I hope you enjoyed the Part I of my first solo travel. I know I promise to tell you everything about the second part of the trip I made. So here it is guys 🙂
PART II – CORON, PALAWAN
Palawan is famous not only here in the Philippines but in all parts of the world. So what does it have that makes tourists love it?
Answer: Stunning beaches, breathtaking lagoons, great diving sites, hospitable people and it’s off the beaten path
After my Boracay trip, I went back to Manila and had overnight stayed at home. I arrived around 8:10 in the evening. I arranged my luggage and separated my used clothes as fast as I can to get some sleep. I wake up at 8:00 in the morning, have my breakfast with my siblings and then I went to the airport around lunch time as my flight is scheduled at 3:20 in the afternoon. I’m thankful that my flight was not canceled and it was on time.
I arrived at Francisco B. Reyes Airport around 4:30pm. I get a tourist map and guides in the airport and look for a van after. Lucky there are rental vans waiting outside the airport. I paid P150 and the travel took only 30 minutes. I met a group of friends and we are all actually in the same hotel. They’re nice, happy and friendly people. I’m glad to meet them because I was alone in this travel.
When I arrived at my hotel, the staff gave me my keycard and helped me with my luggage. I got a cute and simple room. It is good for two persons but they also have bigger rooms that can accommodate more than 3 -10 persons. By the way, the name of my hotel is Micasa Lodge.
I went to the roof top and had my coffee… And guess what, I was very happy with what I witnessed…
This place is amazing! It is surrounded by mountains and you can see the small community and the sea. 😍
I rested in my room for a while and then, I went out for dinner. There was a nice restaurant nearby, called Lolo Nonoy’s Food Station and they served Filipino dishes at very affordable price. I noticed there’s a lot of people eating so I was curious about their food. I ordered beef stake which is their best seller and a mango shake. I came to realized why people are flocking to this place. It’s not the cheap price but the delicious food and fruit shakes they served.
I sleep early because I was tired and I need to prepare for the tour the next day. Also, I notice that there are few establishments and they closed at 10:00 in the evening.
I get the Tour A and the hotel staff contacted the tour operator. I’m happy that the staff is very friendly and very helpful.
I wake up at 6:00 AM and have my breakfast at the hotel which is included in my bookings. You may opt to eat outside as there are also a lot of restaurants nearby.
There are 5 different tours to choose from and their prices vary depending on the tour operator you get, the size of the boat and if it’s a joint or private tour. Price ranges from P600-P2500/person per package tour.
See sample tour packages:
Tour A – P1600/person
Coron Island Tour (7 destinations)
- Kayangan lake
- Twin lagoon
- Siete Pecados
- Malwawey Reef
- CYC Beach
- Skeleton wreck
- Beach 91
Tour B – P1700/person
(Island Escaped Tour)
- Malcapuya Island
- Banana Island
- Bulog Dos Island
Tour C – P1400/person
- World War II Sunken ship & Best Reefs
- Lusong Gunboat
- Pass Island
- Coral Garden
Tour D –
- Caluit Safari Tour
- Caluit Game Refuge &anctuary Sanctuary
- Pamalican/Black Island
- Lusong Gunboat
- Coral Garden
Tour E – P700/person
- Mt. Tapyas view deck
- Souvenir shops
- Maquinit hot springs
- Cashew harvest
- Lualhati Park
- Public Market Town Plaza
From the above mention tours, I only picked 3 tours that I know I can do. I wish to dive, however, I need a proper training before I do It’s on my bucket list and I know, one day I will do it.
Anyway, after breakfast, I prepared the things I needed for the tour. I brought my small backpack and put the things I think I needed.
So to give you some tips for Tour A which is the Coron Island Tour, I listed down the things you should bring:
- waterproof bag
- plastic case (for your mobile phone)
- snorkel gear
- lotion and sunblock with high SPF
- Aqua shoes
- Insect repellant
- Bottled water
- Plastic bag (wet clothes)
- Selfie stick (for solo traveler)
- Powerbank /extra battery
- Medicine (allergies, headache, dizziness)
- Hair bands/clip (for women with long hair)
Note: if you don’t want to bring a snorkel gear and aqua shoes on your trip, it’s okay as the tour guide will help you in renting snorkeling equipment and swimming shoes.
The tour operator picked us at the hotel around 8:00 in the morning. After the van driver and our tour guide do the headcount, we headed to the Port of Coron. The boats used for tours and island hopping are everywhere. After the registration, tour operator briefing, and coast guard checking, we left and proceed with our itineraries.
Tour A- Coron Island Tour
Tour A highlights the most beautiful islands of Coron. I will absolutely recommend it to everyone who will visit Coron. You will certainly enjoy the panoramic view and Instagram-worthy photos. I’m thankful I had my power bank with me cause the tour takes a whole day and I can’t count how much photos I took. Haha 😂
I recommend Calamian Island tour operator because we are truly satisfied with their service. From the boat, the food, and the tour guide, all I can give them is thumbs up 👍. The tour guide is very friendly and patient in assisting us and taking our photos. The served Filipino dishes with fruits, they provided us clean drinking water and they prepared everything with care. They treat their guests like their friend and the tour guides are knowledgeable and very entertaining.
After the tour, we went back to our hotel, had a nice shower and left satisfied and dreamy of the astounding islands of Coron. After dinner, I felt sleepy, and I know all the activities (trekking, snorkeling, climbing) I did for tour A made me ready to drop.
To continue my adventure, I took the second tour the next day. Tour B is the “of Coron. Since I grew up in Bicol, surrounded by beautiful beaches, I was curious what their beaches look like.
Tour B – Island Escaped Tour
Among the three beaches, my favorite is Malcapuya beach which has a nice white powdery sand, great snorkeling site, nice view deck, and tranquil and quiet impression. It made me speechless, calm and at peace. I just sit quietly in the sand, drinking fresh coconut and enjoying the place. There’s a cute little monkey in Malcapuya that I saw playing and eating. I think 3 to 4 months old monkey.
By the way, another highlight of my tour is the food. I ate a lot of crabs and enjoyed so much the lunch prepared for us 🙂 #seafoods #tunafish #grilled #shrimps #crabs and #fruits
Tour E – City Tour
I bought several “pasalubong” for my siblings and officemates. It includes cashews nuts, tarts, and some dried fish which became my favorite breakfast in Coron.
My favorite from Tour E are Mt. Tapyas and Maquinit hot spring. I climbed 700+ stairs just to reach the summit. It is tiring but it has the best view deck to see the panoramic view of Coron and the sunset. At the back of the cross, you can continue the trekking. You’ll see the lush greenery and breathtaking mountains. It’s a great spot for photography and photo shoot with friends.
Maquinit Hot spring is the last place we visited. We stayed there till 8:15pm. The hot spring is a great relief for your worn out body after island hopping and town tour. Its water is warm, fresh and salty.
I had a pleasant time in Coron. Indeed, a wonderful paradise that I experience for my first-time solo travel. I will never forget it!!!
I now know the difference of El Nido and Coron and I will be posting soon the trip I made last January in El Nido.