakes in the Philippines. Its water is brackish, a mixture of salt and freshwater. It’s great to swim in  the serene Kayangan Lake. Before getting to the actual lake itself, you have to climb an improvised or should i say natural staircase up to get a view of the famous limestone karst formations that have become Coron’s most photographed site.
  • Twin Lagoon- this site is another noteworthy attraction in Coron, Palawan. Why? Twin Lagoon is unique where you can experience thermocline or a thin layer that divides the surface of a body of water. The upper layer is cold while the lower layer is warm. And it’s also thrilling to get inside the lagoon through a cave like-entrance which is only accessible when it’s low tide.
  • Banol Beach- It may not have a long stretch of white sand but Banol has a distinct charm being surrounded by limestone karst. The view of different hues of blues from Banol beach is fantastic.
  • CYC Island and Coral Gardens- Swimming and snorkeling is great here. You can also enjoy watching the sunset from this area.

  • Twin Peaks Reef or Siete Pecados- For me, snorkeling at Twin Peaks Reef is better than Siete Pecados. It has more colorful marine life.

Traveling does not need to be expensive. You can enjoy your Coron Vacation without having to cash out all your savings. But of course, you should not expect posh accommodations but a basic lodge in Coron Town.

Enjoy your trip!

Coron Day 2- My Island Birthday Adventure (PART 2)



“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ” ~Albert Einstein


Nature is magical! That’s what I understood, Einstein. There’s more to explore and discover. This was what I realized when we continued our island hopping to the Twin Lagoon. Read part 1 of the Island hopping here.

As our boatman Kuya Eli threw the anchor, he told us that we need to pass through a hole, which disappears when it’s high tide.

Since it was low tide when we arrived, the hole was passable. The limestone wall, where the hole is, divides the two lagoons.

For those who are afraid to swim through the hole, they can use the makeshift stairs, which connects one lagoon to the other.

TWIN LAGOON

But since adventure tickled me, I chose to swim through the hole.  Our guides gladly assisted us too. One should take extra care though when swimming. One wrong move and you might get a bump on the head. While swimming,  I felt the difference in temperature. The upper surface of the water was cold while the deeper part of the water was warm.

Our guides explained that the upper layer  is fresh water (thus, cold)  while the deeper layer  is salt water (thus, warm). The Twin Lagoon is another basin where salt meets fresh water.

The inner lagoon’s view was very relaxing. I even saw a native nipa hut built on stilts near the lagoon. It’s a house of one of the Tagbanuas, the indigenous people of Coron Island.

To get a picture perfect souvenir in the Twin Lagoon, sit on a balsa or a makeshift raft made of bamboo.


After the photo-op, I learned that the purpose of the raft/balsa was to save those who were afraid to swim. The ladies whom we met said that they’re scared to swim through the hole. Hence, their boatmen let them use the raft.


BANOL BEACH

Our next stop was Banol Beach. The water’s clear. The sky’s blue. One can sit on the sand, read a book and just be a bum. But since everything seems picturesque, I chose to capture the scenery.

STRANDED

Kuya Eli told another story. This time, it was about Banol beach. He said that before, they didn’t bring tourists/ travellers in this beach. It was not as famous as the CYC Island.  I thought, but why? Banol was such a beauty.

SKELETON WRECK

I looked at the time. We need to chase the sun before it sets or else we wouldn’t get a glimpse of the skeleton wreck. No, not the skeleton  of the human body but a skeleton of a fishing boat.

The Skeleton Wreck is one of the shallowest shipwreck sites in  Coron. Just by snorkeling, one can see the upper part of the boat. It was called as such because the only parts left were the stringers of steel-hulled boat, ribs and keel.

The Skeleton Wreck has a maximum depth of 22 meters. Since our boatman is a diver, I lent my camera for him to take a closer shot of the wreck.

If we’ve visited the place earlier when the sun was up, we could have seen the whole wreck.

Anyhow, we just stayed a little time here and sailed to CYC Island, our last itinerary for the day.

CYC ISLAND

When I saw CYC Island, which stands for Coron Youth Club according to our boatmen, I thought of Survivor, the TV series.

CYC Island, was once a paradise, according to our boatman, Kuya Eli. But some people took advantage of its beauty. Since no one looks after the place, they stole the white sand from the area, leaving it bare. Among the islands that we’ve visited, this was the only island with no entrance fee.

With the island’s rough look surrounded with mangroves, I felt like one of the Survivor castaways. haha. another photoshoot galore.

It’s not good to walk barefoot here since there were lots of sharp objects in the sand.

We bade the island goodbye as the sun approached its resting place.


It was indeed one great day! Even though my 22nd year was a rough ride in the waves of life, God still showered me with blessings. At the end of the storm was rainbow. Thank you Lord!

Looking forward to my 23rd year of adventure! Don’t stop believing! Cheers to life filled with love and happiness. :)



Coron Day 2: My Island Birthday Adventure (Part 1)

“…Poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree.”—Joyce Kilmer

Words were not enough to describe how grateful I was to see the wonders of Coron Island. I felt so blessed. God made my day perfect! Thank you Lord! It was an answered prayer.

Nov. 17, 2010

Happy Birthday! I woke up from the greetings and messages of family and friends. The sun greeted me too with its warm rays. I looked up and saw the clear blue skies. This would be one great day!

After eating breakfast at the Village Lodge Restaurant, we went to the port and met the DIY joiners of our trip: Gina, Dennis, Mai, and Abi.

Siete Pecados

Perfect weather! The sea was calm as we made our way to our first stop in the itinerary–Siete Pecados Marine Sanctuary. We snorkeled here for 30 minutes.

Good thing, I had Wish (my Canon D10) with me. I captured the beauty of the marine life underwater. But still, I was not satisfied with my shots. It would have been better if I got closer to the subjects… and the only way to do that is to dive—And that I have to learn. Haha.

This blue fish (sorry, I don’t know the name of the specie) was the most decent shot that I got.

Our boatman, Kuya Eli, told us that before, coral reefs in Siete Pecados were destroyed by cyanide fishing.  And when the site became protected, the colorful marine life returned.

Snorkeling was followed by swimming at the fantastic, amazing, breath-taking Kayangan Lake.

Kayangan Lake deserved all those adjectives and more. It was truly a hidden gem. Its’ beauty was not easy to see but it was worth the sweat.

We climbed 100 plus steps. Thanks to the makeshift stairs which made the climb easier and less scary. Kuya Eli led us to a narrow rocky path, where we found this famous picturesque view.

I’ve seen it in pictures. But seeing the real thing made me utter, Wow! The Philippines is really blessed!

There’s also a small cave from where we stood but we hesitated to get in since we didn’t have any spelunking lights. After taking photos, we returned to the original path and found another stairs going down to the lake.

On the way to Kayangan Lake

The struggle and sweat to climb was worth the serene scenery! The crystal clear blue-green water surrounded by the greens draped in the limestones was like a scene in a dream. But everything was real. It was not a dream.

A school of fish was also swimming in Kayangan Lake, which was said to be the cleanest lake in the Philippines. It was refreshing to plunge into the waters.

It’s really best for swimming since the water was not that salty. Kuya Eli told us that the lake has brackish water: 70% fresh water and 30% salty water.

After spending around three hours in the lake, we returned to our boat for the next destination—Barracuda Lake.

Unlike Kayangan Lake, Barracuda Lake can be reached by just 37 steps. But lo and behold, the make-shift stairs were built in between the sharp and steep limestones. One should really be extra careful with the steps. From the stairs, the deep blue waters can be seen already.

We found a French couple (I forgot their names) dipping in the Barracuda Lake.  The French woman said, “Beautiful country!” and the French guy seconded, “and good people!”

I smiled and thanked them. Despite the recent travel advisory by some European countries, tourists like them still visit our country. I can see hope in our tourism industry but first, the Department of Tourism should really listen to its stakeholders and change the “Pilipinas Kay Ganda” slogan. Foreign tourists would have a hard time understanding it.

Anyway, Barracuda Lake was named after the barracuda fish. Kuya Eli told us that divers visit this place to see a cave deep down, where the barracudas are. Another reason too was the thermocline, a transition layer between the mixed layer at the surface and the deep water layer where the temperature changes.

The limestones underneath the water looked like shimmering gold. Since I can’t dive yet, these were the only shots that I got.

After exercising our muscles, I heard my grumbling stomach. It’s lunch time! Our boatmen grilled the tuna and squids in our boat.

We also had grilled liempo and crabs. Ang sarap sarap! Bountiful lunch for my birthday! Ang saya saya! Mmm…

This post is getting longer. I’ll tell the next part of our trip to Twin Lagoon, Banol Beach, Skeleton Wreck and CYC Island in my next post.

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